From Paul Hoynes, Cleveland Plain Dealer…
Torey Lovullo, turned away twice for promotions by the Indians this off-season, has been named Boston’s new Class AAA manager at Pawtucket. It’s believed Joel Skinner and Mike Sarbaugh are the leading candidates to replace Lovullo at Class AAA Columbus next season.
Lovullo was a finalist to replace manager Eric Wedge, but the job went to Manny Acta. Lovullo was then a candidate to be the infield coach/third base coach on Acta’s staff, but the job went to Steve Smith.
Clippers pitching coach Scott Radinsky has been named to Manny Acta’s staff…
The Cleveland Indians & Manager MANNY ACTA today 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 & Third Base Coach.
Tolman, 53, has recent ties to the Indians organization, serving as the club’s Minor League Field Coordinator over four (4) 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 (7) 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 (14) 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 (6) seasons since joining the organization in 2004. He has spent the last three (3) 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 (11) 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 (5) 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 (11) 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 TEIXEIRA, ALEX RODRIGUEZ & JIMMY ROLLINS earned a total of six (6) 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 (11) seasons. He was born in Canton, Ohio.
Manny Acta’s Major League Coaching Staff now consists of TIM BELCHER (Pitching Coach), TIM TOLMAN (Bench Coach), SCOTT RADINSKY (Bullpen Coach) & STEVE SMITH (Infield & Third Base).
Scott Radinsky (center) with Wyatt Toregas (left) and Kenny Ray (right)
From the Indians PR staff…
Andy Marte (26) of Villa Tapia, Dominican Republic, hit .327 with 18 round trippers and 66 RBI in 82 games for the Columbus Clippers. The third baseman earned IL Topps Player of the Month honors for July when he hit .385 with nine homers and 24 RBI. The Cleveland Indians, who acquired Marte as part of a January 2006 trade with Boston, brought him up to the big club at the end of July for the rest of the season.
Jordan Brown (25) of Tucson, Ariz., paced the International League with a .336 batting average. The Columbus Clippers outfielder ranked third in the circuit with a .532 slugging percentage and finished tied for fifth with 35 doubles. The Cleveland Indians selected Brown in the fourth round in 2005 out of the University of Arizona.
Here is the story from MLB.com… Marte, Brown earn Triple-A honors