Yankees Pitching Coach Rumors: Leo Mazzone and Rick Peterson

So far the Yankees have interviewed two candidates for their open pitching coach job, Mike Harkey and Gil Patterson. Brian Cashman said that he expects to interview minor league coach Scott Aldred later on this week.

We also got some other information about two other possible candidates, Leo Mazzone and Rick Peterson.

Chad Jennings of the Journal News ran into Cashman today and asked him about Mazzone. Cash said that he has no plans of meeting with the former Braves coach who turned down the job in 2006.

Rick Peterson hasn’t been directly linked to the Yankees, but he’s very highly touted as a pitching coach and was just fired by his team the Milwaukee Brewers. The Yankees may take a long look at him now that he’s a free agent because he made his name with the Oakland Athletics while young Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, and Mark Mulder were just breaking into the league. The Yankees now have their own trio of young pitchers on their way up to the majors and he may be the perfect mentor for them.

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3 Responses to Yankees Pitching Coach Rumors: Leo Mazzone and Rick Peterson

  1. Kevin Ocala, Fl says:

    Looks like Cashman went totally Michael Corleone w/ Mazzone. I wonder what happened in '06? Maybe the veal was tough…

  2. Well, from what I understand is that the Yankees tried to hire Mazzone as their pitching coach. He lead them on like he was interested. And then just used their offer to get more money from the Orioles. I could be wrong about this, but that’s how I remember it.