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Sun: O's may announce hirings of Mazzone, Duquette on Thursday

Link: Baltimore Sun

The Orioles are close to an agreement with Leo Mazzone to become pitching coach, a baseball official told The Sun today.

The deal may be announced Thursday if details with Mazzone's current club, the Atlanta Braves, and Major League Baseball get worked out, the official said.

Mazzone generally is regarded as the majors' top pitching coach for his work with the Braves. Mazzone has been the Braves' pitching coach since 1990. During that time, Atlanta has had nine 20-game winners and six Cy Young Award recipients.


"I talked to Sammy before the surgery and told him that if there's a coach out there you can get that you think you'll work well with, don't worry about our friendship. 'Go ahead, go for it,' " said (Ray) Miller, who is living in a hotel near Johns Hopkins Hospital while rehabilitating. "If Oct. 31 [the day his contract with the Orioles is up] rolls around and I don't have a job, I could end up a lot of different places."


In addition, the Orioles Thursday are expected to announce the hiring of Jim Duquette, New York Mets senior vice president for baseball operations, as a club vice president under executive Mike Flanagan, the official said.