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Thursday, 28 February 2019 09:54

Indians Radio Week, Day 4

Today is Indians Radio Week Day 4, the final full day, and Ray Horner is rubbing elbows with everyone at the Cleveland Indians spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. On the final day, Ray sat down with several members of the Tribe, both players and staff.

Goodyear is a blossoming suburb of Phoenix, and the ballpark is just part of the burgeoning infrastructure. Bob DiBiasio, VP from the Tribe, stopped by the radio booth to discuss the economic impact the Indians have had on the town on their tenth anniversary of being there. Bobby D also chatted about winning the division again and our Indians Insanity promotion (Addie Joss vs. Joe Carter).

Curtis Danburg, senior director of communications, previewed the promotions and key matchups for the 2019 season.

One of the key starters in the rotation is Mike Clevinger, and he sat down with Ray.

Catcher Roberto Perez talked about re-earning the starting job now that Yan Gomes is in the National League.

Journeyman reliever Tyler Clippard is looking forward to bringing his experience to the three-time reigning AL Central champs.

Kevin Plawecki is another catcher in the mix for the Tribe, as he came to the team in the offseason from the Mets.

The Indians claimed A.J. Cole off waivers, and he’s looking to prove himself in the American League after a short stint in 2018 with the Yankees.

Max Moroff came to the team from the Pirates in the Erik Gonzalez trade.

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 10:37

Indians Radio Week, Day 3

Today is Indians Radio Week Day 3, and Ray Horner is rubbing elbows with everyone at the Cleveland Indians spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. On the third, Ray sat down with several members of the Tribe, both players and staff.

:30 - Tribe broadcaster Tom Hamilton shared his thoughts on the team and the new(ish) rules coming out of Major League Baseball.

10:56 - Outfielder Leonys Martin had a life-threatening illness that ended his 2018 season prematurely. But he is working hard to be back to his old self in 2019.

15:09 - Pitching coach Carl Willis stopped by to talk about the continued success in the starting rotation.

23:11 - New RubberDucks manager Rouglas Odor is no stranger to Akron (and even Canton-Akron), and he spoke of his 32 years in the organization and how he’ll help guide the young Eastern League players.

31:56 - Carter Hawkins is the director of player development, and he discusses the evaluation of players both young and old.

40:32 - Assistant GM Matt Foreman made some sense on cases such as arbitration and contract extensions.

46:30 - Daniel Johnson came over in the offseason Yan Gomes trade, and he’s already turning some heads.

50:08 - Outfielder Matt Joyce tries to make the big league club after a back injury in 2018.

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 10:29

Indians Radio Week, Day 2

Today is Indians Radio Week Day 2, and Ray Horner is rubbing elbows with everyone at the Cleveland Indians spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. On day two, Ray sat down with several members of the Tribe, both players and staff.

:30 - Manager Terry Francona spoke about managing without his father, dealing with the Michael Jordan baseball circus in Birmingham, and his favorite Pittsburgh Pirates players from back in the day.

6:54 - Team president Chris Antonetti touched on the crazy offseason, both on the Indians’ front and in Major League Baseball overall.

13:19 - General manager Mike Chernoff mentioned how analytics and the eye test go into judging personnel.

20:20 - Ryan Flaherty is trying to make the ball club, and he plans to prove himself by playing multiple positions.

25:19 - Second year player Shane Bieber is back with Ray to discuss his first spring training as a big leaguer and meshing with his fellow hurlers.

30:34 - Outfielder Greg Allen talks about how and where he can contribute to the lineup.

33:41 - Newcomer Jake Bauers came from Tampa Bay in the Yandy Diaz trade, and he talked about his rookie season in St. Pete and what he’s learned for year two.

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Monday, 25 February 2019 11:06

Indians Radio Week, Day 1

Today is Indians Radio Week Day 1, and Ray Horner is rubbing elbows with everyone at the Cleveland Indians spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. On the first day, Ray sat down with several members of the Tribe, both players and staff. :29 - Relief pitcher Dan Otero talked about the bullpen and changing faces. 8:06 - Infield coach Mike Sarbaugh chatted about Francisco Lindor and the infield. 13:02 - Broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus stopped by the radio table to touch on how the first weekend looked in Arizona. 22:43 - Southpaw reliever Tyler Olson tries to improve on his disappointing 2018 season. 26:51 - VP Bob DiBiaso mentioned his relationship with Bob Feller and previewed the 2019 season ahead. 35:02 - Outfielder Tyler Naquin on bulking up and wanting a spot as an everyday player. 37:04 - Starting pitcher Shane Bieber recaps his 2018 rookie campaign and looks ahead to 2019. 40:11 - Closer Brad Hand, who came over in a trade from San Diego, is ready for his first spring training with the Indians.

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