I am sad that Jack Hannahan — a.k.a. Cleveland Indians third baseman Supermannahan — has not been tendered a contract by the Tribe for 2013. There had been rumors about this for a while; The team wanted to make way for Lonnie Chisenhall at third.
Jack Hannahan batted .244 with four homers last season. Chisenhall played less than half as many games, and batted .268 with five homers.
Hannahan was gracious, as always. “The writing is on the wall as far as Lonnie getting a chance to play every day,” he told MLB.com. “I’m excited for him to get that opportunity to showcase what he can do.”
“I had two great years in Cleveland. I love playing in Cleveland. I love the fans of Cleveland… I really believe in what they’re doing there as far as getting a team that can contend and play in October.”
From your lips to the baseball gods’ ears, Jack.
Hannahan is renowned for being a great teammate in the clubhouse. Fans will remember the story of Indians players passing the hat to pay for a private plane, so that he could be on hand for the premature birth of his son in August 2011. He will be missed.
Tribe pitcher Vinnie Pestano reacted on Twitter; “Upsetting news about Hanny. Part of the business but he’s the best teammate I’ve ever had. Not gonna find anyone who cares more for his guys.”
Over the first 30 games of 2012, before being sidelined by a back injury, Hannahan batted .287 with three homers. Here’s hoping he lands well, and can do it again.
Enjoy some of my favorite Supermannahan photos, taken when the Indians played the Giants in June 2011, and last season when they took on the Oakland A’s. Wonder if Jack would fancy northern California? The weather that day in Oakland was unreal.
He wouldn’t be the first to be bitten by the Bay Area bug…