On Tuesday the Arizona Diamondbacks named former Tribe ace and AAA pitching coach Charles Nagy their major league pitching coach. Some may remember his days dominating the American League in the early-to-mid 90s, including starting the 1996 All-Star game (which, until 2010, was the last time the NL won). Others probably choose to resent him for giving up the winning run in the 11th inning of Game Seven of the 1997 World Series. Regardless, Chuck Nagy was a big part of those powerhouse teams in the 90s, and he did a damn good job as the pitching coach in Columbus last year preparing Josh Tomlin, Jeanmar Gomez, and Carlos Carrasco for the big leagues. Not surprising, though, considering he was a very cerebral pitcher who relied more on control than pure stuff. With him moving to the National League, no reason not to wish him luck at his new gig. Godspeed, Charles!
As Ed also mentioned, former Indian John Farrell, who was serving as the Red Sox pitching coach, beat out Sandy Alomar Jr. (there’s a theme here) for the Blue Jays managerial position. Anything that makes the Red Sox weaker is alright in my book.
Ed also mentioned in that article that Eric Wedge has been hired to manage the Mariners. You may remember him as the former Tribe skipper that took a truckload of talent and parlayed it into one playoff appearance in seven seasons. We should have made it to the World Series, but he burned out C.C. and Fausto in the regular season and neither had enough gas in the tank to close out the Red Sox.
What the hell are they even thinking out west? Whatever it is, we can thank them for taking our scraps (Eduardo Perez and Ben Broussard) in exchange for Choo and Cabrera, and now they’ve hired the manager that we cast off. I look forward to playing them.