Leo: Back and Better than ever!
I’m back from the holiday break, more than two weeks without a blog entry. I tried to spend that time decompressing and (mostly) managed to avoid Twitter, Facebook, and the television.
It helped that I was either on a beach or underwater…
Now, I’m ready to fire up the blog again and bring you all the baseball news (and nonsense) you’ve become accustomed to reading here…
- The Indian signed 29 year old reliever Robinson Tejeda to a minor league contract with a spring training invite. Tejeda (tuh-HAY-duh), a right-hander, spent the last four seasons with Kansas City. He pitched 31 games for Triple-A Omaha last season, the team Columbus beat in the Triple-A National Championship.
- The Clippers were named the Columbus Underground “Best Sports Team” of 2011. You would be hard pressed to find an organization that has won more awards than the Clippers.
- Toledo, Scranton Wilkes/Barre, and Durham announced that their entire coaching staffs will return for the 2012 season:
Phil Nevin will enter his second season as manager for the Mud Hens. The Hens were 67-77 last year. Nevin, 40, was a #1 draft pick in 1992 (Houston) and played 12 big league seasons.
Dave Miley (former Clippers manager) is one of the most successful skippers in Triple-A baseball. Four seasons in Scranton, four winning seasons. He has two Governors’ Cup Championships on his resume (2001 with Louisville and 2008 with Scranton).
Charlie Montoyo is back for his sixth season with Durham. He carries a 405-314 in five seasons with the Bulls, including five division titles, a Governors’ Cup Championship and a National Championship. Neil Allen (former Clippers coach) will return as his pitching coach.
- The Cleveland Indians are returning to the airwaves in Columbus. The Tribe will be heard on WBNS-AM (1460) this season.
- Party suites for the 2012 season are now available at Huntington Park. There are a great way to entertain friends, make new friends, impress the family, or entertain clients!
Lastly, “The Countdown” is officially on: 42 days until pitchers and catchers report to sping training, 90 days until Opening Day!
That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!