COLUMBUS, OH - The Cleveland Indians have announced the player development assignments for their Triple-A affiliate, the 2014 IL West Division Champion Columbus Clippers. Chris Tremie returns to the helm as Clippers manager. Carl Willis will be the new pitching coach and Rouglas Odor joins the staff as the Clippers hitting coach. Returning to the Clippers staff are trainer Chad Wolfe and strength coach Ed Subel.
Clippers President/GM Ken Schnacke: "We welcome back Chris Tremie for his 3rd season as our "skipper". Chris has done a fabulous job both "on and off the field" the last two seasons, taking us into the playoffs last season as Western Division Champions. In addition, his leadership has led to even more of our Clippers being promoted to the Indians roster and contributing to their success. We are sorry to lose Tony Arnold and Jim Rickon to other positions within the organization, but certainly look forward to having Carl Willis and Rouglas Odor join us as new members of the on-field staff. And we certainly welcome back Chad Wolfe and Ed Subel."
Chris Tremie will once again steer the ship for his third season as the Clippers manager. Tremie, 45, enters his 10th season in the Indians organization, all as a manager. He guided Double-A Akron to the Eastern League Championship in 2012 before joining the Clippers in 2013. He led the Clippers to the play-offs in 2014 and has a managerial record of 543-548.
Carl Willis replaces Tony Arnold as pitching coach. Willis, 54, returns to the field for the Indians organization following a successful stint as Cleveland's pitching coach from 2003-2009. During that time he mentored Cy Young award winners CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee. Willis joined the Seattle Mariners staff as pitching coach from 2010-2013, where he had another Cy Young winner in Felix Hernandez. After leaving Seattle, Willis served as a special assistant with the Indians last year. As a player, Willis was 22-16 with 13 saves over nine Major League seasons with the Tigers, Reds, White sox, and Twins.
Rouglas Odor will take over as hitting coach, becoming the third hitting coach in the last 3 years for the Clippers. Odor, 46, served as the hitting coach in Double-A Akron in 2014. He has spent 27 years in the Indians organization as a player, coach or manager. Odor was drafted by the Indians in the 32nd round of the 1988 amateur draft out of the University of New Orleans.
Chad Wolfe returns for his second season as the Clippers trainer, and Ed Subel returns as the strength & conditioning coach, a position he has held since 2012.
The Clippers begin the defense of their IL West division title April 9th against Indianapolis. The first 5,000 families through the gates on Opening Night (April 18th) will receive a 2015 Clippers Schedule Magnet. For more information, log on to clippersbaseball.com or call (614) 462-5250.