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GOODYEAR, Ariz. – In his role as the Indians Director of Baseball Information, Bart Swain already has a pretty unique role.
He and our Assistant Director of Baseball Info, Court Berry-Tripp, travel with the team and serve as the direct liaisons between the players and the front office, media and fans.
But Swain has made the role even more unique: When called upon, he throws Batting Practice to the players, something he began in the 1996 season and that stuck after former Indians Hitting Coach Charlie Manuel saw him do it and apparently thought he was good enough to keep on.
“I’ve thrown BP since high school,” the 44-year-old Elyria High grad said last week in Goodyear. “I played in high school, but I wasn’t very good. This was a way to make myself useful.”
Swain joined the Indians in 1992 and worked for two years as an intern in the Media Relations department. He moved into the Director role in 1995 and has been there since.
Players like to give Swain a hard time about his throwing, but it appears he’s serviceable, at least, in the role. Tribe infielder Mike Aviles, for one, was glad Swain was around during last year’s Tribe Fest; Aviles had just been traded to Cleveland and was in town and looking to hit.
“He said, ‘I’ll throw,’” said Aviles, who is with his third big-league team. “I said, ‘I thought you were the PR guy.’ He’s the only PR guy I’ve been around who does it and it’s pretty cool.”
OK, but how does he throw?
“It’s not that bad. It’s actually pretty good,” Aviles said. “He has his days. Sometimes he’ll let loose a changeup and is in the ground… He gets his momentum back though.”
Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall was equally back-handed when complimenting Swain.
“He’s better than he was,” Chisenhall said with a good-natured smile. “He throws a solid BP. He can get out of sync a little bit, and he’s not in the upper echelon of BP throwers. But if you have to hit, he’ll do.”
GOODYEAR, AZ – Moms and dads, rest easy: You have kindred spirits in many members of the Tribe 40-man roster.
Eighteen players in that group have children, and like you, face the day-to-day challenges involved with working a full-time job while raising young kids. That group includes starting pitchers Justin Masterson, whose wife, Meryl, had twins in the offseason, and Corey Kluber, whose wife, Amanda, also gave birth in January. Yan Gomes’ wife, Jenna, is expecting.
Those players are gearing up for another season, when the parenting becomes more complicated. During the season, players arrive at the ballpark around Noon or 1pm for home games, and stay until 11pm or later. When the team takes road trips, the players often are gone for 10 days or more.
That can stressed-out moms and dads who don’t get nearly enough time with the kids.
“It’s tougher for the wives,” said Kluber, who has two daughters, Kendall and Kennedy. “It’s challenge for them, because for the most part, they’re handling a lot of the duties with the kids for much of the season.”
Amanda Kluber and the couple’s daughters will move to Cleveland from their home in Jacksonville, Fla., for the season, but even that doesn’t offer much respite from mom duty, Corey said: The moms don’t get much alone time with their husbands at the ballpark.
Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and his wife, Meredith, have a 2-year-old son, Cutter, and are expecting another boy in April, shortly after Opening Day. And like Kluber, Chisenhall says it can be difficult to find a happy medium between work and family.
Not only do the players spend a lot of time away from their families during the season, but when they are at home, they’re tasked with getting enough rest so they can be in the best shape possible for the next day at the ballpark.
“It’s challenging at times, especially on her. You leave for extended periods of time,” Chisenhall said. “Hat’s off to all the wives and moms who stay home; Meredith has a 2-year-old boy who is … active. Sometimes he’s great sometimes he’s a handful.”
For Mike Aviles, who with wife, Jessy, has three daughters – Kyla, 9, and 3-year-old twins, Adriana and Mayia – he says at times he knows the other 24 guys in the clubhouse better than his girls.
“This is a great life, and I wouldn’t change it for anything,” Aviles said. “On the outside looking in, I don’t think people realize how much we’re away from our families.”
The players’ busy schedules and lack of “us” time at home makes them appreciate the offseason even more, when they’re able to escape for a few months to enjoy more downtime with their kids – and give their wives a break.
The Klubers head back to Jacksonville, Fla., while the Chisenhalls are back to North Carolina and Aviles & Co. back to Utah. Family time commences.
“That’s how I look at it, a way to make up for lost time during the season,” Corey Kluber said. “I throw and work out, but I don’t have many other commitments, so I’m able to enjoy it more with (the kids).”
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–Photos by Dan Mendlik
Today’s edition of The Rosey Report: Spring Training Edition, features MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian with a recap of the Tribe’s 8-3 loss to the Reds to open the club’s Exhibition slate.
Plus, today’s show features some levity from WTAM’s Nick Camino, Word of the Day with Tribe third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and portions of Terry Francona’s daily media briefing.
Tune in by clicking the play button below!
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
–Photos by Dan Mendlik
TribeVibe over the coming weeks will look back at the 2013 Indians season by month, with records, stats, top moments and more on which fans can reflect. April, though a slow start record-wise, provided some memorable moments, which you can watch below. All information and stats courtesy of Indians Baseball Information staff, unless otherwise noted. Photos by Dan Mendlik and Kyle Emery.
For previous monthly reviews:
THE FINE PRINT
- Monthly record: 12-16
- Overall record: 71-64
- Home record: 4-7
- Road record: 8-9
- Weekend record: 6-2
- Standings: second place, 8.5GB
- High-water mark: 62-49, August 4
TOP PERFORMERS — BATTING
- Yan Gomes: .281 AVG (18-64), 2 HR, 3 RBI, 6 R
- Ryan Raburn: .269 AVG (7-26), 4 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R
- (OK, so we struggled at the plate in August. Fine.)
TOP PERFORMERS – PITCHING
- Cody Allen: 1.88 ERA (3 ER in 14.1IP), 17 K, .212 opp. AVG (Allen also logged the second-most appearances in the AL, with 77.)
- Mark Rzepczynski: 0.00 (0 ER in 11.2IP), 10K, .150 opp. AVG
- Joe Smith: 0.68 ERA (1ER in 13.1IP), 13K
COMBINED BATTING/PITCHING STATS
- Batting: .229 AVG (221-966), 26 HR, 86 RBI, 86 BB
- Pitching: 3.77 ERA (107 ER in 255.2IP), 257 K, .249 opp. AVG
- The only month (well, October, too) without one!
Yan Gomes, Andre Rienzo have a day for the ages for home country Brazil: Andre Rienzo, a rookie pitcher from Brazil, and countryman and Indians catcher Yan Gomes, became the first Brazilian-born players to face off in an MLB game. Read more about the faceoff here.
John Underwood: This is why we work in baseball. Lakewood native John Underwood won a Stand Up 2 Cancer auction to take batting practice at Progressive Field – then insists a Make-a-Wish child and his family comes along. The result: An amazing day at Progressive Field. Read more about it here.
Rocky Colavito celebrates 80th birthday at Progressive Field: The Rock came to Cleveland as many older fans’ favorite all-time Indians player, and he was popular all day, from a Terrace Club luncheon/chat with Gary Bell and Max Alvis, to a pregame chat with reporters, to a ceremonial first pitch before the Tribe played the Angels.
Wild nights are calling: If you’re charged with handling in-game social media when an East Coast team is on the West Coast, you know already you’re in for a long night. But when that game goes 14 innings – and 5 hours, 17 minutes – it’s an extra long night. Luckily, we had some fans locked in to our #TribeLive feature on Twitter, so they helped. So did the victory, helped by a Drew Stubbs home run in the 14th. Watch it below:
Be gone, 2012: The Indians on August 21 surpassed their 2012 win total – 68 — in the 127th game of the season, a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels. In all, the Tribe increased its win total by 24 games – tying the club record – in going 92-70.
John Adams anniversary: The Tribe’s unofficial drummer became official on August 24, with a presentation of an Honorary Member Award on the 40th anniversary of the day he first brought his drum to Cleveland Municipal Stadium. John also took part in a pregame “first hit,” hitting the ball with his drum on a pitch by Carlos Baerga.
Home run promises come true: A unique night at the ballpark on August 24. The Tribe communications team got a text from a member of the Corporate Marketing team who was on the field pregame that read, “This 8-year-old met Carlos Santana and asked him to hit a home run.” It turned out to be Niko, who if you followed TribeVibe and the Tribe’s social media channels all season long, you know he became a celebrity. And you also probably know that Santana did hit a home run, as did Jason Kipnis, who Niko also met that night.
Misc.: Tribe manager Terry Francona used 123 different batting orders in 2013, with the most popular being: Bourn, Cabrera, Kipnis, Swisher, Brantley, Santana, Reynolds, Chisenhall, Stubbs
Terry Francona met with media Wednesday afternoon, about three hours before the Indians and Rays tangled in the American League Division Series.
Check out what Tito had to say before the big night!
Q: How is Michael Bourn?
A: He did really well last night. He ran full speed, turned and ran the bases.
Q: Why did you start Lonnie Chisenhall (at third base)?
A: He has a little history (against Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb). Plus, the way they match up, if they bring in a lefty, we have (Mike) Aviles sitting there.
Q: How much thought did you put into putting Chris (Perez) on the roster? Was it a hard decision?
A: It was not a hard decision. You don’t know how the game is going to go. And given the right situation, he can find himself into the game. He has 20-something saves. He ran into some rough outings, but he’s done everything with the right attitude and we wanted to put him on.
Q: What were your impressions of (Wednesday starter) Danny Salazar the first time you saw him?
A: It was in the Dominican Republic, and I was visiting Carlos Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez. We were watching Ubaldo, and I asked (pitching coach) Mickey (Callaway), ‘Who is that?’ Mickey said, ‘You’re going to love this kid. He’s probably not ready, but you’re going to love him.’ Halfway through the year, Danny was in AA. Our scouts said, ‘Hey, if you have a spot start, we think he’s ready.’ We watched his pitches and now we’re at a part of the year when we can let him pitch.
Q: What did you think of Tampa Bay when you were with Boston? Was it a very intense rivalry?
A: They were good .They found a way in the AL East on a smaller payroll to compete ever year. You know they were doing things right. There’s a lot to respect. In one game, though, you go play and turn your players loose and hope you get to keep playing. … I don’t think there’s been a game played when I don’t think there’s been great intensity. You try to have an atmosphere where every game is like this so nothing changes.
Q: Was there an extra message or talk you gave before this game?
A: No, you stay in a routine. You don’t need any Knute Rockne speech or anything. They know what’s going on. You embrace the challenge and enjoy the competition; nothing more than that.
Q: Can you talk about (Matt) Carson and (Jose) Ramirez on the roster?
A: Matt has been a big part of what we’re doing. He can play all three outfield spots, so it gives flexibility. Ramirez is the same thing: He belongs. He can change the game with his speed and we can move him around the infield.
Q: What do you expect from the crowd?
A: I think the fans have been dying for a game like this and they’ve been wanting it so bad. It would be great to create excitement and then extend it. These fans have the chance to show their appreciation for the players and vice versa.
Q: How is Danny mentally?
A: Mentally, he matches his stuff. That’s why we’re pitching him. After his first start, I asked him, were you nervous? He said, no, not really. He said being on the mound is his most comfortable place in the world.
Q: (Nick) Swisher struggled (in the Postseason) last year; what do you see out of him?
A: That was last year. We courted him and when we got him that was a big deal for us. He’s played his best baseball late in the season. His personality never tires out. I don’t know how he does it, but he does it.
Q: What time did you get here and did you have any ice cream cravings?
A: I’m not pregnant. … I got here about 11AM, as I wanted to swim a little. I didn’t eat ice cream; I had gummi bears. It was not a pretty picture.
Q: Does this feel like a Game 7?
A: It’s exactly the same. We’ve been doing that for a while, with how our challenge went the last 2-3 weeks of the year. You could either embrace it or run from it. I have a feeling both teams will embrace it. Hopefully we’ll be one run better.
Q: What’s it like managing against Joe Maddon?
A: You have to be prepared for the unexpected, especially if the ball doesn’t end up where it’s supposed to.
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond