I’m blown away proper now by the Cleveland Indians. On the subject of doing the correct issues to care for their gamers and workers throughout a pandemic, they aren’t going to fiddle.
So the two pitchers who broke protocol to go out with friends in Chicago last weekend? Two of one of the best pitchers within the American League proper now? The Indians are sending them out:
The Indians have activated Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac from the restricted record and optioned them each to the alternate coaching website in Lake County.
— Mandy Bell (@MandyBell02) August 14, 2020
Good on the Indians, as a result of they’re simply flat out not messing round.
That is the equal of sending these two to the minors. Plesac isn’t fairly established but, however he was strong final yr and was dominating this yr. Clevinger, in the meantime, is a multi-year stud. If this isn’t an enormous message being despatched by the group, and a sign of what these two have to do to earn again the belief of their teammates, then I don’t know what else it could possibly be.
Teammates expressed serious disappointment in what Plesac and Clevinger did, which not solely included going out with pals in Chicago towards the well being and security protocols, however included Clevinger attending staff conferences and touring with the staff *AFTER* Plesac had been busted and despatched dwelling in a rental automotive. Clevinger’s misdeeds had been subsequently discovered by some means, which led to him getting scratched from his would-have-been begin towards the Cubs this week.
The 2 put their teammates in danger, after which Plesac made issues worse yesterday with a rambling “explanation” video that attacked the media for fairly actually reporting precisely what he says he did: broke protocol to exit to a restaurant with eight pals after which again to a home with that group.
It is a gorgeous resolution, and the reverberations will go all through baseball. I might be fascinated to see the inner and exterior fallout.
Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac met the staff in Detroit final evening. They held an open discussion board with the staff. Then, the Indians’ brass had a dialogue and finally determined to possibility them to the alternate website (the minors).
— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) August 14, 2020