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One of the big questions looming over the Cleveland front office this offseason was answered on Thursday morning as the Indians announced that Carl Willis has been named as the team’s pitching coach for the 2018 season.
The Indians were quick to fill some very big shoes on manager Terry Francona’s coaching staff after losing the successful Mickey Callaway to the New York Mets on Monday, where he will serve as the team’s manager.
Despite a legitimate scare in the ninth, the Cleveland Indians hold on to defeat the Atlanta Braves, 5-4, in Game 5 of the World Series to delay their season’s end by one more game. It was the final game to be played at Jacobs Field that season with a total of 43,595 in attendance for the two hour and 33 minute contest.
This is the type of story that should not have been written, as had all gone according to plan, the Cleveland Indians would be back-to-back winners of the American League pennant and would be facing off with the Los Angeles Dodgers in a rematch of the Tribe’s 1920 World Series win over the Brooklyn Robins.
Instead, the Indians are plugging holes on their coaching staff and taking in the Fall Classic in a much more stress-free, but disappointing, fashion from the comforts of wherever they watch the games…if they can watch them at all.
If you are one of those Tribe fans who can stomach watching the World Series this season, there are a handful of representatives on both the Houston Astros and the Dodgers who have ties to the Indians organization.
When a team finds sustained success on the field, they oftentimes run the risk of losing some of the coaches that helped get them there as opportunity knocks for those working behind the scenes.
On Sunday, the New York Mets hired former Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway after spending five years building a force of a pitching staff in Cleveland.
On Tuesday morning, the Tampa Bay Rays announced the hiring of Matt Quatraro, Indians’ assistant hitting coach, to serve as the third base coach on Kevin Cash’s coaching staff.
Nearly four years ago, I met Mickey Callaway for the first time. He had just completed his first season with the Indians as the pitching coach on manager Terry Francona’s big league staff in Cleveland after spending the previous three seasons as the team’s minor league pitching coordinator (2012) and as a pitching coach (2010 at Class-A Lake County and 2011 at High-A Kinston).
Speaking to him one-on-one for 15 minutes or so, I had a feeling that there was plenty more in store for the former pitcher who was only just beginning his second career in the pro game after spending five seasons in the Majors (with Tampa Bay, Anaheim, and Texas) and parts of 13 years in the minors, in independent ball, and overseas in Seoul within the Korean Baseball Organization.
After four seasons of guiding the Indians pitching staff and helping turn several players’ careers around, Callaway’s name came up as a candidate for several of the managerial openings in the Majors. Despite no professional experience as a manager, he will get his shot on an awfully big stage as he was selected by the New York Mets on Sunday to be the team’s 21st skipper in club history.
Three runs in the ninth inning were not enough as the Florida Marlins edged out the Cleveland Indians by an 8-7 final in the last game of the season at Jacobs Field. The Marlins took a 3-2 World Series lead over the Indians as the series returned to Miami.
The Cleveland Indians knot up the World Series at two wins a piece with a strong 10-3 victory over the Florida Marlins. It marked the second straight game that the Indians scored in double digits after a 14-11 loss in Game 3 of the series.
The 2007 season comes to a shocking and heartbreaking end for the Cleveland Indians as they lose their third straight ALCS game and are eliminated from the postseason by the Boston Red Sox in an 11-2 shellacking at Fenway Park.
The losses all came after the Indians took what appeared to be a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.
On Thursday morning, the Cleveland Indians announced that left fielder Michael Brantley had undergone surgery the day before to help stabilize the ligaments in his injured right ankle, an ailment that deprived him of much of the final two months of the regular season and left him as a bit contributor to the team during its brief postseason run.
In the minutes and hours after news of the procedure hit the press, Cleveland social media burned to the ground.