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Indians fire first-year pitching coach Scott Radinsky

Aug 9, 2012, 3:51 PM EDT

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Scott Radinsky has taken the fall for Cleveland’s collapse, as the Indians fired him as pitching coach less than a year after promoting him to the position. Triple-A pitching coach Ruben Niebla has been named the interim replacement.

Cleveland has the second-worst team ERA in the league at 4.75, along with the second-fewest strikeouts and most walks, which is why the Indians are 51-60 despite an offense that has been right around average.

Of course, how much of that can be blamed on Radinsky is unclear and not being able to work wonders on guys like Derek Lowe and Josh Tomlin isn’t exactly a fire-able offense. On the other hand Justin Masterson has regressed following a breakout 2011 season and Ubaldo Jimenez continues to be a mess, which were perhaps Radinsky’s two most important jobs this year.

Before being named Indians pitching coach last fall Radinsky pitched 11 seasons in the majors, served as Cleveland’s bullpen coach, and was the lead singer of a punk rock band.

General manager Chris Antonetti has already said that manager Manny Acta will be back in 2013.

  1. blantoncollier - Aug 9, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Hell someone has to take the blame for the Dolan’s decision not to spend money on talet. While its true the pitching staff has taken a step backward. The starting pitching was suspect from spring training no matter what Antonetti and Dolan say.

    Masterson lives on one pitch–a fastball–throws it 90+% of the time.
    Jimenez has screwed up mechanics that arent fixable. Last years pitching coach Tim Belcheler couldnt fix them either.
    Lowe was washed up.
    Tomlin—hmmm, maybe the league caught up with him after a good first half last year.

    Thanks Larry–cant wait to see what next years AAAA level Cleveland Indians look like.

  2. donkastain - Aug 9, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    If anyone needs fired, it is Antonetti.

  3. elgorditodehumboldt - Aug 9, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Scott Radinsky is a native of my home town and a fellow alum of my high school (Simi Valley, CA and Simi Valley High School). From working out during the off season with the high school baseball team to mowing the lawns on the high school field. He has always been nothing but a class act. I wish him the best of luck in whatever comes next in his life.

  4. Brian Murphy - Aug 9, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    They should have fired the bullpen coach. You know it’s always their fault.

  5. latchbeam - Aug 9, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Make Sandy Alomar the manager

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