June 9, 2013
It took a week, but Andy was finally called up to Toronto on Friday, June 7. He was in Rogers Centre for the Friday
night game, but did not see any game action until today's game, when he was given the start at third base. Not exactly
a remarkable, start, going 0 for 3, but it must have felt good to be back in a big league stadium after two years.
Quick note -- Saturday night's game went 18 innings, and Andy was slated to be the next Blue Jays' pitcher, had they needed
Good luck to Andy back in the majors! Please check back for updates.
May 28, 2013
While I fight with computer software, and hardware, as well as some personal issues, I have let this site fall to the
Earlier this year, Andy signed a minor league contract, with an invite to major league spring training with the Toronto
Blue Jays. He did not break camp with the big league team, instead taking the assignment to AAA-Buffalo. Since
the beginning of the season, he has been playing primarily his familiar position at third base. Ever steady with the
glove, he seems to have found his swing this year. So much so, that it appears he may be making an appearance with the
Blue Jays shortly.
Rumors from Toronto are that starting third baseman, Brett Lawrie, will be headed to the disabled list. Andy was
scratched from the Bisons' starting lineup tonight, fueling more rumors that he will have his AAA contract purchased, and
may -- MAY -- be appearing in a Blue Jays' uniform soon. I have my fingers crossed, and have said my prayers to the
I will make sure to update the site as soon as I hear someting. I will also try to get the other updates I have
been attempting to make completed. There have been some great moments already this year for Andy, including a walk-off
double, and home-run!
September 13, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANDY! Andy and the PawSox are a game away from winning
the Governor's Cup of the International League...Hopefully, he'll have more than his birthday to celebrate tonight.
In recognition of his birthday, please find video recaps of his season highlights. I'll add a complete
season recap later.
Sept 6, Game 1 of the division playoffs
Another from Sept 6
August 25 -- RBI single
August 15 -- 3-run Homer! August 14 was a huge day for Andy at the plate...he
was instrumental in the win, and here is some of the post-game interview.
August 4 -- HR deep to Centerfield
July 29 long ball...
July 25 RBI single...
July 24 RBI double...
July 19 RBI double...
July 3, 2012
Andy's second game with the PawSox was better than his first -- he went 4 for 5, with 3 doubles, and a 3-run
home-run, for a total of 4 RBI on the night. The Sox easily beat Lehigh Valley, 14-1, their one run on a solo home-run
by Tug Hulett, who started the game at 2B, but ended it on the mound. It was Hulett's first long ball of the season.
Playing just the 2nd game of the double-header, Andy went 1 for 4 on the night, but turned in some beautiful
work in the field.
Over the past three games, his has brought his average up to .266, his OBP to .352 and his SLG t0 .430.
He said he was feeling better at the plate.
Getting the night off last night, I hope to see Andy back in the lineup tonight as the PawSox take the field
at home against Rochester. First pitch is scheduled for 6:15pm, Eastern Time.
Video from the PawSox site of the home-run:
June 30, 2012
He just wanted to play, and last night, Andy took the field for his first game for the Pawtucket Red
Sox. New organization, new number, new city, but familiar position -- third base. What did he do? He only
went 3 for 4, and scored a run in his debut with the PawSox, as well as had his photo grace the PawSox home page. Not
a bad way to make a first impression.
Too bad it wasn't reflected in the final score -- the Sox went on to lose 5-2. But I hope it's the
first of many games he plays and is able to contribute to. The full game recap from the Sox website can be found here. They travel to Lehigh Valley, PA to take on the Iron Pigs, for a game tonight and a double header tomorrow,
before returning home for a short two-game set.
As has been noted with Red Sox bloggers, Andy joins brother Adam as one of a set of brothers to be in the
Sox organization. In this piece in the Sun Chronicle, Andy talks about why he chose to sign with this storied franchise, as well as why he asked the Indians to release
him so he could. With the call up, and excellent play, of Will Middlebrooks, it's doubtful Andy will see any
major league playing time soon, but with steady playing time in Pawtucket, he can keep himself game-ready when the call
Here are a couple of videos from the PawSox website of Andy's first and second hits with his new team:
June 29, 2012
Wow. I don't know where the time has gone! I guess it goes quickly when there's a lot going
on, but I didn't realize it had been two months since I updated. I dropped the ball.
Apparently, Cleveland dropped the ball as well, when it came to Andy. Earlier this week, he asked
to be released from his contract, and that request was granted, after he was reinstated from the 7-day disabled list for a
strained shoulder. Today, it was announced that he had signed a minor league contract with the Paw Sox -- the Pawtucket
Red Sox -- the AAA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. It was reported that he signed with Pawtucket because he saw the
Paw Sox as "his best chance at regular playing time". He made his first appearance in the Sox clubhouse on June 28, and according to the active roster, he
is wearing the number 7.
Andy had been looking more comfortable at the plate before he strained his shoulder and his power stroke
started to surface a bit more often. He has already hit 5 home runs this season, compared to the 4 he hit last season with
Sacramento, over a similar time frame. Except now, he has time to improve on his numbers.
I will be following, and updating more often. I wish Andy good luck with his new organization and hope
I can find a way to see him play.
April 30, 2012
They are getting ready to crank it up tonight at Huntington Park for the series finale against the PawSox.
Lonny Chisenhall was placed on the 7-Day Disabled List earlier today, so Andy will be seeing steady playing time at third base until Chisenhall returns. Hopefully
the regular bats will get him back on track at the plate.
Here is the Clippers' lineup for tonght's 6:35pm, Eastern Time start:
Columbus Clippers (@CLBClippers)
4/30/12 3:37 PM
Tonight's lineup: Carrera 8, Phelps 4, Huffman DH, LaPorta 7, Canzler 3, Spilborghs9, LaRoche 5, Pagnozzi 2, Petit 6.
LHP Seddon. 6:35 start
April 26, 2012
Andy was due...he was overdue. After a come-backer that ended in a double play, and two fly-ball outs, I
was afraid that by the time he came to the plate in the 9th inning, his average was about to dip below the .100 mark again.
But with a man out and a man on, he parked a 2-2 pitch over the left field seats for a two-run home-run!
I know, that's a lot of build up for one hit, and two runs, but I'm sure it felt good to him. I hope
it's the first of many more to come. I'm also fairly confident he would say in the end, it didn't matter, because the
team lost...again. The Clippers dropped their fourth straight to Toledo, with a final score of 6-4.
The full game recap from the Clippers site is here, and also the link to the homepage.
April 24, 2012
The Clippers dropped the series finale in Toledo last night, 5-3. Toledo put single runs up in the
first, third and fourth innings, then a two-spot up in the sixth, giving them a 5-0 lead. Columbus put all three of
theirs up in the top of the seventh, but couldn't add to it and ended the game with only three hits on the evening.
Andy got the start at third and is still finding his way at the plate, with a 0 for 3 last night.
He did draw a walk and was one of the runners that came around to score in the top of the seventh.
They return home to play those same Mud Hens tonight at Huntington Park. First pitch is scheduled
for 6:35pm. Lefty Chris Seddon will start for Columbus, while righty Brooks Brown will take the hill for visiting Toledo.
April 23, 2012
The Clippers took an 8-3 loss on a chilly Sunday afternoon in Toledo yesterday. The MudHens jumped
out ot a quick 2-0 lead and really never looked back. Three of the eight runs were unearned due to a throwing error
on Clipper thirdbaseman Lonnie Chisenhall.
Andy made his first appearance since being reactivated from the Disabled List on Friday. He got the
nod at SS, giving Gregorio Petit the night off. He went 0 for 3 on the afternoon, with a walk and a strikeout.
He nearly hit one out in his first at-bat, but the wind and cold air kept it in play for a noisy out. He remains perfect
in the field though, with a couple of assists, and a double play.
They wrap up the series in Toledo tonight, with the first pitch scheduled for 6:30pm, Eastern Time.
April 22. 2012
Columbus activated Andy off the disabled
list in time for the series finale Friday night against Indianapolis. The corresponding move was to return Justin Toole to
Single A Mahoning Valley. Unfortunately, rain caused the game to be canceled and the Clippers moved on to Toledo for a Saturday
evening series opener against the Mudhens. Columbus handed Toledo a 12-6 loss, but Andy spent the entire night on the bench.
They are scheduled for a 2:00pm start this afternoon, with Kevin Slowey making the start for the Clippers. Lineups
April 19, 2012
The Clippers lost to Indianapolis yesterday, 4-3, and wrap up the series in Indy later today.
This in from the Columbus Dispatch:
Manager Mike Sarbaugh expects to activate infielder Andy LaRoche (right ankle) from the disabled
list on Friday
So, hopefully Andy will be ready to play this weekend.
April 18, 2012
Yes, they are two weeks into the season, but I am not as nearly behind as you think on keeping the site
Andy started the home opener on April 5, as the DH, going 0 for 2 with a strikeout and was hit by
a pitch. He sat on April 6. He got the start at SS on April 7, going 1 for 3 with a run scored and a walk.
Another day on the bench on April 8, then walked as a pinch-hitter for Beau Mills on April 9.
That brings us to April 10. He drew the start at SS, spelling Gregorio Petit. This ended up
being an extra innings affair, with Andy getting a hit and driving in his first run of the year in a game Colubus would eventually
win. However, somewhere during that game, he turned an ankle. He was placed on the 7-day Disabled List the very
Hopefully, there will be more to update soon!
April 5, 2012 -- Updated 4:07pm, Central Time
Andy is wearing #2 for Columbus.
For those in the Columbus area attending the game tonight:
4/5/12 11:43 AM
Be on the outfield side of the Clippers dugout tonight by 6:30 and come down to
the field to welcome them home in the Pride Tunnel
Tonight's Clippers Line-up!
Columbus Clippers (@CLBClippers)
4/5/12 3:45 PM
Tonight's lineup: Carrera 8, Phelps 4, LaPorta 3, Canzler 7, Chisenhall 5, Spilborghs 9, LaRoche DH, Carlin 2, Petit 6.
April 5, 2012
It's Opening Day! Shouldn't it be a National holiday or something? I know I would rather be at home,
with games running all day than at work. Minor league stadiums around the country are getting ready for to take the field
for the first time this season. (You all DO know that the Major League season officially kicked off in Japan last week, right?
The Columbus Clippers will open at home tonight against the Louisville Bats, with the first pitch from starter
Zach McAllister scheduled for 7:05pm, Eastern Time. Andy is joining a Clippers team that is the defending International
League Champion, as well as the winner of the AAA title, beating the same team Andy was with last year -- the Sacramento RiverCats
-- in the PCL finals, the Omaha Storm Chasers.
Line-ups haven't been posted, as of 10:48am, Central Time, but I'll put them up as soon as I see them.
Until then, below are a few links for those in Columbus heading to the game, or like me, just wishing they
(The roster hasn't been updated to include some of the newer signees, including Andy...yet)
April 4, 2012
Opening Day for both Major League and Minor League baseball is tomorrow! Official rosters for the
Indians, and by association, the Columbus Clippers, haven't been published yet, but after Andy was re-assigned to the minor
league camp last Friday, most assumptions are that he was headed to Columbus.
To back this up, for now at least, I have the following from an Indians' prospect blog:
LaRoche was once an elite prospect that hasn't been able to meet Major League expectations.
He comes to the Indians organization on a minor league deal, and despite a strong spring, was not able to crack the Opening
Day roster as a utility infielder (mostly a third baseman, but can stand in everywhere). He should be yet another strong option
Cleveland has to have its official roster in by 5pm tonight.
Also, for those in the Columbus area, the Clippers are having a free, meet the team event:
Columbus Clippers (@CLBClippers)
4/4/12 8:18 AM
Welcome Home Champions/Meet the Team Party tonight at the LC! 5-8, free admission (& food). Come tell the champs you're
rooting for them!
If I were in Columbus, I'd be there! And if anyone attends and cares to share stories, or photos,
send them to me and I'll post them here.
April 2, 2012
There still hasn't been anything written, that I have seen, that indicates Andy is definitely to be playing
for the Indians' AAA affiliate, the Columbus Clippers. However, most seem to believe that is where he will be assigned.
Since the Indians' 25-man roster is mostly complete, the decisions on the minor league rosters should be
made fairly soon -- their season starts on Thursday, April 5, in Columbus, against the Louisville Bats.
March 30, 2012
It looks as if Andy will have to wait to take the field with the Indians, as he was re-assigned to the minor
league camp today. Despite having a good spring, putting up good numbers at the plate, and showing his solid glove,
Andy will start the season in Cleveland's minor league system, it now appears.
With the start of the season a week away, we should learn where he will play soon. And as always, I wish
Andy the best of luck and will do my best to keep the site updated.
March 25, 2012
It's been three weeks since Cactus League play started, and Cleveland's Manny Acta still has many decisions
to make in filling his 25-man roster. Andy, who is in camp as a non-roster invitee, has been quietly putting together a solid
spring. Hopefully, it will materialize into a spot on that roster for him.
Most of Andy's appearances this spring have come late in the game. However, he has displayed his solid
glove work on the chances he's had, as well as having been productive at the plate. Primarily covering the familiar
hot corner, he has also seen playing time at second base as well.
Saturday, Andy was given a start at third, against the team that not only drafted him, but with which he made
his first major league start -- the Dodgers, at the Dodgers spring home in Camelback Ranch. The Dodgers took the lead
right away in the first, created by Dee Gordon's speed. The Tribe answered in the top of the second, as Casey Kotchman
doubled to open the inning, and Andy followed that up with a single to RF, allowing Kotchman to score. He struck out
in his second at-bat, and manged to work a walk in his third plate appearance, in the sixth inning. Ryan Spilborghs
followed with a ground-ball to short-stop which turned into a double play. Unfortunately, Andy's head made contact with
Dodger 2B, and Andy's former A's teammate Mark Ellis's knee as he slid in to try to break up the play. Andy was shaken
up on the play, and trainers came out, but he left the field on his own. He did not return to the game, as Lonny Chisenhall
assumed duties at third.
The Tribe would go on to lose the game 5-4.
Of the double play, and the collison, Andy had this to say:
"I was just trying to break it up, and I ended up trying to break it up with my face. I'm all
right, though. No concussion or anything.
On his spring, and status with the Indian's organization:
"I guess as long as I'm still in big league camp, there's still a chance for anything. All I can
do is go out there and play when they put me in the lineup."
Manager Manny Acta had the following to say in MLB writer Jordan Bastian's article, LaRoche quietly having a good spring:
"He's been good, man," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "He's been taking advantage of his opportunity."
Andy's current stats are here.
More updates, and photos will be coming soon!
March 10, 2012
Spring has officially begun! I know what the calendar says, but to most baseball fans, spring begins
with pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training facilites across the state of Florida, and sprinkled around Phoenix
and other communities in the Valley of the Sun.
I have just returned from my trip to Goodyear, and will be posting photos soon, but I was fortunate enough
to see team workouts, a split squad game, a B-game and the first two Grapefruit League games Andy and the Indians played in.
So far, Andy has seen limited action in Grapefruit League play, but it's only the first week. He's been sharp defensively
and in the few plate appearances he's had, he has come through with a hit or a walk for the team.
More details will be coming, but in the mean time Go Tribe!
Please check back for updated photos and stats.
January 20, 2012
A few bits and pieces on Spring Training...
First, Andy has been assigned a number -- he will don #28 for the Indians, during spring training at least.
Next, below are links to a guide to spring training site, which my good friend at www.RyanDoumit.com sent me yesterday. Aside from the basic "where do I go?", it gives times and where to park, hotel and
restaurant suggestions. Good stuff.
If you want
the formal package, HERE is a link from the Indians' site.
I have been
to both Florida and Phoenix during the spring and would be happy to answer questions, if I can...and my day job is in travel,
so I can help with questions on how to get there and where to stay too. Just drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org
January 17, 2012
Belated Happy New Year!
There's not a whole lot of news out there, but MLB did release report dates for spring training:
CLEVELAND: Wednesday, Feb. 22 (Pitchers and Catchers) | Saturday, Feb. 25 (Full Squad)
2012 Indians spring training dates (tentative)
Feb. 20 Pitchers/Catchers report
Feb. 21 Physicals
Feb. 22 First workout
Feb. 23 Remainder of squad reports
Feb. 24 Physicals
Feb. 25 First full-squad workout They start open Cactus
League play on March 3rd at Goodyear Ballpark, as the visiting team, with the Reds as the home team. The next two games
will be in Goodyear against Cincinnati as well.
The Indians train at the Goodyear complex they share with the Cincinnati Reds, in Goodyear, AZ.
WASHINGTON: Monday, Feb. 20 (Pitchers and Catchers) | Saturday, Feb. 25 (Full Squad)
The Nationals train at their own facility in Viera, FL, on Florida's east coast...aptly named Space Coast
I will be making my normal trip to Bradenton in February and am hoping to make the drive to the other coast
to see Adam. I am also hoping to extend a few days out and fly to Phoenix to catch Andy. I will keep you posted.
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