Charlie Nagy is back with the Indians. After being fired as Arizona’s pitching coach at the end of last season, the Indians have hired Nagy. His role has yet to be defined, but that will come during a meeting with GM Chris Antonetti in spring training. Nagy pitched for the Indians for parts of 13 years, going 129-103 from 1990 through 2002. “I just recently signed on with the Tribe,” said Nagy. ”I’ll be in spring training and the role will be defined at some point as to what I’m going to do during the season.” Nagy spent the last three years as Arizona’s pitching coach. He’s also been a pitching coach at the Class AAA level for the Angels and Indians. It’s believed Nagy will be a roving instructor in the Indians' minor-league system. “It’s baseball. It’s what I know, It’s what I love to do,” said Nagy. “I told Chris I will do anything. I’ll rub up balls for you. I’ll catch bullpens.” Nagy is attending Tribe Fest with his oldest daughter, Makaela, 15. “It’s just a comforting feeling being back here,” said Nagy. “I was coming down the steps from the players' parking lot and I was thinking I spent a lot of years coming down these steps going to the family room.” Nagy joined his former teammates Kenny Lofton and Jim Thome at Tribe Fest. After Thome talked to reporters, Nagy followed him to the podium. Nagy went to shake his hand, but Thome said, “I want a hug, not a handshake, from you.” Nagy won 10 or more games in eight of his first nine full seasons with the Indians. He did so while pitching for some of the best offensive teams in franchise history. Asked the secret to his success, Nagy said, “Run production.” In Arizona, Nagy worked with Trevor Bauer, the Diamondbacks' No.1 pick in 2011. The Indians acquired Bauer after the 2012 season and consider him one of the top pitchers in their system.
Cleveland Indians bring Charlie Nagy back home as pitching instructor
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Jan 26