Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro sat down recently with Pat McManamon of FOXSportsOhio.com for an extended interview covering topics ranging from the club’s future plans to his own beginnings in baseball to his transition from General Manager to team President.
An excerpt from the interview is below, and you can read it in its entirety at FOXSportsOhio.com:
Question: Talk about these two years as president after so many years as a GM.
Answer: There’s not a day I don’t feel fortunate to have a job like this. Adding the business component in has been an incredible amount to learn. So two years in, I feel like I’ve learned a tremendous amount new about the business of baseball. Adding that to my experiences of my operation on the field has given me a pretty global perspective of the business of the game in Major League Baseball. To sit here at 45 years old and now I have a much more detailed understanding of the business side and the Major League Baseball function and the commissioner’s office as well as the on-field, I feel very fortunate to have that perspective.
Q: What one or two things were the most challenging to learn as you made the transition?
Click Here for the full transcript of the interview.
Cleveland Indians pitcher Vinnie Pestano received a surprise shout-out last week on CBS’s hit comedy How I Met Your Mother.
The show’s main character, Ted Mosby (played by Josh Radnor), is a Shaker Heights native and diehard Cleveland sports fan.
In the October 15 episode, Ted dismisses his friends when they imagine fellow protagonist Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) vandalizing a house by throwing a brick through its window.
“Yeah, right,” Ted quips. “I’ve seen Barney throw. He’s no Vinnie Pestano – am I right?”
The group responds with silence and confused stares as Ted is forced to explain the Cleveland sports reference to his unsympathetic friends.
The Executive Producer of the series, Chris Thomas, explained how the Pestano mention made it into the show.
“This Vinnie Pestano reference was simply born of Ted’s refusal to believe that Cleveland Sports ever, ever, ever needed Lebron Who(?) to be relevant and exciting,” said Thomas. “Ted is a loyal, proud hometown boy and he was simply name-checking a player from his beloved Tribe.”
If you missed it the first time, a clip of the Pestano reference is available here: LINK
The full episode (Season 8, Episode 4, “Who Wants to be a Godparent” is available at CBS.com.
–TribeVibe Contributor Max Lom
The relationship between a team’s manager and the local beat reporters in a given city is a living, breathing entity that takes on many forms throughout the course of a baseball season and becomes a very important part of the process that delivers the news and information that you get through newspapers, television, talk radio, blogs, Twitter, etc.
Beginning with Spring Training, the manager maintains scheduled pre- and post-game media obligations on a daily basis in addition to all the incidental contact that may take place in person or over the phone with journalists who spend a significant portion of their working lives chronicling the club’s daily story lines. In short, it’s extremely beneficial for all parties involved for these relationships to be built upon some combination of trust, honesty, fairness, respect and professionalism. With that in mind, Terry Francona hosted the Cleveland contingency of beat reporters during a 90-minute informal lunch earlier today in the home clubhouse at Progressive Field, giving the local scribes an opportunity to get-to-know the new Indians skipper outside of a traditional press conference setting; equally, the meet-and-greet gave Tito the chance to familiarize himself with some of the people he’ll be interacting with on an almost daily basis at the ballpark and express his appreciation for the jobs that they do. The group covered a wide range of insightful topics, which MLB.com’s Indians beat writer Jordan Bastian hits in more detail HERE.
In the second part of the off-season feature, TribeVibe spoke to several of the Tribe’s young hitters about their plans for the winter. (Part One – Pitchers). Second baseman Jason Kipnis, center fielder Michael Brantley, and Third Basemen Lonnie Chisenhall each described their winter preparations as they look to take another step forward next season:
TribeVibe: What are you planning on doing now that the season had ended?
JK: Not too much – right after the season ends, I’m sure I’ll take about a month or so to kind of kick the feet up and recover and relax and clear the mind. And then get right back in to things, and start lifting again, and start swinging the bat, and getting ready for next year.
TV: How do you transition from vacation back to baseball mode?
JK: I don’t rush things. I gradually work back in to working out, but once I get into it, it’s pretty good training – about five days a week with swimming and yoga and all that good stuff – whatever gets the body ready. (more…)
After eight months of baseball, from the beginning of Spring Training in February to the end of the season last week, Indians players headed home to get some rest, and begin preparing already for the 2013 season. Each player has his own routine to prepare for next season, and TribeVibe caught up with a number of Indians players before they departed the clubhouse for the off-season.
In part one of the off-season feature, TribeVibe spoke to several pitchers about their plans this winter:
TribeVibe: How long will you take before you begin preparing for next season?
VP: Usually every year I give myself about a month to rest and relax, but it’s usually only about two or three weeks until I get bored enough to get back in there. Any more than that and I already feel like I’m starting to cheat myself for next season. So probably two-and-a-half or three weeks, right around the time the World Series gets going, is usually when I start working out again. (more…)
Terry Francona was formally named the 42nd Manager of the Cleveland Indians today at a press conference at Progressive Field.
Francona, 53, brings more than 30 years of professional baseball experience to the Indians organization as a player, coach and manager. He has 12 years of Major League managing experience, five playoff appearances, and two World Series titles in his career thus far.
He most recently led the Boston Red Sox to five playoff appearances, six seasons of 90 or more victories and two World Series titles (2004, 2007) over an eight-season span from 2004-11.
Over his career, Francona has earned a reputation for developing young players, motivating veterans, and getting the most out of his teams.
“We’re going to compete,” declared Francona at Monday’s press conference. “We’re always going to compete. We may not win every game, but we won’t back down from anyone.”
In 2013, he will lead a team filled with potential, with a core of young players including Cody Allen, Michael Brantley, Asdrubal Cabrera, Lonnie Chisenhall, Jason Kipnis, Corey Kluber, Justin Masterson, Zach McAllister and Carlos Santana.
“Players are players, and my job is whether a guy is 19 years old, or 21, or 31, or 36 – my job is to try to get the most out of them as a player,” said Francona.
”The goal here is for me to spend all my energy trying to insure that these players play the game correctly and with respect. So, when people are in Cleveland they are proud to say they are a Cleveland Indians fan.”
–TribeVibe contributor Max Lom
Update: The Cleveland Indians Charities’ community efforts featured in The Huffington Post. Check it out here: http://huff.to/TT6lHs
The Fill the House for Charity initiative held its 12th and final date of 2012 at Progressive Field Tuesday night when the program welcomed Coats for Kids as the night’s charity partner.
The 2012 season was a big success for the Fill the House program as it continued to be an important fundraising vehicle for its twelve charity partners. In 2012, the Indians raised a total of over $500,000 in donations and in-kind value through the Fill the House program.
Each participating non-profit receives $1 from every ticket sold on their designated night, and $5 from tickets they sell on their own. The organizations are also provided the opportunity to throw out a ceremonial first pitch, have an honorary ball-boy representative, and promote their mission throughout the ballpark.
On Tuesday, July 24, the Indians made the largest single donation in the history of the program as the team raised $54,070 in one night for Guidestone.
The Fill the House program was started in 2009 and has raised over $2 million in monetary and in-kind donations for participating Ohio non-profits since its inception.
– TribeVibe Contributor Max Lom