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Mike Sarbaugh

James Michael Sarbaugh (born April 25, 1967) is a baseball coach for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB). He is a former minor league baseball player and minor league manager for the Columbus Clippers the AAA farm team of the Indians. He has served as the first base/infielders coach for the Indians since 2013.


Playing career

Sarbaugh attended Lamar University, where he was an all conference shortstop. Sarbaugh played six seasons in the minors. He graduated with a degree in kinesiology. He played for the Helena Brewers in 1989, then in the Cleveland Indians' system from 1990 to 1994, where he won a Carolina League championship as a member of the Kinston Indians.

Coaching career

Sarbaugh later became a minor league coach. Sarbaugh was named the hitting coach for the Kinston Indians in 1995, and the "K-Tribe" was able to win the Carolina League championship that year. He moved on to the Columbus RedStixx of the South Atlantic League in 1996 and 1997 and then back to Kinston in 1998 and 1999. He also served as the hitting coach for the Akron Aeros from 2000 to 2003.

In 2004, he was named the manager of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and led them to a New York-Penn League championship. The next season he managed the Lake County Captains. In 2006, he became skipper of the Kinston Indians and won the league championship. This made him a Carolina League champion as a player, coach and manager. His team was voted the Advanced Class A Team of the Year by both Minor League Baseball and Baseball America. He remained the manager in Kinston for the 2007 campaign, and managed the Carolina League team in the California League/Carolina League All-Star Game held in Stockton, California.

On December 1, 2009, Sarbaugh was named the manager for the Columbus Clippers for the 2010 season.[1] Sarbaugh won both the 2010 and 2011 Triple-A championships as Clippers' manager.

Mike also had a minor role in the movie Major League II.

Cleveland Indians

Sarbaugh was named the first base coach/infielders coach for the Cleveland Indians since 2013.[2]

Personal life

Sarbaugh and his wife Nicole live in Shillington, Pennsylvania with their three children.


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