From The Record:
With three starting pitchers on the disabled list and another, Kevin Brown, already counting the days to retirement, the Yankees finally have accepted that the path to the postseason will be through sheer-force offense. But the Bombers are dreaming of a second renaissance of pitching in 2006, which, according to their grandiose wish list, includes a new philosophy and a new guru – Leo Mazzone.
According to a person close to the Braves’ legendary coach, Mazzone has been informally and indirectly contacted by members of the Yankees’ hierarchy, asking if he’d be interested in succeeding Mel Stottlemyre. Mazzone has told the friend he would come to the Bronx “in a minute” for the right offer.
Earlier this year, J.C. Bradbury did a good study on Leo.
That said, I’m not sure if Mazzone would be the right fit for New York. It’s such a different world here.
I’d much rather get a guy like Jimmy Key, or David Cone, or John Habyan, or Jim Kaat, or Dave LaPoint, who you know has some insight on what it’s like in the Bronx. That said, Rags would be the perfect guy.