July 24, 2014

No Shortage of LaPorta Coverage

laportahodges.JPGCleveland’s newest acquisition on display at MLB’s Futures game, and all over the web.

There is a video on the Indians team site that you should watch if you are an Indians fan. MLB sent a camera crew to follow Matt LaPorta and capture his experience at the Futures game in New York. If you aren’t familiar with the game don’t feel too bad, it’s only been around for 10 years now.

The game is supposed to showcase the brightest talent in the minors, and all the teams (Major League teams that is) are supposed to be represented. Former participants include Grady Sizemore, Victor Martinez, Michael Aubrey, Josh Barfield, Fausto Carmona, Ryan Garko, Andy Marte, Adam Miller and CC Sabathia. (Irony, no?) You can now add the names of Matt LaPorta, Wes Hodges and Hector Rondon to the list of Indians that have played in the game. (Rondon is a pitcher at single A Kinston.) [Read more...]

Wes Hodges: Possible Olympian

Wes HodgesMan, it sure does seem like a lot of baseball talk today.  I wish we could be sitting here talking about the successes of our big league squad, but is it any consolation prize that we have some decent news about a minor leaguer?

If so, you may be pleased to know that Akron Aeros third baseman Wes Hodges has been invited to play in this year’s Futures Game, occurring July 13th, and is currently being considered for this year’s Olympic team. 

Per the team’s media relations, the third baseman is hitting .307/.380/.451, leads the Eastern League in RBI and is second in total hits.  A batting average with a “3″ at the beginning isn’t something we’re used to seeing these days, so that’s a victory in and of itself. 

If anything, Tribe fans can at least take some comfort in knowing that there is talent like Hodges in the minors in the event of continued failure by Andy Marte and the exodus of Casey Blake.  WFNY, where Indians fans come for comfort.  Here, have a pillow…