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Monthly Archives: August 2015
STATEMENTS REGARDING MARK SHAPIRO BEING NAMED
TORONTO BLUE JAYS AND ROGERS CENTRE PRESIDENT & CEO
Cleveland, OH—The Cleveland Indians today provided statements from Indians Owner PAUL DOLAN and departing Indians President MARK SHAPIRO regarding his decision to become Toronto Blue Jays and Rogers Centre President & CEO following the completion of the team’s 2015 season.
Mark Shapiro Statement:
Through my twenty four years as part of the Cleveland Indians, I have developed a deep emotional and civic attachment to the Indians organization and the Cleveland community. The root of those ties is in the personal relationships that my family and I have built. While weighing those bonds carefully and seriously, I feel the unique and compelling nature of the Blue Jays President/CEO position warranted my consideration. This position represents a unique opportunity for me and one that I felt was the right new challenge to undertake. With mixed emotions, I will assume the Toronto Blue Jays CEO position upon the conclusion of the 2015 season. As the Indians organization moves forward, I am confident the current leadership represents a strong foundation to field a championship caliber team moving forward. The relationships we have enjoyed here will be lifelong bonds and will ensure that I will always be a fan of the city of Cleveland and the Cleveland Indians organization.
Paul Dolan Statement:
Given the person that Mark is, the significant leadership and values that he has brought to the organization and with everything he has helped us accomplish, it will be extremely difficult to see him leave. However, I hope that this new challenge brings happiness and fulfillment for Mark and his family. As we move forward, I will not be seeking an external replacement for Mark and will continue to rely on the existing strong leadership group to guide us forward. Mark and I are confident that moving forward through this transition, we have a very strong foundation in place to build championship level success on and off the field.
MY THOUGHTS ON INDIANS PRESIDENT MARK SHAPIRO LEAVING THE TRIBE FOR THE SAME POSITION WITH THE BLUE JAYS
I didn’t always agree with the moves he made as the Tribe’s G.M. and President, but you’re not going to find a better person in all of major league baseball than Mark Shapiro. He made some good moves and some bad ones, and I never held back on voicing my displeasure with the bad moves on the radio and the great thing about Mark was he never took it personally and realized it came with the job. He never held it against me, he may have questioned me about it, but he knew it was nothing personal, just me doing my job.
That’s why I have the utmost respect for the man who is leaving the Indians organization after 24 years to go join the Blue Jays. A very good baseball mind in many ways, who was handicapped at times with the Indians because of a payroll restrictions. I’m curious to see how he does now with deeper pockets to dig into with the Blue Jays, as he runs that organization as team President.
It is expected to be announced maybe as early as today and has been reported all over the internet and social media. I’ve been contacted by TSN 1050 Toronto radio to do an interview talking about Shapiro today.
Best of luck to you and your family Mark and thanks for your professionalism, friendship and some great memories as we climbed the ranks together in different industries over the years in Cleveland.
CAVALIERS TO TIP OFF THE 2015-16 SEASON
ON THE ROAD AGAINST THE CHICAGO BULLS
SCHEDULE FEATURES 14 HOME WEEKEND DATES, 34 NATIONALLY TELEVISED GAMES, INCLUDING CHRISTMAS DAY CONTEST AND A SPECIAL MLK DAY GAME
CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers will open the 2015-16 campaign, presented by Discount Drug Mart, on Tuesday, Oct. 27 on the road against the Chicago Bulls in a nationally televised game on TNT. It marks the first time the Cavs will kick off the season on the road since 2008-09. Cleveland’s home opener at Quicken Loans Arena will take place on Friday, Oct. 30 against the Miami Heat on ESPN. They will play 14 weekend home dates comprised of four Friday games, seven Saturday games and three Sunday games. The Cavaliers are slated to appear on at least 34 national television broadcasts:
The complete 2015-16 Cavaliers schedule can be found at cavs.com/schedule.
- 10 games on ESPN (Oct. 30 vs. Miami, Nov. 4 vs. New York, Dec. 4 at New Orleans, Jan. 8 at Minnesota, Jan. 15 at Houston, Feb. 10 vs. L.A. Lakers, March 4 vs. Washington, March 23 vs. Milwaukee, April 1 at Atlanta and April 6 at Indiana).
- 9 games on TNT (Oct. 27 at Chicago, Nov. 19 vs. Milwaukee, Dec. 17 vs. Oklahoma City, Jan. 14 at San Antonio, Jan. 18 vs. Golden State, Jan. 21 vs. L.A. Clippers, Feb. 18 vs. Chicago, March 10 at L.A. Lakers and March 29 vs. Houston)
- 6 games on ABC (Dec. 25 at Golden State, Jan. 23 vs. Chicago, Jan. 30 vs. San Antonio, Feb. 21 at Oklahoma City, March 13 at L.A. Clippers and April 9 at Chicago).
- 9 games on NBA TV (Nov. 13 at New York, Dec. 1 vs. Washington, Dec. 5 at Miami, Dec. 8 vs. Portland, Dec. 23 vs. New York, Jan. 25 vs. Minnesota, Feb. 29 vs. Indiana, March 7 vs. Memphis and April 11 vs. Atlanta).
In addition, the Cavaliers will have nine games aired nationally on ESPN Radio (Dec. 25 vs. Golden State, Jan. 14 at San Antonio, Jan. 18 vs. Golden State, Jan. 23 vs. Chicago, Jan. 30 vs. San Antonio, Feb. 21 at Oklahoma City, March 13 at L.A. Clippers, March 29 vs. Houston and April 9 at Chicago).
For the 12th time in franchise history, theCavaliers will play on Christmas Day as they go on the road to square off against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. OnMonday, Jan. 18, the Warriors will visit The Q for a special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day game. The regular season will conclude at The Q on Wednesday, April 13 when the Detroit Pistons come to town.
Marquee opponents coming to Cleveland only once this season include the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday, Dec. 17; the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, Jan. 21; the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, Jan. 30; the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, March 7; and the Houston Rockets on Tuesday, March 29.
This season’s 82-game schedule again consists of 41 home and 41 road games. Each Eastern Conference opponent will match up against Cleveland four times with the exception of Toronto (one home, two road), Miami (one home, two road), Boston (two home, one road) and Atlanta (two home, one road). Each Western Conference opponent will play the Cavaliers twice, once at The Q and once on the road.
All Cavs games will again be broadcast on the Cavaliers flagship radio station WTAM 1100 AM, La Mega 87.7 FM (Spanish) and across the Cavaliers Radio Network. Details regarding the Cavs local television schedule on FOX Sports Ohio will be announced at a later date.
Other ‘stats’ on Cleveland’s 2015-16 schedule include:
- 19 sets of back-to-back games, including two home-home sets, two home-road sets, five road-home sets and 10 road-road sets.
- Three matinee games at home this season, which include Nov. 8 vs. Indiana (3:30 p.m.), Dec. 20 vs. Philadelphia (3:30 p.m.) and April 3 vs. Charlotte (3:30 p.m.).
- Five consecutive home games from Feb. 5-Feb. 18 highlighted by visits from the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 10 just before the All-Star break and Chicago Bulls on Feb. 18.
- The Cavs also have a pair of four-game home stands from Nov. 4-10 and Feb. 29-March 7.
- Their longest road trip, spanning six games from Jan. 6-15, is highlighted by a back-to-back set with the San Antonio Spurs (Jan. 14) and Houston Rockets (Jan. 15).
- Eight times the Cavs have two consecutive road games, twice they have three road games in a row, two times with four consecutive road contests and one six-game road trip.
- One occasion of four games in five nights from Dec. 25-29.
- From Jan. 18-Feb. 18, the Cavs will play 11 of 15 games at The Q.
- Cleveland will play 10 of 12 games on the road from Dec. 25-Jan. 15, as well as eight of 11 games on the road from March 9-March 26.
2015-16 CAVALIERS PRESEASON SCHEDULE
Wednesday, October 7 – vs. Atlanta at 7:00 p.m. at Cintas Center (Xavier University)*
Thursday, October 8 – @ Philadelphia at 7:00 p.m.
Monday, October 12 – vs. Memphis at 7:00 p.m. at Schottenstein Center (Ohio State)*
Tuesday, October 13 – vs. Milwaukee at 7:00 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena
Thursday, October 15 – vs. Indiana at 7:00 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena
Sunday, October 18 – @ Toronto at 6:00 p.m.
Monday, October 19 – vs. Dallas at 7:00 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena
*Denotes Cavs home game at neutral site.
2015 CLEVELAND BROWNS UNOFFICIAL DEPTH CHART
WR 16 Andrew Hawkins 18 Taylor Gabriel 85 Vince Mayle 15 Marlon Moore 7 Josh Lenz 10 Darius Jennings
LT 73 Joe Thomas 79 Andrew McDonald 64 Darrian Miller
LG 75 Joel Bitonio 70 Vinston Painter [68 Joe Madsen]
C 55 Alex Mack 62 Ryan Seymour 65 Eric Olsen
RG 77 John Greco 74 Cameron Erving 63 Karim Barton
RT 72 Mitchell Schwartz 61 Michael Bowie 69 Erle Ladson
TE 82 Gary Barnidge 81 Jim Dray 84 Rob Housler 88 E.J. Bibbs 89 Manasseh Garner
[86 Randall Telfer]
WR 83 Brian Hartline 11 Travis Benjamin 17 Rodney Smith 5 Shane Winn [80 Dwayne Bowe] [87 Terrelle Pryor]
QB 13 Josh McCown 2 Johnny Manziel 3 Thaddeus Lewis 9 Connor Shaw
RB 34 Isaiah Crowell 28 Terrance West 20 Shaun Draughn 35 Jalen Parmele 49 Timothy Flanders [29 Duke Johnson Jr.] [41 Glenn Winston]
FB [44 Malcolm Johnson] [42 Luke Lundy]
RE 94 Randy Starks 93 John Hughes III 66 Jamie Meder 78 Christian Tupou [90 Billy Winn]
NT 98 Phil Taylor 71 Danny Shelton 67 Ishmaa’ily Kitchen 60 Jacobbi McDaniel
LE 92 Desmond Bryant 95 Armonty Bryant 96 Xavier Cooper 97 Dylan Wynn
OLB 99 Paul Kruger 48 Nate Orchard
MIKE 56 Karlos Dansby 59 Tank Carder 52 Hayes Pullard III
WILL 58 Christian Kirksey 53 Craig Robertson
OLB 54 Scott Solomon 91 Mike Reilly [51 Barkevious Mingo]
RCB 22 Tramon Williams 36 K’Waun Williams 43 Charles Gaines 37 Kendall James [27 Robert Nelson Jr.]
LCB 23 Joe Haden 21 Justin Gilbert 24 Johnson Bademosi 35 Joe Rankin [26 Pierre Desir] [25 Ifo Ekpre-Olomu]
FS 39 Tashaun Gipson 33 Jordan Poyer 40 De’Ante Saunders
SS 31 Donte Whitner 30 Ibraheim Campbell 38 Landon Feichter
P 8 Andy Lee
K 6 Travis Coons 4 Carey Spear
H 8 Andy Lee
KR 15 Marlon Moore 20 Shaun Draughn 21 Justin Gilbert 10 Darius Jennings [29 Duke Johnson Jr.]
PR 11 Travis Benjamin 22 Tramon Williams 33 Jordan Poyer 18 Taylor Gabriel 5 Shane Winn
LS 47 Charley Hughlett
Rookies are underlined
Injured players are in [brackets] at the end
INDIANS & ATLANTA BRAVES COMPLETE TRADE
CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Indians today announced the following roster moves relative to the Major League roster:
Acquired INF CHRIS JOHNSON from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for OF MICHAEL BOURN, OF NICK SWISHER and cash.
Johnson, 30, owns a career batting average of .280 (693-2478) with 139 doubles, 10 triples, 57 home runs and 308 RBI across seven Major League seasons with Arizona and Atlanta after debuting with Houston in 2009. He finished second to Michael Cuddyer in the 2013 National League batting race, hitting a career-best .321 (165-514) with 34 2B, 12HR & 68 RBI and collected single-season career-bests that season in hits, doubles and runs (54).
The right-handed hitting, Ft. Myers, FL native missed most of this May with a fractured left hand and is batting .235 (36-153) with 7 doubles, 2 home runs and 11 RBI in 56 games. He is hitting .323 (20-62) with an OPS of .747 against left-handed pitching this season and has appeared in 23 games at third base and 20 games at first base for the Braves. He owns a career batting average of .313 (201-642) off LHP with a .788 OPS.
Chris Johnson Career Stats
|Major League Totals||.280||699||2478||230||693||139||10||57||308||122||650||18||4||.316||.413||.729|
Swisher spent nearly three seasons with Cleveland, hitting .228 (230-1010) with 51 2B, 2 3B, 32 HR and 113 RBI in 272 games. Between two stints on the D.L. this year he has batted .198 (20-101) with 4 2B, 2 HR & 8 RBI in 30 games.
Bourn also spent nearly three seasons with the Indians, batting .257 (323-1258) with 50 2B, 17 3B, 9 HR, 97 RBI and 46 steals in 331 games. So far this season he has batted .246 (71-289) with 12 2B, 1 3B, 19 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 95 games in 2015.