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That answers that…

“I wonder if Ian will pitch for us on Friday?”  Indians pitching coach Ray Searage to hitting coach Jeff Branson during Tuesday’s game at Norfolk.

The answer is no.

I am currently sitting in the lobby of the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel and several players are walking by asking about the Pirates most recent deal.  (on a side note…I sat in this lobby yesterday for 2 and a half hours because my room was not ready.  The team arrived at 12:45 and by 3:15 I was still without a room and had to go to the park.  So I didn’t check into my room until 11:00 pm, very aggravating)  Less than an hour ago the Pirates shipped SS Jack Wilson and RHP Ian Snell to the Seattle Mariners for SS Ronny Cedeno, Triple-A 1B Jeff Clement, RHP Aaron Pribanic, RHP Brett Lorin, and RHP Nathan Adcock

I’m on my way to the ballpark and from there I’ve have more of a blog update for you.  All I can tell you at this time in Jeff Clement is expected to join us after hitting .288 with 14 home runs and 68 runs batted in for Triple-A Tacoma.  Clement has split time as a catcher, first baseman, and DH.  Ray Searage just checked out the three pitchers stats and what he noticed was their height.  Pribanic played college ball at Nebraska and the 23 year old is listed at 6’4″.  Lorin is only 22 and is listed at 6’7″ and Adcock is a 21 year old listed at 6’5″.   

RHP Steven Jackson played in the Arizona Fall League with Clement and tells me Clement can hit.  C Erik Kratz says you’ve got to like a power hitting lefty who can catch.  Clement will join the Indians tomorrow and we’ll see if he catches or plays first base.   

3:00 UPDATE:

Sixty mph winds have hit the Norfolk area. The heavy rain is expected to throughout the six o’clock hour and we will have to see if the field will be playable for tonight’s game.

NOR 003.jpgNotice in the picture the distorted part of the picture. A split second after I snapped the picture a bolt of lightning appeared to hit the stadium followed by an incredibly loud crash of thunder.  Shorty after I retreated back into the clubhouse.

NOR 001.jpgThe clubhouse is buzzing because of the Pirates/Mariners deal.  Ian Snell was offered plenty of good luck and a few congratulations from his Indians teammates.  Snell was asleep when the trade went down and woke up to take Bucs GM Neal Huntington’s phone call.  Ian admitted all he really heard was the word “trade” and from there was overcome with excitement.  He knows SS Jack Wilson is the main name in the trade and he is just fine with that.  Ian is better suited to be in the background and is expected to join the Mariners rotation.  He wants to pitch on Saturday, but my guess is the Mariners would like him to pitch sooner.  In this picture Snell is watching SportsCenter as they broke the news of Cleveland LHP Cliff Lee going to Philadelphia for a group of minor league prospects.  I told Ian the Phils/Indians deal pushes the Pirates deal to page two and he was more than fine with that.  Snell did talk to Jack who is excited for the move to Seattle and Ian told me he had over 50 texts and 20 voicemails within 30 minutes of the deal.  According to Snell the Mariners have expressed interest in the past and was excited after talking to their GM Jack Jduriencik. 

Indians hitting coach Jeff Branson was a deadline deal back in 1997.  Branson was dealt on July 31, 1997 along with John Smiley from Cincinnati to the Cleveland Indians for four players.  At the time Branson was playing for the Indianapolis Indians and was excited by the trade because he joined the Cleveland Indians and a pennant race.  He told me it’s hard to play when you hear rumors about potential trades.  He said the year before (1996) he was rumored to be a part of a deal and that’s all he could think about.  In the end he wasn’t dealt and learned that most rumors don’t pan out.

Ray Searage was not apart of a deadline trade, but was traded by Milwaukee to the White Sox on July 23, 1986.  Ray said the trade caught him off guard, but it rejuvenated him.  Ray was 0-1 with a 6.95 ERA in 17 games with the Brewers and after the trade went 1-0 with a 0.62 ERA in 29 games with the Sox.  Yeah, I’d say the trade rejuvenated him.

If we play tonight here is the Indians line-up…


Indians (50-53) 9 games back in the West/6.5 back in the wild card race


Brian Bixler                   CF

Lastings Milledge           LF

Brian Myrow                  RF

Tagg Bozied                  1B

Hector Gimenez            DH

Robinzon Diaz               C

Neil Walker                   3B

Shelby Ford                  2B

Argenis Diaz                 SS


Eric Hacker (3-4, 4.32)   P




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