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.