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Third-base prospect Andy Marte, who was a key part of the trade that send Coco Crisp to the Red Sox earlier this season, was promoted to the Indians from Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, with utility infielder Ramon Vazquez optioned back to the Bisons.

From MLB.com:

Marte, acquired along with reliever Guillermo Mota and catcher Kelly Shoppach in the trade that sent Crisp, David Riske and Josh Bard to Boston, has been generally regarded as the Tribe’s third baseman for ’07. At the time of the trade, the club said he’d need some more Triple-A seasoning before he’d be big-league ready, and he proved as much with a slump at the plate at the outset of ’06.

In recent weeks, though, Marte has been as productive as they come. He earned International League Player of the Month honors in June by batting .304 with 10 homers and 22 RBIs. Earlier this month, he took home the Home Run Derby crown at the Triple-A All-Star Game in Toledo.

For the season, Marte has hit .261 with 15 homers and 46 RBIs. He’s made 19 errors in the field.

Marte will be splitting time with Aaron “Bleeping” Boone for the time being and, barring a major meltdown, should get a chance to be Cleveland’s everyday 3b in 2007.

There was a time when Marte was all Braves fans could talk about. He was considered the team’s best prospect. But the Braves needed a shortstop this season after they lost Rafael Furcal to the Dodgers, so they traded Marte to the Red Sox for Edgar Renteria (who has been awesome) and the Sox went and traded Marte to the Indians for Coco (who has been good when healthy).

Now Marte is finally getting his big break. Indians fans, hold your collective breath.

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  1. I recently interviewed a psychologist who travels with the A’s, Angels and Nats. Much of what these guys deal with is stress relief relating to marital issues, anxiety caused by media/fans/numbers and even drug related issues. They also work closely with coaches to influence which methods of coaching will work best with certain players and problems.

    While coaching a hitter through a slump may be one aspect of the jobs that these guys perform, it seems to be a much larger duty.

    the “Manny being Manny” approach would certainly never work in the regular workforce, but I think it definitely aids him in being a genious of a hitter. By coaching these guys away from stress, they can get closer to that zen-like thoughtlessness that the best hitters seem to practice.

    Just my two cents.

  2. Boom Boom says:

    I saw the piece Jeb is referring to. Very interesting. I must say the editor of that piece did an amazing job! He really captured the passion that the doctor presented.

    The good doctor made a great point, one must always remember that no matter how big the pay checks of these athletes may be, they are still human beings, put their pants on one leg at a time, etc. They have the same problems and pressures as the rest of the world. Some may be a little crazy (Boggsie), but whatever it took to get his 200 hits every year is fine with me!

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