Carl Willis

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Carl Willis
Carl Willis (37174802781).jpg
Willis as pitching coach of the Boston Red Sox in 2017
Cleveland Indians – No. 51
Pitcher / Pitching coach
Born: (1960-12-28) December 28, 1960 (age 58)
Yanceyville, North Carolina
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 9, 1984, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
May 3, 1995, for the Minnesota Twins
MLB statistics
Win–loss record22–16
Earned run average4.25
As player

As coach

Career highlights and awards

Carl Blake Willis (born December 28, 1960) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher and the current pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians. He was previously the pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners.

Willis played for nine seasons in the majors as a relief pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins.

Playing career[edit]

Willis was a member of one World Series championship team: the Twins in the 1991 World Series.[1] In nine seasons he had a 22-16 win–loss record, 267 games, 2 games started, 81 games finished, 13 saves, 390 innings pitched, 424 hits allowed, 210 runs allowed, 184 earned runs allowed, 28 home runs allowed, 115 walks allowed, 222 strikeouts, 2 hit batsmen, 20 wild pitches, 1,668 batters faced, 25 intentional walks, 3 balks and a 4.25 ERA.

Coaching career[edit]

From 2003 to 2009 he served as the pitching coach for the Cleveland Indians.[2]

On November 30, 2009, Willis was named the Seattle Mariners minor-league pitching coordinator.[3] On August 9, 2010, Willis was promoted to the Seattle Mariners coaching staff as the new pitching coach, replacing Rick Adair who was fired along with manager Don Wakamatsu and bench coach Ty Van Burkleo. He served in this capacity until 2013.

Willis has had four pitchers win Cy Young Awards during his time as their pitching coach: CC Sabathia in 2007, Cliff Lee in 2008, Félix Hernández in 2010, and Rick Porcello in 2016.

In 2015, Willis was named to be the pitching coach for the Columbus Clippers in the Cleveland Indians organization.

On May 9, 2015, Willis was named as the pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox, replacing Juan Nieves.[4]

On October 26th, 2017, Willis was re-hired by the Indians as pitching coach, replacing Mickey Callaway.[5]


  1. ^ "Carl Willis Stats, Fantasy & News".
  2. ^ "Manager and Coaches". Cleveland Indians.
  3. ^ Hoynes, Paul (November 25, 2009). "Seattle hires former Indians pitching coach Carl Willis".
  4. ^ Dispatch, Jim Massie, The Columbus. "Baseball: Clippers pitching coach Carl Willis leaving for Red Sox". The Columbus Dispatch.
  5. ^ Hoynes, Paul (October 26, 2017). "Cleveland Indians hire Carl Willis as their new pitching coach".

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Preceded by
Mike Brown
Mickey Callaway
Cleveland Indians pitching coach
Succeeded by
Tim Belcher
Preceded by
Rick Adair
Seattle Mariners pitching coach
Succeeded by
Rick Waits
Preceded by
Juan Nieves
Boston Red Sox pitching coach
Succeeded by
Dana LeVangie