The 47-year-old won 129 games in 13 seasons with the Tribe. He last pitched professionally in 2003. The Akron Beacon Journal’s Stephanie Storm first reported the news over at the TribeFest event at Progressive Field today. The role will be precisely defined during spring training in Arizona.
Nagy served as the Arizona Diamondbacks pitching coach from 2011-2013. He was then somewhat surprisingly fired shortly after this past season ended. SB Nation’s Rob Neyer theorized that Nagy and bench coach Steve Sax were fired because Arizona pitchers were not hitting enough opposing batters. Seriously.
Shortly after the firing, some Indians fans started clamoring for Nagy to return to Cleveland. Wahoos on First’s Steve Kinsella wrote such a post the next week. He suggested the Indians make him a roving minor league pitching coach. Reports are circulating Nagy will have some type of coaching/advising role.
Nagy’s post-playing career began with two seasons as a special assistant to then-Tribe general manager Mark Shapiro in 2004-2005. He then was the Los Angeles Angels’ Triple-A pitching coach from 2006-2007. After three years away from the game with his family, he returned to become the Columbus Clippers’ pitching coach in 2010. Arizona hired him from there.
Amid the excitement of TribeFest, this certainly should be well-received news among Indians fans. Cleveland pitching coach Mickey Callaway had a phenomenal season in 2013. His presence is regarded as a significant reason for the team’s pitching improvement last year and subsequent run to the American League Wild Card game. Nagy’s presence, in whatever role, can only help the organization further.
Specifically, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian pointed out that Nagy worked with eccentric Indians pitching prospect Trevor Bauer over in the Diamondbacks organization. That familiarity should help out too.
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