Cleveland Indians Wiretap
The National League
The Kevin Towers
Tyler Emerick of MLB.com: “Paul Goldschmidt hasn't missed a game since July 22. In 84 at-bats in August, Goldschmidt is hitting .262 with three homers, six doubles and 13 RBIs. The improvement in his defensive game, however, has been what's impressed Kirk Gibson the most.”
The Frank Wren
David O’Brien of Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Dan Uggla was 2-for-28 with one extra-base hit and no RBIs in his last nine games, yet had started more games (122) than any Brave except All-Star center fielder Michael Bourn (124) before Sunday.”
The Jed Hoyer
Neil Hayes of Chicago Sun-Times: “Darwin Barney has a franchise- record 110-game errorless streak at second base. His last error came in the eighth inning of a game against the Miami Marlins on April 17. He had been on a tear at the plate, as well, hitting .340 in 14 games from July 29 through Aug. 13, before he began struggling.”
The Walt Jocketty
Mark Sheldon of MLB.com: “Reds manager Dusty Baker has demonstrated a keen eye for knowing when his players need to be rested. Baker gave Brandon Phillips and Scott Rolen days off on Thursday and both responded with two hits in Friday's 8-5 loss to the Cardinals.”
The Dan O’Dowd
Troy E. Renck of Denver Post: “Oct. 24, 2007 marked the last time that Jeff Francis faced Josh Beckett.”
The Michael Hill
Juan C. Rodriguez of South Florida Sun-Sentinel: “Ozzie Guillen likes Rob Brantly fine. He thinks in the long run he'll be a productive major leaguer. Guillen also said that under optimal circumstances, Brantly would still be developing in the minors.”
The Jeff Luhnow
Zachary Levine of Houston Chronicle: “Former Diamondbacks righthander Edgar Gonzalez, whom the Astros have signed out of the Mexican League, could figure in their plans as they look to bolster their pitching staff in September.”
The Ned Colletti
Dylan Hernandez of Los Angeles Times: “Adrian Gonzalez’s reputation took a hit over the last two seasons with the Boston Red Sox, to whom he was traded before the 2011 season. He became one of the symbols of the team's failures, and questions were raised about the kind of influence he was on the clubhouse.”
The Doug Melvin
Tom Haudricourt of Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: “In acquiring Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto, the Dodgers picked up some $250 million in salary obligations, even with the $12 million the Red Sox kicked into the deal. By comparison, the Milwaukee franchise was purchased by Mark Attanasio for $223 million in 2005.”
The Sandy Alderson
Mets Blog: “In Sunday’s 2-1 win over the Astros, Jeremy Hefner allowed a run on five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in eight innings.”
The Ruben Amaro Jr.
Ryan Lawrence of Philadelphia Daily News: “In his last 12 games, Ryan Howard is hitting .347 with a 1.058 OPS, four doubles, four home runs and 13 RBIs.”
The Neal Huntington
Charlie Wilmoth of Bucs Dugout: “The Pirates’ rotation appears to be coming apart down the stretch, and if the Bucs want to reverse course, they might want to consider making some more high-upside moves. It’s one thing to start fading, pull out all the stops, and still fail; it’s another to start fading and fail anyway with the likes of Erik Bedard, Rod Barajas and Chad Qualls.”
The John Mozeliak
Viva El Birdos: “While the weekend series was important and certainly it was enjoyable to watch the Cardinals trounce the Reds in two of three games, arguably, the more important series begins Monday.”
The Josh Byrnes
Gaslamp Ball: “Marty Caswell interviewed Dodger owner Magic Johnson right after the blockbuster trade happened between the Dodgers and the Red Sox that sent former Padre Adrian Gonzalez to L.A. Magic suggested that Padres fans will now root for the Dodgers because of Adrian.”
The Brian Sabean
Chris Quick of ESPN.com: “The theory is that in 0-0 counts batters are most likely to see a fastball. I think that makes sense to almost anyone that's watched five minutes of baseball in their life. Pitchers often start hitters off with the hard stuff -- fastballs, cutters, sinkers -- and then proceed to use their specialty pitches -- sliders, curveballs, changeups -- in order to finish them off.”
The Mike Rizzo
James Wagner of Washington Post: “Roger Bernadina’s teammates tease him, as good teammates often do, about his build. But it’s really flattery. He’s a chiseled 6-foot-2 outfielder in the midst of the best season of his career. He’s perhaps the most muscular player on the Nationals, a team full of 6-foot-plus, well-built athletes.”
The American League
The Dan Duquette
Dan Connolly of Baltimore Sun: “Dan Duquette met with the Baltimore media about the deal today that sent reliever Matt Lindstrom and a player to be named to the Arizona Diamondbacks for lefty starter Joe Saunders and cash.”
The Ben Cherington
Stephen Hewitt of WEEI.com: “Tony La Russa knows what it takes to build a baseball team to the top, even if it requires some difficult times along the way. So when he watches this 2012 Red Sox team fail to meet expectations like it has, he knows what he’s talking about. And when he hears people calling for Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine to be fired because of how disastrous his first season in Boston has been, he can definitely relate.”
The Kenny Williams
Dave van Dyck of Chicago Tribune: “Ozzie Guillen may be gone to Florida, but that doesn't mean the White Sox are done hearing from the commissioner's office. Manager Robin Ventura and broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson could face reprimands following their actions and words Saturday.”
The Chris Antonetti
Dennis Manoloff of Cleveland Plain-Dealer: “Indians center fielder Michael Brantley, as Lt. Tom Kazanski flew fighter jets in "Top Gun,” plays baseball ice-cold. His facial expression is serious, almost grim. It rarely changes from the moment he steps out of the dugout until the moment he steps back in.”
The Dave Dombrowski
Bob Wojnowski of Detroit News: “Miguel Cabrera is the Tigers’ best hitter and most-dependable star. For the first time in slightly more than a year, Cabrera didn’t play Sunday, to let his sprained right ankle heal. And the oddest thing happened -- sometimes when you’re missing something, you realize what else you have.”
The Dayton Moore
Craig Brown of Royals Review: “The Royals have played close to .460 baseball since the All-Star Break. Not great, by any stretch of the imagination. But it’s an improvement over the .440 they played in the first half.”
The Jerry DiPoto
Lance Pugmire of Los Angeles Times: “Maicer Izturis had three-hit games Thursday and Friday. Saturday, he wasn't in the Angels lineup. Sunday, he was.”
The Terry Ryan
Twinkie Town: “About 48 and one half weeks ago, we were talking about Ben Revere being the owner of the Minnesota Twins stolen base record for rookies.”
The Brian Cashman
Mark Feinsand of New York Daily News: “The midges are back in Cleveland, providing an irksome reminder to the Yankees about their first-round playoff loss in 2007, which began when Joba Chamberlain fell apart on the mound while being swarmed by the bugs.”
The Billy Beane
Susan Slusser of San Francisco Chronicle: “Well, hello there again, Grant Balfour, A's closer. Balfour, the right-handed Australian reliever, opened the season as the Oakland closer. He lost the job in May. The A's tried Brian Fuentes there, it didn't work and Fuentes is no longer with the team. Then they tried rookie Ryan Cook in save situations. He was spectacular for a month and made the All-Star team. Cook began to struggle in August, and on Aug. 11, Balfour was back.”
The Jack Zduriencik
Geoff Baker of Seattle Times: “Given the way things have played out, there's an excellent chance the Mariners could come off this road trip to Chicago and Minnesota a .500 team. All that is required is a 5-2 record and given how the teams involved have played lately, including the surging Mariners and faltering Twins, that kind of record is entirely doable.”
The Andrew Friedman
Roger Mooney of Tampa Tribune: “Sometimes it takes a short outing like the one Alex Cobb had in Anaheim on the last road trip or a first inning like the one Jeremy Hellickson experienced Saturday to realize just how good the Rays pitching staff has been this season.”
The Jon Daniels
Gerry Fraley of Dallas Morning News: “Right-hander Scott Feldman’s season of streaks continued on Sunday in a 6-5 loss to Minnesota at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Feldman lost his fourth consecutive decision, allowing all the runs in 5 2/3 innings. This is Feldman’s third streak of the season. He opened by losing his first six decisions, following with a six-game winning streak.”
The Alex Anthopoulos
Tom Dakers of Bluebird Banter: “After last year, I really hoped we wouldn't see Carlos Villanueva making starts for us again, but when 3 starters go down in a week, things happen. Last year, after joining the rotation, Carlos looked pretty good for a few starts, but you had the feeling that he was getting by on smoke and mirrors. After a bit the league seemed to catch up with him, or perhaps he tired, having not been prepared to be a starter.”
Feeling they have no chance to re-sign him, the Indians will listen to trade offers for outfielder Shin-Soo Choo this winter.
Cleveland general manager Chris Antonetti said they have tried to extend Choo "multiple times" over the past few years without any luck.
The Pirates, Dodgers and Rangers are among teams connected to Choo, who can become a free agent after the 2013 season.
The Indians are 10-29 since the All-Star break, the worst mark in the American League.
Manny Acta hasn't deflected any blame, taking it all for himself in a recent interview with the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.
"I talked to them just to reassure them," Acta said of his players after a recent loss. "They do need to relax. There have never been 25 guys released [at once] in the history of the game. They should relax. If one guy is going to go, it's going to be me, not them. So relax and play the game."
Acta's contract runs through the 2013 season and he received a vote of confidence from general manager Chris Antonetti on Aug. 6.
Chris Perez will not apologize after being caught on camera in a profanity-laced exchange with a taunting A's fan.
"I don't regret it," the Indians closer said. "Looking back it's not the best thing to be on the Internet and stuff. I had no idea they were videotaping it. I wouldn't have done it. Looking back, that's what he was planning. So he got me.
"You have to live and learn. Luckily, I didn't say too bad of stuff. It was pretty bad, but it could have been worse."
The incident took place on Sunday. A viral video shows the back of Perez while he's yelling at the fan.
He said that particular fan has been riding him in Oakland for the past four years when he shags balls in the outfield before the game.
"I ignored it for 1½ groups. Then I just said 'What's your problem?' " Perez said. "If you got something to say, come down to my face and say it down in the bullpen. That's what happened.
"It's one of those things ... four years and I'd had enough. I'm not even playing the game. I'm shagging. I understand during the game it's all part of the game. It wasn't just a random guy that I just pointed out. It was the same guy for four years who has just been on me and on me. The video shows his ulterior motives. It's unfortunate. It's out there and I've just got live and learn from it."
Manny Acta believes the Indians have placed too much emphasis on the top four hitters in their lineup, leading to too little production from the bottom of the order.
"Realistically, I can't expect those guys to be on top of their game for 162 games," Acta said. "That's why we do need more than four guys in our lineup to be productive."
Acta made the comments with an eye towards 2013.
"It's no secret, we're going to need to improve our offense," Acta said. "We're going to have to find a solution in left field, we're going to have to find a solution at first base and we're going to have to find a solution at DH. That's pretty obvious.
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