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Indians Name Three Coaches To Acta's Staff

November 16, 2009
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Today the Cleveland Indians and manager Manny Acta have announced the hiring of Tim Tolman as Major League Bench Coach, Scott Radinsky as Major League Bullpen Coach, and Steve Smith as Major League Infield and Third Base Coach.

Tolman, 53, has recent ties to the Indians organization, serving as the club’s Minor League Field Coordinator over four seasons from 2003-06 before joining Acta on the Washington Nationals Major League coaching staff (3rd Base Coach) in 2007 and 2008. He was the Seattle Mariners Minor League Coordinator of Instruction this past season.

The Oro Valley, Arizona resident played parts of seven seasons and 132 games at the big league level for Houston and Detroit from 1981-87 and overall enjoyed a 12-year professional career from 1978-89. He was a minor league manager of Manny Acta and Acta also served on his coaching staff during parts of his fourteen years working in the Houston Astros player development system from 1989-2002 before joining the Indians organization in 2003.

Radinsky, 41, has been a pitching coach in the Cleveland Indians Player Development System for each of the last six seasons since joining the organization in 2004. He has spent the last three seasons since 2007 as the pitching coach for the club’s Triple-A affiliates in Buffalo and Columbus.

Radinsky made 557 relief appearances over eleven Major League seasons with four teams from 1990-2001. He was 42-25 with 52 saves and a 3.44 ERA (481.2IP, 461H, 184ER, 358SO) and recorded an ERA under 3.00 in five of those seasons. His 554 relief appearances during the decade of the 1990’s were the 9th most in MLB over that span. Radinsky spent the 2001 season between AA Akron, AAA Buffalo & Cleveland in the Indians organization rehabbing from 2000 reconstructive left elbow surgery and retired the following year.

Smith, 57, has been an infield and third base coach at the Major League level for eleven seasons with the Seattle Mariners (1996-99), Texas Rangers (2000-06) and Philadelphia Phillies (2007-08) and has 33 seasons of professional baseball experience under his belt since beginning his playing career in 1976. Under his tutelage as infield coach Mark Teizeira, Alex Rodriguez, and Jimmy Rollins earned a total of six Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. He played for seven seasons at the minor league level from 1976-82 and has also been a manager at the minor league level for over eleven seasons. He was born in Canton, Ohio.

Manny Acta’s big league coaching staff now consists of Tim Belcher (Pitching Coach), Tim Tolman (Bench Coach), Scott Radinsky (Bullpen Coach), and Steve Smith (Infield and Third Base).

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