June 23, 2024

Tyler Kepner of The Athletic highlights Austin Hedges‘ baseball contributions, praising his exceptional framing, unmatched preparation according to Triston McKenzie, and a strong rapport with pitchers noted by Chris Antonetti. The Guardians’ preference for Hedges as the backup over Christian Bethancourt is evident.

On another note, Cleveland.com’s Paul Hoynes covers Tyler Freeman, emphasizing manager Stephen Vogt’s view of him as a super utility option rather than a starting centerfielder. Freeman aims to secure full-time reps during the season, buoyed by his belief in the sustainability of his late-season batting performance.

Hoynes shares that Gavin Williams starts today, while Triston McKenzie makes his spring debut tomorrow. The hope is for a successful return for McKenzie, as discussed on the Guardians Weekly podcast featuring Jim Rosenhaus interviewing McKenzie, Estevan Florial, and David Fry.

Cleveland baseball icon Josh Donaldson announces his retirement.

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