Tim Belcher steps down as Indians pitching coach - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Tim Belcher steps down as Indians pitching coach

Tim Belcher steps down as Indians pitching coach Tim Belcher steps down as Indians pitching coach

The Indians announced Tim Belcher has stepped down as Major League Pitching Coach.  Belcher will again assume a position similar to the Special Assistant to Baseball Operations role he served in for 8 seasons from 2002-09 before becoming Manny Acta's Pitching Coach in 2010.

Statement from Tim Belcher regarding today's decision:

After much reflection and deliberation, I have decided not to return as the Major League Pitching Coach for the 2012 season. 

When I accepted the position two years ago, I understood and embraced the challenges of the role.   Over the last two years I was fully committed to the responsibilities of the job and enjoyed it.  

However, as I began to look forward to 2012, I felt that I would not be able to balance the changing needs of my family and the demands of the job.  As a result, I have decided that it would be best for me to step away from coaching at this time.

I want to thank the Indians for the opportunity to work with a good young pitching staff the past two years.   I am excited about the future of the team and I welcome the opportunity to continue working for the club in another capacity going forward. 

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