Here's to a great week!
Plenty of memorable moments for Indians beat writer (Meisel)
The Plain Dealer's Zack Meisel shares his memories from following the Tribe this season. Some highlights include Francisco Lindor's call up, Abraham Almonte's fresh start, and the team's missed opportunity. From Meisel:
I'll remember how the Indians let a golden opportunity slip away. The Astros secured a Wild Card spot with only 86 wins. Cleveland finished with 81. I'll remember how the Indians treated the .500 mark like it had poison ivy. They would get close, but they seemingly had no interest in touching it. They stood at 2-2 on the morning of April 11. They returned to .500 on Sept. 13, when they were 70-70. That lasted all of three hours, as they dropped the second tilt of a double header.
I'll remember how they faced an uphill climb almost right out of the gate and how another slow start triggered another midseason roster face lift.
Lake County Captains manager hired by Dodgers organization (Indians in Depth)
Shaun Larkin, who managed just one year for the Indians Low-A team in Lake County, will serve as the Dodgers coordinator of skill development.
Around the League
Blue Jays defeat Rangers 5-1 (Fehr)
The favorite to win the American League pennant stayed alive with a 5-1 victory Sunday evening over the Texas Rangers. Marco Estrada kept the Rangers off-balance all night, going 6 1/3 innings and giving up just one earned run. The Blue Jays finally got a big hit from their trade deadline pickup Troy Tulowitzki, who hit a 347 foot three run blast into the left field bleachers. The shortstop finished with two hits on the night and four RBI's.
Chase Utley suspended two games for slide (Stephen)
Utley's late slide in game two of the Dodgers series against the Mets left Ruben Tejada with a fractured right fibula and plenty of debate for baseball fans. From MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre:
"While I sincerely believe that Mr. Utley had no intention of injuring Ruben Tejada, and was attempting to help his club in a critical situation, I believe his slide was in violation of Official Baseball Rule 5.09 (a)(13), which is designed to protect from precisely this type of rolling block that occurs away from the base."
Building a baseball team the Twins way (Grosnick)
A look at how poor the Minnesota Twins are at making quality acquisitions.
Monday brings four games for us baseball junkies to enjoy!