Here’s to more good than bad this week!
From Paul Hoynes:
The Guardians have already watched the Chicago Cubs hire Carter Hawkins to be their General Manager. Now the San Diego Padres are close to hiring Ruben Niebla as their pitching coach.
Niebla just finished his 21st year with Cleveland and his second as the Guardians’ assistant pitching coach in the big leagues. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported Sunday evening that the Padres had “locked in’ on Niebla as their next pitching coach.
It is not surprising and it’s not the first time Niebla, 49, has been courted by another big league club to be its pitching coach. The Indians are noted for developing starting pitching — either through the draft or trades — and Niebla has played a big role in that.
Ruben Niebla has been at the center of Cleveland’s prolific pitching development factory. This would be a substantial loss. Every pitcher on staff has seemingly credited him with unlocking something. Niebla, who has worked for the team for two decades, lives outside of San Diego. https://t.co/makGR8jGeg— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) October 25, 2021