Leo Mazzone is unemployed. Rick Peterson may be soon according to NY papers.
Mazzone was on NY sports radio Sunday morning. It was interesting in that he was talking about how much he hates pitch counts as an indicator of pitching effectiveness. Some points that he made:
- The Orioles posted pitch counts on their scoreboard, and he said some of the pitchers would check and be very aware of their pitch counts, which affected how they pitched.
- When he was with Atlanta (before pitchcounts became vital statistics that were used in broadcasts, etc.) he said that he kept pitch counts on a clicker. But if a guy looked really strong, he'd 'cheat' and either take away clicks or not count every pitch.
- He said that Smoltz would always have an additonal 20-30 pitches in him. Maddux, on the other hand, always new his pitch count and stuck to it.
- He said that pitchers get hurt when their mechanics break down or when they are 'laboring' and that it has less to do with pitchcounts and more to do with observation.
- The interview noted that Rick Peterson is a firm believer in pitch counts. Leo said that Rick is an excellent pitching coach and wouldn't say anything negative. However, he reaffirmed that in his mind pitch counts were overrated.