Re: Coaching staff...
I would be OK with Pole as Bench Coach and Mazzone as pitching coach. However, I know how rough Mazzone is on rookies. I also know how poor of a communicator he CAN be if he doesn't like you. A little too much of a primadona if you ask me. Keeping Pole around might cure that but also might be a problem in that respect too. Maybe not a good idea after all.
It's absolutely pathetic that people can't have an opinion from actually watching games and supplementing that with stats. If you voice an opinion that doesn't fit into a black/white box you will get completely misrepresented and basically called a tobacco chewing traditionalist...