Francona finalizes Indians coaching staff

New Indians manager Terry Francona is keeping Sandy Alomar as

his bench coach.

Francona was chosen over Alomar to replace Manny Acta as

Cleveland’s manager after the Indians . Alomar spent last season as

the Indians bench coach before being named interim manager for the

final six games after Acta was fired. Alomar could be a candidate

for other managerial openings, but for now he will be Francona’s

top coach. Next season will be Alomar’s fourth on Cleveland’s


Francona also hired former Houston manager Brad Mills as his

third base coach. They previously worked together in Philadelphia

and Boston, and Francona and Mills were teammates with Montreal.

Mills managed the Astros for three seasons.

Mike Sarbaugh will coach first base for the Indians. He managed

Triple-A Columbus the past three years.