Note: This is the first of a series that will look at each of the coaching staffs in the Cleveland Indians organization. Up next: the Akron RubberDucks.
Last Monday, the Cleveland Indians announced the staffs for the player development staffs for each of their affiliates as well as the front office PD staffs. Down Interstate 71, there will be a familiar face sitting in the manager’s spot in the dugout.
For the fourth straight year, Chris Tremie will be at the helm of the Columbus Clippers as the field manager. Tremie and the Clippers are coming off the Governors’ Cup Championship in 2015 and second straight year in the playoffs. 2016 will be the 11th year for Tremie as a member of the Indians’ organization, all in the managerial role. Over the course of the last ten years, he has a record of 626-609 across five different levels. He has led teams to three playoff appearances, including a Eastern League title in 2012 with Akron.
- 2006: GCL Manager (21-29)/Catching Coordinator
- 2007: Lake County Manager (64-74)
- 2008: Kinston Manager (72-66)
- 2009: Kinston Manager (60-78)
- 2010: AZL Manager (21-35)/Catching Coordinator
- 2011: Akron Manager (73-69)
- 2012: Akron Manager (82-59) Eastern League Playoffs (Champions)
- 2013: Columbus Manager (71-73)
- 2014: Columbus Manager (79-65) International League Playoffs (1st Round)
- 2015: Columbus Manager (83-61) International League Playoffs (Champions)
In the pitching coach role, there will be a new face in the dugout. Steve Karsay returns to Columbus as a coach in 2016. Karsay pitched for the Clippers in 2004, while the Clippers were part of the Yankees organization. Karsay begins his fifth season as a coach in the Indians system. He spent the 2015 season with the Lake County Captains, where he helped make history. There were five Captains pitchers that had 100+ strikeouts in a season. That was the first time it happened in the Midwest League. The former Major League pitcher replaces Tony Arnold and Carl Willis as the pitching coach of the AAA affiliate.
- 2012: AZL Pitching Coach
- 2013: Lake County Pitching Coach
- 2014: Carolina Pitching Coach
- 2015: Lake County Pitching Coach
Hitting coach Rouglas Odor returns to Columbus for the second straight season. Odor is beginning his 18th season as a coach/manager and 28th as a player, coach and/or manager. Prior to his time in Columbus, Odor was the hitting coach for the Akron RubberDucks in 2014. Odor spent the first ten years post-playing career as a manager before moving to a hitting coach role the last eight years.
- 1998-2001: Venezuelan Field Coordinator
- 1999-2000: San Felipe (VSL) Manager (32-25/41-16) 2000-VSL Playoffs (Champions)
- 2001-2004: Burlington Manager (31-37/29-39/37-31/31-35)
- 2005-2006: Mahoning Valley Manager (33-43/40-36)
- 2007-2008: GCL Manager (28-31/27-29)
- 2009-2010: Kinston Hitting Coach
- 2011-2012: Akron Hitting Coach
- 2013: Carolina Hitting Coach
- 2014: Akron Hitting Coach
- 2015: Columbus Hitting Coach
Former big-league catcher Omir Santos will return as an assistant coach for the Clippers. Santos played with the Clippers and the Indians in 2013. Following his playing career, Santos appeared with Columbus as a coach last season and will return in 2016 as a full-time coach.
- 2015: Columbus assistant coach
Trainer Chad Wolfe will return to Huntington Park for the third straight season and Ed Subel returns as the strength and conditioning coach for the fifth straight season.
The Clippers will open the 2016 season on April 7th as they host the Indianapolis Indians at Huntington Park.