The bus holds a lot of people, but soon enough there won’t be any room left underneath it either. The Indians have dismissed pitching coach Scott Radinsky and replaced him with minor league coach Ruben Niebla on an interim basis.
Niebla is currently in his 12th season in the Indians organization, having spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons as the Pitching Coach for the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. In 2011 the Clippers captured the Triple-A Championship while posting their lowest team ERA (3.94) since 1992. The 2012 Columbus pitching staff currently owns an ERA of 3.91 (1031.1IP, 1012H, 448ER, 330BB, 887K), which is 6th lowest in the International League. Five members of the current Major League staff pitched under Niebla’s tutelage for AAA Columbus over the last two campaigns.
Niebla, 40, has been a Pitching Coach within the Indians Player Development System since 2001 and spent the 2010 season as an assistant to the Major League Coaching Staff. He played professionally for six seasons from 1995-2000 in the Expos and Dodgers organizations…
We all knew there would have to be some changes amidst one of the worst collapses and losing streaks. Players paid with DFAs and now Radinsky is the first staff member to fall. Will he be the last?