With the passing of Syd Thrift last week, Jeff decided to publish his full interview with Thrift that he used in his profile of Mazzone. Thrift is the man responsible for ending Mazzone’s playing career and giving him his first coaching job. Here’s an except.
THRIFT: A lot of the pitching coaches try to get everybody to pitch the way they pitch. That’s the mistake they make.
JM: But they know Leo doesn’t do that, right, I mean Leo doesn’t keep anything secret?
THRIFT: No, no, no he’s wide open.
JM: So, if let’s say I were trying to become a pitching coach, I…
THRIFT: You’d go learn from him, wouldn’t you?
JM: What’s your favorite thing about Leo?
THRIFT: My favorite thing about Leo is that he’s a teacher. You know a teacher is sometimes a person who can take information and give it to another party. Sometimes though without even realizing what’s happening, you know? It just happens. And I think the main thing is, the reason he has great results is the players and the pitchers trust him. They trust him and they respect him.
Also, check out his discussion of Johnny Sain.