When a minor league club sees 30 players wear the colors of both the AAA and Major League clubs, sometimes that catches the eyes of struggling teams. But not this time. A, back-to-back International League West Division champion Indianapolis Indians field staff intact for 2o14.
We love the coaching staff the Bucs have put together, so we kept our fingers crossed on a few of the coaches ignoring other offers. Of course, we didn’t really have our fingers crossed, but it felt like that anyway. Get this…10 players made their ML debuts with the Bucs last season.
The big name from the Indianapolis Indians staff of course, is Dean Treanor who returns for his fourth year with the Tribe. Tom Filer will also work his magic with arms as he returns as the pitching coach.
One of the big question marks for us was hitting coach Mike Pagliarulo who did a solid job despite consistent turnover on the Indians rosters.
From a post on the Indians website comes the following quotes:
“We are very pleased to have Dean Treanor, Tom Filer, Mike Pagliarulo and Bryan Housand returning to Indianapolis in 2014,” Indians Vice President and General Manager Cal Burleson said. “All have contributed significantly to our success.”
Treanor returns to the helm as just the eighth skipper in franchise history to manage the Tribe for four or more seasons. The San Luis Obispo, Calif. native notched his 200th Indians victory last year and currently ranks 11th among all-time Indianapolis managers with his overall record of 244-187. He is the only Indians manager to win back-to-back IL West Division crowns and will enter the 2014 season with the opportunity to become the first skipper in franchise history to win three consecutive division titles.
“Dean has shown over the past three years that it is possible to win at the Triple-A level and develop players for the Pirates at the same,” Burleson said. “He has accomplished this as our manager by instructing and insisting that our players strive to play the game the way it is supposed to be played.”