Leo David Mazzone
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 10", Weight 185 lb.
Leo Mazzone is considered by many to be the best pitching coach in the game today. He was the long-time pitching coach for the Atlanta Braves and became pitching coach for the Baltimore Orioles following the 2005 season.
A southpaw, Mazzone was a minor league pitcher from 1967 to 1975 before becoming a coach. After retiring as a player, Mazzone was manager of the independent Corpus Christi Seagulls in the Gulf States League in 1976, and Lone Star League in 1977. He then moved to the independent Kinston Eagles of the Class A Carolina League during the 1978 season. Mazzone's temper and vocabulary got him tossed out of several games that season. You could hear Mazzone's loud and angry voice throughout the Eagles' ballpark when he argued with umpires. Following the season, Kinston owner Ray Kuhlman, who knew Paul Snyder and others in the Atlanta Braves' organization, recommended Mazzone for a job.
Atlanta hired Mazzone in 1979 and he has taken advantage of the opportunity to become a highly-successful coach. He was a coach with the Durham Bulls (1983- mid-1984), Sumter Braves (1986), Greenville Braves (1987), and Richmond Braves (1988- mid-1990) before he was named the pitching coach of the Atlanta Braves in June 1990. He was also a manager of Greenville for part of 1984 and was co-pitching coach in Atlanta with Johnny Sain in 1985.
Following the 2005 season, Mazzone was pursued by the New York Yankees but instead chose to become pitching coach of the Orioles. In Baltimore, he joined manager Sam Perlozzo, a childhood friend of his from Westernport. Perlozzo even served as the best man in Mazzone's wedding. As compensation for losing Mazzone, the Orioles sent minor leaguer Moises Hernandez to the Braves. When Perlozzo was fired in June, 2007, Mazzone said he would complete his contract with the team, as he understood that his best friend's firing was just a part of the game. However following the 2007 season Mazzone was let go by the Orioles.