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Sarbaugh will return to K-Tribe in 2007

Published in Sports on January 7, 2007 2:09 AM

KINSTON -- The Cleveland Indians have announced that Mike Sarbaugh will return as the Manager of the Kinston Indians for the 2007 season. Joining him will be pitching coach Tony Arnold, hitting coach Jon Nunnally, and trainer Chad Wolfe.

Sarbaugh, 39, led the Kinston Indians to a 2006 Carolina League Championship last season sweeping both the Southern Division and Championship Series and finishing the season with a record of 90-54.

Sarbaugh's K-Tribe team was voted the Advanced Class A Team of the Year by both Minor League Baseball and Baseball America. A member of the Cleveland Indians organization as either a player or coach for the past 16 years, Sarbaugh returns to Grainger Stadium where he played as a K-Tribe infielder in 1990 and 1991; he was a hitting coach for Kinston in 1995, 98 and 99.

Nunnally, 35, was a Carolina League All-Star for the K-Tribe in 1994. The outfielder hit .267 with 22 home runs and 74 RBI in 94, leading the K-Tribe in batting average, at bats, runs, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI and walks. Nunnally was picked up by the Kansas City Royals in the 1994 Rule V draft.

He enjoyed a six year Major League Career with Kansas City, Cincinnati, Boston and the New York Mets; hitting .246 in 1048 games. Nunnally was the hitting coach for Cleveland's Appalachian League Rookie Team, the Burlington Indians, in 2006.

Arnold, 47, returns to Kinston where he was the K-Tribe pitching coach in 1995. Arnold, teamed with Sarbaugh as hitting coach, led his 1995 K-Tribe pitching staff to a Carolina League title. Arnold begins his 14th season as a coach in the Cleveland Indians Minor League system. Last season, Arnold served as Pitching Coach for the Burlington Indians. Arnold's staff went 34-33 with a 4.23 ERA. Arnold was a 10th round selection of the Baltimore Orioles in 1981. He pitched two years with the Orioles in the Major Leagues (86, 87); with a 0-2 record and a 5.06 ERA.

Wolfe will be in his fourth year as a trainer with-in the Cleveland Organization. Wolfe was a training intern with the Kinston Indians in 2003 while completing his Masters from East Carolina University.