Canal Park will be home to “Wallyball” in 2016

Note: This is the second part of a series that will look at the coaching staffs in the Cleveland Indians organization. Up next: the Lynchburg Hillcats.

Earlier this month, the Cleveland Indians announced the player development staffs of each of the minor league affiliates. Just like the Triple-A affiliate, the manager will be one that has been in that spot from the prior year.

For the third straight year, Dave Wallace will lead the Akron RubberDucks into the Eastern League. Wallace is the third manager with three consecutive seasons at the helm. 2016 will be the sixth season for Wallace as a manager in the Indians organization, and eighth overall. Before becoming a manager, Wallace was a bullpen catcher for the big league club in 2009-2010. Wallace began with a season at Mahoning Valley while serving as the catching coordinator in 2010. Wallace managed the Lake County Captains (2012) and the Carolina Mudcats (2013) for one year each before his time in Akron. In five seasons, Wallace has a record of 315-323 as a manager with two playoff appearances.

  • 2009-2010: Cleveland Bullpen Catcher
  • 2011: Mahoning Valley Manager (41-34)/Catching Coordinator
  • 2012: Lake County Manager (71-68) Midwest League Playoffs (2nd Round)
  • 2013: Carolina Manager (57-83)
  • 2014: Akron Manager (73-69) Eastern League Playoffs (1st Round)
  • 2015: Akron Manager (73-69)

RubberDucks Manager David Wallace

Photo Credit: Akron RubberDucks

The RubberDucks will have one of the most experienced coaches at pitching coach in 2016. Tony Arnold will make his fourth appearance with the RubberDucks this season and first since the 2012 season. Arnold is in his 24th season with the Indians and 27th as a coach. Arnold was a pitching coach for the Canton-Akron Indians (1996) and the Akron Aeros (1997-99, 2008, 2011-12) before joining the RubberDucks this season. The 56-year old coach spent time with the Columbus Clippers and the Lynchburg Hillcats.

  • 1990-1992: Yakima Pitching Coach (LA Dodgers)
  • 1993-1994: Watertown Pitching Coach
  • 1995: Kinston Pitching Coach
  • 1996: Canton-Akron Pitching Coach
  • 1997-1999: Akron Pitching Coach
  • 2000-2002: Burlington Pitching Coach
  • 2003-2004: Lake County Pitching Coach
  • 2005: Mahoning Valley Pitching Coach
  • 2006: Burlington Pitching Coach
  • 2007: Kinston Pitching Coach
  • 2008: Akron Pitching Coach
  • 2009: Lake County Pitching Coach
  • 2010: Kinston Pitching Coach
  • 2011-2012: Akron Pitching Coach
  • 2013-2014: Columbus Pitching Coach
  • 2015: Lynchburg Pitching Coach/Columbus Pitching Coach

There will be a “newcomer” to the Indians organization at the hitting coach position. Former Indians player Tim Laker rejoins the system after a stint in the Chicago White Sox system. Laker spent the last six seasons with the White Sox. He was a hitting instructor in 2015 after three years as the hitting coordinator. Following Laker’s playing career, he managed the Mahoning Valley Scrappers before spending two years as the catching coordinator. This will be his fourth season with the Indians as a coach.

  • 2007: Mahoning Valley Manager (37-37)
  • 2008-09: Catching Coordinator with Indians
  • 2010: West Tennessee Manager (73-66) Southern League Playoffs (1st round)
  • 2011: Charlotte Hitting Coach (White Sox)
  • 2012-2014: White Sox Hitting Coordinator
  • 2015: White Sox Hitting Instructor

Jeremy Heller returns as the trainer for the team and Scott Nealon joins the staff as the strength and conditioning coach.

Akron will open the 2016 season on the road on April 7th against Bowie. The Baysox are the defending Eastern League champions. The home opener will take place on April 14th against Bowie.

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About tstotsky

I am a graduate of Lake Erie College and a huge baseball fan. I am a beat writer for Indians Baseball Insider, covering the Lake County Captains, Class A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
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