CLEVELAND: Managers don’t spring from the earth fully formed. Sandy Alomar has played and worked under skippers who showed him the ropes and how not to get tangled up in the ropes.
“Grover [Mike Hargrove] was a great influence on me, someone who pushed me,” Alomar said.
Alomar played for Hargrove through most of the 1990s, when the Indians made their greatest post-1950s run, playing in two World Series.
“Jerry Manuel and Charlie Manuel also helped me a lot,” Alomar said. “I didn’t play for any other manager long enough for him to have much of an impact on me.”
Alomar played for Charlie Manuel in Cleveland and began his coaching career under New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel.
MILESTONE — Jason Kipnis is the fourth Tribe player in the past 25 years to amass at least 10 home runs, 70 RBI, 80 runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season. The other three: Roberto Alomar in 1999 and 2001, Kenny Lofton in 2000, Grady Sizemore in 2007 and 2008.
THE WORM HAS TURNED — Since realignment in 1994, the Tribe has lost the season series to the Kansas City Royals just four times, but this year could be the fifth. To avoid that, the Tribe will have to sweep the three-game series and finish 9-9.
— Sheldon Ocker