GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – One of the greatest pitching coaches in Major League Baseball history, Leo Mazzone, has been named as a special advisor by Furman head coach Brett Harker.
“I am estatic about adding Leo Mazzone to the Furman Baseball family,” said Harker. “Leo is widely considered the best pitching coach of his generation, and his extensive experience and expertise will add great value to our baseball program.”
Mazzone served as pitching coach of the Atlanta Braves from 1990 to 2005, and played a key role in the Braves winning 14 consecutive titles, 5 National League pennants, and the 1995 World Series Championship.
During his time in Atlanta, he helped craft and coach dominant pitching rotations that produced six Cy Young Award honorees, four ERA titles and nine 20-game winners, including Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, and John Smultz, who are all recent National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees.
Mazzone also served as pitching coach of the Baltimore Orioles for 2 seasons (2006-2007), and was named as its No. 1 assistant coach of all time by ESPN.com.
Mazzone is from Keyser, West Virginia and played 10 seasons of minor league baseball in San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics’ organizations before beginning his coaching career as manager of the Corpus Christi Seagulls in 1976.
He joined the Braves’ organization in 1979, making coaching stops at Durham, Sumter, Greenville, and Richmond before being named pitching coach of the Atlanta Braves in 1990.
Mazzone also managed the Greenville Braves for part of the 1984 season and served as co-pitching coach in Atlanta with Johnny Sain in 1985.