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Mazzone, Sain top the charts

Leo Mazzone, who was tutored by the legendary Johnny Sain, deserves consideration for the Hall of Fame.

Originally Published: April 15, 2004
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

Leo Mazzone faced a big challenge last year. After 11 straight seasons of coaching the best pitchers in the National League, Mazzone faced the loss of Tom Glavine, the aging of Greg Maddux, and the arrival of Mike Hampton, whose career was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. So what happened? The Braves dropped from No. 1 to No. 9 in the National League ERA rankings, but newcomer Russ Ortiz won 21 games and Hampton showed real signs of recovery.

This year brings new challenges. Ortiz and ...

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