The Cleveland Indians announced early Tuesday afternoon several important front office moves, several of which had been speculated for quite some time.
General manager Chris Antonetti has been named president of baseball operations, while assistant general manager Mike Chernoff has been promoted to general manager and Derek Falvey has been named assistant GM.
Antonetti is not expected at this time to deal with the business side of the organization but will instead focus on the baseball operations, a growing trend around the Major League Baseball landscape. He took over the general manager role following the 2010 season after working for nearly a decade as the club’s assistant general manager.
Few could argue that one of the highlights to the 2015 season for the Cleveland Indians was the comeback of second baseman Jason Kipnis.
The 2014 season, both for Kipnis and the Indians, was one of high hopes and shortcomings. While Cleveland ended that season positively in regards to its number of wins, it fell short of the postseason just one season after winning an American League Wild Card spot. For Kipnis, an early injury derailed his season and, while he came back and played through, he was not the same player that he had been in previous years and its impact both at the plate and in the field were noticeable.
A new year brought a new opportunity and Kipnis cashed in, putting together a May for the history books while making his second All-Star team and taking on a pronounced and vocal leadership role in the clubhouse.
At approximately 5:56 PM on the evening of Sunday, October 4th, the Cleveland Indians’ 2015 season expired. It passed peacefully after a moderate celebration of its life with a 3-1 win over the Boston Red Sox to complete a season-ending three-game sweep.
Cause of expiration was the technical completion of the 161st game, leaving the team shy one game from the complete 162-game schedule due to prior adverse conditions. Numerous other contributing factors led to the life span being abbreviated short of its initial projection.
The Tribe was afflicted throughout the season with a variety of ailments that caused the organization to fail to thrive at the level projected by experts.
At Did the Tribe Win Last Night, we provide our readers with glimpses of all levels of the Cleveland Indians organization – the farm system and parent club, the players, the coaches, the facility, special events, and the front office.
Change is a big, inherent part of that business. The Indians will be facing plenty of that in the offseason with the departure of president Mark Shapiro to Toronto and the usual end-of-the-year roster moves.
Just like the franchise that we cover, the offseason will be busy at Did the Tribe Win Last Night, and sadly, some changes have been made of which our loyal readers need to be made aware.