The Indians on Saturday signed left-handed pitcher and former outfielder Anthony Gose to a minor-league deal that doesn’t include an invitation to the big-league camp next spring.
Gose came up through the minor leagues as a speedy outfielder with the Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers before converting to the mound. He hasn’t appeared in a major-league game since 2016. Last year at Double-A, he posted a 6.52 ERA in 19 1/3 innings.
Gose had an unceremonious exit with the Tigers in 2016 after an altercation with Triple-A manager Lloyd McClendon that resulted in a demotion.
His up-and-down road through baseball now turns to Cleveland, where he’ll provide some pitching depth in the minors.
The U.S. Senate has passed legislation to honor former Indians center fielder Larry Doby, the American League's first black ballplayer, with the Congressional Gold Medal.
Ohio Sens. Sherrod Brown, a Cleveland Democrat, and Rob Portman, a Cincinnati-area Republican, recently announced passage of the bill, which awaits President Donald Trump's signature.
Republican Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth earlier helped gain House approval.
Doby became the American League's first black player in July 1947, two months after Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color line with the National League's Brooklyn Dodgers. Doby was a seven-time All-Star, leading the 1948 Indians to the world championship.
Born in Camden, South Carolina, Doby played high school sports in Paterson, New Jersey, and served in the Navy. He died in 2003.
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