The Indians have named Jason Bere as their new bullpen coach, filling the void created by Kevin Cash being hired as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. Bere had an 11-year MLB career, including two brief stints with the Tribe (in 2000 and 2003). In 2005 he retired as a player and took a job in the Indians' front office, where he'd been ever since.
Says Terry Francona of Bere, "His ability to communicate with players is something that stands out the minute you meet him."
Cash did a great job during his time with the Indians, helping convince the team to acquire Yan Gomes and also doing a lot of work with Carlos Carrasco, who had easily the best year of his career in 2014, and so Bere is filling some relatively big shoes, but if management likes him as the right guy for the job, I see no reason to disagree with them, especially since I wouldn't claim to entirely understand the responsibilities of a bullpen coach. It is interesting that Cash was a catcher, while Bere was a pitcher. I wonder what the breakdown is among bullpen coaches league-wide.