This is a very tough division. I'll be surprised if any team wins as many games as the White Sox did last year.
We're used to playing close games against them. We just need to do a better job of finishing them off.
In Andy we are acquiring a right-handed power hitter who is also a good defensive third baseman.
He's a little more experienced than Jose Hernandez was, having played in the American League. I just feel good about him in that role.
This is a pivotal year for him. We hope this is a year where his career takes off. We've seen him for spurts as long as a half-season and as short as a month to be a prototypical corner bat. But his inconsistencies have to steady.
You just hope to get back to that level and get in. These guys don't need to focus on getting better.
We hope we have players to keep recommending for long-term deals to Paul. That will be a very good sign for the Indians.
We had a lot of quality, substantive conversations that I hope demonstrated to Cliff that he is a core part of this team. But a value we both felt good about was not one we could reach right now.
I would hope Thome will receive resounding cheers.
There's some things left in his swing that he could still improve upon, but nothing dramatic. He's not a finished product right now. But he's going to be a good player.
I couldn't recreate the 1995 Indians.
I think this industry got drunk on roller coasters. Big roller coasters simply do not get the return on investments that they used to.
This industry relies too much on big rides. We have to diversify. We have to focus on more concerts and more themed attractions.
You can't take stretches of weeks off, especially coming out of the Indy 500, or you lose your momentum. TV promotes a week out. The IRL will be there when its season starts in April and ends at Labor Day.
I think it was a real shortsighted thing on the part of the legislature.
He's a high-character guy, and when he's healthy, he wins. I just thought he'd be a great fit here.
As a GM, you always want to improve your team, so you are disappointed at any juncture in time when you are unable to get something done,
Every time we go through something, it's a young team and we're going through it for the first time, ... Last year, it was contending late in the season, in August and September. This year ... coming out of spring training, it was the first time anybody was looking at us.
It's funny now because, at the time, I was criticized for it being so far away. Our actual research back then suggested it was a very ambitious time frame. We were very fortunate to be able to do it. It's not easy to turn over an entire team.
He'll be a good major league player. It's just that the time frame didn't align with how this team has matured.
The talent is obviously there, but we want him to get comfortable so that he doesn't think that he has to have a day like that all the time to impress.
If we didn't have a third baseman, we could go with him, but he needs time at Triple-A to finish himself off.
That was a heck of a time to go on vacation.
His Millwood's impact will not be a short-term impact, ... His impact will be one that is felt by our pitchers for a long time to come and their whole careers. In talking to Cliff and C.C., they learned it. They got it.
His (Millwood's) impact will not be a short-term impact, ... His impact will be one that is felt by our pitchers for a long time to come and their whole careers. In talking to Cliff and C.C., they learned it. They got it.