The Indians are about to start a three game series with the Minnesota Twins – here are a few bits of news and links as we wait for Justin Masterson to take on Carl Pavano this evening.
First, tonight’s game will honor the new inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar. Both players will be throwing out the first pitch.
Austin Kearns was designated for assignment today to make room on the roster for Shin-Soo Choo. After months and months of complaining about Kearns, this DFA feels somewhat anti-climactic. I was under the impression that Choo was going to move up the minor league ladder after his games at Lake County, with a couple at Akron and maybe even a game or two at Columbus. I was surprised that they activated him today; this may mean that Michael Brantley’s wrist is worse than originally thought. (Otherwise, why the urgency? Why go against the plan you established? Choo didn’t exactly tear the cover off the ball at Lake County). Choo is supposed to be in the lineup tonight against the Twins.
Jim Thome’s career home run total currently sits at 598. He likes to hit home runs at Progressive Field, so it’s entirely possible he reaches the 600 milestone at his old stomping grounds. What are your thoughts on that? Would you be happy to see it, or prefer that he gets it somewhere else? If it has no bearing on the game’s outcome, I think it would be kind of nice to see. (You know, the Indians up 10-1 and it’s a solo shot!)
A couple of links of interest:
At The Hardball Times, Chris Jaffe takes a look at the great Indians come from behind victory against the Mariners in 2001. (You know, the one where they were down 14-2 but won 15-14.)
At Cleveland.com, Paul Hoynes took a look at some of the promising pitchers the Indians have in their minor league system. I’m a personal fan of Austin Adams, T.J. McFarland, Josh Judy and Kelvin De La Cruz…I’d like to see them here in Cleveland at some point in the future.
I thought this story by Paul Lukas at ESPN’s Page 2 was really interesting – and it cites Indians radio broadcaster Mike Hegan. Lukas, who also runs a cool blog named Uni Watch, took a look at the use of the Confederate flag on baseball uniforms, particularly the uniforms of the Columbus, Georgia, Yankees from 1964-1966.