Wednesday, June 18, 2014
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team’s name “disparaging to Native Americans.”
Could this mean Chief Wahoo’s days are numbered?
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Look up (to see what’s coming down…again)
Carlos Santana looks lost at the plate—again.
Lost, however, doesn’t quite cover it. Maybe defenseless is a better word. The harder he swings, the slower his bat looks.
Manager Terry Francona, however, has not lost patience with him.
“We’ll have a lot of patience with him,” said Francona. “He’s our cleanup hitter. We’re not going to send him to Triple-A. He’s arguable our best hitter, our most productive hitter.
“We need to be patience because when he gets hot, he’ll get very hot. If you’re not patient, you miss out on that.”
Santana went into Saturday’s game hitting .139 (17-for-122) with four homers and 11 RBI. He started the season in a 3-for-58 skid before going 6-for-15 with three homers and eight RBI from April 28 through May 2. Since that brief hot streak, he’s 1-for-25.
“He’s had a period or two like this in his career,” said Francona. “It happens to everybody. When it comes at the start of the season, it’s a little more glaring.”
Posted: May 11, 2014 at 10:07 AM | 8 comment(s)
Saturday, May 10, 2014
John Axford is out as the Indians’ closer.
Manager Terry Francona told Axford of the decision before Saturday night’s game against the Rays. Francona said Axford will be replaced by a closer-by-committee consisting of Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw, Marc Rzepczynski and Scott Atchison.
Francona said the idea is to get Axford back in the closer’s role as soon as possible.
Axford is 9-for-11 in save chances, but has struggled in the last week. In his last four games, he’s allowed five earned runs on six hits and six walks in three innings. Two of the hits proved to be game-winning homers for the White Sox and Twins.
Thanks to Chet.
Posted: May 10, 2014 at 08:40 PM | 40 comment(s)
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
You call that love in Cleveland, but it’s just Frenchy!
Last year the Giants released Jeff Francoeur with five weeks left in the season. He was done with baseball.
“Mentally, I had checked out,” he said.
Teams called Francoeur’s agent to see if he wanted to join them for the September stretch run. He said no. His agent warned him that answer would cost him a big-league job in 2014. Francoeur said he didn’t care, because he needed to get away.
“To put it mildly, I think I was depressed at the end of last year,” said Francoeur, in camp with the Indians on a minor-league deal. “My wife, Catie, and my family came up to see me in Washington when I was with San Francisco. I weighed 201 pounds. I weigh 220 now. I wasn’t eating. I wasn’t taking care of myself.”
...“The last year and half to two years I haven’t had that much fun. I kind of missed the joy of coming to the yard. Hopefully, there is an opportunity here for me to contribute.”
Francoeur sounds a lot like Ryan Raburn when he came to camp last year on a spring-training contract. Raburn was coming off a terrible year with Detroit, but had a big spring and turned it into a two-year contract extension after hitting .272 with 16 homers and a .901 OPS in just 243 at-bats.
“I talked to Raburn about it,” said Francoeur. “The one thing Tito can do is instill some confidence. I’ve had some great years in the big leagues. Two years ago, I had my career year. So its not that you totally lost it, it’s that you lost confidence in yourself.”
If Francoeur can rediscover that confidence in the next six weeks, he just might be able to help the Tribe.
Posted: February 19, 2014 at 11:18 PM | 61 comment(s)
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