Terry Francona, Indians fill out coaching staff

Tom Pennington

New Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona will welcome back Sandy Alomar Jr. as a bench coach in 2013.

To officially signal the beginning of a new era for the Cleveland Indians, new manager Terry Francona announced his full coaching staff on Wednesday, as reported by Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.

Named Cleveland's interim manager after Manny Acta was fired, Sandy Alomar Jr. will serve as bench coach under Francona in 2013, while former Houston Astros manager Brad Mills will take over third base duties. To overhaul his group of young arms, Francona decided on 37-year-old Brian Callaway as the team's new pitching coach. Callaway spent the last three seasons with Cleveland's organization, and most recently served as the club's minor-league pitching coordinator in 2012.

A former player under both Francona and Mills, 34-year-old Kevin Cash was also hired to coach the bullpen. Cash retired from the game in 2011 and is the youngest member of Francona's staff, but spent the 2012 season as an advance scout for the Blue Jays.

To round out his staff, Francona opted to choose veteran Ty Van Burkleo to serve as the team's hitting coach and Mike Sarbaugh as its first-base coach. Sarbaugh led Triple-A Columbus to back-to-back Triple-A championships in 2010-2011, while the 50-year-old Van Burkleo has worked around the league as both a bench coach and hitting coach.

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