Austin Kearns; Photo from Wikimedia Commons
Reaction to the Friday trade of Lafayette High School alum Austin Kearns from the Cleveland Indians to the New York Yankees:
- Kearns tells John Paul Morosi of MLB.com that this trade was easier for him that when he was traded from Cincinnati to Washington because his family could drive from Lexington Cincinnati to watch him play. About living in New York City, Kearns said, “I’m sure it’ll be a little different speed for me. But I’ll make the adjustment.”
- Joel Sherman and Tim Bontemps of the New York Post report Kearns will serve as a right-handed bat off the bench. When a left-handed pitcher is starting Kearns will start in left field with Curtis Granderson moving to the bench.
- Indians manager Manny Acta told James Hall of MLB.com of Kearns, “We wish him the best. I think this guy has paid his dues and he deserves to go to a contender at this time in his career and maybe a chance to win a ring.”
- Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com that Kearns’ veteran presence will be important for the Yankees, who have been counting on many youngsters in bench roles.
Lexington-native Travis Fryman is believed to be a finalist for the Cleveland Indians manager job, Paul Hoynes of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Fryman interviewed with the Indians in Arizona last week, but wasn’t sure if he would interview again this week, according to a previous Plain Dealer report. Former Washington Nationals manager Manny Acta and former New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine are believed to be the front runners for the job.
If selected, Fryman, who attended high school in Pensacola, Fla., would be the first Kentucky native to manage a major league team since Eddie Haas managed the Atlanta Braves to a 50-71 record in 1985. Only three Kentucky natives have managed a major league team, none for more than one season or with winning record. (Read more)
The Houston Astros have announced the ten managerial candidates that will receive an interview in their search to replace former manager Cecil Cooper, and 2005 Lexington Legends manager Tim Bogar is one of the candidates. Bogar managed the Legends to an 82-57 record before being named South Atlantic League manager of the year. Bogar, currently the first base coach for the Red Sox, will interview on Monday. He told MLB.com: “First of all, I’m really honored they would consider me for the position and give me the opportunity, that’s the foremost thing. I spent four years as a player and two years in the Minor League system, and I’ve always been very fond of Houston and the way the organization is run, and Drayton and how he does things. Getting the opportunity to come in and talk to them about running the team is quite an honor.”
Former MLB managers Ned Yost, Bob Melvin, Manny Acta and Phil Garner will also receive interviews. (Read more)