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Swisher leaves Indians camp following death of his mother

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 15, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Sad news for one former Yankee. Here’s the AP.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Indians first baseman Nick Swisher has left the team’s spring training camp following the death of his mother.

Swisher, who signed a four-year, $56 million free agent contract with the Indians this winter, returned to Columbus, Ohio, for the funeral. Swisher is expected to be back with the team on Saturday night.

Swisher will play first base this season for Cleveland, moving to the infield after the team signed free agent outfielder Michael Bourn earlier this week. Swisher spent the past four seasons playing mostly right field for the New York Yankees. He has played in 307 career games at first, posting a .994 fielding percentage. Swisher will also be used as the team’s designated hitter, with Mark Reynolds playing first.

Swisher missed the Indians’ first full-squad workout on Friday.

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39 Responses to “Swisher leaves Indians camp following death of his mother”

  1. Ghostwriter February 15th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Chad,

    Had Swisher’s mom been sick?

  2. Shame Spencer February 15th, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Wow, sad news.

  3. blake February 15th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    condolences to Swish….very sad

  4. randy l. February 15th, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    swisher’s mom had leukemia .
    http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesi.....QprlexWquK
    sad story.

  5. Rich in NJ February 15th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I’ll miss Swish despite his histrionics, but austerity has its costs.

  6. Against All Odds February 15th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    R.I.P. and my condolences to him and his family.

  7. Rich in NJ February 15th, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    And sorry about his mom. It hurts.

  8. Shame Spencer February 15th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    What a shame.. Swish is such an emotionally driven guy, I hope he recovers okay.

    Man, now I have the sads.

  9. Ghostwriter February 15th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    randy l. February 15th, 2013 at 1:44 pm
    ======

    Thanks.

  10. Hassey February 15th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    It is not easy, at any age

  11. Shame Spencer February 15th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    @VictorConte

    Nice story Patrick RT @patrick_hruby: Are NBA players doping? Better question: why wouldn’t they be? @SportsonEarth http://bit.ly/WvcjlM

  12. Doreen February 15th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    randy -

    Thanks for the information.

    Condolences to Swish and his family.

  13. Rich in NJ February 15th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    “It is not easy, at any age”

    True. You can think you’re ready for it, and then boom. Not.

  14. Hassey February 15th, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Yep

    from darkness to numbness to hollow-ness to incompleteness to recovery

  15. Ghostwriter February 15th, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Shame Spencer February 15th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    What a shame.. Swish is such an emotionally driven guy, I hope he recovers okay.

    Man, now I have the sads.
    ============

    It is sad. At least Swish can console himself with the thought that she is no longer suffering.

  16. austinmac February 15th, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Had a brother die of leukemia. It is a difficult time. My condolences to Swisher.

  17. Ys Guy February 15th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    “it’s just another case of cashman burning a pitcher.”
    =======================================
    so now we’ve graduated to cashman actually CAUSING pineda’s injury according to randy.

    and of course if that’s true, than cashman also obviously CAUSED montero’s sub par season last year.

  18. UnKnown February 15th, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    “If the Sox had given him half what the Yanks offered, I wouldn’t have been the least bit surprised to see Youkilis to go crawling back to the Sox, even after the way they unceremoniously dumped him. He’s now a Yankee, and he’s still seemingly trying to curry favor with the Red Sox faithful!”

    “Let Yankee fans try to spin this any way they want to make themselves feel better, Ghost. You’ve got this right on the money. Apparently not everyone knows “Youk” the way some of us do!”

    ————–

    Oh please share with us how well you KNOW YOUK. :roll:
    Spare me…

    When guys like Andy P., and CC personally reach out to him and tell him to come over to be a Yankee that speaks more to me than anything else.

    I get it, he was a Red Sox player that used to kill the Yankees and he is ugly, blah blah blah.
    Truth is this is a business and people are delusional to think otherwise. Just wait and see how the Cano talks go next off-season. Everyone is going to get educated on just how much loyalty these guys have. Cano is going to go to the highest bidder end of story.

    Y’s Guy nails it right here:
    Ys Guy February 15th, 2013 at 11:40 am

  19. randy l. February 15th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    ys guy-
    not the time and place.
    there’ll be other posts
    this ones about swisher’s mom dying of leukemia.
    i’m sure you understand. you probably just missed topic.

  20. FiretheUMPIRE February 15th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Wonder how Montero will do with speculation swirling and the threat of PED testing looming. He can’t do any worse than a .685 OPS. And he definitely can’t take a huge risk by loading up like Melky and having a breakout season.

  21. Jerkface February 15th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/41666640/

    Good article on PEDs

  22. Rich in NJ February 15th, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    “so now we’ve graduated to cashman actually CAUSING pineda’s injury according to randy.

    and of course if that’s true, than cashman also obviously CAUSED montero’s sub par season last year.”

    Who knows what the cause of Pineda’s injury was? He may have been damaged goods. But the person(s) Cashman had making decisions about having him compete for a spot in the rotation despite greatly reduced velo and shoulder discomfort, failed Cashman.

    And btw, A sub par year (which is subjective and probably wrong in light of an expected leaning cure) is much, much, much better than a DL/surgery year.

  23. Rich in NJ February 15th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    “Wonder how Montero will do with speculation swirling and the threat of PED testing looming”

    Probably the same as most of the players in MLB.

  24. Rich in NJ February 15th, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    ” He can’t do any worse than a .685 OPS.”

    Check out his platoon and home/road splits. They reveal far more info and rebut any PED-inducedd silliness.

  25. J. Alfred Prufrock February 15th, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Swish I heart ya, man. An empathetic person, Swish, I guarantee, knows he’ll see both grandmom and mom again. While we’re here though, the wait feels long.

    Yeah that disease flat out stinks. But it doesn’t get to steal them from us forever.

    Austin, sorry for your loss.

  26. Shame Spencer February 15th, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Someone tell Chad we need a new thread.. arguing with each other under this headline is even sadder than it normally is :(

  27. Rich in NJ February 15th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Yeah, that’s true, Shame.

    I gave in to the reflexive nonsense. My bad.

  28. J. Alfred Prufrock February 15th, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Rich,

    A while back fangraphs I think it was showed how Montero hits RHP as a catcher better than he does LHP as a DH.

    I think Seattle has him in the right place.
    ////

    Champ809, sounds like you’ve also seen Abe play. I didn’t get to see much of him hitting right-handed, but I do like his left-handed stroke – he can drive it opposite nicely. I pretty much concur with what you said about him.

    And to comments about people being in front of him; they are but he was closest because he didn’t really have a big weakness. Mesa can clobber fastballs, but he continues to be befuddled by soft stuff. If he could ever fix that, he could be a star. Zoilo is a good looking player but his defense needs serious work. The bluer ones: Austin, Heathcott, Williams need some more maturation time. I hope they don’t rush any of them, considering how good they project to be. Flores can hit now, but they’d probably like him to get some more experience at AA.

    For me the sad thing is Adams; can flat out hit and his ABs – like Flores’ and Joseph’s, too – could teach some of the old guys they piece together a lineup with.

  29. UnKnown February 15th, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Just watched the Halo’s interview yesterday with Albert, Trout, and Josh.

    Man Trout really did put on all that weight. He looks noticeably different, there is no doubt about that. Dude’s neck is huge and everything.

    Interesting follow when the games start.

  30. Ys Guy February 15th, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    i actually hadn’t considered the appropriateness of posting a different subject on a post about a player’s mother dying.

    i have no problem holding my tongue if people feel that’s appropriate, however i feel that since nick swisher, his family and agents aren’t involved in the blog or especially the comments section, that the subject matter in the comments section doesn’t have to hold a decorum appropriate to a funeral home setting.

    i mean no disrespect, it’s a horrible thing and of course as yankee fans and as just human beings our hearts go out to everybody who loses a loved one.

    but i just don’t see a baseball blog post as being akin to the visitors book at the funeral home.

    i know some people are going to disagree about that and out of respect for other’s feelings i will refrain from posting other subjects here for now, but i just don’t really see the point.

  31. Ys Guy February 15th, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    chirp…chirp…chirp….

    this is kinda why i dont think you should stop talking about other subjects, because after everyone’s posted something about how sad they are about the person who died, the blog dies until chad posts something else.

  32. Shame Spencer February 15th, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I don’t really think it’s disrespectful it’s just… awkward? I dunno, it just seems more depressing.

    Man, way to be a buzz kill Chad.

  33. Jerkface February 15th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    I’m with Ys Guy, why hide behind decorum?

  34. Hassey February 15th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    there’s never been any decorum on this site…just full court press

  35. randy l. February 15th, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    ys guy-

    i think it hit me that swisher was a pretty amazing playing for the yankees the way he did without really ever bringing up what his mother was going through. i didn’t know his mother had leukemia . i don’t think many here did. i know i had to google it.

    it just feels appropriate to tone down things a bit .
    it’s a judgement call. if it doesn’t hit you the same way. no problem.

  36. Shame Spencer February 15th, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Ask and you shall receive :arrow:

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