The Plain Dealer’s Terry Pluto spoke to Indians CEO Paul Dolan, touching on many of the issues that have plagued the franchise since its last winning season in 2007. Of note, Dolan called his team’s 2012 season “the worst” in his family’s 14 years with the organization. Dolan also admits that, despite increased ticket sales as a result of the Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher signings, “we will lose money” in 2013.
More, via Pluto:
But he views it as a “long-term investment” in the franchise, something that had to be done.
“It’s self-evident that we should be a very exciting team with personality,” he said. “We certainly have challenges. How we deal with them will determine if we are playing meaningful baseball in September or not.
“But we are unequivocally a better team.”
Though the Indians are playing in a division that includes the reigning American League champion Detroit Tigers, the AL Central is seen as a weak division. If the Indians’ lackluster starting rotation can prove a lot of naysayers wrong, they could enjoy significantly more success than they saw in seasons prior, something which would justify Dolan’s refusal to put his team through a complete rebuilding phase.
It’s been a tough season for the mythology of Jonny Gomes‘ veteran clubhouse savior reputation.
First he signed with the rebuilding Braves and performed poorly while Atlanta fell apart after a surprisingly decent start. Then he was traded to the Royals, for whom he played just 12 games and hit .167. And now Kansas City has left Gomes off the ALDS roster.
It makes sense, though. Gomes’ only real use to the Royals would be as a pinch-hitter versus left-handed pitching, but manager Ned Yost rarely pinch-hits and will no doubt be more willing to use 25th man Terrance Gore as a pinch-runner in the late innings.
Beyond that, not many surprises on the Royals’ roster for their series against the Astros. They went with 11 pitchers, which means both Chris Young and Kris Medlen are on the roster. Jeremy Guthrie is not.
Not that there was any real question, but because saying such things are apparently necessary whenever the Yankees fail to make a deep playoff run general manager Brian Cashman made it clear that manager Joe Girardi will return in 2016.
Here’s what Cashman told George King of the New York Post:
It’s a fact, nobody should be looking for anybody different. He is signed for two more years and managed the team to the playoffs. It’s not his fault we didn’t hit. He managed a perfect playoff game.
Given how low preseason expectations were for the Yankees simply reaching the playoffs was an accomplishment and as Cashman notes Girardi has two years and $8 million remaining on his contract.
However, according to King changes to Girardi’s coaching staff “are highly likely” one year after hitting coach Kevin Long and first base coach Mick Kelleler were not retained. Long ended up taking a job as the NL East-winning Mets’ hitting coach.
Girardi has a 735-561 (.567) record in eight seasons as Yankees manager and his .558 career winning percentage is the second-best among all active managers behind only Mike Matheny of the Cardinals.