Coming into the 2013 MLB season, the Cleveland Indians made several signings and trades to guide them towards a postseason run. One of those moves was a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays, in which the Indians sent reliever Esmil Rogers for stud future catcher Yan Gomes, and super utility man, Mike Aviles. Aviles was only with the Jays for about two weeks and never played for them. He was part of a bizarre trade in which the Boston Red Sox traded him to Toronto with one of the conditions being that Toronto released their manager, John Farrell (who then signed with Boston). That’s baseball for you.
Aviles’ three seasons with Cleveland were all pretty similar. He did just about everything with the occasional homerun, some steals, a decent on-base percentage, and some stellar defense in clutch moments. He was a very likeable guy in the locker room and I think he played a big part in why the team seemed like they were having a lot of fun out there.
I’ll remember Mike Aviles for his pranks on teammates and how he helped establish this feeling of togetherness with the current Cleveland Indians. Many of us, myself included, speculated that Mike Aviles might retire after this season on account of his daughter’s illness, but that was not the case. Now, Aviles is a Detroit Tiger, our archrival. But I can overlook that part. It’s great to see a hardworking player continue to play in this league and there’s going to be at least one Detroit player this year that I won’t have any problems with.
TAKE CARE, MIKE!