Three more named to Acta's staff

Manny Acta has made three more appointments to his coaching staff.

Tim Tolman will be coming aboard as the bench coach, Scott Radinsky has been promoted from Triple-A pitching coach to big league bullpen coach, and Steve Smith is joining the Indians as Acta’s third base and infield coach.

Tolman has previous ties to both Acta and the Indians. He served as Acta’s third base coach with the Nationals in 2007 and 2008. He spent last season as a Minor League instruction coordinator for the Mariners. He was with the Indians as a Minor League field coordinator from 2003-06 and, prior to that, spent 12 years working in the Astros’ player development system.

Radinsky was passed over for this bullpen coach position a year ago, when the Indians hired Chuck Hernandez to replace Luis Isaac. Now, Radinsky, who has 557 Major League relief appearances under his belt, joins the staff after spending three years as pitching coach at the Triple-A level.

Smith is a new face to both Acta and the Indians. He spent a total of 11 seasons serving as the third base and infield coach for the Mariners (1996-99), Rangers (2000-06) and Phillies (2007-08). Charlie Manuel dismissed him after the Phillies won the World Series title in 2008. Smith had been suspended twice for on-field incidents.

With pitching coach Tim Belcher also in tow, there are just two prominent jobs remaining on Acta’s staff — hitting coach and first base coach.

6 Comments

First off, good to have you back, AC. This is a great move by Acta. Now with Radinsky as the bullpen coach, we essentially have two legit pitching coaches on staff at the big league level. All of the people who felt like Radinsky should have been selected as Pitching Coach should be happy that he got selected for this job. Even though he is technically the bullpen coach, I am sure that he will have plenty of input into the pitching philosophy and coaching of all of our pitchers. I really hope him and Belcher work well together.

Hurray! There is life in the blog again!
I like these moves thus far, as well. Especially Radinsky as the bullpen coach. I know for 2010, most of our woes exist in the rotation. However, guys like Jensen Lewis and Rafael Perez, who pitched masterfully in their journeys down to AAA, could probably benefit from his guidance. I really have no way to prove that it was truly Radinsky that helped these guys. In fact, I’m probably treading on rotten ice. I am basing all this on my own theories of what is going on behind the scenes. AAA baseball and MLB baseball are very different. Also, any number of guys on the Columbus coaching staff could have had an impact. However, I assume that Acta, Shapiro, and the powers that be know more about it than I do, and they felt it was a good move.

However, I was expecting Lovullo to be either the bench coach or the third base coach/infield instructor. I don’t really see him being either of the remaining positions. However, I could be wrong.

It’s been speculated by several media outlets that Nunnanlly could be the hitting coach. For what it’s worth. Good luck to the New coaches!

Welcome back AC.

Nice to see the blog up and running again. As for the coaches, I’m still withholding judgement. My voice was so powerful in disgust at the Mangini hiring that he has no chance of succeeding. I don’t want the same for Manny being Manager. Yes, I am that important.

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