Tribe News and Notes, September 19, 2012

Sep 12, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (22) memorizes the lines to a song from "Hairspray" during the game against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark. Texas won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

Editor's Note: Please join me in welcoming long-time LGT reader westbrook to the front page team.

The ... problems are with their coaches and players, but the bigger issue is about the man who brought in those coaches and players. Yes, this game and this season are on [him] and there’s no denying that anymore. And there’s no more denying another truth, whether you’re ready to read it or not: [They] will never win big while [he] is this team’s boss. His priorities are too misguided, his insecurities and denial too immense...

Oh geez. Which NE Ohio writer wrote this about Shapiro this time? Or is it about Antonetti?

Nope—and none of them. This is from the Kansas City Star, and is about one of Shapiro's close friends, Scott Pioli.

I'll let you draw the rest of the parallels yourself. There are more, if you're interested.

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Mag Minute: Indians 2B Jason Kipnis - Sports Fans, Teams, Stadiums, Page 2 - Fandom Blog - ESPN Playbook - ESPN

"Is spring training different coming as the starter as opposed to fighting to get on the team?’"

I chuckled when I saw Kipnis answer "What question are you asked most by the media?" with this. It's totally believable and probably true.

Also, keep your ears peeled for Kipnis singing stuff from "Wicked" and "Hairspray" during a spring broadcast in 2013.

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Upon hearing his name a handful of days ago, I realized that I'd forgotten Travis Hafner existed. Now he's on the verge of returning to action for the first time in over a month. (I'm surprised it hasn't been two)

"Hopefully we'll get him back sometime during this homestand," said Manager Manny Acta. "We'll find some at-bats for him."

Something You Should Know About Tonight's Opposing Pitcher

Twelve days ago, Liam Hendriks pitched 5 innings against the Tribe. He gave up 4 runs on 8 hits. 3 walks, 2 K's. Russ Canzler homered in the fourth inning—the first of his career.

Lonnie Chisenhall hit a home run last night... Here's the video evidence

Crushed it.


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