Former Indian Lakerto manage Scrappers
CLEVELAND -- Longtime Indians catcher Tim Laker was hired Friday to manage the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, one of the organization's Class-A farm teams.
The 37-year-old retired in 2006 after 11 seasons, including five of the last six as the Indians' backup catcher.
Cleveland appointed Chris Tremie as manager at Class-A Lake County. Tremie managed the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Indians to a 21-29 record last season. Rouglas Odor, who managed at Mahoning Valley last season, will take over the Gulf Coast League Indians.
The Indians also promoted Dave Hudgens from hitting coordinator to field coordinator in their player development system. Bruce Fields will become hitting coordinator after serving as the hitting coach at Triple-A Buffalo. Gary Varsho, who spent the last five seasons as the Philadelphia Phillies' bench coach, becomes the outfield and baserunning coordinator.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Youngstown Baseball Oldtimers Association will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Kramer Field.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Greater Youngstown Bowling Association is accepting entries for its 75th annual city bowling tournament, which runs Jan. 19-28.
The team championships will again include two divisions: upper (1,000 average and higher) and lower (999 average and below). The ranges for the doubles event are 400-up and 399-under, while singles and all-events are divided into 200-up and 199-under. Entry fee is 17 per event per bowler with all-events 2 optional.
LIBERTY -- Liberty High girls basketball player Samari Dawson's name was misspelled in Friday's edition.
AUSTINTOWN -- Jennifer Gossett's name was incorrectly written as Jennifer Smolko in the Dec. 31 bowling write-up. Gossett had games of 299 and 300 as part of an 800 three-game set in Wedgewood Ladies Trio on Dec. 19. Gossett's four-game total was 1,023.
Wally Bell to speakat Canton luncheon
CANTON -- Major League umpire Wally Bell, a Canfield resident who worked last fall's World Series, will be the speaker for the Pro Football Hall of Fame luncheon Monday.
Luncheons are held at the FourWinds Restaurant, 4210 12th St. NW, Canton, from mid-September through mid-May, featuring speakers primarily from the sports world.
Browns oustfour coaches
CLEVELAND -- Wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie and tight ends coach Ben Coates won't be back with the Cleveland Browns next season, the first departures in an overhaul of coach Romeo Crennel's staff.
The team announced Friday that those two as well as offensive quality control coach Carl Crennel II and strength and conditioning coach John Lott will not be retained for next season.
"These decisions were made with the best interest of the franchise in mind," Romeo Crennel said in a statement.
More coaching changes could occur as Crennel continues meeting with general manager Phil Savage and owner Randy Lerner following a 4-12 season that began with high expectations.
The Browns need to improve one of the league's worst offenses and have asked the Miami Dolphins to interview quarterbacks coach Jason Garrett for the position of offensive coordinator, a source familiar with the situation said. The source was not authorized to comment and spoke on condition of anonymity. Garrett played 12 seasons in the NFL, mostly as a backup quarterback for Dallas, Tampa Bay, Miami and the New York Giants. He has spent two seasons coaching Miami's quarterbacks.
The Browns are looking for an offensive coordinator after finishing 30th in scoring and 31st in yards and rushing even after coordinator Maurice Carthon was replaced by offensive line-assistant head coach Jeff Davidson in October.
DAVIE, Fla. -- If Jason Taylor calls it quits, he'll leave at his peak. The Miami Dolphins' defensive end, who is contemplating retirement at age 32, was honored Friday as the league's defensive player of the year.
With a bushel full of records and an MVP award already in his collection, LaDainian Tomlinson was named the Offensive Player of the Year. Taylor earned 22 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters. Denver cornerback Champ Bailey received 16, and San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman finished third with six.
Tomlinson, voted Most Valuable Player on Thursday, broke Shaun Alexander's league record for touchdowns by scoring 31 (28 rushing) and also threw for two scores. The brilliant running back not only surpassed the mark Seattle's Alexander established last year in also winning the MVP-offensive player double, but Tomlinson surpassed Paul Hornung's 46-year-old record for points by getting 186.
Vindicator staff/wire reports