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Mazzone follows Sain advice

Leo Mazzone faces the biggest challenge of his Braves tenure with the latest remake of their pitching staff.

Originally Published: April 15, 2004
By Alan Schwarz | Special to ESPN.com

In baseball's Hall of Fame of fateful conversations, this one belongs with Roger Clemens reaming the young Curt Schilling, and Sandy Alderson indoctrinating Billy Beane. It was 1979. A mobile home parked on some camping ground outside West Palm Beach, Fla. Johnny Sain, the longtime pitching coach then with the Atlanta Braves, talked into the evening with his club's new minor league pitching coordinator, an anonymous West Virginian named Leo Mazzone. "Sain was the first guy I'd been around," Mazzone ...

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