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Friday, August 29, 2014

Indians Sign Russell Branyan

Outman out, Strikeoutman in!

The Indians announced (Twitter link) that they have signed veteran corner infielder Russell Branyan to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Columbus.

The former big league slugger has spent the 2014 season with los Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League and has slashed a robust .296/.423/.620 with 19 home runs in 272 plate appearances. However, he hasn’t been in affiliated ball since 2012 and last saw the Majors in 2011… Branyan, now 38 years of age, has seen the Majors in parts of 14 different seasons between the Indians, Brewers, Padres, Mariners, Diamondbacks, Rays, Phillies, Cardinals and Angels. He’s a lifetime .232/.329/.485 hitter with 194 homers, including a career-high 31 back in 2009 with Seattle.

The District Attorney Posted: August 29, 2014 at 06:42 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: indians, russell branyan, transactions

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   1. JJ1986 Posted: August 29, 2014 at 06:55 PM (#4782042)
He's batting 5th and playing 1B tonight.
   2. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: August 29, 2014 at 07:03 PM (#4782044)
His Phillies line: .222/.222/.889
   3. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: August 29, 2014 at 07:13 PM (#4782050)
Wow. I thought he died in like 2009?
   4. Bhaakon Posted: August 29, 2014 at 07:41 PM (#4782066)
What year is this?
   5. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 29, 2014 at 07:49 PM (#4782070)
He has an astonishing lifetime TTO % of .504 in about 3400 PAs. ( Although he has a ways to go to catch Jack Cust at .530)
   6. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: August 29, 2014 at 08:08 PM (#4782084)
194 home runs is pretty good for someone with a .232 average and only three seasons of more than 400 PAs. He's ahead of Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, Jayson Werth, Michael Cuddyer, and Alex Rios, to name some other players who are well into their 30s.
   7. Lindor Truffles Posted: August 29, 2014 at 11:34 PM (#4782176)
Branyan played in all six divisions by age 33. Anyone faster?

Dotel was 36.

Stairs got to the NL West at 42.

Mike Morgan never played in the NL East.
   8. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: August 30, 2014 at 12:06 AM (#4782191)
D'Angelo Jimenez completed his divisional Bingo card in his Age 29, and final, season. Not bad for someone who only played 641 games altogether.
   9. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 30, 2014 at 12:15 AM (#4782194)
Branyan played in all six divisions by age 33. Anyone faster?

piker--Dave Kingman played in all 4 divisions (that existed at the time) in a space of 3 months in 1977
   10. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: August 30, 2014 at 12:19 AM (#4782196)
Oh, and Morgan did play in the NL East. He just never played for a team that would make up the current members of the NL East. He did wind up playing for teams in, at the time, the NL's West, East and Central and AL's East, West and Central.
   11. PreservedFish Posted: August 30, 2014 at 12:20 AM (#4782197)
Up until last year Jimenez was playing almost every season in both Mexico and American independent leagues. Soriano only barely outlasted him.
   12. Lindor Truffles Posted: August 30, 2014 at 01:29 AM (#4782216)
Oh, and Morgan did play in the NL East. He just never played for a team that would make up the current members of the NL East. He did wind up playing for teams in, at the time, the NL's West, East and Central and AL's East, West and Central.

Right you are! I had a lapse in memory. His 92-93 Cubs WERE in the East, while the cross-town Sox were in the AL West.
   13. Lindor Truffles Posted: August 30, 2014 at 02:13 AM (#4782228)
John McDonald hit all six division in the last three years, with about 400 ABs at a 55 OPS+. Still living off the glove rep.
   14. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: August 30, 2014 at 12:43 PM (#4782382)
#13 - I can't believe the Angels kept him all year. Nice glove, but damn it seems like a waste of a roster space when you are carrying 12/13 pitchers.
   15. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: August 30, 2014 at 04:40 PM (#4782483)
The longest home run I ever saw in person was probably Branyan. Spring training game he hit one off a light standard in right center.

Here's one of Branyan at his finest. I think if I were to do it all over again I'd probably try and copy his swing:

This one has a chance
   16. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: August 30, 2014 at 04:53 PM (#4782485)
Edwin Jackson had only 5 of 6 by age 29, but he had 3 of the 6 twice.

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