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Mazzilli is intelligent and brings a wealth of experience to Baltimore. To be a first-base coach with the Yankees, you need to be one of the game's top coaches.
One of Mazzilli's priorities will be to put his stamp on the Orioles, who need to develop a team identity. It's tough to speculate now about what that identity will be, before Baltimore makes offseason moves. He needs to identify minor-league prospects, project when they'll be ready and establish a game plan for long-term success. The Orioles seem to have a roster full of guys in transition who are trying to find their niche. Mazzilli is well-suited to help them develop.
One example of his ability to instruct young players came in Game 1 of the World Series: After Nick Johnson was picked off third base by catcher Pudge Rodriguez, Mazzilli told Johnson not to dive into third on a throw from the catcher. He told Johnson to stay up next time so as to block the throw to the third baseman. That was great coaching instruction.