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Terry Francona adds Mike Sarbaugh to Indians coaching staff

Hired to coach the infield under new Indians manager Terry Francona, the 45-year-old Mike Sarbaugh led Triple-A Columbus to the Class AAA national championship games in 2010 and 2011.

Rob Carr

New Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona filled another position in his coaching staff on Wednesday, as former Triple-A manager Mike Sarbaugh was promoted to the big-league club, according to a report by Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer.

Sarbaugh managed Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate in Columbus for the last three seasons, but is entering his 24th year with the Indians as either a player, manager or coach. Able to lead his Triple-A Columbus team to the Class AAA national championship game in back-to-back years from 2010-11, the 45-year-old Sarbaugh has amassed 697 wins at the minor league level and is a trusted voice in the organization.

Expected to serve as both a first base and infield coach with the Indians, Sarbaugh will replace recently retired infield coach Steven Smith on Cleveland's bench. Though general manager Chris Antonetti did not publicly comment on Sarbaugh's hiring, Francona is expected to introduce his all of his new faces when he wraps up his coaching staff at some point in November.

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