Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona met with reporters on Wednesday at the 2013 Winter Meetings. Here’s what he had to say:
Q. After last year you energized the city. How important is it for you guys to sustain the success?
TERRY FRANCONA: I’m hoping that it’s kind of a springboard into next year, as opposed to a nice little year that ended quicker than we wanted. But it was still a fun year. Saying that, it’s going to be hard to do, but if anything, our goals are set higher. But it’s challenging, but it’s also fun doing it, with the people we’re doing it with. It’s enjoyable.
Q. (Tampa Bay Manager) Joe Maddon was saying the other day that he actually kind of has come to embrace that underdog aspect, that you know that you’re going to not have the payroll of some of the teams you’re going up against, and it presents a challenge. Having been with big market teams earlier, do you now feel that or do you still kind of feel your way there?
TERRY FRANCONA: I think it’s realistic. I think if you don’t if you deny it, you’re missing the boat because you’re kind of playing in different neighborhoods in the winter. But when the season starts you’re in the same one. I certainly understand his point. I think for me it’s more of a comfort zone of who I’m working with and things like that. We have our challenges and I knew that coming in. But I have enjoyed immensely showing up and trying to figure out how we’re going to do it with these guys. So it’s probably maybe a little different.
Q. What are the chances that you guys bring back Ubaldo, and what kind of effect did Ubaldo have in your rotation?
TERRY FRANCONA: I don’t know what the chances are, you’d have to ask Chris that. But in the second half of the year he was one of the best pitchers in baseball. We were trying to manipulate a start at the end of the year; that’s a pretty big turnaround. It kind of coincided with us getting better. The second half of the year he was one of the best pitchers in baseball.
Q. You guys have (new outfielder David) Murphy in the mix. How do you feel about your offensive balance, improving where you were last year?
TERRY FRANCONA: I think Murphy was a nice piece that will fit well into what we’re doing. He’s not the 30 home run, 100 RBI guy, but he’s a solid Major League player. Probably part of the reason we had a chance to get him, because he had a down year. Same thing with (Ryan) Raburn, and maybe we can take advantage of that and he’ll come in and be an instant good teammate and a contributor, a guy that can hit all through the lineup and play the corners and be a great teammate and just fit in with exactly what we’re trying to do.
Q. Last year you came into camp you had a lot of new players, and as the season went on you had a lot of ups and downs. When did your clubhouse, team, when you walk in the door expect to win?
TERRY FRANCONA: The last ten days of the year we had to win. So I don’t know that there’s ever a day that you show up and you think you’re going to lose on any team. And to be honest with you, I don’t know that there’s ever a day that you wake up and you know you’re going to win. You always think you’re going to find a way. But those things are easier to answer when the season is over. I can remember being asked in September, hey, are you frustrated? You’re falling out of it. Then all of a sudden a month later, hey, when did you know you’re going to be so special (laughter). That’s just the way our game is. That’s part of the fun of it.
Q. How did the team avoid losing faith when they were on the losing streaks?
TERRY FRANCONA: Guys like (Jason) Giambi saved us. We had very good leadership in the clubhouse, because we did have our share of ups and downs, and some downs that were really difficult.
But instead of just imploding, we kept our head above water enough to where we gave ourselves a chance the last month. Then when we reeled off those wins, it was meaningful as opposed to getting to .500.
Q. From the beginning of Spring Training to the end of the year, how rare is it for a guy like (catcher Yan) Gomes to come as far as he did?
TERRY FRANCONA: It’s one of the best stories. I wish I could sit here and say, yeah, I saw this. I had no idea. When we came I remember Chris talking about him and (bullpen coach) Kevin Cash had just been hired, I think this guy is a catcher. And we went to Spring Training and he was thinking about going to play for Team Brazil. And he asked me, he’s like, what should I do? And I’m like, man, I can’t tell you not to go represent your country. But I can tell you that Carlos (Santana) is going for the Dominican, and you would be catching every other day. He goes, that’s good enough for me. Because he wanted to show us that he could catch. And he did well enough in Spring Training, we’ll send him to Triple A, as opposed to being a utility guy in the big leagues. He did so well there, okay, we called him up, and we still weren’t ready to give him the every day. But when he caught it was like so striking — like how much of an impact he’s making, that when we finally did kind of turn it over to him full time, he took it and ran with it.
Q. Have you talked to (Justin) Masterson in regard to trade rumors?
TERRY FRANCONA: I called him yesterday and told him whether he liked it or not, he’s not getting rid of us. He said, knowing you, I doubt if you’re reading it. And he said, But my mom might. I said, tell her you’re not going anywhere. I thought it was getting a little out of hand, so I did call him.
Q. Tito, what is your take on the home plate collision, the stuff the MLB is trying to change?
TERRY FRANCONA: I think it’s well intended. I might be a little bit in the minority. I think there is liable to be more injuries with baserunners than maybe we realize. I guess I’m just again, I might be in the minority. I guess I feel like if you don’t want your catcher not to block the plate, just tell him not to block the plate. You don’t have to enforce rules, just tell him not to block the plate.
Q. Carlos Carrasco, did you talk with him and catch up? What are you looking to see from him, and how much of an impact do you think he could make this year?
TERRY FRANCONA: We envision him starting a lot of games this year. That’s our goal. To be a starter and log a bunch of innings and take off. We all feel like it’s his time to take the ball and go. And since we were an hour away, we thought doing it in person would be kind of fun. A couple of things Mickey wanted to show him mechanically and did it in person and bought him lunch, and I think it was important.
Q. What does he need to do to kind of take that next step, in your opinion?
TERRY FRANCONA: I just think it’s to understand. He’s done it at the Triple A level, he’s done it at times at the Major League level. Part of it is just giving him the opportunity when he gets roughed up, he’s not going to get taken out of rotation. He came up from Triple A, and he got the suspension, and then he got sent down. We just need to let him pitch and when he has a hiccup, know it’s a hiccup and just get him back out there. His stuff is so impressive. And his delivery is so he should log a lot of innings.
Q. With (Danny) Salazar, given the small sample size you saw last year, how much are you looking forward to seeing what he could do over a full season?
TERRY FRANCONA: I can’t tell you how many times last year we said that. Like I wish it was next year. He’d be in the 4th or 5th inning and he’s cruising. But we had an obligation to take care of this kid. And next year that won’t be a case. He’ll be a year removed from Tommy John (surgery). He’ll be a year more mature, not just knowing the League, but stronger. This has got a chance to get exciting in a hurry.
Q. When a team hasn’t made the playoffs in a long time and perhaps loses in a five game series, do you at least kind of look at what you need to improve on, okay, they were better than us at this, and we need to when it happens in one game in nine innings, your postseason comes and goes before you know it, is it harder to get a sense of that next step you have to take when you only played one postseason game?
TERRY FRANCONA: I get your point. We could very well improve our team and still have the same number of wins next year. That could happen. We didn’t do a very good job with the majority of the teams that were the upper echelon in the League. Detroit, Boston kind of pushed us around little bit. We played everybody else I think it was a testament, our guys showed up every day and played, and because of that I think we took advantage of teams with subpar records, but we have to find a way to match up against some of the sturdier pitching staffs and lineups, and that will be our next step.
Q. Did you feel the team was perhaps intimidated against some more powerful or big market teams at times?
TERRY FRANCONA: No, no, I never felt that. I just think that we had a tough time scoring runs or we gave up too many runs. No, I never felt that. In fact, I think as some of the younger guys got a taste of the last couple of weeks of the season, I think that loss to Tampa was crushing. It really stung. It was hard for me to talk to them after the game. It hurt so much because we were having so much fun together that we didn’t want it to be over. But I think the guys that got a taste of it liked it and want it again.
Q. Are you confident that you guys can internally replace the type of innings Ubaldo and (Scott) Kazmir gave you or do you need to supplement the group that you have?
TERRY FRANCONA: I think we probably need to supplement our staff somewhere, whether it’s in the bullpen or in the starting rotation. We probably need to get some help there, but it could be one or the other, because we do have some flexibility in some of those guys that they can do both. I think we’re definitely trying to get somewhere.
Q. Do you feel like Cody Allen, he’s a guy that can take a closer opportunity and run away with it?
TERRY FRANCONA: I think he could handle it with very little hiccups. Saying that, I’m not sure that that puts our ball club in the best position to win. At an early age we used him in so many high-leverage situations, from the sixth inning on, bases loaded or snuff out a rally, we basically went to Cody, right, left hand, it didn’t matter. He was so good. And I would think he’d continue to get better. It’s hard to lose that guy. That one guy can make your whole bullpen so much better. So many times you get the situation, it could be three run game, nobody on, and the game has already been won or lost in the 7th or 8th.
Q. What about a guy like (Bryan) Shaw?
TERRY FRANCONA: Same thing. He could do it in the 9th, I have no doubt. But what he does earlier is valuable. We’ll have to see how the winter plays out and then we’ll get him aligned.
Q. Can you describe the impact Nick Swisher brings to the clubhouse?
TERRY FRANCONA: He’s certainly enthusiastic. And he’s consistent with that. That’s why it works, because it’s him. I don’t think he can do that every other day or when you’re going well. But he did that from the first day of Spring Training until the last day and that’s the way he is and that’s why it works. He’s full of energy, man.
Q. Did you tell Gomes at the end of the year that he was going to be the starter next year?
TERRY FRANCONA: Yes.
Q. What was that like for you given the way his season went?
TERRY FRANCONA: I think he kind of knew. The last two months he was playing just about every day. But for the sense of being honest with people, we wanted to talk to Carlos, too, so he could get about his winter. And we wanted to sit with him. And we also wanted to tell Gomes so he could get ready; coming in and catching a full year is taxing. He’s never done it before. We wanted to give him a head start, because it will be a wear on him, the wear and tear that he’s probably never had before.
Q. Do you worry at all that less time behind the plate could hurt Carlos’ defense at all?
TERRY FRANCONA: No, I think as long as we keep Carlos’ bat in the lineup, he’s a switch hitter that will amazingly take a walk. With the violence of that swing, I don’t know how he does it, but he does. With two strikes he can shorten up and get the ball in play and hit good pitching. We need to keep his bat in the lineup. Wherever he ends up playing. I don’t think he understands yet his value to us in his versatility, how valuable it is. That it helps us immensely.
Q. Will he continue to play third base in Spring Training or does that depend?
TERRY FRANCONA: I think some depends on how he goes. Mike Sarbaugh is going to go down hopefully before Christmas and spend a couple of days with him. This is really in the infancy stages. He’s open to it. So I think we’d be kind of silly not to be open to it, also.
Q. Who are some of the young relievers you’re counting on to maybe replace (Rich) Hill and (Matt) Albers and (Joe) Smith?
TERRY FRANCONA: I don’t know that we want to anoint anybody on the team yet. I think names like C.C. Lee are intriguing. That’s part of the reason we had him there in September, was to give him some experience, because it seemed like every level he’d go to would take him a little while to get comfortable, and once he was comfortable he could get pretty nasty. He’s very intriguing. We’ll see. That’s part of the fun of it is sometimes the names change. It’s interesting to see how Vinnie is going to come back. Vinnie (Pestano) seems like he’s driven, he wants to reclaim what he was. And we all desperately hope he does. To see Frank Herrmann come back and see what he can be. I think we know it’s a challenge, but we’re excited about it.
Transcript courtesy of MLB PR.
Slider and other Indians front office members delivered 350 coats to Coats for Kids Wednesday morning. Check out photos here!
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti met with reporters on Friday before heading to Florida for the 2013 Winter Meetings. Here’s what he had to say:
Overall offseason outlook and primary focus of improvement
“We went into the offseason with a defined set of needs and in a much better position than the last few offseasons. Some of our strategy last offseason was to put ourselves in a stronger position this offseason. We acquired players that would fit and impact our roster beyond just the 2013 season. Now that we are looking to 2014, some of those same players that we acquired last year, we expect will impact us moving forward. That has lessened some of the needs we have for this offseason. We addressed what we felt was one of our primary offseason objectives of improving against right-handed pitching by signing David Murphy. We will continue to look at options to try to find ways to improve, but our focus right now is pitching.
We are focused on trying to improve our pitching alternatives. Again, we come into the offseason in a much better position than we have in prior offseasons, especially with the quality and quantity of the alternatives that we currently have on our roster and within the organization. That said, we are going to try to find ways to improve that. We want to make sure we find that right guys (starters and relievers) at the right values. With Bryan (Shaw) and Cody (Allen), we feel that those guys have the stuff to pitch in the most high-leverage innings. They did that last year and excelled in those roles, but they weren’t the ones primarily responsible for getting the 27th out, but we feel that they are both well-equipped to do that.”
On reliever Vinnie Pestano
“His mindset is in a good spot. He is anticipating going to the complex and working hard to put himself in a better position coming into the season. He is set on having a much better year this year than last year. A culmination of different things (led to his inconsistent season), whether it was buildup for the (World Baseball Classic), physical or mechanical issues; I think there were probably a number of smaller things that resulted in him not having the year he wanted. There have been a lot of guys that have down years and come back and respond. Vinnie lives in Goodyear, so he will be at our complex a lot starting from the first of the year on. I know (Terry Francona) and (pitching coach) Mickey (Callaway) have both been in touch with him. We will see a lot of Vinnie this winter.”
On Carlos Santana
“We were really impressed by the approach Carlos took (towards becoming a viable option at third base). He really is passionate about wanting to find a way to impact the team in any way that he can. He recognized how well Yan (Gomes) caught, and how important the contributions were that (Gomes) made to our team. Carlos took it upon himself to not only be able to catch, but also attempt to be serviceable at third base; that could potentially give Tito another option. To his credit, he has worked at it, he’s been at the complex taking ground balls and now he will progress into games in winter ball. It could (be viable enough to impact our winter plans). We will have more information as he is out there playing more. He has played there before, he has experience playing third base, and most importantly it’s something Carlos wants to do and has already worked towards. He’s athletic, he has good hands, a phenomenal arm; I think it’s just him getting re-acclimated to the position.”
Heading into next week’s Winter Meetings
“I don’t think last year at this point we had made any significant acquisitions, so this year we have already made what we feel is a significant acquisition in David Murphy and a number of other smaller deals. We expect there will be other activity between now and Spring Training; the magnitude of that and what shape that will take is hard to say. We feel like we have the resources we need to field a contending team.”
Want to learn more about 40 20th-century Cleveland Indians legends from someone who covered many of their careers?
Be sure to check out an event at the Cleveland Baseball Heritage Museum in the 5th Street Arcades in downtown Cleveland on Saturday, Dec. 14. Schneider will be on hand to discuss his book, “Cleveland Indians Legends.”
The book divides the 20th century into four quarter-century periods, and details the careers of 10 players from each of those periods. Those players include Napoleon Lajoie, Tris Speaker, Jim Bagby Sr., Mel Harder, Bob Feller, Lou Boudreau, Larry Doby, Rocky Colavito, Bob Lemon, Omar Vizquel, Jim Thome and Kenny Lofton.
Schneider was a long-time writer at The Plain Dealer and covered the Indians daily from 1964 through 1977.
The Baseball Heritage Museum is located at 530 Euclid Avenue in the 5th Street Arcades.
Players, alumni, manager Terry Francona on hand for autographs, photos and more; additional session added to improve fan experience
Fans can purchase opportunity to guarantee autographs this year; tickets on sale to Season Ticket Holders Dec. 5, to general public Dec. 6
The Cleveland Indians on Tuesday announced details for Tribe Fest 2014, presented by KeyBank, set for Progressive Field on January 25 and 26.
The second annual event will be expanded this year, with manager Terry Francona, current Tribe players including Mike Aviles, Carlos Santana, Danny Salazar, Yan Gomes, David Murphy, Corey Kluber, Zach McAllister and others, Indians prospects (including former No. 3 overall pick Trevor Bauer and 2012 top pick Clint Frazier), and several prominent Tribe alumni including, Kenny Lofton, in attendance for autographs, interviews on the KeyBank main stage and more.
In addition, more of Progressive Field will be open this year, including the 1994 Party Suite for autographs, Club Lounge, Kids Clubhouse and more. The Indians also plan to announce their 2014 promotions schedule and 2014 Hall of Fame Induction details on the KeyBank main stage during Saturday morning’s session.
Due to large crowds at last year’s first Tribe Fest, in addition to anticipated high demand this year after the Indians Postseason berth in October, the 2014 event will feature three sessions:
- Saturday, January 25: 10AM-2PM
- Saturday, January 25: 4PM-8PM
- Sunday, January 26: Noon-6PM
Admission for adults is $10 in advance and tickets are available online only, starting at 10AM Thursday, December 5 for Season Ticket Holders and 10 AM Friday, December 6 for the general public, at Indians.com/TribeFest. Kids ages 12 and under again this year can attend the event for FREE when reserved with the purchase of an adult ticket. There is a limit of two free children’s admissions per paying adult. Tickets for kids age 12 and under are $5 at the gate day of event.
This year, autographs can be guaranteed by purchasing an autograph ticket bundled at the same time with the general admission ticket online at Indians.com/TribeFest. Fans are limited to one guaranteed autograph ticket per person to allow for as many fans to get access to the players. Prices in addition to the $10 ADULT general admission ticket – kids tickets are free when reserved in advance — as follows:
- $10/ticket for Indians Minor League Prospect sessions
- $15/ticket for Indians Major League roster player sessions
- $20/ticket for Indians Alumni player sessions
Each Tribe Fest event features multiple autograph sessions, for which 250 tickets will be sold. Autographs for specific players are not guaranteed, just a space in line. If autograph sessions are not sold out, fans will be allowed to wait in line at their own risk for autographs, time permitting and on a first-come, first-serve basis.
In addition to interacting with players, young fans can hit in the Progressive Field batting cages (waivers will be required), take tours of the home clubhouse, listen to Q&As with Tribe broadcasters and players, and more. Concessions will be available in the Club Lounge, while KeyBank customers will have access through pre-event registration to an exclusive area in the Collection Auto Club at Progressive Field.
All player appearances are subject to change.
For complete event details, visit Indians.com/TribeFest.
Justin Masterson has had a big year.
First All-Star appearance. Three complete game shutouts for an American League playoff team. A pro at ignoring distractions while on live TV.
He was also recently inducted into his college’s Hall of Fame. Bethel College inducted three former student-athletes into its Hall of Fame, including Masterson (who looks really young in the accompanying photo of him in action in college).
From a Bethel press release:
Justin Masterson was a two-year letter winner in baseball before he transferred to San Diego State University. He was a NAIA All-American (HM) in 2004 and a NCCAA All-American twice (’04, ’05). Justin was a member of the NAIA All-Region VIII Team in 2004, and was selected to the Mid-Central All-Conference Team twice (’04, ’05). He also made the NCCAA National All-Tournament Team in 2005 and was named to the North Central All-Region Team twice (’04, ’05). Upon Graduation: His overall pitching record was 20-8 (11-4, 9-4); had 185 strikeouts (96, 89); led team with 10 home runs in 2005; and had an ERA of 2.09 in 2004 and 1.59 in 2005. Justin was drafted by the Boston Red Sox organization in 2006 and is currently pitching for the Cleveland Indians organization. In 2010, he was the American League leader in putouts by a pitcher. Justin was named to the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game as a pitcher for the American League. Justin and his wife, Meryl, have one child: Eden.
For baseball fans who follow the off-season Hot Stove, “non-tender” is one phrase being heard repeatedly today, as Monday at Midnight ET marked the deadline for all MLB Clubs to offer a contract to each player on their respective Major League Reserve Lists.
What does tender mean?
When an organization tenders a contract to a player, that front office is essentially conveying its intent to offer a Major League contract for the upcoming season – the actual terms of the contract have not yet been finalized, although these often wind up being one-year deals because of the classification of players typically involved (those who have yet to reach 6 years of MLB Service Time and therefore Free Agency).
Which players does this deadline apply to?
All players on each team’s Major League Reserve List (40-man roster), although players who have already signed contracts are already covered – the list that gets submitted to Major League Baseball includes 3 classifications of players that must cover everyone on the 40-man roster: 1) Tendered, 2) Non-tendered and 3) Signed. For instance, Nick Swisher’s current 4-year contract (through 2016 with vesting option for 2017) overrides the need for the Indians to tender him a contract offer.
What happens after this list is submitted to MLB?
Players who are tendered 2014 contracts then negotiate the length and financial terms of the agreement with their teams; this often results in a one-year contract, particularly for players not yet eligible for the salary arbitration process, although the two sides certainly have the option of discussing a multi-year deal. For those players with 3-or-more, but less than 6 years of MLB Service Time (and also those who fall under the “Super Two” classification), receiving a contract tender makes them eligible for salary arbitration if no agreement can be reached beforehand. All non-tendered players immediately become free agents and are able to sign with any team, although factors like Service Time remain intact.
Why do teams decide to non-tender certain players?
With only 40 available spots on each team’s Major League Reserve List, ultimately this decision comes down to how well each player fits the organization at that time and place – positional depth, injuries and payroll flexibility are just a few of the realities that must be factored in.
Here is a complete list of the 43 players who were non-tendered by their 2013 Clubs on Monday (former Club in parenthesis):
RHP Scott Atchison (NYM)
RHP Dylan Axelrod (CWS)
RHP John Axford (StL)
RHP Andrew Bailey (BOS)
RHP Daniel Bard (ChC)
RHP Ronald Belisario (LAD)
RHP Mitchell Boggs (COL)
RHP Tyler Cloyd (CLE)
RHP Eddie Gamboa (BAL)
RHP Juan Gutierrez (LAA)
RHP Tommy Hanson (LAA)
RHP Jeremy Hefner (NYM)
RHP Daniel Hudson (ARI)
RHP Chang-Young Lim (ChC)
RHP Cristhian Martinez (ATL)
RHP Kyle McPherson (PIT)
RHP Sandy Rosario (SF)
RHP Ryan Webb (MIA)
RHP Jerome Williams (LAA)
LHP Wesley Wright (TB)
J.P. Arencibia (TOR)
Matt Daley (NYY)
Lou Marson (CLE)
Michael McKenry (PIT)
David Adams (NYY)
Mat Gamel (ChC)
Chris Getz (KC)
Paul Janish (ATL)
Elliot Johnson (ATL)
Garret Jones (PIT)
Chris Nelson (LAA)
Jayson Nix (NYY)
Omar Quintanilla (NYM)
Justin Turner (NYM)
Matt Carson (CLE)
Chris Coghlan (MIA)
Sam Fuld (TB)
Ryan Kalish (BOS)
Xavier Paul (CIN)
Francisco Peguero (SF)
Jason Pridie (BAL)
Derrick Robinson (CIN)
Jordany Valdespin (NYM)
–TribeVibe contributor Court Berry-Tripp
What better gift to give on #GivingTuesday than the gift of baseball? For $25, you can give that gift to a local boy or girl in the form of Little League baseball or softball.
Cleveland Indians Charities introduced its “Catch 25” campaign earlier this season, and has raised thousands of dollars to fund baseball or softball for Cleveland youth.
And as the nation’s attention turns to Giving Tuesday, there still is time to donate for more kids to have the opportunity to play in 2014.
“Cleveland Indians Charities embraces its responsibility to serve and is dedicated to shaping children’s lives through the games of baseball and softball,” said REBECCA KODYSH, the Indians Executive Director of Community Impact. “These contributions make a major impact on the lives of Cleveland-area children.”
To donate, visit Indians.com/Catch25. To ensure secure transactions, an Indians.com user name and password are necessary to donate. For those wishing to donate but who do not have an Indians.com account, signing up is easy at Indians.com.
The Catch 25 campaign reflects the continued commitment of Cleveland Indians Charities to the Indians organization’s four Guiding Commitments, one of which is to positively impact the community and provide essential opportunities to Cleveland-area youth.
Established in 1989, CIC partners with groups in Northeast Ohio to jointly create and execute youth educational and recreational opportunities. These programs help young people learn to play the game of baseball, develop necessary life skills, learn responsibility, and develop confidence to face today’s hurdles.
Through the years, CIC has raised money at a variety of fundraising events and is aided by the generosity of donors including Cleveland Indians players, coaches, fans, Front Office personnel and corporate partners.
Since 1989, CIC has donated nearly $9 million to youth-oriented agencies and organizations of Northeast Ohio, including a $1 million donation last April to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland’s “Save the Kids” campaign. Additionally, high school baseball and softball in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District are alive only because of the multi-million-dollar commitment made by the Indians organization.
The Cleveland Indians announced last night that the club has agreed to terms on 2014 Major League contracts with RHP Frank Herrmann and RHP Blake Wood. Both hurlers saw limited action with the Tribe last season as they spent much of the year rehabbing from their respective right elbow surgeries.
The Indians did not tender 2014 contracts to OF Matt Carson, RHP Tyler Cloyd or C Lou Marson, as all 3 players are now free agents.
Cleveland’s 40-man roster currently includes 38 players.
One of the best parts of Thanksgiving, outside of being thankful and spending quality time with family? The food! TribeVibe asked Indians players and coaches about their favorite foods to enjoy on Thanksgiving. Check out their answers below:
- Drew Stubbs: My favorite Thanksgiving food is sweet potato casserole. I love sweet potatoes, and my mom makes it wonderfully.
- Terry Francona: Stuffing! The real stuffing. Not that (crap) in a box.
- Bryan Shaw: My favorite Thanksgiving dish is deep-fried turkey because frying the turkey is fun — I do it myself while other stuff is cooking inside.
- Mike Aviles: Favorite foods are turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing with gravy all over!! And I will go back for seconds, maybe thirds.
- Corey Kluber: Favorite dish is my mom’s turkey soup because it was something special we only had on Thanksgiving.
- Yan Gomes: Sweet potatoes.
- Josh Tomlin: Turkey and dressing that my grandmother makes and broccoli and cheese casserole.
- Trevor Bauer: Favorite dish is between cranberry sauce on biscuits and twice baked potatoes. Favorite dessert is my sister’s cherry pie.
- Justin Masterson: My aunt Marie makes a great stuffing, my grandma Margaret makes great noodles, my mom makes excellent homemade crescent rolls, and my sister does a great BTS cake. With all those on my plate that is one incredible delicious dish to eat.
- Mike Sarbaugh: Pecan Pie. I always look forward to warming up a piece of pecan pie with vanilla ice cream on top.
Looking for a Thanksgiving dessert fit for the pros? Here’s a recipe from Sandy Alomar’s family, courtesy of the Cleveland Indians Wives Association.
PUMPKIN CAKE WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
by the Alomar Family
1 16 oz. can pumpkin
2 cups flour
1 2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup cooking oil
4 eggs (beaten)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven for 250 degrees.
Mix sugar, eggs, and oil.
Add all dry ingredients, then add the pumpkin. Beat well.
Grease and flour a large pan — a bundt pan works best.
Bake at 250 degrees for 50 minutes or until cooked through (test with a toothpick).
Let cool for 15-20 minutes in pan and then remove.
8 oz. cream cheese
1 stick margarine (softened)
3 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Cream/mix margarine and cream cheese together.
Add powdered sugar and mix.
Add vanilla. Mix well until blended.
If necessary, add more powdered sugar to thicken the frosting.
*This cake should be refrigerated.
Enjoy and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
– TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling