Terry Francona, Guardians announce 2022 coaching staff

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Manager Terry Francona and the Cleveland Guardians announced their 2022 Major League coaching staff Wednesday.

The team promoted minor league pitching coordinator Joe Torres to assistant Major League pitching coach in addition to Chris Valaika’s hire as hitting coach back in early November.

This will be Torres’ sixth season with the organization while Valaika, a former infielder who played for the Reds, Marlins and Cubs from 2010-2014, comes to Cleveland after serving as the Cubs’ assistant hitting coach.

The rest of Francona’s on-field staff returns.

Carl Willis remains pitching coach, Sandy Alomar Jr. will coach first base and Mike Sarbaugh third base. DeMarlo Hale, who served as interim manager in 2021 while Francona tended to his health, is back as the bench coach.

Francona, who enters his 10th season as Cleveland’s skipper, is the franchise’s all-time leader in managerial wins with 753 and has posted winning records in eight of his nine seasons with the club.

Francona’s nine-year tenure equals the longest in franchise history and he is 24 games shy of breaking Lou Boudreau’s club record for games managed. Boudreau managed nine seasons and 1,377 games from 1942-1950, including winning the last World Series championship for the franchise in 1948.