Found January 23, 2013 on
Fox Sports Arizona:
Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians manager, joins Matt this week to talk about his new job and why he is excited to get to work. He also discusses his alma mater, Arizona, winning a national championship in baseball last season, offers thoughts on the Baseball Hall of Fame and insight into his philosophy of using sabermetrics. Plus, hear all about his new book that chronicles his time with the Boston Red Sox called, "Francona: The Red Sox Years."
Among his observations:
On Arizona baseball winning the National Championship last season: "I was thrilled. Obviously with the baseball team I keep track, but when the basketball team wins I'm thrilled, when the football team wins I'm thrilled, those ties - they go a long way."
On his departure from the Red Sox in 2011: "I do think maybe it was time for me to move on. I thought some of my ability to reach some of the players - I was frustrated with that... I thought what happened after that was a little bit below the belt. There were some things said in the newspaper that hurt me a great deal. I don't wake up in the morning and think about it very often, but I also won't forget about it either."
Thoughts on no Hall of Fame inductees for this year: "I think it's a shame. Baseball is paying a price for maybe burying their heads in the sand a long time ago, it's not fair to a lot of players. It's not fair to the writers, either. There is probably no right answer right now, and that's a shame."
View podcast archives
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
With about three weeks left until spring training one of the more interesting battles to watch will be the backup catcher position. For the last three years that’s a role that has been held by Lou Marson, but after the November trade that brought Yan Gomes into the fold it’s clear that the Indians intend to create competition for the job this spring. Michael Goodman breaks down...
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with the first position player named do far: catcher Jake Lowery. Even though his prospect value slipped last season due to his performance offensively and high strikeout totals, he is still an interesting prospect going forward because of his power potential from the left side. Tony takes a look at the positives that...
The Cleveland Indians are in the market for a designated
hitter, and they are considering a reunion with two former players, Travis
Hafner and Jim Thome, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
The Indians are looking to add a hitter, have a few bucks to
spend (but not too many bucks) and are considering a reunion with several
former longtime Indians.
The IBI's Steve Orbanek returns with this week's edition of Then & Now, which looks at left-handed pitcher Scott Barnes. Barnes made his debut with the Indians last season and left a favorable impression, but what does the future hold? Last season, Barnes was a reliever, but could he possibly again be positioned to be a starter? Steve ponders after the jump.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with first baseman Mike McDade. The Indians picked up McDade this offseason in a waiver claim from the Blue Jays, and he is in the mix to make the big league roster this spring as a power bat off the bench or will serve as depth in Triple-A. Tony gives you 411 on the new Indians prospect and what kind of hitter and...
There’s no flash when it comes to Nick Swisher‘s numbers; he’s a 25-homer, 90-RBI guy who will contribute a ton in OBP leagues (career 13.3 BB%). If you’re looking to maximize Swisher’s skills then look no further than his L/R splits.
Against right-handed pitching Swisher has a career 0.48 BB:K rate while it’s a nice 1.08 rate against lefties. However, where his plate...
Here’s a piece I never thought I would be writing again, let alone in 2013.
With Indians roster all but set, there is still one spot that is wide open as we sit here on January 23rd. Designated Hitter.
For years, the Indians have had the position held down with a big bat who plopped themselves in the spot and didn’t move. From Eddie Murray in 1995, to David Justice in 1997, to...
Today the Cleveland Indians announced that they have extended non-roster invitations to Major League spring training camp to first baseman Jesus Aguilar, right-handed pitcher Matt Langwell, right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet, catcher Roberto Perez, and left-handed pitcher Giovanni Soto.
Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy are going to strike gold with this new book.
Early last week when the story about Terry Francona and Boston Red Sox ownership broke, it immediately caught my attention. I planned on writing this piece for Thursday, the 24th, but the January 21 issue of Sports Illustrated may have been one of the hardest magazines to find. The only reasoning I could...
Former Boston manager Terry Francona gave Pedro Martinez a big hug along with some advice to help him in his new job as a special assistant to the Red Sox general manager.
''Now he's going to have to be on time,'' Francona needled his former pitcher on Thursday when the two were reunited at the annual dinner of the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association...
Large crowds descended upon Progressive Field this past week for the inaugural Tribe Fest, and it turned out to be a rousing success. The Indians appear to be getting everything right this offseason with their trades, free agent signings, manager and coach hires, and now a great fan friendly event. What momentum the organization has built going into the 2013 season, and Jake Dungan...
Video is from prior to the Red Sox writers dinner today. Video courtesy of WEEI's Mike Petraglia.
It is one of the biggest questions leading into spring training for the Indians: who should lead off? With the departure of Shin-Soo Choo in a trade, the Indians lost their best lead off option, and the IBI's Jeff Ellis breaks down all the schools of thought with regard to what kind of player should hit lead off before finally settling on an obvious solution to this question.