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According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians have named Carl Willis as their new pitching coach.

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During his first stint in Cleveland, Willis molded the likes of CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee into Cy Young winners. Willis spent the last two and a half seasons as the Red Sox pitching coach under manager John Farrell, who was sacked after Boston was eliminated by Houston in the ALCS. He had spent the last two-and-a-half seasons in Boston as the pitching coach for recently-fired Red Sox manager John Farrell. The Indians won the American League ERA title in 2005 (3.61).

Manager Terry Francona said there was a sense of urgency to get somebody on board because of the competition to sign pitching coaches this off-season. With Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer and more - plus one of the best bullpens in baseball - Willis will have plenty to work with this time around.


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