February 22, 2007
Lake Buena Vista, Fl. - It is the goal of every minor league baseball player to make it to the big leagues.
And so it is for minor league coaches.
Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell started his pro coaching career in Albany with the South Georgia Waves in 2002.
Last year, Bobby Cox hired McDowell to succeed Leo Mazzone as the Braves pitching coach.
The Braves pitching staff struggled last year but it was not the fault of McDowell.
Who had to manage a staff that had a dozen pitchers go down to injury last year.
Just about all of those pitchers are healthy and ready to go and so is their coach.
Roger McDowell said "Obviously coming into this spring training there is a lot more comfort between everybody from the standpoint I know them better and they know me better. I know how to talk to them and to communicate with them better."
The Braves open the regular season April 2nd at Philadelphia.