Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) - MANAGER SEARCH – Indians GM Chris Antonetti spoke briefly Friday about the first two “official” candidates for the next manager of the Indians. One of course is now interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr., while the other is current broadcaster Terry Francona.
As many have pointed out regarding Francona, he already has solid relationships with president Mark Shapiro and Antonetti.
The Tribe GM said that he and Francona spoke “a few times” on Thursday, and while Antonetti said a formal interview has yet to take place, the GM said he expects to have one with Francona soon.
Antonetti said that as of now, he wouldn’t identify any other possible manager candidates as Alomar and Francona are the only two not employed by another team.
The GM added that there’s no timetable to name a permanent manager, but he does not expect the process to drag out long into the offseason.
PLAYING THE SPOILER - While the Indians are long done with anything to play for in terms of the postseason, they may have put a serious dent in the chances of the White Sox when it comes to playing for a shot to go to the World Series.
Cleveland topped the White Sox twice in their recent three-game set, and entering Friday night the Sox trail the Tigers by two in the AL Central.
This weekend the Tigers are at Minnesota vs the Twins, while the White Sox play host to the Rays. Chicago finishes their season in Cleveland next week, while the Tigers play at Kansas City.
SANTANA’S HOT SEPTEMBER – Carlos Santana has had a solid September, hitting safely in his last six games, and 17 of his last 23 games.
This month he’s hitting .326 (29-for-89) with four doubles, two triples, five homers, and 19 RBI. This season he’s now hitting .260 with 18 homeruns and 76 RBI.
KIPNIS MAKING HISTORY - Indians 2B Jason Kipnis reached a bit of a milestone with his two steals and two-run single on Wednesday night.
He became just the 4th Indian in the last 25 years to collect the following numbers: 10 homers, 70 RBI, 80 runs, and 30 steals all in the same season.
Robbie Alomar (1999-2001), Kenny Lofton (2000) and Grady Sizemore (2007-08) are the other three Tribesmen in the last 25 years to reach the mark.