Dean Treanor is a no-nonsense type of guy. He usually tells reporters what he thinks when asked. He always lets umpires know exactly how he feels about their performance. While Treanor displays intensity in the 3rd base coaches box during games, he let out a smile or two Monday a couple of hours before the Indians game against Toledo.
“It was quite a celebration the other night when it (IL West title) a lot of fun in the clubhouse, a lot of fun with each other and you could tell how close the guys were,” said Treanor when reflecting back on the moment of in Rochester, New York Saturday night when the Indians wrapped up the division title.
A Triple-A baseball roster is always changing. Guys get called up to the big leagues, get traded, or occasionally are released to make room for a top prospect. The Indians have been featured frequently on the transaction log once again this season, but Treanor has been in the dugout the entire time and deserves a great deal of credit for guiding this team back to the postseason.
“Our first meeting of the year is really to talk about what our goal is for the season and its been the same, it is to win this division and get into the playoffs here. This team has shown a lot of resiliency this year with all the movement, the players that have gone up, and the players that have come back. We went into a rough stretch there in the middle, but we’re finishing strong and that is what you like to see. I really like the makeup of this team now,” said Treanor.
This is the first time the Indians have won back-to-back division titles since joining the International League. Their last repeat, came during the 1994-95 seasons while participating in the American Association.
Winning appears contagious as the Indians’ parent-club, the Pittsburgh Pirates are in position to advance to the Major League Baseball postseason as well. There is a good chance the Pirates will call up some of the Indians current stars within the next week when MLB rosters expand. While that will make things a little difficult for Treanor, it shouldn’t be viewed as an excuse for not succeeding in the Triple-A playoffs.
Treanor is not one to fall back on excuses. He adapts to challenges when they are presented and has been the perfect person to lead the Indians back to minor league baseball prominence.
The Indians play the Durham Bulls in a best-of-five series that starts next week with the first two games in North Carolina. The final three games (if necessary) will be played at Victory Field September 6th, 7th, and 8th.