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Here a nice lengthy interview with Terry Francona back in Boston today. The hot topic is the excerpts from his book, like this one:
“They come in with all these ideas about baseball, but I don’t think they love baseball,” Francona said. “I think they like baseball. It’s revenue, and I know that’s their right and their interest because they’re owners … and they’re good owners. But they don’t love the game. It’s still more of a toy or a hobby for them. It’s not their blood. They’re going to come in and out of baseball. It’s different for me. Baseball is my life.”
Tito spends a good portion of this interview squashing rumors that this was his "payback" for the Sox owners doing him wrong at the end.
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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...
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed pitcher Luis DeJesus. He does not have the pure stuff some elite prospects might have, but he has a lot of intangibles and has proven to be a performer early on in his career. Tony breaks down why talent evaluators believe he has potential as a starting pitcher, his pluses and minuses, and lots more...
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 right-handed reliever Matt Langwell. Yesterday he received his first invite to Major League camp in spring training, a sign he is on the big league radar as a bullpen option for the Indians this season. A lot of fans probably do not know a lot about him, and Tony has all the details regarding his stuff, ability...
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.
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...
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 is a listing of all the players in the Cleveland Indians minor league system that have been released over the course of the 2013 calendar year.
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...
With the Dominican Winter League Championship Series wrapped up, the championship action continues in the championship series of the Puerto Rican and Venezuelan winter leagues. A couple of Indians are still in action and hoping that they can help lead their team to the championship. The IBI's Steve Orbanek touches on those Indians and their performances in this week's edition...
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.
Video is from prior to the Red Sox writers dinner today. Video courtesy of WEEI's Mike Petraglia.