Thats all folks…
The Indians season came to an end yesterday afternoon in Louisville, Kentucky. The Tribe erased a two run deficit to beat the Bats 4-2. With the win the 2009 Tribe finishes with a 70-73 record. After the game UTIL Brian Bixler, C/INF Robinzon Diaz, and RHP Eric Hacker were all recalled by the Pirates. Bixler and Diaz are returning to Pittsburgh, while Hacker receives his first Major League call-up.
Two players who did not get the call were 1B Jeff Clement and All-Star C Erik Kratz. A left oblique strain will send Clement to the Gulf Coast League for rehab. After 10 days or so, Jeff will join the Pirates for the remainder of the season. As for Kratz…it’s a business and he is caught up in a numbers game. The good news is that Kratz is expected to resign with the Pirates and perhaps this season puts him in a new light come spring training.
It is too hard to tell who may be with the Indians for the 2010 season. SS Argenis Diaz, RHP Brad Lincoln, and OF Jose Tabata are some of the younger players who you can probably pencil in for an April roster spot. RHP Jeremy Powell wants to return to the Pirates and pitch in Indianapolis. Powell has the support of Pitching Coach Ray Searage, who also wants to resign RHP Juan Mateo. OF/INF Tagg Bozied is a favorite of Manager Frank Kremblas and may rejoin Krem in Indy for the ’10 season. All the Pirates have to do is extend and invite and Bozied will be an Indian next season.
OF Brian Myrow, UTIL Chris Barnwell, and 1B/OF Larry Broadway may be walking away from the game. Myrow’s final six weeks was as good as anybody’s in baseball and more than likely gets him a job in 2010. Myrow finished 7th in the league with a .307 batting average and was tops in the IL with a .419 on base percentage. Making it the third consecutive season he led a league in OBP. He was #1 in the PCL in 2007 and 2008. It’s doubtful Myrow plays for the Indians in 2010, but I expect him to play for a 12th professional season.
Chris Barnwell is walking away from the game at the age of 30, or at least he says he is. Barney struggled in this his 9th season of pro ball. Tagg is one of Barnwell’s best friends and he broke down during his postgame interview when discussing Barney. Barnwell is going to focus on his baseball camps and may answer the phone is a team gives him a call.
Larry Broadway has some game left, but an interest in working for a front office may have more of a pull on him than playing the game. I say its 40-60 that Broadway returns to play the game. The odds are better than he finds an entry level job with a Major League front office. For Broadway, it may be time to use his Duke degree.
This is a picture of the Indians clubhouse hallway. The boxes, bags, and suitcases you see will be tossed on a moving van and shipped to Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida. I was in the clubhouse early this morning and it’s hard to believe that it will be empty for the next six and a half months. I hope the time flys by.
I will not be updating the blog on a regular basis, but do plan on posting throughout the next month. I’ve promised to list my favorite cities and stadiums and am currently figuring out my scoring and ranking system. Plus, the Indians front office will be heading to Chicago to see the Pirates play the Cubs. (October baseball for BOTH the Pirates and Cubs, thank you schedule makers) I’ve already shared text messages with several players and I can guarantee you some photos and stories from those that have worn an Indians uniform.
This blog was a lot of work, but it was all worth it. I’ll consider this blog a success if you enjoyed it half as much as I enjoyed writing it. Everyone’s feedback was terrific and the kind words I received from strangers meant a lot. I was always caught off guard when someone would tell me they enjoyed the blog. There are still a few more posts for me to make, but the 2009 Indianapolis Indians is officially over. Thank you for being a part of the season and I hope you enjoyed the ride.
Here are the final numbers…
AVG Brian Myrow .330 in 62 games
Garrett Jones .307 in 72 games
HR Neil Walker 14 in 356 at-bats
Steve Pearce 13 in 273 at-bats
Garrett Jones 12 in 277 at-bats
Erik Kratz 11 in 319 at-bats
RBI Neil Walker 69 in 95 games
Steve Pearce 54 in 77 games
Garrett Jones 49 in 72 games
Runs Brian Bixler 71 in 108 games
2B Neil Walker 31 in 95 games
Erik Kratz 30 in 93 games
3B Brian Bixler 8 in 103 games
A. McCutchen 8 in 49 games
SB Jeff Salazar 16 for 16
Garrett Jones 14 for 18
Wins D. McCutchen 13 wins (T 1st in IL)
ERA Ian Snell 0.96 (37.1 IP)
Mike Koplove 2.35 (30.2 IP)
T. Gorzelanny 2.48 (87 IP)
K D. McCutchen 110
K/9 C. Bootcheck 11.7K/9 innings
Denny Bautista 10.9K/9 innings
SV C. Bootcheck 20