KLEVELAND, Ohio – If Zach Plesac does not think the Indians are serious not only about going through the coronavirus season, but also trying to do something positive if it is, he knows now.
MLB security personnel caught Plesac returning to the Indians team hotel in Chicago early Sunday morning after going out with friends after his victory over the White Sox on Saturday afternoon. Plesac needed permission to leave the hotel, something he did not get.
MLB reported the Indians, who spoke with Plesac on Sunday morning. The team hired a car service for him and told him to return to Cleveland. They did not allow him to fly back to the team after Sunday̵7;s game against the White Sox for fear that he would infect the Indians at the traveling party.
Plesac has told people close to him that he knows he made a mistake and takes responsibility for it. It is safe to say that Indians are not happy with Plesac at the moment.
Chris Antonetti, the baseball operations president, was a key member of the MLB committee that set up protocols to try and get safe teams during the 60-game season. They locked Franmil Reyes out of Spring II Training for three days for not wearing a mask at a Fourth of July party. They have several options with Plesac.
They could pick him up at their alternate training site at Classic Park in Eastlake or put him in the bullet until they needed him back in rotation. They could fine him. Or they could do all three.
They will have time to sort things out because they will not need a fifth starter until August 22nd. Plesac will need to be quarantined for at least 72 hours and tested negative for the virus twice in a 48-hour period. Plesac and his driver took the care point test before heading to Cleveland.
The Indians players wrote their code of conduct before the start of the season. Teamdo team had to do it.
Mike Clevinger, one of Plesac’s closest friends, described it this way, “I think the thing we decided was nice is that this is not going to be some kind of ‘daddy direction.’ inside.It will be a matter of player discipline.We will keep the coaches and front offices.
“Just put a little more responsibility (on the players) because having confidence in your teammates is a big thing. It’s a great thing to be on the field. If you know your team does not trust you on the field, how will they feel they can trust you when you get between the lines? “
Well, let’s just say Dad is alarmed about this. Antonetti told reporters after the Indians’ 5-4 win over Chicago on Sunday night that the team held a meeting for Plesac before the match. They decided they needed to focus on one thing at a time, which is the game, so whatever happens to Plesac will be addressed in the coming days.
But it is clear that this has gone beyond a mere player issue. Another thing, what does Plesac look like in Carlos Carrasco’s eyes?
Plesac is one-fifth of the best starting rotation in the American League. He threw six goalless attacks Saturday against the White Sox in a 7-1 win. You just have to ask yourself, what were you thinking?
He grew up in Crown Point, Ind., Which is about an hour away from the area guaranteed for the rate. His family and friends could not come into play because fans are not allowed in the ballpark due to coronavirus. But apparently they still made the trip and wanted to celebrate the victory.
In this season, a season of adjustments as manager Terry Francona called it, sometimes the game is not the hardest thing. The hardest thing is to say no to friends, set the team and its goals for the first season.
Francona talked endlessly with the players about it. He said that whenever you want to roll your eyes according to a certain rule or protocol, use it to your advantage. This can give you and your team an edge over the opposition.
MLB has seen major outbreaks of the virus with the Cardinals and Marlins – outbreaks that have closed their seasons and endangered the health of players and their staff. Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA have enforced stricter rules regarding the conduct of team behavior on the field. Each team was required to appoint a conciliation officer.
In response to this news last week when the Indians were in Minneapolis, Antonetti said, “We are all compliance officers.”
With one exception.