Indians Complete 2012 Coaching Staff
Mike B. | On 16, Oct 2011
The Cleveland Indians announced their 2012 Major League coaching staff on Friday. Scott Radinsky, Dave Miller and Tom Wiedenbauer were each named to Manny Acta’s staff. The coaching vacancies were left by Tim Belcher and Tim Tolman.
Belcher, who had been the pitching coach for the last two seasons, informed Acta during the season that he did not wish to return for the 2012 season. Belcher had been a special assistant to the Indians before becoming the pitching coach in 2010 when Acta became manager. He will resume that role with the club so that he can spend more time with his family.
Radinsky, who had been bullpen coach on Acta’s coaching staff the last two seasons, will become the pitching coach. The Indians bullpen was known as one of the toughest in baseball and had a 3.71 ERA this season. The bullpen ERA was the fifth lowest in the American League.
Dave Miller will replace Radinsky as the bullpen coach. Miller has worked as the Indians minor league pitching coordinator for the last 10 seasons and worked closely with Radinsky in the past when they each were minor league instructors. Radinsky was a minor league instructor from 2004-2009.
Finally, Tom Wiedenbauer will become the first base coach. Wiedenbauer will be the first base coach, outfield instructor and focus on base running. Acta stressed the importance of improved base running by the team moving forward. Continuous fundamental mistakes by Ezequiel Carrera in the second half of the season became a focal point of the team’s struggles. Wiedenbauer was the Indians minor league field coordinator.
Wiedenbauer has been a coach in the Houston Astros organization for 35 years before joining the Indians last season. He coached Acta in the Astros minor league system in 1989.
Sandy Alomar will move from the first base coaching box to become the bench coach, and probably Acta’s lead coach. Bruce Fields and Steve Smith will return in the same roles they had this year, hitting coach and third base coach respectively.
Radinsky, Miller and Wiedenbauer beat out other qualified contenders like AAA Columbus manager, Mike Sarbaugh. Sarbaugh won the International League the previous two seasons. The Clippers pitching coach, Ruben Nuebla, was a contender for both the pitching coach and bullpen position and minor league coordinator, Gary Thurman was considered for the first base coaching position.
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