Former Indians second baseman Carlos Baerga enjoys his current role of serving as a Tribe ambassador. Baerga was a guest instructor during spring training and spent some time Monday fielding balls at first base during batting practice.
Asked his thoughts on the potential of this year’s team, Baerga had nothing but positive things to say.
“I love the way they started,” he said of the Tribe going 3-3 on their season-opening road trip to Toronto and Tampa Bay. “I remember at spring training a couple weeks ago I said, ‘We should come out from there like .500.’ We did it. Even the two games we didn’t hit, I like what I see. I like the team, the hitting is there. (Justin) Masterson is pitching really well, so is Ubaldo Jimenez. We need to get the other guys going. But I like what I see.”
Baerga also appreciates the fact that for the first time since his playing days, the Indians have a speed factor in center fielder Michael Bourn.
“I like that situation,” he said of the Indians big free-agent signing. “It reminds me of what we used to have here when we had (center fielder) Kenny (Lofton) and (shortstop) Omar Vizquel - they used to run all the time. But we have the power in the back, we have that here. (Nick) Swisher, (Mark) Reynolds is bringing some power. I like what we’re doing.”