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9.19.2010

Notes and Quotes: Byrnes in Crosshairs; Captains Close in on Title

Nino Colla | Sunday, September 19, 2010 | | | | | | | | | | Best Blogger Tips
Holy Rain Delay! Why wouldn't you call that game?

I mean I'm not complaining, I needed the strikeouts from Masterson and that Perez save for my fantasy team, but that was insanity.


[TRIBE COULD ADD BYRNES]

Mike Chernoff is considering a rising start in the front office, so he'll likely be elevated to Assistant General Manager once Shapiro takes over as President and leaves his GM post for Chris Antonetti.

Chernoff is currently the Director Of Baseball Operations. What exactly does he do now and could former Arizona General Manager Josh Byrnes be his replacement? Or could the Tribe just be looking to add Byrnes to their stable of front office personnel? Who knows to all those questions but I would like to see Byrnes brought in.

You can't argue with what he did in Arizona. Byrnes has ties to Cleveland, working with Shapiro and starting his career in 1994 with the Indians. He's spent time in Boston, Colorado, and of course was the Diamondbacks GM since 2005. Byrnes was fired with A.J. Hinch this season.

As long as we don't let him hire A.J. Hinch to manage the team, I don't see a problem adding him.

What about changes to the coaching staff? Acta is obviously safe, but Manny said that it would be a joint effort in that department. He's been pleased with the job his guys have done.

"I'm very pleased with the job they've done," said Acta. "We've had a lot of young players come through here this year. Some weren't quite ready to be here and we've had to push them along."

I'm not sure we'll witness any major shakeups within the coaching staff. Unless of course Steve Smith retires or Sandy Alomar gets poached by a team looking to give him a promotion. I think he'd stay unless it was a managerial job, which probably won't be coming his way.

One thing you should consider is Mike Sarbaugh. I don't think anyone will come calling, but after next year this guy needs to be on the big league coaching staff. They can't let him get away like Lovullo did this past offseason. Sarbaugh is a start within the organization and everyone who plays for him absolutely loves him.

If things go awry with Acta, Sarbaugh needs to be around because he's going places.

Nunnally and Belcher have done good. Belcher has worked some magic with some of these guys and Nunnally gets a pass with all the injuries and youngsters regardless of performance.


[OH CAPTAIN]

The Lake County Captains are a win away from clinching their first every Midwest League Championship after last night's 7-3 victory over the Clinton LumberKings.

Jason Smit and Greg Folgia hit back to back solo home runs in the 2nd inning to extend an early 2-0 lead to 4 and that would be it. They added three more, two on a Tyler Holt two-run shot, his first as an Indians farmhand, and got a great pitching performance from Brett Brach in the process.

Brach went 6+ and struck out nine on his way to allowing just one run off seven hits and no walks.

Holt was 2-for-2 that night with three runs scored, a stolen base and two walks in addition to the two-run shot. We've got ourselves a nice little player in the outfielder from Florida State.

The Captains go for the clincher tonight at 6:30 PM ET at Classic Park in Eastlake. Vidal Nuno goes for the Captains in their first shot at becoming Midwest League Champions. GET IT DONE!

[MATOLA SLAM!]

Matt Underwood sounded just as shocked as everyone else did when a 0-for-his-last-15 Matt LaPorta clubbed a grand slam to center field to put the Indians up 4-0.

LaPorta really needed that though. I keep saying he's got to be a big power source for this club moving forward and this recent slump has done nothing to ease that hope. Brantley's 18 game-hit streak, longest since Casey Blake a few years ago, has done a lot for hope that he can be the guy for the club moving forward in left field.

So we got these two guys, we need 'em both to be coming through. They'll both have jobs to start next season at this juncture, but only one right now is showing he's worth it. Hopefully a full healthy offseason is enough for LaPorta.

[RANDOM RUNDOWN]

I always say these things having a way of working themselves out. Looks like Justin Masterson's situation just worked itself out. Masterson wasn't able to go for it after that rain delay, which cut his start short and ultimately short of his 180 inning threshold. That means Masterson doesn't have to go home and he'll likely finish up his season in the bullpen after all.

That's just awesome... A few weeks left, he'll get in a few relief appearances, doesn't have to shut it down. Yah.

Aaron Laffey was called up to be added to the bullpen as well. With the Clippers only having that grudge-match with the PCL Champion left, they'll probably not need Laffey, but the Indians will, especially after last night's game.

I think we could probably see Jess Todd called up. You already have used that option year, and unless he's reached some innings limit the Indians have set on him, an extra arm back there couldn't hurt. If you want Vinnie Pestano or Josh Judy, you'll have to make some 40-man moves. If only you didn't claim Chad Huffman.

I think even if Talbot can't go at it on Thursday, the club could just start someone like Laffey, have him pitch an inning or two and make it a bullpen game. Hold Germano off after this one, have him for three innings or so. I don't know if you want to exhaust your bullpen, but it seems as if this club is committed to not letting David Huff get a call up.

Finally, a lot of good notes from Terry Pluto, one of which says Jayson Nix is being sent to Puerto Rico to work on third base. It sounds even more concrete that the Indians are planning on Nix being their guy at third base next season. The more and more he plays and the more and more they push him at third, the more and more likely it is he's got to be their guy.

Which unfortunately will put an end to Nimartuena.... More on that in five seconds, scroll up.

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