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Tim Belcher Stepping Down As Tribe Pitching Coach

Tim Belcher, who has been the Indians' pitching coach since November of 2009, is stepping down to spend more time with his family,

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In the release by the Indians Belcher made the following statement:

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"After much reflection and deliberation, I have decided not to return as the Major League Pitching Coach for the 2012 season.

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"When I accepted the position two years ago, I understood and embraced the challenges of the role. Over the last two years I was fully committed to the responsibilities of the job and enjoyed it.

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"However, as I began to look forward to 2012, I felt that I would not be able to balance the changing needs of my family and the demands of the job. As a result, I have decided that it would be best for me to step away from coaching at this time.

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"I want to thank the Indians for the opportunity to work with a good young pitching staff the past two years. I am excited about the future of the team and I welcome the opportunity to continue working for the club in another capacity going forward."

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Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.