In Tony's weekly notebook he takes a look at how Terry Francona and Sandy Alomar were both very good managerial candidates, but how Francona was the right choice as the new manager of the Cleveland Indians. He also wonders if the front office will be receptive to change this offseason or are in denial, talks about the infield fly call in Atlanta on Friday, asks if the 2012 season was the worst in years, and more.
Another day of Instructs, that actually took a bit of a backseat to the news of Terry Francona taking over the reigns of the Cleveland Indians. With that said, pitching really took the forefront, as Dylan Baker continued to absolutely dominate the Instructs. Grant Sides is perched to make the same type of move as Cody Allen. How good were they? Join Jim Pete after the jump to find out...
The Cleveland Indians have hired Terry Francona to be their next manager, only a day after his interview with Chris Antonetti and Mark Shapiro. The Indians will make an official announcment on Monday afternoon.
Terry Francona came into town on Friday to interview for the Cleveland Indians job. What initially seemed like a ploy for another player (or in this case, a manager) to use the Indians to get a better job and more money has turned into a legitimate opportunity for a big-time Indians hire. Is the Francona hire a formality, or will the job ultimately go to Sandy Alomar? Find out if it even matters, after the jump...
To celebrate the conclusion of another baseball season, we here at Indians Prospect Insider have decided to give out our picks for the major awards. We kick off things today with the American League Rookie of the Year. In the coming days, IPI will be rolling out our picks for AL/NL MVP, AL/NL Cy Young Award, AL/NL Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Indian, and Least Valuable Indian.
The Parallel League was in action on Thursday, and IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the action and statistics from the contest. Jordan Smith continued his fall tear, and Levon Washington seems to be settling in at the plate. Plus, Jeff Johnson had an impressive outing. All this and more after the jump.
Today we continue the IPI postseason awards with the announcement of the Biggest Breakthrough. This award goes to the player who may not have been as highly touted coming into the season on prospect lists, but by the end of the season is definitely on the prospect map going into next season. In the coming days the Reliever of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year and All-Tony Team will be announced.
Jared Goedert just recently completed a brilliant 2012 season for the Indians' minor league affiliates. However, despite his performance, Goedert never received a call-up to the Show even though many of his peers did. Just what does the future hold for Goedert? IPI's Steve Orbanek offers his take as he looks back at Goedert's career in this week's edition of Then & Now.
Both the Instructional League and Parallel League were in action on Wednesday, and Joe Wendle, Tyler Naquin and Ronny Rodriguez all recorded hits for the Instructional League squad. Joe Sever, Claudio Bautista, Anthony Santander and others made their fall debuts, and Jacob Lee and Jordan Cooper continue to impress with their consistent performances on the mound. The IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the action after the jump.
Today we continue the IPI postseason awards with the announcement of the Biggest Disappointment, the one year end award no one wants to win. This award goes to the player who was a highly rated prospect coming into the season who performed poorly or suffered through an injury plagued season. In the coming days the Biggest Breakthrough, Reliever of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year and All-Tony Team will be announced.
Well, it's over. The Indians finished up one of the most disappointing seasons they have had in a very long time, and Wednesday night's game was a microcosm of the entire season: inconsistent starting pitching, poor hitting, and shaky defense. Adam McGavin gives his thoughts on the game one last time this season...
Instructional League carries on as today ends the third week of the four week period. The Fall Instructional League players had morning practice and no game yesterday, but the Parallel League team was in action. Tony recaps the game with all the stats and highlights including a big day at the plate from catcher Alex Lavisky and another dominating relief appearance by right-hander Grant Sides.
It's the last day of the regular season, and it's definitely time to start looking forward...instead of backwards. With that said, Terry Francona and Sandy Alomar Jr. are officially going toe-to-toe for the right to become to the brand new Indians' manager. Is Francona using the Indians to get more money from another team? Will Alomar really take a job if Toronto or Boston calls? Join Jim Pete to find out his thoughts...after the jump...
Fresh off an 11-0 defeat to the Chicago White Sox, the Indians came out and looked considerably better on Tuesday night. Just Masterson was masterful, and the Tribe battled back to tie the game and then win it 4-3 in extras off the bat of Jason Donald. IPI's Steve Orbanek offers all his Second Thoughts after the jump.
Both the Fall Instructional League and Parallel League teams were in action on Monday, and Tony has all the stats and information from both games. Ronny Rodriguez had a big day as he gets ready for Arizona Fall League action and several players in both games made their fall debuts.
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!