Willis Returning To Cleveland Indians As Pitching Coach

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have hired Carl Willis as their pitching coach to replace Mickey Callaway, who left to manage the New York Mets.

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TORONTO, ON – AUGUST 30: Pitching coach Carl Willis #54 of the Boston Red Sox looks on from the dugout during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on August 30, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)Willis is back for his second stint with the club. He served as Cleveland’s pitching coach from 2003-09, when he tutored Cy Young pitchers CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee among others.

The 56-year-old Willis spent the past two seasons with the Boston Red Sox. Boston’s staff finished second in the AL to Cleveland in ERA, was fourth in the majors in ERA and posted 11 shutouts. The Red Sox also recorded the second-fewest walks and set a single-season franchise record in strikeouts (1,580).

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NEW YORK – OCTOBER 07: Starting pitcher Jake Westbrook #37 of the Cleveland Indians talks with catcher Victor Martinez #41 and pitching coach Carl Willis #51 against the New York Yankees during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 7, 2007 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Willis has been a pitching coach for 14 seasons. He worked in Seattle from 2010-13 before joining the Indians as a special assistant in 2014. He was the pitching coach at Triple-A Columbus in 2015 before he went to Boston.

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