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Sarbaugh Moves Up To Manage Akron
Former Indians catcher Tim Laker, who made his managerial debut in 2007 at Mahoning Valley, will be the organization's catching coordinator in 2008 and former major-leaguer Gary Thurman joins the system as the outfield/baserunning coordinator.
Thurman spent the last half of the 2007 season as the first Base and outfield coach of the Seattle Mariners. He played nine seasons in the majors for Kansas City, Detroit, Seattle and the New York Mets and was a member of the Mariners' organization for the previous nine seasons as a minor league manager, coach or coordinator.
Former big-leaguer Johnny Goryl, who has spent nearly 60 years in baseball as a player, coach or manager, is back as an advisor to the player development program. Veteran Latin American field coordinator Minnie Mendoza also returns.
Sarbaugh, 40, was promoted to Double-A Akron to replace Tim Bogar, who declined an invitation to remain in the organization.
Sarbaugh spent the last two seasons as manager of the Class A Kinston Indians. Last year, he was named the Carolina League Manager of the Year as he led Kinston to both the first and second half titles and an overall record of 87-52 (.626).
Tony Arnold will stay with Sarbaugh as he will become the Aeros' pitching coach. Last year, Arnold guided the Kinston staff to a 3.53 ERA, which ranked second in the Carolina League. Former Lake County Captains manager Lee May Jr., will return as an Aeros coach and Michael Salazar is back as the trainer in Akron.
Tremie, 38, has been promoted to Kinston after managing the Lake County Captains in 2007. In his second season as a manager in 2007, Tremie led the Captains to a 64-74 (.464) record. Greg Hibbard, pitching coach at Akron in 2007, will serve in that role for at Kinston this season. Former big-league outfielder Jon Nunnally is back as coach and Chad Wolfe again will be the trainer at Kinston.
Holbert, who turns age 35 on Jan. 9, will make his managerial debut at Lake County. Last year, he was the hitting coach at Billings, the Cincinnati Reds' Rookie League team. A first-round selection (18th overall) by St. Louis in the 1990 draft, Holbert played 17 seasons of professional baseball at various levels for the Cardinals, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Boston, Florida, Toronto and Cincinnati organizations.
A former infielder, he made his MLB debut with the Cardinals in 1996 and then returned to the big leagues in 2005 with the Reds.
Ruben Niebla returns to the Captains for the third consecutive season as pitching coach, Jim Rickon is back for a second year ast coach and Jeremy Haller is again the Captains' trainer.
Fryman, 38, will make his managerial debut with the Scrappers. A five-time All-Star and former Gold Glove winner (2000), Fryman played 13 years in the majors, eight with Detroit and his final five with the Indians (1998-2002). He served as a special assistant last spring at the Indians' training camp.
Ken Rowe returns as pitching coach for his 17th season in the Indians organization. Anthony Medrano will be the Scrappers' coach. A second-round pick in 1993 by Toronto, he played in the Blue Jays, Royals, Expos, Indians and Phillies minor-league organizations through 2004, compiling a .275 average.
Odor, 39, will again guide the Gulf Coast League Indians as his entire staff from 2007 rejoins him. Steve Lyons will be the pitching coach, Phil Clark a coach and Teddy Blackwell the team trainer.
Previously, it was announced that Lovullo will return for his third season as the Bisons' manager, again with pitching coach Scott Radinsky, hitting coach Dave Myers and trainer Jeff Desjardins.
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