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Indians announce 2013 coaching staff and more

Indians announce 2013 coaching staff and more
October 31, 2012
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The Indians announced several items on Wednesday afternoon.

On the player front, they announced that they have officially picked up the $5.75 million club option on right-handed pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, but have declined the $13 million option on designated hitter Travis Hafner and the $6 million club option on right-handed pitcher Roberto Hernandez. The Indians have to pay Hafner a $2.75 million buyout because they declined his option, though Hernandez has no buyout.  All three decisions were expected, and by declining the options on Hafner and Hernandez the Indians will now have $16.25 million in money to use toward several arbitration increases on the roster and in acquiring players in the free agent and trade markets.

The bigger news of the day is the official announcement from new manager Terry Francona and the Indians on the formation of the 2013 Major League coaching staff. The new coaches are: Sandy Alomar (bench coach), Mickey Callaway (pitching coach), Kevin Cash (bullpen coach), Brad Mills (third base coach), Mike Sarbaugh (first base coach), and Ty Van Burkleo (hitting coach).

Alomar, 46, will enter his fourth season on the Indians' Major League coaching staff, and is entering his 30th season in professional baseball and his 6th in the coaching ranks.  During his 20-year Major League playing career from 1988-2007, Alomar hit .273 (1236-4530) with 249 2B, 112 HR and 588RBI in 1377 games.  He played 11 seasons with the Indians from 1990-2000, was selected to six American League All-Star teams and caught the third most games (950) in the 112-year history of the franchise.

Callaway, 37, spent the 2012 season as the organization's Minor League Pitching Coordinator in his third campaign in the Indians organization.  He was previously the Pitching Coach at Class-A Lake County in 2010 and at Class-A Kinston in 2011 after hanging up his cleats after the 2009 season. He pitched professionally from 1996-2009, appearing in 40 Major League games with Tampa Bay, Texas and Anaheim from 1999-2004 and made six starts for the 2002 World Champion Anaheim Angels.

Cash, 34, spent the 2012 season as the Major League Advance Scout for the Toronto Blue Jays after concluding his playing career in 2011.  He enjoyed a 12-year career from 2000-11, including parts of eight seasons in the Major Leagues with five different teams from 2002-10. The Tampa, FL native signed his first professional contract with Toronto in 1999 and made his Major League debut with them during the 2002 season and was Toronto’s opening day catcher in 2004. He played for Terry Francona in Boston in 2007 and 2008 and caught for Brad Mills in Houston in 2010. In 2008 he appeared in a career-high 61 games, caught all 30 of Tim Wakefield’s starts and homered during the ALCS for Boston.

Mills, 55, is beginning his 35th year in professional baseball, reuniting with Francona after spending the last three seasons (2010-12) managing the Houston Astros.  During his first season with the Astros (2010), the Astros finished 59-52 over their final 111 games and finished 1.0 game out of 3rd place in the NL Central.  Mills owns 14 seasons of experience coaching or managing at the big league level, having previously served with Francona in Philadelphia (1997-2000) and for five playoff appearances in Boston (2004-09). Mills played collegiately (University of Arizona) and professionally (Montreal) with Francona, compiling a 4-year Major League batting average of .256 (43-168) over 106 games with the Expos from 1980-83 before retiring as a player in 1986.

Sarbaugh, 45, has been a member of the Indians organization since 1990 as a Minor League player, coach and manager and is beginning his first season on the Major League staff. He is entering his 25th season in professional baseball, having guided the Triple-A Columbus Clippers over each of the last three seasons since 2010, leading the Clippers to the International League and Triple-A championships in back-to-back seasons of 2010-11. During his nine seasons (since 2004) piloting Cleveland Minor League affiliates, Mike’s teams compiled winning records in each campaign and captured five league titles.   The Shillington, PA native became a coach in the Tribe’s Player Development system in 1995 after a six-year Minor League playing career from 1989-94.

Van Burkleo, 50, owns five years of Major League coaching experience, having spent the last seven weeks of the 2012 season as the Hitting Coach of the Houston Astros after previous stints with the Oakland A’s (Hitting Coach, 2007-08) and Seattle Mariners (Bench Coach, 2009-2010). Prior to his interim stint with the Astros in August he served as the Hitting Coordinator in the Houston Player Development system in 2011-12 and also held the same position with the Anaheim Angels (2001-06). The Oakland, CA native enjoyed a 15-year player career from 1982-96, appearing in 14 Major League games in 1993 (California) and 1994 (Colorado) before beginning his coaching career in the Angels system in 1996.

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User Comments

November 1, 2012 - 9:01 AM EDT
I suspect that Miller will go back to his Pitching Coordinator role and that Niebla will go back to Columbus, though you never know. I know the organization thinks highly of Niebla, so he should be kept around in some capacity.
October 31, 2012 - 10:25 PM EDT
I hope Rueban Niebla remains in the organization, perhaps returning to AAA as the pitching coach again. Trying to say he is incapable as a pitching coach after stepping in during August & September would be unfair and short-sighted.
October 31, 2012 - 9:20 PM EDT
I'm not sure you can fault Mills for the issues with the Astros offense. The manager is only as good as the talent around him most of the time. He did pretty well when he was previously teamed up with Francona in Boston, though, of course, it is the players that ultimately made the difference. In any case, I feel like they put together as good a staff as possible for the most part. I am a little surprised about Callaway though I knew he was a guy on the rise in the industry. I can't say much yet about the hitting coach and bullpen coaches as I am not familiar with t hem yet and will have to do my homework on them the next few days.
October 31, 2012 - 9:11 PM EDT
Pretty much laughable at this point. Hiring more mediocre losers that no other organization would waste their time with. The Shapiro/Dolan team is wedded together in a perpetual state of losing that wont change unless both are replaced.
October 31, 2012 - 4:07 PM EDT
Not exactly awe inspiring names for hitting/pitching coaches. Guess I was aiming a little higher. At least Sarbaugh is getting a well deserved opportunity. Plus him and Alomar can run the team when Francona decides to return to ESPN, after watching 3 turns through the team's "rotation."
matt underwood
October 31, 2012 - 3:51 PM EDT
so we get the brains behind the offensive juggernaut that is the houston astros?

its like the browns hiring the st. louis rams OC to be the HC...

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