Today in Tribe History: February 18, 2010

The Cleveland Indians announce wholesale changes to their front office with several promotions and title changes set to take place at the conclusion of the coming 2010 season.

Paul Dolan, who made the announcement for the organization, was to take over the role of club chairman and CEO at the end of the season. General manager Mark Shapiro was promoted to Indians team president and his assistant, Chris Antonetti, would move into Shapiro’s spot as the team’s new GM.

“We have the opportunity to retain some of our best people and allow them to grow,” said Dolan during the news conference at Progressive Field. “We’re delighted. I truly believe we have a solid leadership team that will be the core of this franchise for years to come.”

Shapiro would be tasked with the roles that Dolan had previously handled, which included the club’s strategic vision and overseeing the daily operations of the club. Dennis Lehman, who had been in the position of vice president of the business operations, was to continue in that capacity while reporting now to Shapiro.

Also on this date in Tribe history:

1915 – Future Indians second baseman and manager and baseball Hall of Famer Joe Gordon is born in Los Angeles, California.

1922Joe Tipton, who spent parts of three seasons with the Indians as a catcher, including during their 1948 World Championship season, is born in McCaysville, Georgia.

1974 – Future Indians utility man Jamey Carroll is born in Evansville, Indiana. He played with the club in 2008 and 2009.

2001Butch Wensloff, who appeared in just one game with the Cleveland Indians to conclude his MLB career in 1948, passes away at the age of 85. He allowed two runs, two hits, three walks, and struck out two in an inning and two-thirds.

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