CLEVELAND, OH - The Cleveland Indians and Manager TERRY FRANCONA today announced the club has named JASON BERE Bullpen Coach. Bere replaces Kevin Cash, who was named Manager of the Tampa Bay Rays on December 5.
Bere, 43, has been a Special Assistant to the Baseball Operations Department since retiring as a player in 2005. In that role Jason provided instruction and evaluation of organizational pitchers within the Indians Player Development system and spent each Spring Training in uniform assisting the Major League and Minor League coaching staffs.
The Wilmington, MA native pitched 11 seasons in the Major Leagues with five different teams, including stints with the Indians in 2000 and 2003 before concluding his playing career at Triple-A Buffalo in 2005. During his career he compiled a Major League record of 71-65 with a 5.14 ERA in 211 games/203 starts (1111.0IP, 1095H, 634ER, 626BB, 920K) and was an American League All-Star in 1994 with the Chicago White Sox. Bere won a combined 24 games in 1993 and 1994 with the Sox and was the starting and winning pitcher for Chicago in the final game played at Cleveland Stadium on October 3, 1993.