"Dean Treanor is a well-experienced manager who will bring a high level of competitive fire to the Indianapolis Indians," says Indians Vice President & General Manager Cal Burleson. "Dean demonstrated that enthusiasm as the Indians' Pitching Coach last year and we look forward to having Dean being the man in charge in 2011."
Treanor, who becomes the 59th manager in the history of the Indianapolis Indians, brings a wealth of experience to the Tribe as he enters into his 24th season as a coach/manager in professional baseball. His long career features eight seasons as a manager, including six at the Triple-A level (Albuquerque -- 2003, 2005-2008, Calgary --2002) during which time he racked up a 428-415 record. The San Luis Obispo, Calif native was also the Florida Marlins Minor League pitching coordinator in 2004 and spent multiple seasons as a pitching coach for a variety of teams, including the last two with-in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization (Altoona -- 2009, Indianapolis -- 2010).
"The Pittsburgh Pirates have done a great job putting together a group of up and coming talented players," says new Indians manager Dean Treanor. "The core group of guys from the organizations Minor League championship teams the last two seasons (Lynchburg -2009, Altoona-2010) bring excitement for the future and I look forward to continue in helping develop all the up and coming talent in Indianapolis this coming season."
Joining Treanor on the Tribe's coaching staff is hitting coach Jeff Branson, who returns for his third season as the hitting coach in 2011. Under Branson the last two seasons, Indians hitters have posted their two highest home run totals (119 - 2009 and 118 -- 2010) since becoming a Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate and have produced an International League RBI champion in Brandon Moss (96 RBI in 2010) as well as quality Major League hitters such as Neil Walker, Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez and Jose Tabata.
"Jeff Branson has done an excellent job as the Indians Hitting Coach the past two seasons," says Indians Vice President & General Manager Cal Burleson. "His tutelage assisted in the advancement of Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez and Jose Tabata to Pittsburgh last year, and he will certainly be a positive force in the development of our hitters in the coming season."
Branson joined the Tribe prior to the 2009 season after spending the previous two seasons as the manager of High-A Lynchburg (Va.) and is in his eighth season as a coach/manager in the Pittsburgh organization. He played in 139 games for Indianapolis during the 1997 and 1999 seasons and played in over 694 Major League contests over nine seasons with the Reds, Indians and Dodgers.
Joining Treanor and Branson on the field staff is pitching coach Tom Filer, who spent last season in the same role with the Eastern League champion Altoona Curve.
Filer is entering into his 18th season as coach/manger in professional baseball and is no stranger to the International League as he spent the 2002 season as the pitching coach in Columbus and the 2003 season in the same position with Syracuse. Before making the jump to the Pirates' organization last season, the Philadelphia, Pa. native spent eight seasons coaching in Philadelphia organization (2002-2009). Filer also pitched in parts of six seasons in the Major Leagues for the Cubs (1982), Blue Jays (1985), Brewers (1989-90) and Mets (1992), during which time he compiled a 22-17 record with a 4.25 ERA in 67 games (51 starts).
"Tom Filer did an outstanding job as the Pitching Coach of the Pirates' Double-A Altoona Curve in 2010, as that team won the Eastern League Championship," says Indians Vice President & General Manager Cal Burleson." "Several of the members of that pitching staff will have an opportunity to advance to Indianapolis in 2011, and Tom Filer will be perfectly positioned to guide their continued improvement."
Also making the trip from Altoona, along with Filer, is new Indians' trainer Bryan Housand and new strength and conditioning coach Chad Uihlein. Housand will enter into his 11th season in the Pirates organization with the Tribe in 2011, while Uihlein begins his second season in the organization after working in the Seattle Mariners system from 2007-2009.
Indianapolis will face division rival Columbus in its 2011 home opener on Thursday, April 7 at 7:05 p.m. Season ticket and flex plan packages are on sale now by calling the Victory Field Box at 317-269-3545 or clicking Tribe Tickets.
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