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Hey, Hoynsie: I am watching the situation play out with Francisco Lindor and the Mets with sadness. Was the happy-go-lucky, I-just-love-playing baseball Frankie that we saw in Cleveland just a mirage? He now seems to display an indifference to the game and a contempt for the fans that I never thought possible. Did you see this coming? — Mike Bickerton, Avon Lake.
Hey, Mike: I don’t think anyone saw this coming, especially the Mets who are paying Lindor $310 million. The thumbs down gesture by Lindor and other Mets players in response to booing fans was a mistake. That being said, I still think Lindor is an All-Star talent and a good person.
Hey, Hoynsie: Since everyone is already talking about next season regarding the Indians/Guardians, what are the chances there will be a full season? It seems to me both sides are ready for a long work stoppage. — Larry W., Bowling Green.
Hey, Larry: When it comes to negotiations between MLB owners and players, we’re conditioned to expect the worst. But they have had labor peace since the 1994 strike and I think it’s encouraging that the sides are already exchanging ideas even though the basic agreement doesn’t expire until Dec. 1.
Hey, Hoynsie: Amed Rosario has turned into a terrific addition offensively for the Tribe. Do you think that the front office will attempt to sign him to something longer term or will they roll the dice and go to arbitration with him for the next two years? — Mike Fumic, Avon.
Hey, Mike: They have so many middle infielders in the system that it might be hard for them to sign Rosario to a multiyear deal and keep him at shortstop. But he does have versatility so that would allow them to move him to a new position. The question is will he hit like he has this season at shortstop if he has to learn a new position?
Hey, Hoynsie: What is the future of Bradley Zimmer with the Indians? Personally I think he strikes out too much, but he has shown some power and is a pretty good outfielder. — Tom, Mansfield.
Hey, Tom: I think Zimmer’s situation today is a lot better than it was when the season started. The Indians have several outfielders in the same boat. They do certain things well, but they’re not the complete package, ala Michael Brantley. They’re going to have to sort them out this offseason.
Hey, Hoynsie: I’ve been trying for weeks to get a good address to send Terry Francona an encouraging note as he deals with his rehab. Can you help? — David England, Baton Rouge.
Hey, David: Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians Executive Offices, 2401 Ontario Street, Cleveland, Ohio, 44115. The Indians will make sure Tito sees your message.
Hey, Hoynsie: This feels like a lost season because of injuries. How does it stack up against other years and other teams? Do we have a right to feel sorry for ourselves? — C.D. Leach, Strongsville
Hey, C.D.: There’s no crying in baseball.
There are teams that have lost far more players to injury and illness than the Indians. The thing that pushed the Indians to the forefront is that they are stretched so thin from a talent standpoint because of their small payroll. When Shane Bieber goes down, they don’t have an experienced arm to replace him. They have to go young and that can be painful.
Hey, Hoynsie: Where is Bobby Bradley? I feel that he has what it takes, but maybe just needs to be left alone and left in there. Is there more to this we don’t know about? — Robert, Pensacola, Fla.
Hey, Robert: Bradley missed most of August with a left knee injury. Now that he’s back, he’s been platooning at first with Yu Chang and Owen Miller. Acting manager DeMarlo Hale and the organization is going to use this last month of the season to get as good a read on as many players as possible. Bradley is going to get a chance, but so are some other players.
Hey, Hoynsie: I was listening to a Tribe game the other night and the announcers were saying that catcher Austin Hedges is hitting .214 since the All-Star break. How do Indians catchers compare to the rest of the catchers in the big leagues? — Arthur Flicker, Albuquerque, N.M.
Hey, Arthur: Among the top 10 catchers in the big leagues based on at-bats through Friday’s games, .250 is the average batting average. That ranges from Kansas City’s Salvador Perez at .291 to Houston’s Martin Maldonado at .179. Hedges was tied for 21st place at .185 (42-for-227).
Team-wise, Indians catchers rank 27th out of MLB’s 30 teams with a .189 (82-for-434) batting average. Among the 15 AL teams, they rank 13th at .189 (82-for-434).
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