At one point, Lonnie Chisenhall was rated the top prospect in the Indians’ organization.
He never quite lived up to his potential as a first-round draft pick, but he remained a fan favorite during his eight-year career. Chisenhall played 688 games – all in a Cleveland uniform – in his major league career but he announced his retirement in his hometown of Newport, N.C., while his jersey was being raised to the rafters at his former middle school.
“I’ve only played 29 games in the past two years,” Chisenhall said during a Q&A session with the students, according to the Carteret County News-Times. “So between that, and I have three kids at home, they are all in school, traveling around the country wasn’t practical anymore. It was a pretty easy decision.”
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Life after Lonnie began for the Cleveland Indians this offseason as Lonnie Chisenhall signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates for $2.75 million early in the free agency period.
Chisenhall’s deal finally made him a member of the Pirates, the club that selected him in the eleventh round of the 2006 draft out of high school. Chisenhall instead took the college path to the pro game two years later.
Two Tribe players – one long tenured and the other much shorter – found new homes on Monday as a pair of free agent Clevelanders have signed new deals around Major League Baseball.
Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall and third baseman Josh Donaldson have taken up new residences in the National League, as the duo both agreed to one-year deals that were announced on Monday in what has been a quiet and uneventful first month of free agency.
One day after allowing his 21st home run of the season, Indians right-hander Josh Tomlin was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain.
Tuesday’s roster move was matched by the recalled of righty Adam Plutko from Triple-A Columbus.
For the second time this season, Lonnie Chisenhall’s calves have taken him out of action.
The Cleveland Indians announced prior to their game with the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night that the 29-year-old free-agent-to-be was returned to the 10-day disabled list after suffering a left calf strain prior to Monday’s series opener from Kauffman Stadium.
Francisco Lindor’s All-Star push got another boost on Monday night as the shortstop went 2-for-4 with a pair of big homers, three runs scored, and seven runs batted in as the Cleveland Indians rolled the Kansas City Royals, 9-3, from Kauffman Stadium.
Lindor provided much of the punch for the Tribe as the offense was alive and well for a second straight game, one day after a 15-run, 20-hit explosion in the series finale with the Oakland A’s on Sunday. The big support gave Corey Kluber some room to relax on the mound in his first appearance since the shortest start of his big league career last week against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cleveland Indians used a Major League season-high 13 extra base hits and eleven doubles and scored in each of the last five innings in a 15-3 rout of the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon, avoiding a sweep at Oakland Coliseum.
The Indians narrowly missed matching the American League record for doubles in one game in a two-base onslaught against Oakland starter Frankie Montas and the A’s bullpen. The big scoring rally from the Tribe included eight runs in the eighth inning and hits from eight of the nine players in the starting lineup. The one player who did not record a hit, former A’s outfielder Rajai Davis, contributed a beautiful diving catch early and saw his late inning replacement, Tyler Naquin, record one of the team’s RBI hits from his spot in the lineup.
Looking to avoid the sweep in St. Louis, Cleveland called on rookie right-hander Shane Bieber on Wednesday and the 23-year-old delivered six innings of one-run baseball as the Indians defeated the Cardinals by a 5-1 final from Busch Stadium.
For the third straight start, Bieber did his best on the mound to put the Tribe in position for victory. Backed by some early offense and three perfect innings of relief behind him, the Indians (44-35) were able to get back into the win column after two rough losses to start their series in Missouri.
With one final series left to play before hitting the road for another long road trip, the Cleveland Indians will welcome the Detroit Tigers back to Progressive Field for the first time since sweeping them in four straight games back in mid-April.
The Indians (40-33) have found their winning ways again, sweeping the Chicago White Sox over the weekend for the second time at home this season. They are 4-2 on their current homestand, after dropping two of three against Minnesota to start play at Progressive Field after a long road trip. The Indians have outscored the Tigers by a 50-27 mark on the year and have posted a +47 mark in run differential this season, the fourth-best difference in the American League behind Houston, Boston, and New York.
Shane Bieber stepped in with a big spot start and his battery mate Yan Gomes cleared the bases with a three-run double in the third as the Indians avoided a sweep with a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Twins from downtown Cleveland on Sunday afternoon.
Bieber got the call from Columbus to make a spot start for Adam Plutko, who jumped into long relief on Saturday after the Indians lost Carlos Carrasco to an injury in their 9-3 loss to the Twins. While he had a tough time keeping the Twins off of the bases, Bieber was able to keep them off of the scoreboard, helping the Tribe make four runs of offense stand up while earning their first win of their most recent homestand.