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October 23, 2009   (0 comments)
The LA Times reported today that the Cleveland Indians have contacted Los Angeles Angels bench coach Ron Roenicke to interview him for their vacant managerial job. Roenicke has spent the last ten years working on Angels' manager Mike Scioscia's staff with the first six years as a third base coach and the last four as a bench coach.
The Indians have not confirmed that they have contacted Roenicke,...
October 23, 2009   (0 comments)
We close the book on the 2009 Instructional League with the final stats for the new Parallel League. Since these were co-op teams, only a few players participated in this new league as just five Indians regulars hit in the lineup and a half dozen pitchers threw in games. Thanks again to "Arthur" for putting this stat listing together for us.
Final 2009 Parallel League Stats:
October 22, 2009   (0 comments)
I usually do not remark much on the happenings on the big league side of things with the Indians, but in listening to Bobby Valentine's 35-min presser today I have to say I was not impressed at all with what I heard. I listened to Manny Acta's 18-min presser on Tuesday, and listened to it again just before Valentine in order to compare the two back-to-back, and to me Acta just absolutely blew Valentine...
October 22, 2009   (0 comments)
Here are the final stats for the 2009 Instructional League. This is a comprehensive listing of all players who participated in games for both the first half of camp (Instructional League) and the second half of camp (Development League).
Chun Chen
October 21, 2009   (0 comments)
Here are the second half stats for the Instructional League period. I am re-posting the first half stats from the Fall Instructional League (FIL) period and now including the stats from the Fall Development League (FDL) period. Tomorrow I will have one final comprehensive listing showing the final stat listing for all players during Instructional League and the Parallel League. Many thanks to "Arthur"...
October 21, 2009   (0 comments)
There is one final box score to share from Instructional League as there was a Parallel League game last Friday October 16th which I have not posted yet (until now). Here is the box score from that game, and later on today I will also be posting final stats from the Instructional League (thanks to the Upper Box Woodchuck).
Parallel League:
October 16, 2009
October 20, 2009   (0 comments)
This Week in the AFL
The Arizona Fall League began play last Tuesday, and several intriguing Indians prospects took the field for the Peoria Saguaros. Nick Weglarz, Matt McBride, Carlos Rivero, Josh Rodriguez, Connor Graham, Josh Judy, Zach Putnam and Carlton Smith are all on the Saguaros roster for the 2009 AFL campaign along with some top prospects from the Atlanta, Cincinnati, San Diego and Houston farm systems....
October 20, 2009   (0 comments)
Smokin' Joe Gardner
If you didn't know any better, you would think the Indians never signed their third round draft pick this year, he was banished to another planet, or had joined the Witness Protection Program.
That's what it felt like this year with regard to right-hander Joe Gardner, who after being taken in the 3rd round of the 2009 Draft out of UC-Santa Barbara and signing quickly he was never heard from...
October 19, 2009   (0 comments)
A White Christmas In Arizona
It felt like Christmas in October seeing 2009 1st rounder Alex White on the mound and pitching for the Indians. It may have been a buzzer beater at the signing deadline in mid-August, but he is now 100% the property of the Indians and has since been working out in various places looking to gain some ground that was lost because he signed so late.
White has gotten a crash course in his short...
October 18, 2009   (0 comments)
Here are the final box scores from the 2009 Instructional League. The boxes below cover the Instructional League games from Wednesday October 14th and Thursday October 15th, and Parallel League games from Tuesday October 13th and Thursday October 15th. Now that all the box scores have been posted, I may provide a comprehensive final stat listing later in the week if the Woodchuck provides it (hint).
October 17, 2009   (0 comments)
Instructional League Notebook: 10/16
I'm back from Arizona (unfortunately) and have one final notebook to talk about all the things I saw my last day in camp at the Indians Player Development Complex in Goodyear, AZ. Oh the joy of getting on a plane at 11am in Phoenix where it was 90 degrees, sunny, and nothing but blue skies only to step off the plane four hours later in Cleveland to temperatures barely in the 40s, rain and grey skies....
October 16, 2009   (0 comments)
ere are the assignments for Indians players in the winter and fall leagues:
Cristo Arnal INF Caracas
Jordan Brown INF/OF Caracas
Carlos Rivero INF Caracas
Hector Rondon RHP Caracas
Karexon Sanchez INF Caracas
Niuman Romero INF Caribes de Oriente
Steven Wright RHP Caribes de Oriente
Luis Valbuena INF Cardenales de Lara
October 15, 2009   (0 comments)
Instructional League Notebook: 10/14
Not only am I out in Arizona to cover the Instructional League and the happenings at the Indians new complex in Goodyear, but I am also out here to get a taste of the Arizona Fall League (AFL) and see what our young future Indians' hopefuls are up to in such a high level league. With the exception of shortstop Carlos Rivero, I had a chance to speak with all the Indians participants in the AFL on Tuesday...
October 14, 2009   (0 comments)
The Indians today announced that first baseman/outfielder Matt LaPorta underwent a pair of procedures yesterday in Vail, Colorado to his left hip and left great (big) toe. The arthroscopic hip surgery was performed by Dr. Marc Philippon, who performed a debridement of a bony impingement in the joint. The left toe procedure was performed by Dr. Thomas Clanton, who stabilized the loose joint.
October 14, 2009   (0 comments)
Okay, having rested up after the beat down from a hot sun yesterday watching baseball in three different places for over 12 hours, here is a quick summary of what is to come in the final two camp reports on Thursday and Friday.
Tonight (Thursday morning), I will recap my Arizona Fall League (AFL) and Parallel League visit yesterday. I’ll summarize what was seen in both games, but I also talked...
October 14, 2009   (0 comments)
Camp was short on Tuesday as there was no Instructional League game in the afternoon. As a result, after players did their morning workouts from 9am to 11am they ate lunch and went home for the day. Things were still very busy on my end as I took in the morning workouts and then traveled over to Surprise, AZ to see the Indians/Reds Parallel League team play at 12:30pm and then out to Scottsdale,...
October 13, 2009   (0 comments)
Instructional League Notebook: 10/12
Having arrived out here in the desert on Sunday - and this time with no crazy incidents like the one that occurred on my way out here in March - I was able to take in the action on Monday in the Fall Instructional League.
The Indians had morning fielding practice and batting practice at the complex from 9:00am to 10:30am, had lunch, and then players not playing in the afternoon game or only...
October 12, 2009   (0 comments)
I was in camp today to catch the action in the morning with fielding and batting practice and then later in the day for the Instructional League game with the Indians on the road against the Padres in Peoria. I will have a full report of the details from today later tonight/early tomorrow morning. In the meantime, here are the box scores from over the weekend (you'll notice Kipnis at 2B....more on...
October 12, 2009   (0 comments)
Minor league free agency opens this week on Friday October 16th, and with that here is a list of the Indians 2009 minor league free agents. Of note, outfielder Jose Constanza is listed here though he has already resigned by agreeing to a successor contract. I have provided an explaination of what a successor contract is as well as the rules for determining minor league free agency below the list.
October 11, 2009   (0 comments)
Here is a comprehensive stat listing for all the players who participated in the first half of Instructional League. As you may have noticed, the instructional period is broken up into two groups with the more experienced players there playing in games the first two weeks. A new group started playing last week, and was there getting instruction and working on things behind the scenes while they awaited...