It's day 5 of Wahoo Week. Ray is wrapping up his time in lovely Goodyear, Arizona. Which means he'll have to start packing his golf clubs. Before he heads on back to Akron, he talked with more Indians players and personnsel.
Ray talks with the son of the Voice of the Indians, Nick Hamilton. Nick also played baseball at Kent State and was drafted by the Indians.
Ray chats with Indians pitcher, Ubaldo Jimenez.
It's day 4 of Wahoo Week. Ray Horner is in Goodyear, AZ talking to the players, coaches and personell of the Cleveland Indians as they get ready for the season.
Ray talks with Indians Vice President, Mark Shapiro.
Ray chats with Indians opening day starting pitcher, Justin Masterson.
Ray chats with new right fielder Drew Stubbs.
It's day three of Wahoo Week! Ray Horner is in Goodyear, Aizona talking with the players and coaches of the Cleveland Indians!
Ray chats with Indians Relief Pitcher, Matt Albers.
Ray chats with Indians Catcher, Carlos Santana.
Ray chats with new Akron Aeros Manager, Edwin Rodriguez.
It's day two of Wahoo Week! Ray Horner is in Goodyear, Arizona talking with Cleveland Indians players, coaches and more!
He's also golfing....
Ray talks with new Indians Centerfielder, Michael Bourne.
Ray talks with Jason Giambi about why he wanted to come to Cleveland and what he brings to the team.
Ray chats with new Indians Manager, Terry Francona about club house chemistry and what he's liked so far.
Ray chats with Indians Second Baseman, Jason Kipnis.
1590 WAKR Morning Show Host, Ray Horner is in Goodyear, AZ for Indians Spring Training. Ray will be talking with members of the Indians organization including players, coaches and personnel.
Ray talks with Tribe Broadcaster, Jim Rosenhaus
Ray talks with one of the new members of the Indians, Mark Reynolds.
Ray chats with Indians legend, Kenny Lofton about not being on the Hall of Fame Ballot, playing the game the right way and more!
Ray talks with Indians outfielder, Michael Brantley about his hot start to spring training.
Ray talks with Bobby D about ticket deals, promotions and everything Indians!
Ray chats with Indians Closer, Chris Perez about the different feeling the team has this year.
Ray chats with Indians GM, Chris Antonetti about the off-season moves and expectations for the upcoming season.
Ray chats with Indians pitcher, Nick Hagadone.
Ray chats with one of the new guys for the Tribe, Nick Swisher!
Chris Perez suffered a strained internal oblique on his left side during his first bullpen session of Thursday, February 23rd.
According to Head Athletic Trainer Lonnie Soloff, the recovery time is 4-to-6 weeks (which is typical for an oblique strain) and the hope is to have him in exhibition games towards the end of March based on his response to treatment.
Opening Day has not been ruled out at this time since his build-up time is less than that of a starting pitcher.
The Cleveland Indians have picked up manager Manny Acta's contract option for 2013.
Acta kept the Indians in contention for much of this season before injuries overwhelmed the young club, which finished second in the AL Central. Cleveland went 80-82, an 11-game improvement over last season.
Acta was signed through 2012, and the Indians rewarded him by exercising the option for 2013. He's 149-175 in two seasons withCleveland.
Acta's staff already has undergone radical change for next season. On Wednesday, bench coach Tim Tolman disclosed he hasParkinson's disease and will not be back, and pitching coach Tim Belcher stepped down to spend more time with his family.
The Indians had 36 come-from-behind victories in 2011 and seven walk-off home runs, the most since 1995.
At a season ending news conference on Thursday at Progressive Field, Acta told the media 'this is the place that I want to be'.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
The Cleveland Indians today announced TIM BELCHER has stepped down as Major League Pitching Coach. Belcher will again assume a position similar to the Special Assistant to Baseball Operations role he served in for 8 seasons from 2002-09 before becoming Manny Acta’s Pitching Coach in 2010.
Statement from Tim Belcher regarding today’s decision:
After much reflection and deliberation, I have decided not to return as the Major League Pitching Coach for the 2012 season.
When I accepted the position two years ago, I understood and embraced the challenges of the role. Over the last two years I was fully committed to the responsibilities of the job and enjoyed it.
However, as I began to look forward to 2012, I felt that I would not be able to balance the changing needs of my family and the demands of the job. As a result, I have decided that it would be best for me to step away from coaching at this time.
I want to thank the Indians for the opportunity to work with a good young pitching staff the past two years. I am excited about the future of the team and I welcome the opportunity to continue working for the club in another capacity going forward.
Cleveland outfielder Grady Sizemore is expected to travel to Vail, Colorado, for a consultation this coming week on his injured right knee.
Sizemore played only 71 games this season after appearing in 33 in 2010. He opened this season on the DL as he recovered from surgery on his left knee in May of 2010.
Then, Sizemore hurt his right knee and sustained a hernia on the same play while sliding into a base this May. Sizemore also underwent abdominal surgery July 21st.
Sizemore finished the 2011 season with a .224 batting average with 10 home runs and 32 runs batted in.
Sizemore has a club option for $9 million for the 2012 season.
Indians broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus believes the health of Sizemore will go a long way in determining the direction both sides takes.
Miguel Cabrera singled and doubled, wrapping up the American League batting title, and Jhonny Peralta hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 5-4 last night.
Cabrera finished the season hitting .344, six points ahead of Michael Young of Texas and Adrian Gonzalez of Boston.
Peralta hit his 21st homer of the season off Vinnie Pestano (1-2) to give the Tigers the lead after Ryan Perry (2-0) allowed Cleveland to tie it at 4 in the top of the eighth.
Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his 49th save in 49 chances. Detroit will be at the New York Yankees to open the playoffs.
Cleveland reliever Vinnie Pestano allowed the home run to Peralta in the eighth. Indians Starter Zach McAllister pitched well for the first five-plus innings.
The Indians finish the season with a record of 80 wins and 82 losses, good for second place in the American League Central Division. The Tribe finishes 15 games behind the Tigers.
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