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Columbus Clippers & Cleveland Indians Announce Clippers New Manager

November 29, 2012 - International League (IL) - Columbus Clippers News Release

COLUMBUS The Columbus Clippers and the Cleveland Indians today announced that Chris Tremie will join the Clippers as their field manager for the 2013 season. Tony Arnold will also join the team as the Clippers new pitching coach.

Ken Schnacke, President & GM, had these comments"We are excited to welcome Chris and Tony to Huntington Park as part of our organization. They have a tough task in replacing Mike Sarbaugh and Ruben Niebla, but just as Mike and Ruben had before them, they have earned this opportunity to advance to the Triple-A level and we look forward to working with them."

Chris Tremie (43) has managed in the Indians farm system for the past seven seasons, posting a 393-410 (.489) record. The Texas native managed the Akron Aeros (AA) in 2011-12, the AZL Indians (Rookie) in 2010, Kinston (Advanced A) in 2008-09, Lake County (A) in 2007 and the GCL Indians (Rookie) in 2006. Tremie made playoffs one time, going 6-3 in the 2012 EL Playoffs as Akron won the Eastern League championship.

Tremie played professionally for 14 seasons in six different organizations (Chicago-AL, Philadelphia, Texas, Pittsburgh, Florida, and Houston). A catcher, Tremie made his Major League debut with the Chicago White Sox in 1995 and appeared in 22 games in the Majors over parts of four seasons. Tremie was originally selected in the 39th round of the 1992 draft by the Chicago White Sox. He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Kinesiology.

Tony Arnold (53) begins his 21st season as a coach in the Indians Player Development System. He spent the past two seasons as Akron's pitching coach. He began his coaching career with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization in 1990. Arnold replaces Niebla who becomes the Indians' minor league pitching coordinator.

Arnold pitched for ten seasons in the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations. The right-hander made his Major League debut with the Orioles in 1986 appearing in 11 games. Arnold made 27 appearances with Baltimore the following season. He was drafted by the Orioles in the 10th round of the 1981 draft.

The Clippers also announced the return of hitting coach Phil Clark for his second season. In Clark's first year, the Clippers led the IL in batting average (3rd time in the last four years), homers (2nd straight season, never been done in franchise history) and runs (2nd straight season).

Also returning are strength coach Todd Kubacki (fourth season) and trainer James Quinlan (second season).

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