The Guardians announced the rest of their major league coaching staff yesterday:
We have finalized our coaching staff under Stephen Vogt, promoting Rouglas Odor to Infield Coach, Brad Goldberg to Bullpen Coach, and hiring Kai Correa to Major League Field Coordinator.— Cleveland Guardians (@CleGuardians) November 27, 2023
Craig Albernaz has been named the Bench Coach.#ForTheLand pic.twitter.com/YqMyLGeFKA
You can read the team’s press release here.
Zack Meisel added a couple other notes:
New Guardians coaches:— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) November 27, 2023
Craig Albernaz, bench
Kai Correa, field coordinator
Rouglas Odor, infield
Brad Goldberg, bullpen
Josh Tubbs, ML hitting analyst
The rest of the staff is the same, including Carl Willis as pitching coach, Sandy Alomar Jr. 1B/catching, Chris Valaika hitting.
Update: Rouglas Odor will coach third base as well. https://t.co/lYYRc6cJAS— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) November 27, 2023
A lot of internal promotions and movement, but nice also to have three outside influences in Vogt, Albernaz and Correa leading the group. Correa, a 35 year old former bench coach for the Giants, will have the role Albernaz previously described as making sure the front office’s vision is realized by connecting front office, coaches and players. Albernaz, 41 years old, takes over the role of Vogt’s right-hand man, as he and Vogt came up together in the Tampa Bay Rays organization as players (catchers) and they have been close friends ever since that time.
It’s hard to find a better option to replace the beloved Mike Sarbaugh, organizational soldier, than beloved Rouglas Odor who has been in the organization since 1996 and is the all-time leader in wins as a manager at Akron, the Guardians’ Double-A affiliate. You can watch a lengthy interview with Odor, here:
There are interviews with Albernaz and Correa out there, both of them are considered rising stars in MLB’s coaching ranks. Notably, Vogt and Albernaz lowered the average age of the manager-bench coach tandem in Cleveland by an average of 22 years. That is certainly a big change, but both give off old soul vibes and it’s nice to have folks like Karl Willis and Rouglas Odor to give that presence of lengthy coaching experience. Overall, I like the idea of embracing the youth momevement of the franchise in the coaching staff, as well.
Brad Goldberg is from Beachwood and the always excellent Justin Lada from Locked On Guardians and Next Year in Cleveland and the News Herald did an interview with him in 2022. Josh Tubbs has been with the organization for 6 years, but is still only 29 years old. He will help the major league team with hitting analysis.
The Cardinals signed Sonny Gray and it’s probably a good thing he’s no longer pitching for the Minnesota Twins.
Zack Meisel also wrote a beautiful story about John Adams’ drum headed to Cooperstown for the Athletic.
Jhonkensy Noel hit a couple bombs last night in the Dominican Winter League:
One just wasn't enough for Jhonkensy Noel. pic.twitter.com/fPQwNzaywm— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) November 28, 2023
The Guardians announced the beginning of tickets sales for 2024, with rumors that news on Guards Fest (set for January 20th in Cleveland) will be coming within the near future.
Well, that’s it for things we KNOW the Guardians HAVE to do this offseason - hire a manager and coaching staff and make Rule 5 and non-tender decisions. Now, it’s time to hunker down and see if they can swing any trades or even free agent signings in the months to come. Winter Meetings will start this Sunday night, December 3rd, so we will see if that brings any activity from the Cleveland Front Office.