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MLB Network’s “30 Clubs in 30 Days” show visited Goodyear, Ariz., on Thursday, to check in with the Tribe. Here are video clips of what appeared on Thursday night on MLB Network:
Nick Swisher (excitedly) talks about last season and the upcoming season.
Terry Francona talks about his club as it stands today:
Sandy Alomar Jr. and Yan Gomes discuss new rule changes for catchers and baserunners:
Danny Salazar talks about his stellar rookie year:
Justin Masterson and Michael Bourn talk about their excitement for 2014:
The MLB Tonight guys discuss Carlos Santana’s attempted transition to third base:
Today’s edition of The Rosey Report features Aaron Harang — who started in today’s win over Seattle and allowed one run in two innings — along with MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian with news and notes and the usual snippets from Terry Francona’s daily media briefing.
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–Photos by Dan Mendlik
Oh, how Terry Francona values versatility among position players.
Carlos Santana is working on his skills at third base to further expand his versatility, while Nick Swisher (first base, right field and DH), Mike Aviles (shortstop, second, third), and Raburn and newcomer David Murphy (who has seen time at all three outfield positions) all offer Francona the ability to alter his lineup each day.
That versatility paid off last year, allowing the second-year Tribe skipper, for example, to keep Jason Giambi – a full-time designated hitter – around. And, well, we all know what that did for the club during its postseason push:
So as Francona and the other Indians coaches examine this year’s group of players in camp and analyze how best to put a final roster together, Francona again is thankful for that versatility.
He was asked before Saturday’s game was canceled due to rain if Nyjer Morgan, who Francona has said has impressed him thus far in camp, could make the roster in a bench role similar to what Ryan Raburn assumed last year out of camp. And while Francona is loath to predict anything or commit to anything this early, he said versatility will be key.
“Sure, Morgan could make the team (in a bench role),” Francona said before Saturday’s game was canceled due to rain. “But that would be because of other versatility. We have to balance all of those things when we put our roster together.”
More generally, Francona is pleased so far with the early impressions made by new faces in camp and those in competition for the final roster spots.
“Every day I like when guys do good things, so you can talk about them,” Francona said. “That’s basically why they’re here. I love to brag about a lot of them. Then we’ll make decisions and be really conscientious about making the decisions best for our team. It will be what’s best for the team.”
The Rosey Report: Spring Training edition is back after another Tribe W on Friday over the Reds. Today’s guests include MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, Mike Aviles — taking Rosey on a tour of the Tribe clubhouse — and, as usual, snippets from Terry Francona’s daily media briefing.
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