If the Atlanta Braves fabled starting pitching staff had been wearing red pinstripes from the early 1990s to the early 2000s the Philadelphia Phillies might have won a second (or third) championship before 2008. But, would Philadelphia's fortunes have been different if they would have employed Braves' iconic pitching coach Leo Mazzone during that time instead?
In a story that only the off-season hot stove could produce, Mazzone aimed a social media message directly at general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. to express his interest in the vacant Phillies' pitching coach position.
This baseball lifer is only 65-years-old and surely possesses a deep resume that could be offered to any group of mound men. Considering a variety of evaporating options, it's fair to wonder if the Phillies will take Mazzone up on his offer and at least interview this unemployed man.
In lieu of talking with the Braves former coach, Amaro will either need to promote Rod Nichols from his 2013 bullpen duties, or likely offer the position to someone who doesn't have anywhere near the cache that Mazzone does.
Of course, experience won't instantly transform the Phillies two-man deep (Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee) starting rotation, or their mixed bullpen stable. But, the intriguing idea of adding someone with Mazzone's background to a rebuilding staff is at least worth one discussion.