Miguel Cabrera is absolutely abusing the Indians this year, to the tune of .649/.702/1.108 with five homers and 16 RBI in 46 plate appearances. But he may have just made a fan for life out of a certain Indians fan.
The scene: Cleveland. The setup: a kid in Indians gear makes a nice snag of a foul ball with his cap, and then for whatever reason decides to sort of pose and gesticulate at Miguel Cabrera, who is fielding his position at first base at the the time. He’s kind of cute in an obnoxious way that only young boys can be. Cabrera smiles at him, clearly amused.
Then, after that half of the inning ends, Cabrera rewards the kid for the play and the pluck with some gear. Watch:
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.
The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.
The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.
Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.
Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.
In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.