Nunnally joins coaching staff

Manny Acta has selected Jon Nunnally as his hitting coach, rounding out the Major League coaching staff for Acta’s first season at the helm.

The move will officially be announced Wednesday.

Nunnally spent the ’09 season as the hitting coach at Triple-A Columbus and was the hitting coach at Class A Kinston in ’07 and ’08. He played professionally for 15 seasons as an outfielder in seven different organizations, reaching the bigs with the Royals (1995-97), Reds (’97-98), Red Sox (’99) and Yankees (2000). The Indians selected him in the third round of the Draft in 1992 before losing him in the Rule 5 to the Royals in ’94.

Acta went with Nunnally over another in-house candidate, Minor League field coordinator Dave Hudgens, who is a former hitting coach for the A’s.

Nunnally obviously has a working relationship with many of the Tribe’s young hitters. He was instrumental in the improvements Andy Marte showed in ’09, and he received vocal support from Travis Hafner, who worked with Nunnally while on a rehab assignment last year.


Well, all the pieced are now in place. I’m interested to see if there will be any change in guys like Marte in ’10. As we are all aware, the contrast between AAA and MLB was significant. I wonder, with a couple of changed variables and a couple of constant variables, if we will see significant change. If he succeeds next year, with a new manager and hitting coach, it will add credence to my theory that perhaps much of the problem isn’t Marte’s inability to make the transition to major league pitching, but rather the way he (and others) were handled by the staff. Other than Cabrera in September of ’07 and Brantley in September of ’09 (where Cabrera’s initial success was temporary and Brantley’s complete transition remains to be seen), I can’t remember any real smooth transitions for our young players in recent years. In fact, most of the transitions were just terrible. Granted, this theory is built on speculation and very little definite evidence. But, I will stubbornly hold on to it, nevertheless.
Also, I know there was some confusion regarding the Rule 5 Draft. Here is a great summation:

I definitely enjoyed profession explore ones own experience and information about the issue

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