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Monday, October 31, 2022

When Cleveland Was Where Careers Went To End

Winfield was still with the Twins when play stopped on Aug. 12, 1994, for what turned out to be a lengthy players’ strike. But as long as there was a chance that there would be baseball that year, Indians GM John Hart continued to make moves, and he acquired Winfield—while he was technically on strike—just before midnight on Aug. 31, the deadline for rosters to be set for whatever postseason might be played.

“I don’t have any inside information that the strike is going to end,” Hart told the Plain Dealer the time, “but I couldn’t live with myself if we had a chance to improve and didn’t do something.”

Winfield waived a no-trade clause for the deal. Hart told the Plain Dealer that Winfield said, “I love your club and I think I can help.”

Because it was during the strike, there was some confusion about terms for a guy who would be a free agent at the end of the 1994 season (an end that nobody yet realized had already happened: baseball wouldn’t resume until 1995). The deal between the Indians and Twins was Winfield for “future considerations,” a broader term than the cliched “player to be named later.” It has entered popular lore that Hart bought Twins general manager Andy MacPhail dinner to call it square, but the truth seems to be more nebulous than that.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2022 at 05:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
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Tuesday, October 18, 2022

MLB made a bad situation worse with Yankees-Guardians delay decisions

The Yankees and the Guardians were fully motivated to get the game in, and to preserve the off-day afforded the winner to travel to Houston and prepare for Wednesday’s opener of the ALCS. Marinak said the plan was for starting pitchers Jameson Taillon and Aaron Civale to begin warming up around 8:30, and then to get underway around 8:45.

“But then a second pocket of rain that had not been on the radar popped up,” Marinak said. Suddenly the first pitch looked like it wouldn’t be thrown until after 10 p.m.

“We felt that was the time to call the game,” Marinak said. He called that unexpected wave of showers “the final straw.”

Fine. Professional weather forecasters get paid a lot of money to get it wrong all the time. The Yankees and Guardians wanted to play, MLB tried to thread the needle by radar, and everyone went home the loser. Those in charge of the sport had a plan, but as Buck Showalter loves to say, if you want to make the baseball gods laugh, tell them about your plans.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 18, 2022 at 11:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: guardians, yankees

Friday, September 23, 2022

How the Guardians turned the AL Central race into a one-team sprint

“We made some deliberate choices, even going back to the offseason, to give some of these young players opportunities to go out and contribute,” president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said. “To their credit, a lot of them have stepped forward and made a meaningful impact.”

But as Francona says, no one has a ‘crystal ball’ and it came together faster than anyone could have expected. Except maybe the Guardians’ star player himself.

“Those guys are very talented,” Ramirez said through the team interpreter. “They won a lot in the minors so they know how to win. I’m not surprised by their performance this year.”...

“Everyone is saying we’re not supposed to be doing this,” starter Shane Bieber said. “And maybe that was the story coming in early. But not now. It’s a different brand of baseball, and we’re enjoying playing it, and we’re doing it really well.”

Bieber smiled and nodded his head when Ramirez’s name came up. Clubhouse conversations often lead back to the five-tool player.

“What I find so special and invaluable about him is the way he plays the game,” Bieber said. “It’s hard to put into words. For our superstar to play the way he does, with that infectious energy, and putting his body on the line and doing it every day, with the intent to win, he really sets the tone.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 23, 2022 at 02:24 PM | 10 comment(s)
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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Twitter: Andres Gimenez makes a great, heads-up play

jimfurtado Posted: August 14, 2022 at 08:48 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: andres gimenez, guardians

Sunday, August 07, 2022

Guardians designate Franmil Reyes, their Opening Day cleanup hitter, for assignment

The Cleveland Guardians announced a series of roster moves on their Twitter account on Saturday, most notably designating outfielder Franmil Reyes for assignment and releasing first baseman Bobby Bradley. The Guardians also swapped out right-handed pitchers, optioning Hunter Gaddis to Triple-A Columbus and purchasing the contract of Jake Jewell.

Reyes, 27, entered the season as Cleveland’s cleanup hitter based on his track record of above-average offensive production. In 400-plus games prior to this season, he’d hit .260/.325/.503 (121 OPS+) with 92 home runs.

Reyes was never able to get going this season, however. He was optioned to the minors on Tuesday after batting .213/.254/.350 (72 OPS+) with just nine home runs in 70 games. Reyes’ strikeout and walk rates both took steps in the wrong direction, and he became more prone to popping up. He still hit the ball hard—his average exit velocity was ranked in the 93rd percentile—but it wasn’t enough to overcome the aforementioned developments.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2022 at 06:08 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: franmil reyes, guardians

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

The Guardians duo carrying Jamaica’s baseball legacy

Naylor, who is from the greater Toronto area, and McKenzie, a native of South Florida, grew up in homes influenced by Jamaican culture, and each regularly made trips to the island nation as children to spend time with family and friends. The experiences shaped them. In fact, McKenzie inherited his love for baseball from his Jamaican father, Stanton McKenzie, who taught him his curveball and paid for private pitching instruction. Naylor inherited his love of baseball, hockey and Jamaica from his mother.

The duo are on a short list of teammates of Jamaican descent to play together at the MLB level. Chili Davis and Devon White of the 1988-90 Angels are the most recognizable pair. (Davis and White are two of only four players actually born in Jamaica to appear in an AL or NL game).

“It’s an honor to play the game. I have to thank Jackie [Robinson], because without him, we wouldn’t have this chance,” said Naylor. “It is humbling what Triston and I are able to do here when it comes to representing our families and where we’re from.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 28, 2022 at 12:07 PM | 5 comment(s)
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