The Indians made a couple moves today to fill in some vacancies in their coaching staff. Since Tim Belcher (pitching coach 2010-2011) and Tim Tolman (bench coach 2010-2011) have stepped down, Manny Acta needed to find new bench and pitching coaches. The perfect guys for both roles were already with the team in Sandy Alomar and Scott Radinsky. Alomar was up for the managerial job for the White Sox, but luckily for the Indians, that void was filled by Robin Ventura. Alomar was not the greatest first base coach, but he has a great mind for baseball and the closer he can get to Manny Acta’s ear the better.
Scott Radinsky has been the Indians bullpen coach for two years now and has been directly in charge of the developement of such young phenoms of as Chris Perez, Tony Sipp, Joe Smith and Vinnie Pestano. Radinsky has done an amazing job in the bullpen and hopefully he will bring that consistancy to the starting rotation. He has his work cut out for him with the wacky delivery of Ubaldo Jimenez and the enigma that is Fausto Carmona.
To take Alomar’s spot as first base coach, the field coordinator for the Indians’ minor league system was promoted. Tom Wiedenbauer will not only take over the duties of first base coach, but will also be the Tribe’s outfield and baserunning coach.
The final promotion was Dave Miller taking Radinsky’s spot as bullpen coach. Miller had been the minor league pitching coordinator for the Tribe for the last 10 years.