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Cleveland Indians News and Notes: Godspeed, John Glenn and Teddy Ballgame

Morning News and Notes, December 10, 2016

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The death of John Glenn seems like the passing of an era as much as the passing of a single man. I found an article that mentioned a singular fact tying Glenn to MLB in a pretty amazing way: During the Korean War, Ted Williams was often John Glenn's co-pilot.

So often, the narrative regarding the patriot ballplayers like Bob Feller  and Ted Williams has been to lament what they could have done had they stayed on the field. Today, let us celebrate the heroic courage that kept them putting their lives on the line for their country, a courage that allowed a small-town Ohioan to put his life on the line to orbit the earth at a time when his country needed him to be a hero. The need for such heroes has never gone away. So, Godspeed, John Gllenn. Teddy Ballgame and Rapid Robert and hundreds of your colleagues are waiting for you.

Indians News

No urgency for Indians as Winter Meetings wrap | - At these Winter Meetings, the American League-champion Indians held their ground, with the team's lone addition coming via the Rule 5 Draft selection of left-hander Hoby Milner.

Indians hire James Harris as Minor League head | - The Indians have hired James Harris as the club's new farm director. Harris spent last season serving as a special assistant to baseball operations in the Pirates' organization after previously spending the majority of his career in football.

Sarbaugh named King of Baseballtown | Reading Eagle - SPORTS - Mike Sarbaugh, the third base coach of the Cleveland Indians, has been named the 2017 King of Baseballtown.

Jim and Andrea Thome helping deliver comfort quilts, money to Tennessee fire victims | - "We're going to take them down there personally to people who have lost homes or been affected by the fires," said Andrea Thome, whose now-deceased mother was a volunteer for Mission of Love, a Youngstown group that airlifts and truck-transports medical, building and other supplies to poor countries and disaster victims.

Projecting Yesterday’s Rule 5 Picks | FanGraphs Baseball - Santander hit .290/.368/.494 with 20 homers and 10 steals last year, but KATOH isn’t impressed. He played primarily left field, didn’t grade out well there, had a high-ish strikeout rate and wasn’t particularly young for his level.

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