Hitting coach Fields alters pregame strategy

Hitting coach Fields alters pregame strategy

SAN FRANCISCO -- Teams typically hold meetings to study opposing pitchers on the first day of each series, filing into a room and breaking down video of the starting pitchers scheduled to take the hill.

The Indians are taking a new approach.

Recently hired hitting coach Bruce Fields plans on holding a meeting with his hitters before each game. Members of Cleveland's offense met in the visitors' clubhouse prior to Sunday's game to go over Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner.

"That's his job," said Indians manager Manny Acta. "If he thinks that will help them, then I'm all behind him. I try not to micromanage. I let everybody do their job, and then if somebody is out of line, then I'll step in.

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"If he feels that going over those guys every day is going to help them, let's go for it."

In light of the team's continued offensive woes, the Indians dimissed Jon Nunnally as their hitting coach on June 19. Fields, who had been the organization's roving Minor League hitting instructor, arrived one day later and assumed Nunnally's post.

Acta said there is no secret to turning things around.

"In order for our offense to be good," Acta said, "just about everyone here has to be playing up to their capabilities. We knew that coming in."