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Indians fire hitting coach Jon Nunnally, promote Bruce Fields

Jun 19, 2011, 11:41 AM EDT

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As first reported on the Cleveland Indians’ official Twitter feed, major league hitting coach Jon Nunnally was fired before Sunday’s game and Bruce Fields was named as his replacement.

Nunnally had been with the Tribe in a coaching capacity since 2006 and was named hitting coach in December of 2009. The Indians entered Sunday’s action ranked 12th in the majors in runs scored and 13th in team OPS but have struggled to maintain a firm grasp on first place in the American League Central. Nunnally, a former major league outfielder, will likely try to continue his coaching career with another organization. He is only 39 years old.

Fields served as the Tigers’ hitting coach from 2003-2005 and was operating this season as the Indians’ minor league hitting coordinator. He played three seasons in the major leagues.

  1. bigtrav425 - Jun 19, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    About damn time! A change needed to be made in the worst way.I honestly dont know how he kept his job after last yr.He has done a horrible job with LaPorta so far.Hopefully Fields,whoever he is can knock some sense into LaPorta

    • ptho16 - Jun 20, 2011 at 7:41 AM

      More of a scapegoat than it actually being his fault. How is it Nunnaly’s fault that LaPorta only has slider bat speed and inexplicably cannot hit lefties.

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