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Tim Belcher steps down as Indians pitching coach

Jeanmar Gomez, Tim Belcher

Cleveland Indians pitcher Jeanmar Gomez leaves the game with an injury along side pitching coach Tim Blecher, left, during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins , Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, in Minneapolis. The Indians defeated the Twins 10-4. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)


Indians bench coach Tim Tolman resigned yesterday because of Parkinson’s disease and today pitching coach Tim Belcher stepped down to “spend more time with his family.”

Sandy Alomar Jr. was immediately promoted from first base coach to bench coach to replace Tolman, but the Indians haven’t decided on Belcher’s replacement yet.

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer speculates that bullpen coach Scott Radinsky has the inside track on the job.

Belcher, who won 146 games during a 14-year career with seven different teams, spent two seasons as the Indians’ pitching coach and is expected to remain in the organization as an “advisor.”