Notes: Tribe executives draw interest
GM Shapiro welcomes advancement of staff members' careers
CLEVELAND -- Victories bring vultures.It's all part of the process for a winning club to get attention from other clubs looking for front-office, managerial or coaching talent. The Indians are no strangers to this concept, which is why they're bracing themselves for the possibility of losing some of their higher-ups in the wake of their postseason run. "It's happened to us, organizationally, for a little while," manager Eric Wedge said. "I hope it does happen for us, in regard to staff. It's a good thing. You want what's best for the people you care about. You want what's best for them and their families. And I most certainly do." In 2006, the Indians lost front-office staffer Mike Hazen when the Red Sox made him their farm director, and they lost farm director John Farrell when Boston made him its pitching coach. This season, the pecking from an American League Central champion Tribe club began last month, when Neal Huntington, formerly a special assistant to Indians general manager Mark Shapiro, was named the GM of the Pirates. Another assistant, Steve Lubratich, was a finalist for the Astros' GM job. Now, Huntington is rumored to be considering Tribe third-base coach Joel Skinner and Triple-A Buffalo manager Torey Lovullo for the Pirates' vacant managerial position. Farrell is also a rumored candidate for that job. Shapiro's assistant, Chris Antonetti, pulled himself out of the running for the GM jobs in Houston and Pittsburgh but is now rumored to be a target in the Cardinals' GM search. "We have a guy in Chris that, whenever he makes the call, he's ready to do it," Shapiro said. And, obviously, Antonetti, who received a four-year contract extension through 2011 this summer, isn't the only member of the organization who might have a chance to move elsewhere this fall. "It's never a bad thing when they have opportunities to improve and better themselves," Shapiro said of his staff. "I welcome that chance for them." Shapiro also believes he has a staff deep enough to soften the blow of these potential losses. "Just like with a team," he said, "you've got to have bench strength in a front office as well." Chant chat: He's given them heartburn all year, racking up 45 saves with a 5.07 ERA during the regular season. But that doesn't mean that closer Joe Borowski doesn't have the support of the Cleveland fans. While Borowski was on the mound Monday night, putting the finishing touches on a rare 1-2-3 outing that earned him his second save of the postseason, the crowd began a particularly powerful "Let's go Joe!" chant. "That was a first," Borowski said. "Hopefully, it will continue a few more times." Borowski and his teammates have all been taken aback by the dutiful show of support from the home crowds this month. "It's electric," Borowski said of the atmosphere at Jacobs Field. "It's outstanding. You hear it and it pumps you up. They're into it, and they've been into it the past month and a half. It's fantastic." Break it up: The scouting reports caught up to Franklin Gutierrez.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.