Hey Hoynsie: Assuming the tribe doesn’t break the bank for anyone else, they’ll hold Jose Ramirez and put Eddie Roario in left field, and Oscar Mercado or Bradley Zimmer will make their way to the CF starting site, who is first base and the right one holds field? – Mike Fumic, Avon.
Hey, Mike: There is no easy answer. In the right field you would have to look at a move by Daniel Johnson or Josh Naylor and Jordan Luplow. Zimmer can also play on the correct field. Chris Antonetti, president of baseball operations, said Thursday that Bobby Bradley and Jake Bauers will take a long look at the first base. Naylor could step into the mix depending on who makes it out in the field. Bauers has run out of options.
Hey Hoynsie: If Nolan Jones can’t get this Indian team out of spring training, what does that say about how good he is? – Ted, Sierra Madre, California.
Hey, Ted: It says nothing. I would be shocked if he made the team out of spring training. On the one hand, he changes position and moves from the third base to the outer field or to the first base. On the other hand, he missed a whole season in the minor league last year and never played above AA. There’s a chance he could make his big league debut this year, but he’ll need time in the AAA class.
Hey Hoynsie: I was disappointed to hear of Mickey Callaway’s behavior. Do you see this as an isolated report? Or do you expect more women to be encouraged to come forward and identify inappropriate behavior? – Cynthia, Strongsville.
Hey, Cynthia: No, I don’t think this is an isolated incident. A few weeks before the revelations about Callaway harassing reporters, the Mets fired GM Jared Porter over the same thing. Women need courage to move forward in this situation because they risk their jobs in baseball. The men who lead MLB’s 30 teams must insist on making working conditions safe for women in the media and the women in their own organizations. The burden of ending this problem shouldn’t lie solely with women who have the courage to tell the truth.
Hey Hoynsie: What will the Indians do to Yu Chang when the Mets’ utility Mike Freeman and infielder Amed Rosario and Andres Gimenez and free agent Cesar Hernandez join them? – Marv, Phoenix.
Hey Marv: I think Chang and Gimenez will open the season in the AAA Columbus class. Amed Rosario will briefly open up with Hernandez in second place and Freeman in the utility role. I think Rosario might be moved by the close of trade depending on how the Indians are doing overall. You don’t pay him $ 2.4 million to be the utility.
Chang, meanwhile, still has an option and has to play. If Chang hits like in Spring Training II, he could change that action.
Hey Hoynsie: Of all the young, untested players in the Indians, especially on the outfield, which two have the chance to make the most impact? – Bob, Louisville.
Hey, Bob: Daniel Johnson and Josh Naylor are the outfielders who fascinate me the most. We took a look at Naylor last season after coming to Cleveland at the Mike Clevinger store. He didn’t do much until the wildcard series against the Yankees. I would love to see if Johnson could get close to the 2019 season in Class AA and Triple A. He has cut a combined .290 / .361 / .507 with 34 doubles, seven triples, 19 homers and 77 RBI.
Hey Hoynsie: Why didn’t the twins keep Eddie Rosario? – Bill, Franklin, Tenn.
Hey, Bill: The twins, citing lost revenue due to the pandemic and shortened 2020 season, didn’t tender Rosario because they didn’t want to pay him an estimated $ 10 million to $ 11 million in arbitration. They also have young outfielders in Alex Kirilloff, Brent Rooker and Trevo r Larnach in the pipeline. Kirilloff was the number 1 twins in 2016.
Hey Hoynsie: Isn’t there an opportunity to get Paul Dolan to keep the name “Indian”? Is it really that derogatory to have the name Indian? If it is, and we are such a petty society, what about the name Tribe? I wish someone was sensible and would give us fans a break? – Hank, Seabrook Island, SC
Hey Hank: You can do whatever you want for Paul Dolan, but this American Indian and tribe name debate is over.
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