Carl Willis

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Indians hire ex-Red Sox coach Carl Willis as pitching coach

John Tomase
October 26, 2017 - 11:17 am

Carl Willis is leaving Boston to return to Cleveland.

The Indians on Thursday hired Willis to be their pitching coach, replacing Mickey Callaway, who was just named manager of the Mets.

Willis previously worked in Cleveland from 2003-09, overseeing Cy Young campaigns from CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee.

During Willis's two-plus years in Boston, the Red Sox featured a Cy Young winner of their own in Rick Porcello, and this past season finished second in the American League in ERA (3.70), trailing only the Indians. They also set a franchise record with 1,580 strikeouts, led by Chris Sale's league-leading 308.

The rest of the Red Sox coaching staff remains under contract in the wake of John Farrell's firing, but has been encouraged by president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski to seek other employment. New manager Alex Cora will be introduced after the World Series and will be free to build his own staff.