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01/05/2007 11:19 AM ET
Indians finalize 2007 staff alignment for player development system
Sarbaugh returns to Kinston; Tremie to guide Lake County; Former Indian Tim Laker to manage Mahoning Valley; Odor to GCL
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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians & Director of Player Development ROSS ATKINS today announced the remaining staff assignments for the 2007 Player Development System. Today, Atkins appointed MIKE SARBAUGH Manager at Kinston, CHRIS TREMIE Manager at Lake County, TIM LAKER Manager at Mahoning Valley and ROUGLAS ODOR Manager of the Gulf Coast League Indians.

The Indians also announced the field staff assignments for the 2007 season. DAVE HUDGENS has been promoted to Field Coordinator after spending last season as the Hitting Coordinator. BRUCE FIELDS has been promoted to Hitting Coordinator after spending the 2006 season as the hitting coach at AAA Buffalo. DAVE MILLER will once again return as the Pitching Coordinator and TED KUBIAK will again serve as the Defensive Coordinator. GARY VARSHO, who spent the last five seasons as the Philadelphia Phillies Bench Coach and played parts of eight seasons in the Majors, joins the Indians organization as the Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator.

Sarbaugh, 39, returns to Kinston after guiding the Indians to an 85-54 (.612) record in 2006. Under Sarbaugh, Kinston won the Carolina League Southern Division first half title as they were 47-23 and set the franchise record for the most first half wins. TONY ARNOLD will serve as Sarbaugh's Pitching Coach after spending last year at Burlington. JON NUNNALLY, who appeared in the Major Leagues over parts of six seasons will also serve as a coach. Nunnally returns to the Indians organization as he was a 3rd round selection by Cleveland in the 1992 draft and played for three seasons in the Indians player development system. CHAD WOLFE has been promoted from Lake County and will serve as the Athletic Trainer.

Tremie, 37, takes over as the Manager at Lake County after making his managerial debut last year with the Gulf Coast League Indians. Tremie led the Indians to a record of 21-29 in their inaugural season. RUBEN NIEBLA returns to Lake County for the second consecutive season and will serve as Tremie's Pitching Coach. JIM RICKON will serve as a coach on Tremie's staff after spending the 2006 season with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. JEREMY HELLER will be the Athletic Trainer after serving in the same role at Mahoning Valley last year.

Laker, 37, will make his managerial debut with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers after retiring from professional baseball last year. He spent five of the last six seasons in the Indians organization and played parts of 11 seasons at the Major League level. KEN ROWE returns to Mahoning Valley for the second consecutive season and will serve as Laker's Pitching Coach. This will mark Rowe's 17th season in the Cleveland Indians organization and his 47th season overall in professional baseball as either a pitcher, minor league manager, coach or instructor. KEVIN HIGGINS will serve as a coach on Laker's staff. Last year, Higgins was the Manager at Burlington and led the Indians to a 34-33 record.

Odor, 38, will guide the Gulf Coast League Indians after managing at Mahoning Valley last year where he guided the Scrappers to a 40-36 record. STEVE LYONS will serve as Odor's pitching coach with the GCL Indians after serving as the pitching coach at Kinston last season. PHIL CLARK will also serve as a coach on Odor's staff. Clark begins his first season as either a coach or manager at the professional level. He appeared in 264 Major League games covering parts of five seasons with the Detroit Tigers, San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox before finishing his playing career in Japan. TEDDY BLACKWELL will be the Athletic Trainer after serving as the Athletic Trainer at Burlington each of the past four seasons.

2007 CLEVELAND INDIANS PLAYER DEVELOPMENT STAFF ASSIGNMENTS
BUFFALO BISONS (AAA) LAKE COUNTY CAPTAINS (A)
Manager: TOREY LOVULLO Manager: CHRIS TREMIE
Pitching Coach: SCOTT RADINSKY Pitching Coach: RUBEN NIEBLA
Coach: DAVE MYERS Coach: JIM RICKON
Athletic Trainer: JEFF DESJARDINS Athletic Trainer: JEREMY HELLER
   
AKRON AEROS (AA) MAHONING VALLEY SCRAPPERS (A)
Manager: TIM BOGAR Manager: TIM LAKER
Pitching Coach: GREG HIBBARD Pitching Coach: KEN ROWE
Coach: LEE MAY JR. Coach: KEVIN HIGGINS
Athletic Trainer: MICHAEL SALAZAR Athletic Trainer: TBA
   
KINSTON INDIANS (A) GCL INDIANS (Rookie)
Manager: MIKE SARBAUGH Manager: ROUGLAS ODOR
Pitching Coach: TONY ARNOLD Pitching Coach: STEVE LYONS
Coach: JON NUNNALLY Coach: PHIL CLARK
Athletic Trainer: CHAD WOLFE Athletic Trainer: TEDDY BLACKWELL


2007 FIELD STAFF ASSIGNMENTS:
FIELD COORDINATOR- DAVE HUDGENS
ADVISOR, PLAYER DEVELOPMENT- JOHNNY GORYL
PITCHING COORDINATOR- DAVE MILLER
HITTING COORDINATOR- BRUCE FIELDS
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR- TED KUBIAK
OUTFIELD/BASERUNNING COORDINATOR- GARY VARSHO
LATIN AMERICAN FIELD COORDINATOR- MINNIE MENDOZA
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