The Cleveland Guardians will be starting a new era in 2024.
Longtime manager Terry Francona is no longer around, as he decided to retire to focus on his health.
Not only that, but his right hand DeMarlo Hale isn’t with the Guardians anymore.
Instead, Stephen Vogt, a former MLB catcher who is widely respected around the league, will take over for Francona and manage in the majors for the first time after spending the 2023 campaign as a coach.
The Guardians have now finalized their coaching staff to help Vogt navigate through his first season.
“New Guardians coaches: Craig Albernaz, bench; Kai Correa, field coordinator; Rouglas Odor, infield; Brad Goldberg, bullpen; Josh Tubbs, ML hitting analyst. The rest of the staff is the same, including Carl Willis as pitching coach, Sandy Alomar Jr. 1B/catching, Chris Valaika hitting,” Guardians insider Zack Meisel tweeted.
New Guardians coaches:
Craig Albernaz, bench
Kai Correa, field coordinator
Rouglas Odor, infield
Brad Goldberg, bullpen
Josh Tubbs, ML hitting analyst
The rest of the staff is the same, including Carl Willis as pitching coach, Sandy Alomar Jr. 1B/catching, Chris Valaika hitting.
— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) November 27, 2023
Some of those coaches have years of experience at the highest level, while others are relatively new to the craft.
It’s good to see the organization prioritizing hitting analysis, as it is clearly the area of biggest need.
The 2024 campaign is a very important one for the Guardians.
There are lots of new faces in the dugout and on the field, and Cleveland needs to worry not only about catching the Minnesota Twins at the top of the AL Central, but also about the emerging Detroit Tigers.
Cleveland has enough resources on the farm and on the major league roster to stay competitive, but offensive reinforcements are necessary to keep up the pace.
The coaches can help, but they also need people who can hit the ball hard consistently.