Leo: The Alumni Association
There have been thousands of players to wear the Clippers uniform since the franchise started in 1977. One of the neat things about following the minors is watching those guys “graduate” to the majors. The best part of Triple-A baseball is the high percentage of players that make it to “The Show”.
I enjoy reading about major league players that I’ve watched in Columbus….
* The late Mike Coolbaugh played in Columbus (1999 & 2000), but also left a legacy with the two organizations in the World Series. Anthony DiComo of MLB.com wrote a tremendous story about how this series is helping the Coolbaugh family heal.
* The Bleacher Report says the Cleveland Indians need to acquire former Clipper Carlos Pena.
* Some of you have already asked how the Clippers roster will look in 2012. The dominos could start falling in place in a few days.
The Indians can announce their intentions for Grady Sizemore and Fausto Carmona (both have suited up as Clippers) as early as three days after the World Series. The team owns a $9 million option on Sizemore, but could elect for a $500,000 buyout and send him to the free agent market. The club option for Carmona is $7 million and if declined, Carmona would be arbitration-eligible.
Jordan Bastian has the story on MLB.com.
* The Clippers and President/GM Ken Schnacke were honored at the October 24 Columbus City Council Meeting.
* Happy Birthday to my broadcast partner and co-blogger, Ryan Mitchell. When Ryan joined the team in 2009, I knew we were creating a better broadcast, but he’s also become one of my best friends. I picked up the tab on lunch for his birthday, don’t let him tell you otherwise!
* The Clippers Cargo Shop has some championship gear still available!
*Cory Burns finished the season in the Clippers’ bullpen, but MILB.com has named him the Double-A “Relief Pitcher of the Year” for his record-setting accomplishment as Akron’s closer.
* Gearing up for Halloween? Check out these Clippers pumpkin stencils.
That’s all I have for now… Have a great day!