The new Boss in town

He was The Godfather of The Bullpen Mafia, but Scott Radinsky has moved up in Cleveland’s chain of command.

After working as the team’s bullpen coach, Radinsky is now the Tribe’s pitching coach. He assumes the role held by The Departed Tim Belcher.

(Sorry, couldn’t resist the last pun)

Belcher is still with the organization, but he stepped down from his post as the Indians pitching coach at the end of the year.

Asked if he could still be considered the bullpen’s Godfather, Radinsky laughed.

“I hope so, man,” Rad said with a grin. “I told them they’ve got a made man inside now.”

All jokes aside, Radinsky — also the lead singer of the punk band Pulley — isn’t expecting a tough transition to his new role. He and Belcher worked well together and shared duties in many ways. Radinsky knows he’s the man in charge of the staff now, but he doesn’t expect much to change.

“It’s business as usual,” Radinsky said. “It’s a very similar approach, just a different voice and maybe a different style. But it’s a very easy transition, I think, for everybody in that clubhouse, including myself.”

Radinsky likes the spot his staff is in at the start of this camp, too. The rotation has four spots locked in and four arms with big league experience vying for one job. The bullpen has five jobs accounted for and a bevy of experienced arms in the running for the two vacancies. That is depth that has Radinsky smiling.

“It’s exciting for me,” Radinsky said. “It’s not like in the past where weve had like two or three spots open and we didn’t knowwho was going to take them and were hoping on this guy or that guy. I think we’ve got some legitimate choices.”

Indians Players Got Jokes

A trio of Indians players had a pile of baseball cards strewn across a round table in the clubhouse this morning. Sharpies in hand and laughing, they pulled out a few select cards and taped them to the cubby doors above Josh Tomlin’s locker.

One was of Nolan Ryan. The added caption read: “A Tough Texan — Unlike Josh.”

Ouch! But it gets better…

There was one card featuring Howie Kendrick with the added caption: “Don’t Be Scared.” Then, there were two cards with photos of Mark Trumbo hitting. One read: “Appreciate It!” And the other had “Thank You!!” written on the front.

Apparently, Tomlin is still taking heat for what happened on July 26.

With the score caught in a 0-0 deadlock in Cleveland, Tomlin chose to intentionally walk Kendrick with two outs in the seveth inning. Trumbo came up next and drove in a pair of runs with a double. The Indians lost to the Angels, 2-1.

Some notes from Thursday…

  • Chatted some today with catcher Carlos Santana, who was thrilled to have a normal offseason this year. Last year he was coming back from the knee injury. The year before it was a hamate bone issue. This winter, he trained in the D.R. with an Indians strength coach and has shown up to Spring Training in great shape.
  • In a wide-ranging 25-minute discussion with reporters, Radinsky said this about Ubaldo Jimenez: “I think we’re going to see a different guy than what we saw when we got him last year.” That belief — shared by Ubaldo and manager Manny Acta, among others — is based on the work he did in the D.R. this winter as well. CLICK HERE for a story I did today on The Big U.
  • Radinsky also noted that Tomlin looked great and completely over his right elbow issue during Thursday’s 10-minute bullpen session. Rad described Tomlin as a great student and feels the pitcher is more than capable of improving on his 12-win showing for the Tribe last season.
  • One of the throwing groups today included CC Lee, Scott Barnes, Austin Adams and Danny Salazar. Lee and Barnes are closest to the Majors. Lee has a sidearm style — not as low to the ground as Joe Smith — and he throws hard. Could be a bullpen option at some point in 2012. Barnes, who had a knee injury last year, is in a position to possibly  help the Major League rotation at some point this summer, too.
  • Zach McAllister is working on getting more tilt with his lead arm and leg during his delievery. It’s similar to the changes made by lefty David Huff last season. During a chat with GM Chris Antonetti during the bullpen sessions, the GM praised the consistent mechanics Huff was displaying early in camp.
  • All of the Indians spring invites — rostered and non-rostered — have arrived to camp. On Thursday (report date for position players), Casey Kotchman, Trevor Crowe and Felix Pie all arrived. Position players did not technically have to be at the complex until Friday for physicals. Saturday is the first full-squad workout.
  • Quote of the day came from Radinsky, when I asked him what starter Derek Lowe adds to the pitching staff. Radinsky quipped: “He adds some age and some height.” Lowe does add more than that, though. Said Rad: “This guy is just coming in here full of excitement. I think he’s going to be a big-time plus for us, and another guy who adds durability, experience and the possibility of throwing 200 innings.”
  • Not often you hear of ballplayers getting involved too much in politics. It was interesting to hear that Indians players Shelley Duncan and Travis Hafner attended Wednesday night’s republican debate in Phoenix with their wives. Duncan posted a photo on Twitter  of them all standing with Ron Paul. Both guys are big into politics, especially in this election year.
  • Been fun reuniting in a way this week with righty Jeremy Accardo and outfielder Fred Lewis. I covered both guys in my days as the Blue Jays beat reporter for Something I didn’t know about Lewis, though, is he is cousins with former Indians outfielder Matt Lawton. Also, Lewis discovered he loves bowling this offseason.
  • MLB Network announced on Thursday that the Indians’ March 7 game against the D-backs will include live in-game audio from mic’d up players and coaches. The game will be aired on MLBN at 3 p.m. ET that afternoon. As many as six players on each side will be wearing microphones during the game.
  • Some people believe I have been claiming that Cord Phelps’ new beard is better than the beard that closer Chris Perez always rocks. Perez still ranks No. 1 in my beard book. Phelps, on the other hand, has been the talk of the team for having grown the best bear over the offseason. Catcher Luke Carlin posted THIS PHOTO on Twitter. Check it out for yourselves.


#LouMar Contest

During the 2011 season, one of my favorite tings that happened on Twitter was fans coming up with #LouMar jokes in the same vein as all the Chuck Norris jokes. So, I thought this was as good a time as any to get some rolling again. I posted the above photo of catcher Lou Marson on Twitter with the caption: “He doesn’t wear shin guards to protect his legs. He wears them to protect the baseballs.”

Later on I asked fans to submit their own #LouMar-isms. Here are some responses.

The winner

@titoman13 #LouMar know’s who’s on first

Some others

@wdfichtel There is no all-time steals list, only a list of players Lou Marson chooses to ignore.

@Yocklin Fielder and Pujols didn’t come to Cleveland because they were afraid of Lou Marson

@MichaelZwilling Lou Marson is so intimidating, his reflection wont even look at him

@B_Gumbo30 Sharks have a whole week dedicated to Lou Marson.

@rkumpf Lou Marson doesn’t wear protective catching gear.  The protective catching gear wears Lou Marson.

@BuZzKill_Dan Lou Marson doesnt wear a face mask to protect his face from the ball… its used to protect the ball from Lou Marson

@JR_65M The craters in the Moon weren’t caused by astroids. They were #loumar HRs.

@sickle135 when the Dos Equis guy is thirsty he drinks whatever LouMar tells him to drink

@bobbyhuey the Boogeyman checks under his bed for @LouMar6

@Seel_Deal when Bruce Banner gets mad, he turns into The Hulk. When The Hulk gets mad, he turns into Lou Marson!

@titoman13 #LouMar scared the “devil” out of the rays name

Congrats to @titoman13 for making the cut twice.


Thanks for playing.



Freaking hilarious Lou Mar stuff. Love it! My Dave was the shark week.

cleveland is supposidly in the mddlie of talks with boston for martinez, thats why marson is important. i think toronto,s going to make one more push with the phillies accepting less than they wanted. btw no taylor to cleveland imo. next year the phils become a 4 man of rotation. werth isnt some bum. we only have an idea what taylor can do, we know what werth can do. re: 4 lefthanders its that you cannot take each pitcher in a vacuum. individually they,ll all good but together they condition another teams bats to a similar look. thats why rh, lh, rh, lh is ideal. confusing the hitter. i think?

plain dealer reporting that sizemore will not be ready for opening day…great signing antonetti. funny nothing on the indians web site about that? i have a sizemorism—when other major league executives laugh, they laugh because the indians signed sizemore.

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Frankly I think that’s ablluotesy good stuff.

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A few years ago I’d have to pay someone for this information.

In later places QuotesChimp may reference such three problems in more detail as they connect with different varieties of policy contract.

Must not have hit refresh fast enough. Lots of Sizemore coverage on and on Twitter. More coming in a bit here on the daily blog wrap-up.

Philadelphia Phillies Top 20 Prospects for 2009All grades are EXTREMELY PRELIMINARY and sbjceut to change. Don’t get too worried about exact rankings at this point, especially once you get out of the top 10. Grade C+/C guys are pretty interchangeable depending on what you are looking for.1) Carlos Carrasco, RHP, Grade B: High ceiling, made progress this year, still erratic. Maybe a B+?2) Michael Taylor, OF, Grade B: Made huge progress refining his tools. Want to see Double-A numbers.3) Travis D’Arnaud, C, Grade B: Good defensive catcher with rapidly improving bat.4) Jason Donald, SS, Grade B-: Still doubt he has the range for shortstop. But I like the bat a lot. Borderline Grade B?5) J.A. Happ, LHP, Grade B-: Made big progress in second try in Triple-A. Still see him as Mark Redman type.6) Dominic Brown, OF, Grade B-: Tools guy with developing skills, improved discipline.7) Zach Collier, OF, Grade B-: Grade is speculative, but I like his ceiling a lot. Will need time.8) Jason Knapp, RHP, Grade B-: High grade for a rookie ball pitcher, but I like him.9) Joe Savery, LHP, Grade C+: I held onto him as a Grade B for too long this year, components don’t support it.10) Lou Marson, C, Grade C+: Good plate discipline and defense, but batting average at Reading could be flukey.11) Kyle Drabek, RHP, Grade C+: Could rank much higher if command is back after Tommy John. Will know more by mid-season 2009. Performance has not matched hype but still young.12) Greg Golson, OF, Grade C+: Most people will think this ranking is too low, but I still have serious doubts about his bat. Has made some progress but discipline remains dreadful.13) Drew Naylor, RHP, Grade C+: Sleeper Australian pitcher should be tracked.14) Mike Stutes, RHP, Grade C+: Much better as a pro than he was at Oregon State.15) Vance Worley, RHP, Grade C+: Very impressive pro debut.16) Antonio Bastardo, LHP, Grade C+: I’ve overrated him in the past, but still see potential here.17) Anthony Gose, OF, Grade C+: Willing to be a little patient here due to tools, but high risk.18) Chance Chapman, RHP, Grade C: Old for the level, but good numbers this year and I saw him in college, has a nice slider.19) Anthony Hewitt, OF, Grade C: Quite frankly, Anthony Hewitt sucks as a baseball player right now. I will cut him some slack due to his tools and youth, but I am very skeptical about his bat.20) Jeremy Slayden, OF, Grade C: The exact opposite of Hewitt, Slayden has mediocre tools but good baseball skills. Main problem is age-relative-to-league.Others in the book are Quintin Berry, Andrew Carpenter, Sergio Escalona (an interesting LOOGY type), Freddy Galvis, Edgar Garcia, Harold Garcia, Brad Harman, Jason Jaramillo, Travis Mattair, Trevor May, B.J. Rosenberg, Julian Sampson, Mike Schwimer, Colby Shreve, and Sebastian Valle.If there is someone else that you really think should be included, make your case. I always miss someone. Space is limited and some of the players above will probably get cut if I have to add someone else.SYSTEM IN BRIEF: The Phillies are very tools-oriented when it comes to position players. I can understand it, but sometimes I think it gets excessive. Drafting Collier AND Gose AND Hewitt is putting an awful lot of chips on one class of player. Personally I prefer a broader approach, mixing tools guys with more polished players too. I have a lot of skepticism about Hewitt at this point. On the other hand, I like the pitching they picked up this year, and they aren’t afraid to take chances on guys like Drabek and Shreve that other teams might shy away from. They’ve shown guts when drafting.Reports on these players and over 1,000 more can be found in the 2009 Baseball Prospect Book, available for Pre-Order at The book ships January 31st, 2009.Next up will be the Tampa Bay Rays, followed by the Arizona Diamondback

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