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Sandy Alomar to Remain on Cleveland’s Coaching Staff

Former Tribe catcher and interim manager will remain as teams’ bench coach in 2013

 

 

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It was unclear whether Sandy Alomar Jr. would remain in Cleveland when he finished second in the club’s search for a new skipper last week. Alomar had expressed interest in managing in the past, and interviewed for Toronto, Boston and the Chicago Cubs to fill their managerial vacancies and certainly seemed to be a potential candidate for the Red Sox this offseason as well. However, Alomar stated in a text message to MLB.com on Tuesday that he intends to remain with the Indians on new skipper Terry Francona’s staff for the 2013 season, which is also the final year remaining on Alomar’s current contract.

Francona has been vocal about wanting Sandy to remain on his staff as the two knew each other well from their days as teammates during Winter Ball. Alomar is expected to remain the ball club’s bench coach, the position he held under Manny Acta in 2012. While the move solidifies Alomar’s immediate future with the Tribe, there are no guarantees that he will not be a person of interest in an open managerial position elsewhere.

The Indians have cut ties with hitting coach Bruce Fields and third-base coach Steve Smith, and have yet to make a decision on pitching coach Ruben Niebla, bullpen coach Dave Miller and first base coach Tom Wiedenbauer. The Indians are interested in bringing in former Astros manager Brad Mills to join their coaching staff. Mills was a teammate of Francona’s on the Montreal Expos, and served as a coach for Francona during his stint at the helm of the Philadelphia Phillies.

 

By Robert Gonzalez
Cleveland Indians Correspondent

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