CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Terry Francona’s coaching staff is complete, as right as the new manager predicted, the club was able to get deals done with coaches before the first week of November was complete.
Francona’s coaching lineup looks as follows:
Sandy Alomar (Bench Coach)
Mickey Callaway (Pitching Coach)
Kevin Cash (Bullpen Coach)
Brad Mills (Third Base Coach)
Mike Sarbaugh (First Base Coach)
Ty Van Burkleo (Hitting Coach)
The staff owns a combined 148 years of experience in professional baseball.
The biggest add is getting back Alomar, who went toe to toe with Francona for the role as manager for the Indians, only to lose out less than a week after the season ended. He was the interim manager for the final six games after the team fired Manny Acta.
The 46-year-old remains a possible candidate for jobs with the Jays and Rockies for their manager position, and there’s no word if he may get a shot to talk to the Miami Marlins, who recently fired Ozzie Guillen.
If Alomar sticks around, he will be in his fourth season on the Tribe’s Major League coaching staff. He’s inked with the Indians through this season, though if he gets a manager job he could leave before the season begins.
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 spent the 2012 season as the Tribe’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.
The 37-year-old pitched professionally from 1996-2009, appearing in 40 Major League games with Tampa Bay, Texas and Anaheim from 1999-2004 and made 6 starts for the 2002 World Champion Anaheim Angels.
Cash 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 8 seasons in the Major Leagues with five different teams from 2002-10.
The Tampa 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 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.
The 55-year-old 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.