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Indians Manager Terry Francona and General Manager Chris Antonetti chatted with media on Monday, a day after the club’s season finale against Tampa Bay on Sunday. They addressed a number of topics, including offseason goals, positives from 2014 and more.
Skipper first …
MANAGER TERRY FRANCONA
It’s still hard today … We don’t have all the answers.
Couple things I do know: We were faced with w lot of challenges: Some health, some guys not quite doing what we thought they’d do. Through it all, we managed to compete all the way to the end. That wasn’t our goal; our goal was to win. … I was really proud of the effort, of the players, of the front office guys. We always seem to do it together.
This year, it wasn’t enough to get us over the hump and into the playoffs, but it helped give us our best chance.
When it’s all said and done, you never want to leave it on the field, to have regrets. If you do, you’re kicking yourself if you end up a game or two short. That’s opposed to leaving it all out there, and not really having any regrets. It wasn’t good enough for us but we have no regrets.
We’re happy with how some of the young guys did, but we still need to get better. I’m not just talking about going out and getting players … I’m talking about everything, putting players in the best position to win.
On the team’s defense
There were a number of reasons where we weren’t really clean. It was flat out making errors, to maybe not getting to some balls earlier in the season. We spent a majority of the season trying to unshoot our foot. That’s a hard way to play. What we talk about is the more work we can get done at high intensity, the better.
Re: positives of 2014
We are disappointed. The goal is to get to the Postseason and keep playing. But part of what excites me so much fi the effort our guys gave to get us to where we got.
Look at some of the core group we have in place:
- Yan Gomes is a bona fide All-Star. There’s a lot to like there : his energy, his game-calling ability.
- Brantley turned into one of the top position players in the league. And his impact goes far beyond the numbers.
On Corey Kluber
I don’t know if he’s going to win the Cy Young or not, but he should. Look at (Seattle’s) Felix (Hernandez) and you look at Kluber — If you took their names off of it and put their resumes side by side, Kluber would win the Cy Young. That’s the best endorsement I can give Klubes. The reason I say that is that I went and did it – didn’t want to be a homer. I actually felt like Kluber deserved it, and I didn’t know whose numbers was who.
There are three reasons why I’m so happy here: One is our players, I love the players. Another is the atmosphere Chris and his guys have fostered here, which I think is remarkable. The third one is, I just like the city.
I grew up around here, spent first six years of my life here. There are challenges ahead of us, but it’ll be more special when we figure it out and put it all together.
GENERAL MANAGER CHRIS ANTONETTI
It’s disappointing to not still be playing. Our goal is to win the World Series and to do that you have to be in the Postseason.
But stepping back from that, I couldn’t be more proud of our players and coaching staff and how they persevered. No matter how difficult the loss the night before, they showed up ready the next day. Tito, our coaches and players deserve a lot of credit for the way they handled things.
After you get past the disappointment of not making it and reflect back, there were a lot of positives this year – especially when you look at the development and progress for a lot of our younger players. We were alive on a really young roster to make a postseason push.
We had developments from Michael Brantley’s emergence as star, to Yan (Gomes), to Lonnie (Chisenhall)… Up and down, see progress they made. You see that and look forward and that’s incredibly exciting to us. We’ve never gone into an offseason in a better position of strength.
Our younger guys gained incredible experience. We asked a lot of them – to make the transition to the big leagues and the environment, and then make a postseason push. In exit meetings, a lot of guys referenced that experience. We’ll benefit from that.
This year obviously was not the script we drew up. We had some injuries, some inconsistencies from our veterans, and we placed a big burden on some of our younger guys.
There are a number of ways we improve this offseason:
- The young guys who contributed this year can continue to progress
- Our veteran guys return to health and perform the way they’re capable
- And we’ll look externally and find ways we can improve
Re: Swisher’s surgeries
It’s important to get the surgeries out of the way, especially as we look to next year. Retrospectively, I don’t think we knew what he was trying to battle through and perform through. It’s easy to look back now and wonder if we could have done it differently, done the surgeries sooner. To his credit, he worked hard and tried to play through it for the team. Encouraging: He should come in to Spring Training ready to go and contribute the way we all know he’s capable of contributing.
On the positives from 2014:
In the rotation, look at the emergence of young, extraordinary pitching staff. We set the MLB record for strikeouts, which is an incredible accomplishment given youth. They’ll all be here for the foreseeable future. Look at the progress they made and where they go forward, it’s exciting.
Michael Brantley has emerged into what we believe is a star player in the league. Yan Gomes established himself as one of the best catchers in the AL if not baseball. Lonnie (Chisenhall put together a very good season especially for a young player. There were a lot of individual performances in all aspects of the club that are promising.
Our defense is an area we need to better in. It was better in the second half than the first half, but we have to be better there.
–Photos by David Cleveland
Indians players Yan Gomes, Lonnie Chisenhall, Carlos Santana and Nick Hagadone — along with their wives (and Carlos’ sisters) — visited Cleveland crisis nursery Providence House today and packed intake bags for the kids that stay at the residence. Take a look at the photos from their visit above!
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
Seems like Jason Kipnis, Mike Aviles and Lonnie Chisenhall had some pent-up energy after a long rain delay and ultimate postponement on Tuesday night. This was the result.
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
(Photos by Dan Mendlik and David Cleveland)
Corey Kluber was again dominant on Wednesday. Details on his dominance:
- Registered his first career complete game shutout tonight (9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 SO, 85 pitches/69 strikes) and his second career complete game, the other coming in a 5-1 win back on April 24 vs. Kansas City, as Kluber surrendered just a single unearned run in that prior outing against the Royals (9.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R-0 ER, 0 BB, 11 SO)…marked the third individual CG thrown by an Indians hurler this season (also Josh Tomlin, June 28 at Seattle).
- Kluber threw just 16 balls against 69 strikes tonight…his strikeout-to-walk ratio ratio this season is 5.15 (170 strikeouts/33 walks)…Kluber became the first Indians pitcher to issue zero walks in consecutive starts of at least 9.0 innings since Cliff Lee in 2009 on July 16 vs. Seattle and July 21 at Toronto…between Lee in 2009 and Kluber in 2014, that feat has been accomplished just two other times: 1) Cliff Lee for Seattle in 2010 on June 18 vs. Cincinnati & June 23 vs. Chicago-NL and 2) David Price for Tampa Bay in 2013 on July 7 vs. Chicago-AL & July 12 vs. Houston…Kluber is the first right-hander to pull the trick since Javier Vazquez for Chicago-AL in 2007 on July 3 vs. Baltimore & July 8 vs. Minnesota.
- Kluber needed just 85 pitches to go the distance tonight…since pitch counts began getting tracked officially in 1988, he is the only Indians hurler to record a 9.0-inning shutout on 85 pitches-or-fewer and just the second since 1988 to do so in 90-or-less, joining Charles Nagy on June 12, 1992 vs. New York-AL (9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO, 90 pitches).
- Since pitch counts were first tracked in 1988, tonight marked just the 20th individual CG shutout in the Majors on 85 pitches or fewer, first since Boston’s Aaron Cook on June 29, 2012 at Seattle (Cook is the only pitcher since 1988 to complete the feat twice)…of those 20 games, Kluber’s effort tonight marked just the 4th time for a pitcher to also record 8 strikeouts, joining Greg Maddux (July 2, 1997 at New York-AL), Roy Halladay (Oct. 5, 2001-G1 vs. Cleveland) and Rich Harden (July 14, 2005 vs. Texas) – Maddux, Halladay and Harden each finished with 8 K’s.
- Paired with his 9.0-inning no decision on July 24 at Kansas City (9.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R-0 ER, 0 BB, 10 SO, 107 pitches, 28 batters faced), Kluber has worked 18.0 innings over his last 2 starts, allowing zero earned runs on zero walks and just 5 hits (.089, 5-for-56), while compiling 18 strikeouts…according the Baseball-Reference Play Index, Kluber is the only pitcher in Major League history to face 28 batters or fewer in consecutive starts of at least 9.0 innings (starts uninterrupted by any relief appearances).
–Photos by David Cleveland/Dan Mendlik
The Indians return home for 10 games, including three games vs. the Royals (July 4-6), four games vs. the Yankees (July 7-10) and three vs. the White Sox (July 11-13). Here’s what’s going on during a VERY busy homestand.
- Sugardale Dollar Dog night: Friday, July 4
- Extended Fireworks (Patriotic theme), presented by Wayside Furniture: Friday, July 4
- Rally Alley, presented by RTA: Friday, July 4
- Homestand Heroes: Friday, July 4
- Larry Doby jersey (10,000 fans), courtesy of Sherwin-Williams: Saturday, July 5
- Fireworks (KISS tribute): Saturday, July 5
- Rally Alley, presented by RTA: Saturday, July 5
- Chisenhall artifacts on display: Saturday, July 5 (see below)
- KeyBank Kids Fun Day: Sunday, July 6
- Kids Run the Bases, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Sunday, July 6
- Jason Kipnis bobblehead, courtesy of FirstEnergy (12,500 fans): Tuesday, July 8
- Sugardale Dollar Dog night: Thursday, July 10
WHITE SOX SERIES
- Fireworks (current Country music tribute), presented by Discount Drug Mart: Friday, July 11
- Rally Alley, presented by RTA: Friday, July 11
- Kenny Lofton jersey, courtesy of KeyBank (10,000 fans): Saturday, July 12
- Rally Alley, presented by RTA: Saturday, July 12
- KeyBank Kids Fun Day: Sunday, July 13
- Kids Run the Bases, presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Sunday, July 13
FRIDAY, JULY 4 vs. ROYALS @ 7:05PM
- ALL GATES: OPEN at 5:30PM (Gate C/East Pedestrian Bridge open at 4:30PM)
- Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN
Sugardale Dollar Dog Night
Extended Fireworks, presented by Wayside Furniture
Rally Alley, presented by RTA
Homestand Heroes: The Indians will dedicate tonight’s game to fallen, current and future military members, along with all branches of the military with a night full of activities, including:
- TAPS honorees: A family from this organization will be honored before the game (TAPS assists grieving families that have lost members during service)
- Bob Feller Act of Valor Award: Finalists (including Nick Swisher) will be announced for second annual award; last year’s winners included Yankee HOFer Yogi Berra and Tigers SP Justin Verlander
- Color guards on hand for national anthem
- Postgame: Swearing-in ceremony on the field/flag unveil in Upper Reserved
Alumni meet and greets: Joe Azcue (1963-69) and Gary Bell (1958-1967) will meet fans in Rally Alley.
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Some notables from the series opener in Phoenix, an eventual 14-inning loss to the Diamondbacks.
+ Carlos Santana is 23-for-61 (.377) since coming off the 7-day DL; he’s reached base 35 times in 17 games. Check out highlights from his big night: Click here!
+ Lonnie Chisenhall is nearing the threshold for being listed among AL leaders. Hitting .353, Chiz needs to avg. 3.1 PAs per team gm; he’s at 3.03. Lonnie’s .353 average would be tops in the AL right now (HOU’s Altuve, .337) and second in the bigs (COL’s Tulowitzki, .354).
+ Yan Gomes, who had the game-tying RBI in the ninth, is 9 for his last 21 at the plate (.429). He’s also played 36 straight games without an error behind the dish after struggling in that department early in the year.
+ The game tied the longest in Chase Field history at 5:32. Despite its historic length, the game only was 16 minutes longer than the Indians previous longest game of the year, a 5-hour, 16-minute home marathon against the Tigers that ended in a balkoff win for Cleveland.
+ The two teams combined to use 45 of the 50 players available to them. Cleveland used 23 players including 10 pitchers, while Arizona used 22 players, nine of them pitchers.
+ The game featured 33 hits — and a combined 31 left on base.
+ The Indians bullpen pitched 9.1IP, allowing 4 runs.
+ Tonight’s starter Corey Kluber pinch hit.