Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash will replace Joe Maddon as the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays and no one on the Tribe roster may be more disappointed than right-hander Carlos Carrasco.
Cash. who turns 37 Saturday, was tabbed by the Rays over Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu, 51. Cash is a Tampa native who spent eight years as a major league catcher, including one with the Rays in 2005. He just completed his second year on the staff of Indians' manager Terry Francona after starting his post-playing career as an advance scout for the Toronto Blue Jays.
According to MLB.com, Cash becomes the youngest manager in the league since A.J. Hinch, hired as Diamondbacks' manager in 2009 at age 35.
Cash was also one of three finalists for the Texas Rangers' managerial position that went to Jeff Banister of the Pirates.To read more or comment...
The Indians announced their 2015 spring training schedule on Friday. Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 18, with the full squad reporting on Feb. 22. The first workout for pitchers and catchers is Feb. 20, the first full-squad workout on Feb. 24.
The schedule features two home night games, March 20 against the Los Angeles Angels and March 24 agains the San Francisco Giants.
Tribe Fan Fest, a ticketed event, is March 17. Michael Brantley bobblehead day is March 7.
Season tickets and group sales (20 or more) are on sale now, with mini-plans available on Dec. 1 at 8 a.m. ET and single games Dec. 6 at 8 a.m.To read more or comment...
Indians left fielder Michael Brantley finished third in voting for the American League Most Valuable Player award, which was announced Thursday night.
Angels center fielder Mike Trout, 23, who finished second to Tigers' slugger Miguel Cabrera the past two years, was the unanimous choice of 30 members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Trout received 420 points. Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez, an ex-Indian, was second ahead of Brantley. Martinez received 16 second-place votes, Brantley eight.To read more or comment...
Indians' right-hander Corey Kluber lost out in a fan vote to participate in the 2014 All-Star Game.
But on Wednesday the 28-year-old right-hander became the fourth Indians pitcher to win the American League Cy Young Award, edging out Seattle Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez.
Kluber received 169 total points and 17 first-place votes, Hernandez 159 points and 13 first-place votes. Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale finished third with 78 points.To read more or comment...
The Cleveland Indians signed manager Terry Francona to a two-year contract extension through 2018, with club options for 2019 and 2020, the club announced Tuesday morning.
"I really didn’t want to move on from here," Francona said. "You watch every manager in their first press conference and they say all these things and they’re all true - they all feel them. But what’s really cool for me is two years later, I’m getting to live them out. I still feel the same way two years later, except maybe stronger, than the day I got hired. And for that I’m really grateful."
Francona, 55, took a year off from managing in 2012 before joining the Indians on October 6, 2012.
Under Francona's leadership, the Indians have had consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 2000-01, compiling a 177-147 (.546) record.To read more or comment...
The Indians announced this morning an agreement with manager Terry Francona on a two-year contract extension.
Here is the team's release:
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has agreed on a two-year contract extension (2018) with Manager TERRY FRANCONA that includes club options for 2019 and 2020.
Francona, 55, has led the Indians to consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 2000-2001, compiling a mark of 177-147 (.546) over his two-year tenure with the Indians that began in October of 2012. His 177 wins and .546 winning pct. rank 4th and 5th-best, respectively, in club history among managers through their first two seasons. The New Brighton, PA native owns a 14-year Major League career managerial record of 1206-1062 (.532), the 4th-most wins among active big league managers. Dating back to 2004 with Boston, Francona’s teams have posted winning records for ten consecutive seasons, the longest such managerial streak since 2009 (Joe Torre), in addition to a pair of World Series titles and six postseason appearances.To read more or comment...
The Cleveland Indians announced Friday afternoon that they have exercised the 2015 club option for utility man Mike Aviles.
Aviles, 34, was brought to Cleveland alongside catcher Yan Gomes in the 2012 trade that sent Esmil Rogers to Toronto. Aviles will make $3.5 million in 2015. The club had a buyout option for $250,000.
Aviles has struggled at the plate in his two seasons with Cleveland, batting just .250/.277/.356 in 768 plate appearances with 0.0 Wins Above Replacement. But he brings versatility, having played played second base, third base, shortstop and all three outfield positions, and a strong clubhouse presence.
"Mike's an incredibly important part of our team in so many ways," Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti said during a conference call. "He played six positions last year and filled in very capably in each of those spots. His versatility gives (manager Terry Francona) great comfort on the bench because he can fill in anywhere and contribute and provide us protection at so many different positions. It allowed us last year to carry an extra reliever for most of the year. Beyond what he does on the field, he's a great teammate, a guy who has an incredible energy about him and is a big part of our team and the fabric of our team."To read more or comment...
August Fagerstrom’s final thoughts following the Indians 7-2 victory over Tampa Bay in Sunday’s season finale.
1.) Well, that’s all she wrote. The Indians finish the regular season with a record of 85-77. Despite missing the playoffs, I’d say that’s a pretty successful season. This marks the first time since 2000-01 that the Tribe put together consecutive winning seasons.
When you consider the loss of Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir to free agency from last year’s team, the fact that Justin Masterson and Asdrubal Cabrera provided little to no value before being shipped off at the trade deadline, that Danny Salazar was sent to the minors after eight horrid starts to begin the season, that Nick Swisher, Jason Kipnis, Michael Bourn and David Murphy all dealt with injuries throughout the season that limited their production, and that Ryan Raburn and Jason Giambi were unable to provide the sparks they did last year, it’s pretty impressive what the Indians were able to accomplish this year.
Indians manager Terry Francona seems to agree.To read more or comment...
August Fagerstrom’s final thoughts following the Indians 1-0 victory over the Rays on Friday night:
NOTE: This will be a special Corey Kluber-only edition of final thoughts! Enjoy.
1.) Well, that’s it. Corey Kluber has done all he can to make a case for the American League Cy Young Award this season. All that’s left now is for Seattle’s Felix Hernandez to make his final start of the season Sunday night against the Angels and for the voters to decide who will take home the hardware.
Two weeks ago, if I had the honor of casting a vote, I would have given it to King Felix. Before tonight, I was leaning towards Kluber. After tonight, not only is it hard to see an argument against Kluber, but frankly I can’t fathom what Felix could do on Sunday to make up the ground.To read more or comment...
Your move, King Felix.
With the Indians all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention this year, all eyes were on Corey Kluber during Friday night’s final series opener against Tampa Bay.
Kluber was making the final start of his historic season and each pitch he threw seemed to inch him closer and closer to a potential American League Cy Young Award victory over Seattle’s Felix Hernandez.
Kluber struck out 11 through eight shutout innings, allowing just five hits and two walks as the Indians (86-74) won by a final score of 1-0.To read more or comment...