CLEVELAND — Beyond the Dugout is back again virtually on Zoom. For years, 3News' morning anchor Dave Chudowsky has been interviewing Indians players, coaches and staff during Spring Training in Goodyear, Arizona. The segments air weekly on GO! in the morning on channel 3 and here on WKYC.com.
Due to the pandemic, Chudowsky did not travel to Arizona this year -- but that is not stopping him from asking the tough questions you want answered. Well, not really! The questions are fun and help fans get to know their favorite players better.
Chudowsky is throwing a change-up pitch this week by going Beyond the Dugout with a coach instead of a player. Mike Sarbaugh has been a member of the Indians organization since 1990 as a Minor League player, coach and manager, and is now in his ninth season on the Major League staff (eighth as third base coach; 32nd season in Indians organization since 1990). He is entering his 33rd season in professional baseball.
During Sarbaugh's nine seasons with Cleveland Minor League affiliates, his teams compiled winning records in each campaign, captured five league titles and qualified for the postseason seven times. He was named the International League Manager of the Year in 2011, the Baseball America Manager of the Year in 2010. Sarbaugh played six seasons of professional baseball, the last five as a member of the Indians organization. The 54-year-old coach is married to his wife, Nicole, and has three children. He holds a degree in Kinesiology from Lamar University.
No question, Sarbaugh faces the pressure by making tough decisions every night on the diamond, but was he ready to be put on the hot seat? You will have to watch the attached video at the top of this story to find out what his strangest moment ever was coaching third base and to find out if it is true that he’s a movie star from Major League 2.