Indians Tap Ex-Player to Manage Mahoning Valley Scrappers


CLEVELAND (AP) - Long-time Cleveland Indians catcher Tim Laker today has been named as manager of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, one of the organization's Single-A clubs.

The 37-year-old Laker retired last year after eleven seasons, including five of the last six as the Indians' backup catcher.

The Indians also named Chris Tremie as manager at Single-A Lake County. Rouglas Odor, who managed at Mahoning Valley last season, will take over the Gulf Coast League Indians.

The Indians also made coaching chances at Major League level, promoting Dave Hudgens from hitting coordinator to field coordinator.

The promoted Bruce Fields to hitting coordinator after serving as the hitting coach at Triple-A Buffalo and named Gary Varsho as their outfield/baserunning coordinator.