Found October 23, 2012 on
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The 2012 Cleveland Indians were not a good team. After the All-Star Break, they went 24-53 and manager Manny Acta got fired. Their big, game changing acquisitions last offseason, Derek Lowe and Casey Kotchman, combined for -0.6 fWAR between them and Lowe was released in August. Throw in a 5.40 ERA from 2011 trade deadline acquistion Ubaldo Jimenez, and you have a ship without a rudder...a team going nowhere fast.
Here's one thing that the Indians need to avoid: washed up Indians that the team keeps bringing back on the off-chance they put it all together and have a healthy season. The Tribe paid Travis Hafner and Grady Sizemore a combined $18 million last season to play a total of 66 games between the two of them. That's over a quarter of Cleveland's 2012 payroll on a pair of players who combined to play in 20% of possible games between the two of them. That's...not good. All isn't bad for the Indians though, as the team is set up the middle with Carl...
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Though the team is reportedly not ready to make a formal announcement regarding the coaching staff of newly hired manager Terry Francona, it appears that long-time Cleveland Indians farm system manager Mike Sarbaugh will be promoted to the big league staff.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Sarbaugh, spending the last five years in the Indians’ minor league...
Mark Shapiro has spent two seasons as Cleveland Indians president after nine as the teams General Manager, when he twice was named baseballs Executive of the Year. This past season was as tough in recent memory for the Indians, and the team is well aware what that could mean to future attendance. Shapiro recently sat down for a lengthy conversation with Pat McManamon, and touched...
Indians manager Terry Francona met with Cleveland reporters for tea and crumpets today, and he decided to state the obvious and make some news all at once.
The quote comes from Jordan Bastian of MLB.com:
But Travis Hafner has an option year!!
It would seem that Francona doesn’t believe the team will look internally to fill the roster spots vacated by Hafner and Casey Kotchman...
According to the Toronto Sun (with a hat tip to Paul Hoynes) the candidates to replace John Farrell as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays include Sandy Alomar Jr. and Manny Acta-
“And Manny Acta, who managed both the Washington Nationals and the Cleveland Indians, and also coached in Montreal. Acta was also in Washington when Brown was the scouting director, putting together the...
With the firing of Manny Acta and Scott Radinsky earlier in the season, the Indians are set for a complete overhaul in the coaching staff. With the hiring of Terry Francona the Indians have already started making some changes. Interim manager and bench coach for the last few years, Sandy Alomar has been retained for an undisclosed position while third base coach Steve Smith and...
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