Doc Edwards, who was promoted from bullpen coach to manager midway through the Cleveland Indians' disastrous 1987 season, was rehired Wednesday to manage the team in 1988.
Edwards directed Cleveland to a 30-45 record after taking over July 16, when Pat Corrales was fired. The Indians were 31-56 under Corrales.
Their final 61-101 record was the worst in the majors, and Edwards said he and new team President Hank Peters are prepared to deal to strengthen a pitching staff that had a 5.28 earned-run average, also worst in the big leagues.
In Chicago, meanwhile, Joe Altobelli and Don Zimmer top the list of candidates for manager of the Cubs, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.