You may not recognize the lead singer of the rock band "Pulley," when he is dressed in his day-job attire. Scott Radinsky is a man of many talents: He is a leader in his rock band and a leader on the baseball diamond.
After spending the 2011 season as the Tribe's bullpen coach, Radinsky replaced Tim Belcher as the team's pitching coach. During the Spring and Summer months, Radinsky spends his time at the field, but when the season ends he is back to rockin out.
"I don't have a hard time getting my mind off of baseball when the last out is made of the season," Radinsky said. "I have always enjoyed that and it has been an outlet for me."
Radinsky started playing music with friends at a young age and says it's a great way to release his energy, but during the season his energy is devoted to his pitchers. The new pitching coach says he has a passion for helping players realize their potential.
"Learning what you can say to help make a guy tick...to me, that's huge. That is coaching," Radinsky said.
Bullpen pitcher Tony Sipp says Radinsky's style of coaching is unique and effective. Sipp, who worked with Radinsky last season in the bullpen, will miss his old coach.
"I feel like a proud son," Sipp said. "No one may notice you are having a bad day and he will come up to you and be like, 'What's going on?' If you don't need help, you probably won't hear from him for a while."
Radinsky has a different approach to life. He has overcome a challenge greater than any batter he has faced. In 1994, when Radinsky was with the Chicago White Sox, tests revealed that there was a lymph node on the left side of his neck that contained Hodgkin's Disease. He endured months of chemotherapy and returned to the mound like a champion.
"I have never taken things for granted," he said. "The grind of baseball, it's kind of bad to put the two together, but certainly helped me fight through that. Being a competitor and a fighter it made it a little easier I guess fighting a disease."
Bullpen pitcher Joe Smith says Radinsky is the coolest guy he knows.
"Major League Baseball is tough enough to play," Smith said. "But having something to do off the field like being a lead singer in a band and traveling in the off-season and still having a family and doing your job on the field, that is pretty impressive."
The bullpen will miss him, but the starters welcome him to their side. Tribe starter Josh Tomlin says he is glad to have him as the new pitching coach.
"He gets the mental and physical side of it and for me he is not a hands on guy all of the time," Tomlin said. "He is always there for advice when you need it."
"I might not be the best at teaching a guy how to throw a slider or a split finger," Radinsky said. "But if I can put them in the right frame of mind...then I feel like I have accomplished what I need to do."