Thompson To Coach First Base For Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) - Robby Thompson, an 11-year major leaguer who spent the last two seasons on San Francisco's coaching staff, will be first-base coach for the Cleveland Indians, the club said Wednesday.

Thompson, 39, was the infield and first-base coach for Giants manager Dusty Baker. In Cleveland, he replaces Ted Uhlaender, who was let go after the season.

Thompson played 11 seasons at second base for San Francisco and twice was chosen as an NL All-Star. He batted .257 in 1,304 games and won a Gold Glove in 1993.

He retired in 1997 after going to spring training with the Indians.

Thompson's addition completes manager Charlie Manuel's coaching staff for 2002. The Indians added Eddie Murray as new hitting coach and Mike Brown as pitching coach for next season after Clarence Jones and Dick Pole were fired from those respective positions.

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