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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 | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony gose, guardians

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)
  Beats: guardians, terry francona

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 clevelandguardians.com 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)
  Beats: guardians

Sunday, July 25, 2021

The inside story of how Cleveland Indians became Cleveland Guardians

As they talked to fans and civic leaders about a possible new name, they first asked what people think when they hear the word “Cleveland.”

“We heard things like loyalty, pride and resiliency in being from Cleveland,” said Barren. “They’re protective of our city. They’re protective of the land and everything about it. Those all became part of what Guardians really started to evoke from an emotional standpoint.”

They wrote down these words: Pride. Resiliency. Loyalty. Protective.

“We asked which of these potential brands reflect those attributes to what the fans (say) are important,” said Barren.

That knocked out animals and colors. It left objects/characters.

THE BRANDING ISSUES

There were some people pushing for the Spiders.

“Spiders was an interesting consideration early on in the process,” said Barren. “There were some pros and cons to it. On the con side, you had some teams that struggled on the field. There were also some great Spiders teams. ... But the last time we had a Spiders major-league baseball team, it wasn’t necessarily a good thing.“

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 25, 2021 at 11:41 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: guardians, indians

 

 

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