Look, when teammates are threatening to sit out the season because of your actions, that usually indicates you messed up and messed up bad. For Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac, “messed up bad” might not be enough to describe how their teammates feel about them in Cleveland right now.
Locker Room Trouble
We all know about Plesac and Clevinger partying in Chicago at this point. That incident, by itself, was damaging enough. Plesac took things a step further, however, posting a video on his Instagram page complaining about the media turning him into a villain among other excuses.
It’s an extremely tone-deaf statement that was not really called for. The local media took it fairly easy on Plesac, simply quoting what teammates like Adam Plutko had to say on the matter.
Even the tweet that contains the quote does not attack Plesac nor Clevinger. Plesac comes off as much less remorseful after that video surfaced, so it’s not surprising to see them attacked the way they are on social media now. Clevinger, who has been involved with some interesting off-field discussions before, is yet to make a public comment about this. From what you find on Twitter though, it doesn’t seem like his teammates are too forgiving of him either right now.
Even if the quote in the tweet above is false, it’s hard to see how guys can feel any different right now. Most big-league teams have done a great job of following protocols put in place so a season could happen. The Cardinals and Marlins failures in following have been well-documented. For Indians fans, it’s disappointing to see two young, energetic guys that ooze talent on the mound, do something so foolish. Not only does losing them hurt the team, but their actions will hurt their own careers as well. Clevinger is the more proven of the two, but the Indians could deal him a heavy punishment if they so chose.
Plesac was off to a great start this season after a solid 2019, but his spot in Cleveland’s long-term rotation is far from guaranteed, especially now. The front office has faith in guys like Triston McKenzie and Jefry Rodriguez. Plus, the Indians’ ability to develop starting pitching has been top-tier for years.
For now, Plesac and Clevinger await their fate at the team’s alternate site at Lake County. This is a tall mountain to overcome though. Carlos Carrasco, who battled leukemia last year, is considered someone that is high-risk with COVID-19. Older coaching staff members and teammates alike are also unhappy with the actions of those two. As Plutko said, it’s not on the team to figure out how to get passed this. That responsibility falls on the pair of Plesac and Clevinger.
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