By Nick Filipowski, Weekend Sports Anchor - bio | email
Marotz keeps an eye on his staff during spring training.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
He holds the franchise record for wins with 28 and after seven seasons with the Explorers, 31-year old right hander Ty Marotz decided to call it a career.
Then, he got a phone call from Manager Stan Cliburn asking him to be the next pitching coach for the X's.
Marotz said yes.
Marotz inherits a group that ranked 9th in earned run average a season ago, giving up 483 runs.
To help turn things around this season, Cliburn knew the former hurler was the guy to bring in.
"I told Ty Marotz, calling him up out of retirement to be my pitching coach, I said son, I've got three or four big league guys that want to come in here and be the pitching coach," Manager Stan Cliburn said. "You're my guy."
"It means the world to me," Marotz added. "To me there is no higher compliment than what Stan and the front office and the organization has done for me to offer me that position and I'm excited starting my coaching career right here."
Sioux City returns their two top pitchers in aces Jason Jarvis and Richard Salazar.
Jarvis ranked 11th in the American Association in wins with nine, and was tied for the league lead with six complete games.
Salazar went 8-7 in 20 starts last year and led the team in strikeouts with 87.
"To have two guys that you can count on, that you know are going to chew up a lot of innings and give you everything they've got every time they go on the mound, it gives you a lot less to worry about," Marotz said of the hurlers. "Having them in the lineup and the rotation could be kind of a stronghold for us."
The X's first exhibition game is Monday against Sioux Falls in Yankton, South Dakota.
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