Leo Mazzone, the Atlanta Braves' legendary pitching coach, has agreed to become pitching coach of the Baltimore Orioles. This announcement shocked us because we thought Mazzone would retire with the Braves. Mazzone agreed to the move presumably because Sam Perlozzo, the Orioles' manager, is his best friend.
Although Mazzone's effect is probably overstated, this is very bad news for the Braves because he has helped Atlanta build one of the best pitching staffs in baseball over the last decade. And that, dear readers, is why for once what benefits the Orioles also benefits the Nationals. Now, if we could just get John Schuerholz and Bobby Cox out of Atlanta!