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With the caveat that yes, it’s Spring Training, we have some guys off to hot starts, which is always nice to see. Chew on these numbers on a lazy Sunday:
Michel Brantley, who’s led the team in batting average the last two seasons and signed a five-year extension in the offseason, is off to an 8-for-13 (.615) start.
Jason Kipnis is hitting .385 after a 2-for-4 day Saturday.
Mike Aviles has five hits in nine at-bats.
Elliot Johnson, looking to make the team as a non-roster invitee, is hitting .375 (6-for-16) with a team-high 5 RBI.
Ryan Raburn, who made the club out of Spring Training last year by playing well, is 6-for-10 with two homers. (Raburn will miss a couple days after running into the wall on Friday.
The hot starts extend to the pitching staff:
The Tribe staff as a whole has allowed 28 earned runs in 91 innings, for a 2.77 ERA.
Carlos Carrasco has allowed one earned run in seven innings, with nine strikeouts.
Trevor Bauer, competing with Carrasco for the fifth spot in the Tribe rotation, has struck out seven in five innings.
Corey Kluber has six strikeouts and has allowed two earned runs in six innings.
The Indians are back at it today from Goodyear Ballpark, taking on the Milwaukee Brewers at 4PM ET!
CLEVELAND INDIANS (7-1-0) vs. CHICAGO CUBS (2-5-0)
RHP Carlos Carrasco (1-0, 2.25) vs. RHP Edwin Jackson (0-1, 4.50)
First Pitch: 3:05 p.m. (ET)
Radio: WMMS, IRN, Indians.com webcast (subscription needed)
“SWING AND A DRIVE”: The “Voice of the Indians,” Tom Hamilton, returns to the booth today and will call his first game of the spring after staying in Cleveland to be with his son, Brad – a Senior – as the Avon Lake HS basketball team competed in the state playoffs…Hammy rejoins Jim Rosenhaus and will deliver today’s broadcast across the Indians Radio Network at 3:00PM ET, including the first spring broadcast on 99X in the Cleveland market…the game can also be heard with an MLB audio subscription on Indians.com.
YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Indians reeled off their 7th consecutive win and improved to 7-1 on the young Cactus League slate, edging the Chicago Cubs in a 1-0 shutout at Goodyear Ballpark…the lone run of the contest scored on Asdrubal Cabrera’s bases-loaded walk in the 4th against Justin Grimm and was set up by singles from Nick Swisher & Jason Kipnis ahead of Michael Brantley’s hit-by-pitch…Swisher reached base twice in the game (5th inning BB), while Brantley also doubled in the 2nd inning…Cleveland’s pitching staff was the story of the afternoon, however, beginning with 3.0 scoreless innings from Justin Masterson…Aaron Harang (2.0 IP) was on the bump when the Tribe scored and notched the victory, while Trevor Bauer also recorded a pair of scoreless frames with 4 of the Tribe’s11 strikeouts…C.C. Lee & Scott Barnes worked the 8th and 9th.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
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Tribe manager Terry Francona is in Cleveland this week for pre-Spring Training meetings, Tribe Fest and various other activities in the community.
He met with local reporters on Wednesday to discuss some Tribe-related topics. Here’s a sample of that chat:
Question: Did you ride the scooter today?
Terry Francona: Yesterday. (GM) Chris (Antonetti) picked me up today. I almost froze my (butt) off yesterday. My eyes almost froze shut.
Question: When do you get that itch to get back?
TF: Usually after Christmas. Things wind down for the holidays and at the start of January, you get that internal clock, it starts kicking in. You start talking to coaches, what drills you’ll run in Spring Training, etc.
Question: How do you organize players in Spring Training?
TF: I didn’t know what to expect last year, I don’t think anyone did. My expectations were never going to change, regardless of who was playing what position. We were just trying to win that day. There’s a process that goes into that; it starts in Spring Training. We’re pretty open and honest in Spring Training, and guys usually fall into three groups:
- Guys who know they’re going to play and are preparing for a lot of time
- A group of young kids that is trying to make a good first impression
- A group trying to make the team.
You try to be respectful of all groups. You form relationships with players, form an identity of the team.
Question: What do you think of the offseason so far?
TF: Getting David Murphy was a really good addition for us. We’re in a unique spot. No one’s sitting here saying we’re the 1927 Yankees, but we have guys in place that we want to pitch and play. We have Yan Gomes in place, we have Carlos Carrasco and Josh Tomlin who we want to see pitch.
So rather than going out and spending money on guys, we want to see our guys. We have Corey Kluber, Zach McAllister and Danny Salazar all for hopefully a full year. Again, we have guys in place. … Now we just have to figure out how well we can play.
Question: How’s Carlos Santana doing at third base?
TF: Carlos offered to go play third base in winter ball, and it sounds like he’s improving. Now, we aren’t going to make any decision today or at the start of Spring Training. If he can handle third, he gives us another option with our middle-of-the-order bats. We will give him a chance to play there in Spring Training.
Question: What’s the state of the roster?
TF: I think we’re pretty settled. Chris is always going to try to make us better, but if we go to Spring training tomorrow, I’m pumped. We’re not the type of team that can just throw the bats and balls out and someone is going to hit a three-run homer. It can happen. But we have to play good baseball to win, and that’s fun. We’ve proven that when we play that way, we can win.
Question: Do you like Santana in the cleanup spot?
TF: I did last year. Early on, we talked so much about his catching duties, I thought it was unfair to hit him cleanup. When he wasn’t catching, he was pretty good in that spot. He hits from both sides, he takes a walk. There’s not a lot not to like.
Question: You had success with Swisher in the No. 2 spot. Do you like that again for 2014?
TF: We wouldn’t make the lineup out yet. The season is so long; those things happen, whether it’s injures or someone is struggling. We’ll see. They have a way of working themselves out. I never make up batting orders in the winter. It’ll write itself out.
Question: Last year you took a chance on Scott Kazmir; this year you’re taking a chance on Shaun Marcum. Are you looking forward to seeing him?
TF: I think he’s a little bit behind where Kaz was last year. But I think it’s a good sign because when he’s healthy he competes his rear end off. He’s done it in the AL east.
Question: Re: the team’s versatility
TF: We want Jason Giambi on our team. We’ve said that until we’re blue in the face. To do that, you have to have the right guys on your team so it works. Having guys that are versatile really helped us last year.
Question: Re: Danny Salazar
TF: The sky is the ceiling for Danny. You don’t want to make too many proclamations on a guy who has had 8 to 10 starts. I can’t wait to see him after 35 starts.
Q: Re: Josh Tomlin
TF: He’s a strike-throwing machine. He’s going to give up the occasional homer because he’s around the plate. We really want to see him pitch. We think he can help us win. When you start thinking about the dollars you can allocate for pitching, I think we’d rather see these guys pitch.
Q: Re: the bullpen
TF: Always the big question: Whether the names are the same or not, you never know. Vinnie (Pestano) struggled last year, and Chris (Perez) had his struggles. Sometimes the names change, sometimes they don’t. Bullpens always make themselves over. You want to have guys in Triple-A because you know you’re going to have to make changes due to struggles or injuries. You have to know you have options.
Q: Re: Trevor Bauer
TF: He’s been very good, and it’s been very encouraging. He’s coming into camp this year closer to the pitcher he wants to be. Last year, it was a lot of experimenting and trying to get comfortable in his delivery. It was tough for him at times. He was very open with us on everything. He’s tried very hard this winter in trying to get comfortable. He’s sent video into (pitching coach) Mickey (Callaway) and the guys in Baseball Ops. Whether he makes the team out of Spring Training or not, we’re really excited about watching him pitch.
Q: Re: bringing Indians prospects to Spring Training (Six non-roster invitations to Spring Training were announced on Wednesday, including Francisco Lindor)
TF: With Francisco Lindor and Tyler Naquin, we’d rather bring those guys to Spring Training rather than older free agents that don’t really have a chance to make the team. It helps us as a staff to get to know these guys and see how we do things.
Q: Re: the starting rotation
TF: We want to see Carrasco pitch, he’s created a little deception with his delivery. But I don’t think we need to anoint our rotation. That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Normally, in Spring Training, someone will get beat up. It happens. Go in prepared and get everyone ready to play.
I’ll take my chances with Danny Salazar, with Corey Kluber for the full year.
Q: Re: instant replay
TF: I’m still learning as we go. It’s going to be new for everyone. You can bet that the day it was announced that the day it was announced that 30 managers were scheming and using it to their advantage. With technology being what it is, I think we’re going in the right direction. Does it go flawless? Probably not. But we’re going in the right direction.
Q: Re: what’s next?
TF: I hope that was the beginning. We need to go get busy, and we have to do it the right way. It’s fun. Our guys go into doing it the right way.
Q: Re: September
TF: I wanted us to get there with a chance. If we could survive some of those road trips, and keep our heads above water, I thought if we had a chance, we could make a run at it. And we did. I didn’t know we’d have to win 10 in a row, but nobody lost. It was fun because we were doing with some guys who hadn’t done it before, some had. That’s what you’re dying for as a manager. You can’t wait to get to the ballpark. You’re tired, and you’re nervous, but it’s a great feeling.
Q: Re: the end of the season
TF: The playoff game stung. I had to talk to the team after the game and it was hard for me to do that. You have to do it so quick. It hurt. Season don’t wind down, they crash to a halt. There’s no better example of that than last year.
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.
Francona announced that all coaches were invited to return, with Mike Sarbaugh (moving to third base coach), Brad Mills (moving to bench coach) and Sandy Alomar (moving to first base coach) switching spots on the diamond.
Here’s a sampling of Antonetti and Francona’s comments.
Question: What do you think was the biggest accomplishment this season?
Chris Antonetti: Two things: Getting back to the postseason and re-establishing a winning culture was important for us. It’s a long process, and ongoing. But getting back to the postseason was meaningful to us as an organization. It didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but that was a good first step. The job Tito and hisstaff did to create an unbelievable environment from day one in Spring Training, set a tone.
Question: How important is it for you to continue that going into the offseason?
CA: Obviously we want to play in the Postseason year in year out. We want to progress through the Postseason. There are lots of things that have to happen for that to happen.
Q: How is (Nick) Swisher’s shoulder?
CA: All indications are that it’s fine.
Q: Any anticipated surgeries?
CA: We’re in the process of that right now; in a lot of cases guys just completed their exit physicals. We have guys lined up to assess some things that lingered at the end of the year.
Q: Any coaching changes?
TF: Mike Sarbaugh’s been coaching third the last few years. This isn’t a knock on Millsy; and Sandy’s passion is coaching first. We walked through it the other day and Sandy was fine with it. I was really proud of this coaching staff.
CA: I thought the coaching staff did a phenomenal job, with their commitment to putting each player in a position where they could be successful.
Q: When you took over, what was your biggest concern?
TF: I don’t think I ever thought about that. When we decided I was going to be the manager, we spent the rest of the afternoon talking about the team and moving forward. I don’t read a lot, but I did read that I was told we were going to sign free agents. The only thing I ever told Chris was that I would do my best with what I had.
Q: What’s your confidence level in the rotation?
TF: We have (Justin Masterson) coming back. We have Danny Salazar, and Corey Kluber, who’s gotten to a point where over his last 12 starts, he was one of the better pitchers in the league. Zach McAllister wants to be the best pitcher in the league, almost to a fault. Then we have (Carlos) Carrasco, and Trevor Bauer, who at some point is going to make an impact.
Q: Chris, can you speak about Ubaldo? He said he appreciated the organization’s confidence.
CA: With all of our free agents, they all made a favorable impression on us and we’d like to have them all back. How all the pieces come together, it’s hard to forecast at this point.
Q: Do you anticipate being as aggressive as you were last offseason?
CA: I think we’ll be aggressive in looking for ways to improve the team. How that plays out, I don’t know right now. I know we’ll be aggressive in trying to improve.
Q: What part of the team would you like to see strengthened?
TF: I think you want to get better every year. It’s hard to say. Year to year, you don’t know what (part of the team) will carry the same load or have the same effectiveness. In the second half of the year, our pitching was great. Our speed played a big role. When the time comes and we see the group we have, then we’ll get together in Goodyear and start over. It’ll be a little easier because when you have familiarity, it’s easier to get more work done.
Q: Do you think you’ll show up in Goodyear knowing that one guy is your closer?
TF: I think roles are important, but the way pitchers pitch defines roles.
Q: Do you think the attitude toward coming here in free agency has been changed?
TF: I think you’d like to have your players, when they’re talking to other players, tell them they like to play here.
CA: It was evident last offseason that players liked to play for Terry. I think that will continue.
Q: Is it essential for you to find that middle-of-the-order bat?
TF: It depends on how much pitching we have. You have to be one run better every night; however we do that, we have to figure that out. When Mark Reynolds was hot, that was a big plus. But after he left, we knew our margin of error was smaller – but that didn’t mean we couldn’t win.
CA: We’re going to look to improve every aspect of the team. On the position player side, we can bring back mostly the entire group that was fourth in MLB in runs scored.
Q: Do you think the attendance will hurt your ability to spend?
CA: There’s a lot that goes into that. Ultimately, those are decisions and information we’ll get a little bit later – what our payroll will be. That’s not defining to us. Our goal is to build a contending team and I’m confident we’ll have the resources we need to do that.
Q: The way everything came together late, did you feel that it could go further than one game?
TF: I tried to talk to the team when it was over. Nobody wanted it to be over. It stung. Whether it’s a week, two days, whatever – when the sting is gone, remember how much the staff cared about you guys. When you’re that fond of a group, you don’t want it to be over. You want to leave on your own terms.
Q: How much did Chris Perez’s performance at the end of the season complicate his situation with the team going into the offseason?
CA: Not that much. Chris has been a very effective closer for us and one of the most successful closers we’ve had here. We have a lot of decisions to make, not just with him.
Q: Carlos Santana said he didn’t necessarily like to (be the designated hitter). When a guy expresses that, how can you handle that?
TF: We talked to him today about similar things. Some of it will depend on the winter. We wanted to involve him in that. His bat and versatility are important.
Q: When you look at Swisher’s season, do you look at his shoulder injury as a part of it?
TF: I think he tried to do a little too much, whether it was being new or his contract. When he tried to dig himself out of it, I don’t think his shoulder helped him. Toward the end of the year, he turned it up; I think you’ll see more consistency out of him.
CA: In some of our most meaningful games of our season, he was our most productive hitter.
Q: How about Bourn?
CA: Michael cares so much and so deeply, that he may have tried to do a little too much. Plus, he switched leagues. What you’ll see next year from both is that they’ll be a little more comfortable with the league and organization.
TF: He’s so conscientious, that’s what you want. You don’t want players to kill themselves over things. Sometimes they try to do too much because of it, but I’d rather fight that than the flip side.
Q: Is Trevor Bauer ready?
CA: He’s still developing. He’s further along than at this time last year. I think we underestimated the magnitude of the changes he was undertaking in his delivery. We’ll have a much better sense of that come Spring Training. Trevor is committed to putting in the work this winter to continue his progress. He’s talked with (pitching coach) Mickey (Callaway).
Q: Were the changes he made working?
CA: It’s still a work in progress. Where he envisions his delivery being, we’re good with. But it’s still a work in progress.
Q: Do you view Carrasco as a starter?
TF: I think we need to exhaust every possibility with him as a starter; his arm is so big and his secondary stuff is there. We think he can help us most there.
Q: Did you get a sense from Jason Giambi what he wanted to do?
CA: I think he wants to play. He was proud of what he contributed and he wants to continue that.
Q: We may have forgotten what this ballpark is like when it’s out of control. What was that like?
TF: I don’t really pay a lot of attention usually, because when you’re in the dugout, you’re so closed off. … When they did the introductions, I was getting a kick out of it, like when they announced G. That was really cool. And when I got out there, it was LOUD. It was pretty cool. Those people are dying to do that. I never got caught up in (the attendance). The people who came were so into it, and that was great. Whoever comes to a game, we want to make them proud. And I think we’re making those strides.
Q: How did you sense the crowd?
CA: It was great to see the excitement in the ballpark and across the city. They embraced the team and it was a cool environment. The fans that were here throughout the season were unbelievable. They were passionate, vocal, intense and unbelievable.
Q: Do you think (Vinnie) Pestano will be able to get back to where he was?
CA: I think Vinnie has more determination than never to get back to the pitcher he was for so long for us. We have not lost sight of the contributions he’s made; we know it’s in there, and I have no doubt he’s going to work his tail off this offseason and come into Spring Training to assert himself as a dominant back-end reliever.
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond
In honor of Father’s Day, TribeVibe recently met with various Indians players and discovered the “Top 10 Best Things about Dad.”
10. It might sound weird, but he was very hard on me as a kid. As a kid, I was a little resistant to that; looking back now, I can understand why [he was hard on me]. He wanted me to achieve more than he ever achieved in life. I look back at it now, and I really appreciate it. – Mike Aviles
9. He’s always there for me, whenever I call. He’s always there to support me. – Mark Reynolds
8. Being an example for me is a big thing. Since I was a little kid, the way he raised me was to do things right. He was in the Dominican Army for 13 years, so that was the way I was raised — to do everything right. – Ubaldo Jimenez
7. I think the best thing about him is that he was always there. I was fortunate enough to have him always home, always willing to do anything that I wanted to do — any sport, any activity. That’s what I try to do with my kids. – Nick Hagadone
6. He’s beautiful; this is one special day for him, and I am happy [about] that. I move too much, play too much, and don’t visit my mom and dad [enough]; it’s crazy. – Carlos Santana
5. The best thing about my dad is probably just his support for me throughout the course of my life. Credit him for me being where I am today. He’s the one who really got me started with this game. – Drew Stubbs
4. He is always looking at the bright side of stuff; he is very positive. He is always looking at the good side of things. There’s not one thing I can say. – Scott Kazmir
3. He’s my dad; no matter what, he’s my dad. He’s taught me everything I know, from baseball to being a man. Being a preacher, he taught me a lot about my beliefs and how I was raised. The way I’ve turned out is all a tribute to how he raised me. He’s my dad. – Ryan Raburn
2. He [used to] take me to the stadium to practice. If I wanted to play catch with someone or swing the bat, I’d do it with him. I did everything with my dad when I was a kid. – Carlos Carrasco
1. For me, he’s the best dad. He’s always been [there] for me. He’s the best dad in the world. – Asdrubal Cabrera
-TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden