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Last summer I stood on the field before the Eastern League All-Star Game and spoke with Francisco Lindor about his life, his development and his future with the Cleveland Indians. When I asked him if he received the call to the big leagues, if he felt he was ready, his answer was like most every thing he does; outstanding and far better than you would expect from a 21-year old.
“If they feel I’m ready, I’m ready,” Lindor said of the Indians organization. “It’s plain and simple. If they think I’m ready, I’m ready. That’s why I leave it up to them because they are the ones that know what is the best time for me.”
Just five weeks ago, we wondered when Lindor would eventually make his debut. Mark Shapiro, Chris Antonetti, Terry Francona, Ross Atkins and anyone else a part of the decision, it’s time for Francisco Lindor in Cleveland. He’s ready.
Close your eyes and try to think of how many players you’d rather see at the plate needing a hit to help the Indians win before Lindor. Chances are, you can’t name nine. Now think of how many players you would want the ball hit to with the game on the line before Lindor. There are only a handful, if that.
There is an advantage to being in the right place at the right time. For Indians right-handed reliever, C.C. Lee, he seems to be in the right place. Now, he has to make the most of his time and take advantage of an open role in the Tribe’s bullpen.
With less than two weeks remaining in spring training, it appears Lee has the inside track on securing an Opening Day roster spot in the Tribe’s bullpen. So far, Lee has had a successful spring while many of his other contenders for a roster spot seemed to have struggled.
Mel Harder and the Cleveland Indians are virtually inseparable.
Harder spent 20 years as a pitcher for the Indians – only Walter Johnson had spent more consecutive years pitching for one team – and an additional 15 as a coach. …
It’s been a bumpy road at times for Nick Hagadone, but as 2015 is less than two weeks from Opening Day, it appears he has finally arrived for the Cleveland Indians.
Hagadone, acquired in 2009 with Bryan Price and Justin Masterson, for Victor Martinez, has been on the cusp of assuming a role in the Tribe’s bullpen since 2012. However, control and concentration issues have hindered the hard-throwing left-handers progression. But after a strong 2014, it appears Hagadone has settled in to his place in the bullpen—and still has room to grow.
I laughed, I cried, I cheered, and I was only 10 chapters in.
He may have given fans a list of 100 things to do but, with “100 Things Every Indians Fan Should Know and Do Before They Die,” Zack Meisel of Cleveland.com has given Indians’ fan their 101st task:
Read this book.
Left-handed reliever Kyle Crockett has made a habit of moving around quickly lately, but he will spend the 2015 season just trying to stick in one place.
The University of Virginia product burst onto the Cleveland scene last season as the first player from the 2013 draft to appear in the Major Leagues. Called up temporarily in May and then permanently in June, Crockett made the most of his initial opportunities—just as he did in his brief minor league career.
No pitcher in Major League Baseball made it into games more than Bryan Shaw did for the Cleveland Indians in 2014.
For the 27-year-old reliever, it was a glowing recommendation of his value to Terry Francona that the Indians skipper could rely on Shaw whenever he made the call. And for what it is worth, Shaw proved his importance time and time again in each of his two seasons as a component of the Indians’ strong bullpen corps.
Like in any career, in baseball, promotions come through excellent production.
Two years ago Marc Rzepczynski was stuck in a logjam in the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen. Asked to pitch in a long relief role, Rzepczynski struggled and found himself battling to stay at the big league level when the Cardinals dealt him to the Indians at the July 2013 trade deadline.
A new location and new role welcomed Rzepczynski in Cleveland. Settling in as a match up left-handed reliever, focused on facing left-handed hitters, Rzepczynski shined. In 27 games in 2013, Rzepczynski pitched 20.1 innings, allowing just two earned runs and a 0.836 WHIP. He helped solidify the Tribe’s bullpen from the left side and catapult them into their first playoff appearance in six years.
Naturally, this is the time of year when baseball fans look ahead to the coming season and pinpoint things to watch for.
It’s also when many begin planning trips to the ballpark, which in recent years have more frequently dovetailed with the high points of a team’s promotional schedule.
One man’s bad break can become another man’s golden opportunity.
Such is the case for Shaun Marcum, trying to complete a two-year comeback to the big leagues. Entering spring training Marcum was likely on the outside looking in at the Tribe’s Opening Day 25-man roster, but now that Gavin Floyd has been sidelined with a broken arm, Marcum could be one of the pitchers in line to absorb that suddenly available starting rotation spot.
Cleveland opened spring training with four rotation spots spoken for with Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer and Floyd all promised roles. Danny Salazar, Zach McAllister, Josh Tomlin and T.J. House each were mentioned to be contenders for the final and fifth spot, with Marcum hardly receiving a mention. However, Floyd’s bad break has opened another available rotation spot and Marcum has out-pitched his competition so far this spring.