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Postby Yoda » Thu Jul 23, 2009 1:45 pm

great gretzky wrote:I meant to add that no amount of education is going to make me Einstein. You could also say that someone like Einstein would have been brilliant anywhere he went. But even the most intelligent, talented people still benefit from the best education. Having the best coaches would seem to a similar thing.


Einstein studied physics and math on his own.
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Postby great gretzky » Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:29 pm

Yoda wrote:
great gretzky wrote:I meant to add that no amount of education is going to make me Einstein. You could also say that someone like Einstein would have been brilliant anywhere he went. But even the most intelligent, talented people still benefit from the best education. Having the best coaches would seem to a similar thing.


Einstein studied physics and math on his own.


I know, wasn't the best choice. I just meant even brilliance of the highest level is benefitted by being an instituion of igher learning, peers etc.

I am certainly not claiming that a good coach can't make crap into gold. But some people think because of that, it devalues what the coach actually did -- the point I am arguing.
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Re: I think it's amazing that Leo Mazzone...

Postby kaiser » Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:45 pm

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Yoda wrote:the Braves pitchers were completely polished and finished products by the time they got to him.


Holy cow. As a Braves season ticket holder since 1989, I completely disagree with this statement. Maddux was certainly the most polished of the three when he got to Atlanta, but even he had the three best seasons of his career after joining the Braves.


So being a ticket holder for 20 years somehow qualifies you to be an expert on this subject? You can be 100% sure that Mazzone made them into HOFers? What do you base this on?


Did I say Mazzone was solely responsible for making Glavine, Smoltz and Maddux Hall of Fame pitchers? Maybe you could find where I said that and show it to me?

What I actually said, to start this debate, was "Mazzone was responsible for a great portion of the success of guys like Smoltz, Maddux and Glavine."

Lord, Yoda. The debate is not whether Mazzone made them into Hall of Fame pitchers. It is whether he made them better than they were before they started working with him. The numbers are there for anyone to look up. Let's take a look, shall we?

Tom Glavine was 18 years old when he was drafted by the Braves in 1988. He made his major league debut with them in August of '87. He was 2-4 with a 5.54 ERA that year. This does not qualify as a "finished product." During his 15+ seasons in Atlanta he won at least 20 games 5 times, was named Cy Young winner twice, and was named MVP of the 1995 World Series. He was also named to the All-Star team eight times. All of this, from age 18 to age 36, occurred while under the guidance and tutelage of Leo Mazzone.

John Smoltz was 18 years old when he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers. He never pitched at the major league level for Detroit, and was traded to Atlanta in 1988, where he made his MLB debut in July of that year, at the age of 20. He went 2-7 with a 5.48 ERA. This, too, does not qualify as a "finished product." During his 20 seasons with the Braves, he won at least 14 games 10 times. He also garnered 154 saves, breaking the NL saves record with 55 in 2002. He won the NLCS MVP in 1992, the Cy Young in 1996, and was named to the NL All-Star team 7 times. Again, all (except the last two seasons) while being coached from age 20 to age 40 by one pitching coach- Rockin' Leo Mazonne.

Greg Maddux was easily the most experienced major-leaguer of the three when he came to Atlanta in 1993 after 7 years in the Cubs organization. He of course won the Cy Young his last year with the Cubs, and then won it three more times with the Braves. Mazzone's influence on Maddux was certainly the least influential of the three, but I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that you don't win the Cy Young four years in a row, or hold a season ERA of 1.63 (in 1995) or 1.56 (in 1994) or finish in the top five of Cy Young voting for three years (1996-1998) without having good coaching, whether it was Mazzone or others. Maddux says so himself, in the quote I've already posted.

And yes, dang it all, I would say that being a 20 year season ticket holder makes me an expert on the Braves, if nothing else.

Can I be 100% sure? Of course not. But Baseball success is measured in numbers. I can base my opinion on the numbers, and the numbers are there.
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Re: I think it's amazing that Leo Mazzone...

Postby Yoda » Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:47 pm

Well we are going around in circles now. If Mazzone is so great then what happened in Baltimore? They had a lot of talented young pitchers at the time: Bedard, DCab, Penn, etc...
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Postby kaiser » Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:49 pm

ZZZzzzzzz.

You win. They should have all instantly turned into Hall of Fame pitchers. That's the way baseball works.
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Re: I think it's amazing that Leo Mazzone...

Postby Yoda » Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:53 pm

kaiser wrote:ZZZzzzzzz.

You win. They should have all instantly turned into Hall of Fame pitchers. That's the way baseball works.


So how do you attribute most of the big 3's success to Mazzone? What do you think he taught them that they didn't already know?
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Postby kaiser » Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:06 pm

Honestly, you think an 18-year-old Glavine, and a 20-year-old Smoltz, already knew everything they needed to know about pitching at the major league level to put together Hall of Fame careers, before they ever met Leo Mazonne? Truthfully? Because if that is the case, then you are right- he had nothing to do with it.

I mean, it's a classic nature vs. nurture argument. But I contend that good pitchers might be born, but great pitchers are made.
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Re: I think it's amazing that Leo Mazzone...

Postby Yoda » Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:10 pm

kaiser wrote:Honestly, you think an 18-year-old Glavine, and a 20-year-old Smoltz, already knew everything they needed to know about pitching at the major league level to put together Hall of Fame careers, before they ever met Leo Mazonne? Truthfully? Because if that is the case, then you are right- he had nothing to do with it.

I mean, it's a classic nature vs. nurture argument. But I contend that good pitchers might be born, but great pitchers are made.


Well, they got to the highest level without Mazzone. I'm not saying Mazzone doesn't deserve any credit but there is no way he turned these guys into HOFers unless he worked with them since they were little kids. To think otherwise defies logic IMO.
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Postby great gretzky » Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:35 pm

Yoda wrote:Well we are going around in circles now. If Mazzone is so great then what happened in Baltimore? They had a lot of talented young pitchers at the time: Bedard, DCab, Penn, etc...


Well this kind of goes to my Phil Jackson point. You can't quantify "soft skills" but they are just as important in life as hard ones. Maybe the three Atlanta guys were down to earth and modest/motivated enough to take the advice whereas the other guys didn't share those qualities. People have varying intellects and personalities. So maybe that is why. I think the Mazzone is a god stuff is pretty silly myself. But when taken to a different level, there are some people who are better at getting maximums from the elite as oppossed to everyone else. PJ had as diverse personality types as you are going to find, and he got them all to work.
Think about Larry Brown. Much better at getting the "pretty good" guys to play tot heir max. But with the elite guys, not so much.
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Re: I think it's amazing that Leo Mazzone...

Postby Yoda » Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:41 pm

great gretzky wrote:
Yoda wrote:Well we are going around in circles now. If Mazzone is so great then what happened in Baltimore? They had a lot of talented young pitchers at the time: Bedard, DCab, Penn, etc...


Well this kind of goes to my Phil Jackson point. You can't quantify "soft skills" but they are just as important in life as hard ones. Maybe the three Atlanta guys were down to earth and modest/motivated enough to take the advice whereas the other guys didn't share those qualities. People have varying intellects and personalities. So maybe that is why. I think the Mazzone is a god stuff is pretty silly myself. But when taken to a different level, there are some people who are better at getting maximums from the elite as oppossed to everyone else. PJ had as diverse personality types as you are going to find, and he got them all to work.
Think about Larry Brown. Much better at getting the "pretty good" guys to play tot heir max. But with the elite guys, not so much.


I think what you are talking about works in team concept but not in individual achievement especially in pitching. No one coach can mold Jordan into what he was. Similarly, Mazzone might have had some positive effect but he certainly did not mold Maddux, Smoltz, and Glavine into what they were. If that were true then I am wondering why haven't seen him have that kind of affect on anyone else since he left the Braves in 2005?
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