Indians add Carl Willis as pitching coach—again

Carl Willis Indians

The Cleveland Indians announced the team has named Carl Willis as Pitching Coach, replacing Mickey Callaway who recently took a job with the New York Mets.

[Fires up Skylar Gray…]

If Willis’ name rings a bell, it’s because this is his second stint with the team. Willis spent seven seasons in the same position between 2003 and 2009 where he was a part of a stretch that saw an AL-best 3.61 ERA in 2005 while working with the likes of CC Sabathia, Cliff Lee, and Fausto Carmona. He comes back to Cleveland having spent the last two-plus season as the pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox, a club that finished just behind Cleveland in ERA in 2017.

According to Willis, he was fielding upwards of four offers over the last few weeks, but said offers “didn’t include the names Kluber, Bauer, Carrasco, or Salazar.” According to Indians manager Terry Francona, the team wanted to move fast on hiring a pitching coach as competition for jobs around baseball was about to heat up.