From where I sit, I believe the biggest decision for new manager Manny Acta and the Indians is who they pick as his pitching coach. With so many young arms presently on the staff and a lot on the horizon, the focus the next few years will be on finishing off their development at the big league level.
I really believe such a hiring will come from within the organization as they look for someone...
Paul Cousineau and I will be back on the air tonight to talk about the hiring of Manny Acta as the new manager of the Cleveland Indians. Both of us will give our thoughts on the hiring, the process the Indians went through to get to this decision, the other candidates, and where the Indians and Acta go from here as far as filling out his big league coaching staff.
We will also take calls...
Well, the Indians on Sunday officially announced that Manny Acta has been named as the new manager of the team and has agreed to a three year deal with a club option year for a fourth in 2013. A press conference is scheduled for later this afternoon when Acta will be officially welcomed into the Indians family and don his Wahoo ball cap for the first time.
With the hiring now official, my...
The Cleveland Indians and Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark Shapiro today named Manny Acta the 40th Manager in franchise history. He is signed thru 2012 with a club option for 2013.
Acta, who will turn 41 on January 11, has been a coach or manager at the Major League level each of the last eight seasons since 2002. He most recently served as the Manager of the Washington Nationals...
Here is a quick look at how all the Indians players are doing out in the Arizona Fall League and all the other various winter leagues:
It has been a little over a month since right-hander Jason Knapp had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder. He had the surgery back on September 15th in New York City in a short procedure performed by Dr. David Altchek to clean out some loose bodies in his throwing shoulder. In the six weeks since the surgery, Knapp has been rehabbing and is on schedule for a healthy return by the start of...
The LA Times reported today that the Cleveland Indians have contacted Los Angeles Angels bench coach Ron Roenicke to interview him for their vacant managerial job. Roenicke has spent the last ten years working on Angels' manager Mike Scioscia's staff with the first six years as a third base coach and the last four as a bench coach.
The Indians have not confirmed that they have contacted Roenicke,...
We close the book on the 2009 Instructional League with the final stats for the new Parallel League. Since these were co-op teams, only a few players participated in this new league as just five Indians regulars hit in the lineup and a half dozen pitchers threw in games. Thanks again to "Arthur" for putting this stat listing together for us.
Final 2009 Parallel League Stats:
I usually do not remark much on the happenings on the big league side of things with the Indians, but in listening to Bobby Valentine's 35-min presser today I have to say I was not impressed at all with what I heard. I listened to Manny Acta's 18-min presser on Tuesday, and listened to it again just before Valentine in order to compare the two back-to-back, and to me Acta just absolutely blew Valentine...
Here are the final stats for the 2009 Instructional League. This is a comprehensive listing of all players who participated in games for both the first half of camp (Instructional League) and the second half of camp (Development League).
Here are the second half stats for the Instructional League period. I am re-posting the first half stats from the Fall Instructional League (FIL) period and now including the stats from the Fall Development League (FDL) period. Tomorrow I will have one final comprehensive listing showing the final stat listing for all players during Instructional League and the Parallel League. Many thanks to "Arthur"...
There is one final box score to share from Instructional League as there was a Parallel League game last Friday October 16th which I have not posted yet (until now). Here is the box score from that game, and later on today I will also be posting final stats from the Instructional League (thanks to the Upper Box Woodchuck).
October 16, 2009
The Arizona Fall League began play last Tuesday, and several intriguing Indians prospects took the field for the Peoria Saguaros. Nick Weglarz, Matt McBride, Carlos Rivero, Josh Rodriguez, Connor Graham, Josh Judy, Zach Putnam and Carlton Smith are all on the Saguaros roster for the 2009 AFL campaign along with some top prospects from the Atlanta, Cincinnati, San Diego and Houston farm systems....
If you didn't know any better, you would think the Indians never signed their third round draft pick this year, he was banished to another planet, or had joined the Witness Protection Program.
That's what it felt like this year with regard to right-hander Joe Gardner, who after being taken in the 3rd round of the 2009 Draft out of UC-Santa Barbara and signing quickly he was never heard from...
It felt like Christmas in October seeing 2009 1st rounder Alex White on the mound and pitching for the Indians. It may have been a buzzer beater at the signing deadline in mid-August, but he is now 100% the property of the Indians and has since been working out in various places looking to gain some ground that was lost because he signed so late.
White has gotten a crash course in his short...
Here are the final box scores from the 2009 Instructional League. The boxes below cover the Instructional League games from Wednesday October 14th and Thursday October 15th, and Parallel League games from Tuesday October 13th and Thursday October 15th. Now that all the box scores have been posted, I may provide a comprehensive final stat listing later in the week if the Woodchuck provides it (hint).
The 2013 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!