Results tagged ‘ Carlos Carrasco ’

PHOTO GALLERY: Indians beat Blue Jays, 9-4, to start May well

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–Photos by Dan Mendlik/Sarah Sachs



Carlos Carrasco, Oberlin College students chat — in his first language, their second

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Carlos Carrasco is used to having to resort to his second language, English, when doing a sit-down interview. But he got to turn the tables on Tuesday night when he sat down with sophomore Kyle Dominy and other students and staff from Oberlin College.

Dominy was tasked with an individual project in his Spanish conversation and communications class to interview a Spanish speaking person and apply it to an area in his life. An Arizona native and a left-handed pitcher on Oberlin’s baseball team, Dominy turned his focus to Spanish-speaking ballplayers.

“At first I thought of my home of Arizona, growing up and playing baseball with a lot of Spanish speakers,” Dominy said.

Oberlin professor Barbara Sawhill reached out to the Indians when she heard what Dominy wanted to do for his project. She thought it would be a great opportunity for him to sit down and interview a professional ballplayer, and she had a prior relationship with the Tribe, bringing a group of students to interview former Indians player Orlando Cabrera in 2011.

“When I knew Kyle was doing this project, I thought, ‘I wonder if, I don’t know if it will happen, but I wonder if (it would happen again), and this is what happened,” Sawhill said.

Dominy sat down with Carrasco for 45 minutes and conducted an interview in Dominy’s second-language – Spanish.

“Obviously it was pretty nerve-wracking, a professional player at the top of their game … (and in) a different language…one that I’m not extremely comfortable with,” Dominy said.

Dominy shared a similar feeling to what Carrasco had to go through when he first got to the United States.

“It was really hard because I came here in 2004 … and it maybe took me five years (to learn), Carrasco said. “They put me with some teachers and I never learned. I just went, ‘OK, let me go straight to the American guys and start talking to them.’”

Carrasco and Dominy both cited baseball communication as the main reason for their need to learn each other’s language.

“You have to know English because (the pitching coach) can say something very important that you have to do with location or to the next batter. If you don’t know (English) then you don’t do it and screw up,” Carrasco said. “I learned English because I need to communicate with my teammates.”

“When I was on the field growing up, it would have been so much easier if I could have spoken Spanish with some of the players,” Dominy added. “It would have brought the team closer together and made it more of a community.”

For Carrasco, it was a rare chance to be interviewed in his first language.

“It was really good. It made me feel good and excited because some people want to learn another language the same way I did,” Carrasco said.

When asked what grade Kyle would get on his interview with Carrasco, Sawhill said that it wasn’t her decision.

“What is interesting is on the projects they grade themselves because he is the one that is doing the learning,” Sawhill said. “That was a great pitching performance there.”

Topics discussed during the interview:

  • How Carrasco has learned the language in order to play
  • How important Carrasco thought it was to learn English to communicate with others
  • Carrasco’s preparation before a game
  • The importance of showing up on time, following the rules and working hard
  • How Carrasco has grown as a player
  • Superstitions
  • Cultural differences between Venezuela and the United States
  • Language transition

–TribeVibe contributor Austin Controulis

Indians, Carlos Carrasco agree to four-year contract with club options for ’19, ’20


Two days after the Cleveland Indians signed Corey Kluber to a five-year deal, the team announced on Tuesday that it has signed RHP CARLOS CARRASCO to a four-year Major League contract thru the 2018 season with club options for 2019 and 2020.

Carrasco, 28, posted a mark of 8-7 with a 2.55 ERA in 40 games/14 starts between the starting rotation and bullpen in 2014 (134.0IP, 103H, 38ER, 29BB, 140SO, .209AVG).  Upon re-entering the rotation on August 10, Carlos posted a mark of 5-3 with a 1.30 ERA over his final 10 starts of the season (69.0IP, 45H, 10ER, 78SO), the lowest ERA in the American League over the span. His season-long ERA of 2.55 was the 2nd-lowest by a Cleveland pitcher since 1970 among pitchers with at least 134.0IP.

The Barquisimeto, Venezuela native owns a career Major League record of 19-26 with a 4.30 ERA in 88 games/54 starts with Cleveland (372.1IP, 384H, 178ER, 304SO) since being acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies in a six-player trade in July of 2009.  He is slated to make his 2015 debut against the Houston Astros on Wednesday, April 8 in Minute Maid Park. He recorded his first career shutout in Houston last September 17, a two-hit, 12 strikeout performance.

Club control through year …

A look at how long key Indians players are under club control:

  • Corey Kluber (2019)
  • Michael Brantley (2017)
  • Yan Gomes (2019)
  • Jason Kipnis (2019)
  • Carlos Carrasco (2018)
  • Trevor Bauer (2020)
  • Cody Allen (2018)
  • Roberto Perez (2020)
  • Jose Ramirez (2020)

MLB ERA Leaders, Aug. 1-End of season (Min. 60IP)

  • Volquez (Pittsburgh) — 1.63
  • Carrasco (Cleveland) — 1.70
  • McHugh (Houston)  — 1.77
  • Zimmerman (Washington) — 1.81
  • Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers) — 1.87

‘Really Big Show’ at Cleveland Indians camp in Goodyear, March 9-11


ESPN Cleveland’s “The Really Big Show” is in Goodyear this week, chatting with Tribe players and front office members. In case you missed their shows live, you can listen to them in podcast form!

Click below to listen to each interview:

























PHOTO GALLERY: Kluber’s live BP, Carrasco the groundskeeper, March 1

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Today’s photos include Corey Kluber’s first live BP session of the Spring, Carlos Carrasco driving a golf cart, Terry hitting more fungoes and Carlos Santana making more friends. Good day.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

PHOTO GALLERY: Live at-bats today in Indians Camp, Feb. 28

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The morning started out with a little rain, but didn’t hold the squad from getting in a good day’s work. Nick Maradone, Nick Hagadone, Carlos Carrasco & Danny Salazar all faced live hitters as the guys prep for Tuesday’s spring opener.

-Photos by Dan Mendlik

PHOTO GALLERY: Full-squad workouts begin and Lindor wins the race, Feb. 24

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The whole gang’s here and the first Spring game is only a week away. Players took part in a conditioning race that Francisco Lindor finished in a diving fashion!

-Photos by Dan Mendlik

PHOTO GALLERY: Day before full workouts begin, Feb. 23

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Full-squad workouts begin on Tuesday, Feb. 24, but plenty was happening around the complex on Monday — including another new face, Brandon Moss, getting some work in.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik


PHOTO GALLERY: Pitchers, catchers first workouts, Feb. 20


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First workouts for pitchers and catchers were today! Here are details on some friendly competition among the pitchers! Enjoy!

–Photos by Dan Mendlik

PHOTO GALLERY: Pitchers and Catchers report, Feb. 18

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Pitchers and catchers reported to Goodyear, Ariz., today, but as you’ll see, most of the squad is already in the house. They look pretty happy, too, don’t they?

–Photos by Dan Mendlik


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