About last night:
The Indians suffered their worst loss of the season last night, falling to 11-1 to Oakland, as Zach McAllister gave up 8 runs in the 2nd inning. I'm not sure you'll want to read any recaps, but here are a few:
Other Tribe items:
In case you missed it: Danny Salazar has been demoted to Columbus. Kyle Crockett has been called up from Akron (making him the first 2013 draftee from any team to arrive in MLB).
A Press Release from the Corey Kluber Society (Carson Cistulli, FanGraphs) - It is what it sounds like. If you're familier with the Society, you'll want to check it out. If you're not familiar with the Society, you'll also want to check it out.
Should Indians fan be worried about Carlos Santana? (Neil Greenberg, Washington Post) - The major point made is that Santana's line-drive rate is down, which is in fact troubling. Greenberg mentions that Santana is yet to hit a line drive of an off-speed pitch, which is both kinda crazy and something I was not aware of.
"Realistic role: All-Star caliber shortstop" (CJ Wittmann, Baseball Prospectus) - If you're angry at the world after last night's flogging, go take a look at this new scouting report for Francisco, which practically glows.
From around MLB:
Why Jose Fernandez is a Model for Calling Up Young Pitchers (Bill Barnwell, Grantland) - Fernandez, one of the very best pitchers in baseball, is having Tommy John surgery next week. Most of you are familiar with TINSTAAPP (there is no such thing as a pitching prospect), which I take to mean you never know when a guy's arm might fall off, and maybe you should smoke 'em if you got 'em, and call pitchers up as soon as they show any sign of being capable of getting MLB hitters out.
Financial Cost of Tommy John Surgery to Young Pitchers (Wendy Thurm, FanGraphs) - A look at the financial status of a number of pitchers who've recently gone under the knife (or will in the next week or so), along with the post-surgery earnings of a number of pitchers in recent years.
Mitch Williams is apparently an awful person (Timothy Burke, Deadspin) - Williams was ejected from a Little League game he was managing last week after an altercation involving a player on the other team. There's video of a (possibly different?) altercation, in which Williams reportedly called a 10-year-old boy a "pussy." He is also accused of ordering an opposing player beaned. Witnesses recount a number of other incidents involving Williams at youth baseball and basketball games over the last couple years. If even a fraction of these reports are true, Williams should be fired immediately from his job with the MLB Network (he should already have ben fired for being an awful analyst, but that's a whole other story).
The Marlins are reportedly close to signing Miguel Tejada to a minor-league deal. Tejada, 39, still has to sit out 64 games for a suspension issued last season, so even if this report is true, Tejada wouldn't be able to take the field until August.
Meanwhile, Julio Franco, now 55 years old, has signed on as a player/coach with the Fort Worth Cats, an independent-league team. Franco was already 39 (Tejada's current age) when Tejada made his MLB debut, so I doubt Julio is too impressed by Miguel's possible return.
This week's off-topic topic:
Godzilla is this weekend's big opener. It's ensemble cast is led by Bryan Cranston, best known as either Walter White or Malcolm in the Middle's dad, depending on your TV watching habits. Either way, he's thought of as a TV actor, but he's also begun to put together a solid movie resume. Can he fully break into movie stardom, to the point where he's thought of a film actor first? It remains to be seen.
Here are my favorite movie actors who were at one point better known for their TV work:
6) Michelle Williams - I was never a Dawson's Creek watcher, but Williams has done great film work over the last decade or so.
5) Morgan Freeman - Don't tell me you don't know about Freeman's work on The Electric Company back in the 70s!
4) George Clooney - The Facts of Life, Roseanne, and of course, ER are merely the highlights of Clooney's extensive TV work before breaking out as one of the most popular movie stars in the world.
3) Leonardo DiCaprio - That homeless kid from Growing Pains did pretty well for himself.
2) Bill Murray - I considered leaving out SNL alums, but why exclude Murray when you can include him instead?
1) Tom Hanks - Bosom Buddies, ladies and gentlemen... never forget. Also, in an effort to make sure you never forget that Hanks is an Indians fan, I'll mention it again.