DeMarlo Hale’s Last Day at Work and 4 More Things About the Cleveland Indians
ARLINGTON, Texas – DeMarlo Hale has previously interviewed for managerial positions in the big leagues. He knows how the process works.
When asked if his tenure as interim manager for the Indians – which ended Sunday with a 6-0 victory over Texas in the season finale – reinforced his desire to manage someday, Hale said, “You use the word strengthen. . .I do not think so. Organizations will dig into who they think is right to run their organization. There have been a number of times that I have interviewed for positions. I think the industry knows, here’s a name that interests us to hear their thoughts.
“That’s how I see it. You cannot send your CV to organizations to apply for a job. They kind of call you. I did this. . .and I don’t have many years left. You are at an age when you are not young. It’s up to someone else to decide.
Hale, who started the season as bench coach for Terry Francona, replaced Francona as interim manager at the end of July. Francona retired for surgery on her hip and left foot.
The Indians went 30-33 under Hale. They failed to extend the winning streak to nine consecutive seasons, but they retained second place at AL Central.
Hale called his tenure a “good experience.”
“There have been challenges,” he said. “It was a good experience, but it’s also an experience that I think I’m ready to handle. In the circumstances that happened with Tito, you kind of jump with both feet. You take on the daily responsibility of which you must be a part.
“Yes, it was a good experience, but it was not an experience that overwhelmed me. I don’t know if it’s being old and wise or young and naive, you can give it a twist.
Everything indicates that Francona will return as manager in 2022.
After Sunday’s victory, Hale said he had met several players over the past few days and thanked them for their efforts.
“There have been private conversations with these guys,” Hale said, “to let them know how much it meant to me that they kept their wit and professionalism with me to take over under these circumstances. ‘really appreciate this and think I can speak on behalf of all the staff and reception.
“We appreciate what they bring and how they go about it. It was very important to me. “
N ° 1: José Ramirez talks about contract
Jose Ramirez, the Indians All-Star third baseman, smiled when asked about the possibility of signing a multi-year contract with the team during the offseason.
“We’d love to see (about this), but there’s no rush,” Ramirez said, via translator Agustin Rivero. “I would love to stay here for the rest of my career, but we have to wait and see what happens. I would love to see what they have to offer.
The Indians hold club options on Ramirez for 2022 and 2023.
When Ramirez was asked if he thought the Indians would exercise the 2022 option worth $ 12 million, he asked a reporter, “What do you think? . . we’ll see then.
N ° 2: On the options bubble
Wide receiver Roberto Perez says he has not heard from the Indians on whether or not they will exercise his $ 7 million option for next season. Teams usually make decisions on options after the last World Series match.
“Not really,” Perez said when asked if he knew what his future would be. “This could be my last game as a Cleveland Indian. Hopefully not. Hope I will come back next year. I can’t control these things. I leave it to the front office.
“I hope I come back. Otherwise, nothing lasts forever. We’ll see what happens.”
Perez spent 13 years in the Indian organization. He was a 33rd round selection in the 2008 draft.
“This organization has seen me grow as a human being and a player,” said Perez. “It has been a blessing for me and my family. Hope this is not my last year. Otherwise, I appreciate everything.
If the Indians do not exercise Perez’s option, he will be a free agent. Injuries have robbed Perez of big chunks of playing time in 2020 and 2021.
N ° 3: 80-80 man
Bryan Shaw made his franchise-record 81st appearance of the season on Sunday. He is the first Indians pitcher to appear in 80 or more games in two seasons and the 19th pitcher to do so in MLB history. Shaw, who pitched in all three of the season’s final series this weekend, made 80 appearances in 2014.
Shaw, 33, says he wants to eclipse Jesse Orosco’s record of 1,248 relief appearances, excluding four starts.
“I won’t put anything past this guy,” said Ruben Niebla, assistant pitching coach. “This guy is amazing. He’s good and I wouldn’t put anything out of him.
“The guy keeps doing it. He’s young, really. He can still do it for a few more years. I can’t wait to see how it goes. “
Shaw is a free agent this winter.
N ° 4: Finally
Daniel johnson hit his 14th home run and Kirk mccarty (9-6, 5.01) went 5 1/3 innings as Class AAA Columbus beat Louisville, 10-3, on Saturday. McCarty struck out four and walked three. Will Benson, Andruw Monasterio and Trenton Brooks had two RBIs each. . If Francona, as planned, returns as manager in 2022, he will do so as the most successful manager in team history, as the victories accumulated under Hale’s leadership will be on his record. He will also return without his streak of 16 consecutive winning seasons as a manager. It was the longest streak since Sparky anderson recorded 17 consecutive winning seasons with the Tigers and Reds. . The Indians won the series of the season from Texas, 4-2.
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