BALTIMORE -- Pitching coach Leo Mazzone and the Baltimore Orioles reached agreement on a three-year contract Wednesday night,
hours after the Atlanta Braves coach ended discussions with the New
"The deal is finished business," according to a source close
to the negotiations, who spoke to The Associated Press on the
condition of anonymity.
Mazzone, considered to be one of the finest pitching coaches in
the majors, has been in the Atlanta organization since 1979 and was
pitching coach of the Braves since 1990. He will replace Ray
Miller, who served as pitching coach of the Orioles since June 26,
Orioles executive vice president Mike Flanagan declined comment,
and Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo, a longtime friend of Mazzone,
did not return a phone call from The Associated Press.
Mazzone, 57, and Perlozzo grew up together in Cumberland, Md.
The competed on different teams in American Legion ball, then
became best friends. Perlozzo was the best man at Mazzone's
Earlier Wednesday, the Yankees ended talks with Mazzone after
their three-day window to negotiate with him expired.
"Both sides agreed to end their discussions without
resolution," Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said.
Mazzone is credited with helping develop Greg Maddux, John Smoltz and Tom Glavine. From 1992 through this season, the Braves
ranked first or second in the NL in ERA in every year but two.
Perlozzo was pleased with Miller's performance as pitching
coach, but has said he wanted to work with Mazzone. Miller, who had
surgery last week to repair an aortic aneurysm, gave Perlozzo
permission to talk to another pitching coach before his surgery.