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Thursday, December 30, 2021

Terry Francona, former Boston Red Sox manager, plans to return to manage Cleveland Guardians in 2022 despite health issues

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona plans to return to managing the Cleveland Guardians in 2022, he told Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe. Francona stepped away from the dugout in each of the last two seasons due to health issues.

Francona, who turns 63 in April, dealt with gastrointestinal issues in 2020 and a staph infection in his toe in 2021. He managed just 14 games in the pandemic-shortened season last year, then stepped away from the team on July 29 this season. According to Shaughnessy, Francona is now off crutches and feeling good enough to manage in 2022. That decision was made in conjunction with Cleveland’s president of baseball operations, Chris Antonetti.

“I told Chris in August, ‘Hey look, the minute you feel you need to move on, you will never once hear a peep out of me,’” Francona told Shaughnessy. “‘I get it. Don’t let our relationship get in the way, because it’s not fair to you.’ He said, ‘As long as you are OK, we want you to come back.’”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 30, 2021 at 12:10 PM | 1 comment(s)
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Monday, December 20, 2021

David Blitzer reportedly close to purchasing a share of the Cleveland Guardians

David Blitzer, part owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils, is nearing a deal to purchase about 35% of the Cleveland Guardians, according to a report in Sportico, a sports-business publication.

The deal would include a pathway to majority ownership for Blitzer. Guardians owner Paul Dolan has been looking for a minority owner since John Sherman put his shares of the team in escrow to purchase the Kansas City Royals in November of 2019.

The Guardians, according to Forbes Magazine, is worth $1.16 billion. The Dolans purchased the francise in November of 1999 for an estimated $323 million.

Sherman purchased a share of the then Cleveland Indians on Aug. 19, 2016. When Sherman purchased the Royals, his share of the ballclub was put in escrow. In July, when the Indians were renamed the Guardians, Dolan said that Sherman and he were working together to find a new minority owner.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 20, 2021 at 02:30 PM | 0 comment(s)
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Wednesday, December 08, 2021

Late Indians outfielder/commentator Jack Graney wins Frick Award

Cleveland Indians outfielder and commentator Jack Graney has won the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting.

Graney, who died in 1978, will be honored during the Hall’s induction weekend from July 22-25.

Graney first played for Cleveland, then known as the Naps, as a pitcher for two games in 1908. He returned as an outfielder in 1910 and played through 1922, a time when the team became known as the Indians. The team’s nickname changed to the Guardians this offseason.

He was the first big league batter to hit against Babe Ruth in 1914 and two years later became the first 20th century batter with a uniform number. He earned a World Series title with Cleveland in 1920.

He started as a broadcaster in 1932 with WHK-AM and commented on Indians games for 22 years for WHK, WGAR, WJW and WERE, missing 1945 when local programming was preempted by network broadcasts. He called the 1935 All-Star Game in Cleveland and the 1935 World Series.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 08, 2021 at 05:39 PM | 0 comment(s)
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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Cleveland Guardians settle lawsuit with local roller derby team over rights to name

Officially, the Cleveland baseball team will become the “Guardians” on Friday.

Cleveland will have two teams called the Guardians.

The Major League Baseball franchise and a local roller derby club have reached a resolution in a lawsuit filed over the use of the name Guardians, allowing both to continue using it.

The sides on Tuesday jointly announced an “amicable resolution,” an agreement that permits the Indians to continue their changeover to Guardians—a switch that was delayed due to the legal matter and isn’t completely finished.

No other terms of the agreement were disclosed.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 17, 2021 at 03:31 PM | 21 comment(s)
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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Cleveland Guardians roller derby team sues baseball club over name change

The Cleveland Guardians, a co-ed roller derby team, sued the city’s Major League Baseball team Wednesday in a legal fight over its name and trademark.

The roller derby team filed suit in U.S. District Court in Cleveland, seeking to stop the franchise formerly known as the Indians from using the Guardians’ name. The lawsuit said the roller derby team made the baseball club aware of its name early in the process.

The baseball club has been in Cleveland since 1915. It changed its name in July amid longstanding pressure from social justice groups. The change was announced in a video by Cleveland fan Tom Hanks, with music from the Black Keys. What was not disclosed was a long-simmering fight with a team by the same name.

The Guardians’ roller derby team is based in Parma and has competed since 2014. It registered its name with the Ohio Secretary of State in January 2017. Its top foe next season is expected to be the Pittsburgh Undead.

“It is inconceivable that an organization worth more than $1billion and estimated to have annual revenues of $290 million plus would not at least have performed a Google search for ‘Cleveland Guardians’ before settling on the name, and even a cursory search would have returned Plaintiff’s website ( as the first ‘hit,’ ” the lawsuit said.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 27, 2021 at 12:33 PM | 136 comment(s)
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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Chicago Cubs hire Cleveland Guardians executive Carter Hawkins as their new general manager

The Indians over the last several years have done a good job at two things—grooming starting pitchers and front office executives for other teams.

The latest example of that is Carter Hawkins, who has been hired as the Chicago Cubs new general manager. Hawkins just finished his 14th season with the Indians, the last five as an assistant general manager to GM Mike Chernoff.

Hawkins, 37, and James Harris, the Indians vice president of player development, were finalists for the Cubs job. Other finalist included Carlos Rodriguez, Tampa Bay’s director of player development and international scouting and Jeremy Zoll, the Twins assistant GM.

Jed Hoyer, Cubs president of baseball operations, has been looking for a GM since he replaced Theo Epstein as Chicago’s top baseball decision maker. Epstein, who delivered the Cubs first World Series title since 1908 at the expense of the Indians in 2016, left the team following the 2020 season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 13, 2021 at 08:39 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, cy slapnicka, guardians

Monday, September 20, 2021

Guardians to promote outfielder-turned-reliever Anthony Gose

Olympic silver medalist and former outfielder Anthony Gose is being called up by the Cleveland Guardians. He won’t be roaming Progressive Field’s outfield any time soon, though — the 31-year-old will likely make his debut as a reliever.

Gose’s last MLB action came in 2016 as a member of the Tigers’ lineup. His already limited offensive contributions as a hitter were dwindling and he finished the year with a .209/.287/.341 slash and two home runs in 30 games. His career was just five years in but it already looked like it was winding down.

Gose began a new chapter as a pitcher in Detroit’s minor-league system in 2017 before finding his way over to Cleveland in 2019 after a few cuts, a failed Rule 5 selection, and a tiff with his minor-league manager. It’s been a steady ascension since then for the right-hander, going from High-A to Double-A in 2019 and playing all of 2021 in Triple-A.

To this point, the highlight of his pitching career has been pitching 5.1 innings for Team USA in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Gose, who has been noted as hitting 100 mph with his four-seamer, has been electric since returning stateside to the Triple-A Columbus Clippers on Aug. 15.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 20, 2021 at 10:47 AM | 18 comment(s)
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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Terry Francona steps away from Cleveland Indians for health reasons; DeMarlo Hale to manage remainder of 2021

Indians manager Terry Francona is stepping away from the club for the remainder of the season to address multiple medical issues, Cleveland’s president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti announced Thursday. Bench coach DeMarlo Hale will manage the team in Francona’s place.

Francona, 61, recently moved into second place on the Indians’ all-time managerial wins list with 723 victories, passing Mike Hargrove (721) and stands just six shy of eclipsing Lou Boudreau (728). He will undergo surgery Monday to replace his left hip at Cleveland Clinic, followed by another procedure to put a rod in his left foot 5-6 weeks later.

Asked if he knows whether or not he will manage the Indians beyond 2021, Francona was not able to give a definitive answer.

“I want to love my job,” Francona said. “I’m not talking about a loss or a win. I’m talking about the challenges that come with the job. I’m just not able right now to physically do what I think how it needs to be done appropriately.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 29, 2021 at 11:19 PM | 1 comment(s)
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Chicago White Sox acquire 2B Cesar Hernandez from Cleveland Indians

The Chicago White Sox have acquired second baseman Cesar Hernandez from the Cleveland Indians for Double-A left-hander Konnor Pilkington, the team announced.

The White Sox have long been in the market for a second baseman, and now they get one in the 31-year-old Hernandez, who is hitting .231/.307/.431 with 18 homers in his second year with the Indians, who trail the White Sox by 8 1/2 games.

“César Hernández provides our club with a valuable combination of a power bat in the middle infield and Gold-Glove quality defense,” said Rick Hahn, White Sox senior vice president/general manager. “Adding a player like César gives (manager) Tony (LaRussa) a strong and proven option at second base for the stretch run of the season and hopefully into October.”

The White Sox lost Nick Madrigal for the season in June after he had surgery to repair tendon tears in his right hamstring.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 29, 2021 at 01:00 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cesar hernandez, guardians, white sox

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Cleveland Guardians’ name change hits potential roller derby snag

The newly renamed Cleveland Guardians aren’t the only Guardians in town.

When the Cleveland Indians announced their name change last week, the move was met with a mixed reaction among baseball fans. It also raised a red flag with a local roller derby team named the… Cleveland Guardians.

That could spell trouble for the baseball club, as their neighbors on skates are the owners of the domain, as well as social media monikers it might be interested in — @ClevelandGuardians on Instagram and Facebook.

Using @Guardians is not an option either, as the handle is owned by Disney and its “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise.

While the roller derby team appears to have abandoned its trademark, the Bryant Street Sports LLC of New York filed for trademarks protections for “Cleveland Guardians” in 2020. The Indians objected to the application this month, and the filing was withdrawn on July 21 — which may signify the sides worked something out, or that the baseball team filed its own application.

That would just leave the URL — with an unknown ownership calendar with the roller derby team having first right of renewal — and social media handles to be worked out.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 28, 2021 at 11:06 AM | 22 comment(s)
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