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Alfonso Soriano better off undrafted

Updated: February 22, 2011, 7:09 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

I appreciate the role hitting and pitching coaches can have in affecting player performance, but I'm also careful to avoid overrating a correlation. For years, Atlanta Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone carved a significant name for himself thanks to his pitchers thriving. Was it all Mazzone? Well, remember what happened when he left Bobby Cox's side to move to the Baltimore Orioles a few seasons ago. Daniel Cabrera remained Daniel Cabrera and did not become Greg Maddux. Mazzone had a short run in Maryland.

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