Coco Crisp hit a two-run home run and laid down an important sacrifice bunt in Cleveland’s 4-3 American League Division Series Game 3 victory Monday to complete the sweep against Boston.
The veteran outfielder was acquired by Cleveland late in the season and has proven to be a great addition to the roster. Cleveland manager Terry Francona answered a question about Crisp after Monday’s win by instead praising his front office for picking up the outfielder.
That front office includes the Twins new executive vice president and chief baseball office Derek Falvey.
“I hope people recognize what [president of baseball operations] Chris [Antonetti] and his guys do in the front office,” Francona told ESPN radio on the field after winning the ALDS Monday. “Because, you know, that [acquisition] helped us win a game and they’ve done that all year, [moves] like that. And I think sometimes it goes unnoticed.
“But they’re really good.”
Falvey is Cleveland’s assistant general manager under GM Mike Chernoff and president Antonetti.
Cleveland.com described Falvey’s role in Cleveland as follows:
For the last two years, Falvey has made several trips with the Indians during the season, serving as a liaison between manager Terry Francona and the coaching staff, while helping with scouting reports. In his role as assistant general manager, he works closely with Antonetti and Chernoff in all areas of the baseball operations department including financial, statistical, player contracts and player procurement and development.
The Twins announced Oct. 3 he would lead their baseball operations, hoping that one day he’ll make similar moves like adding Crisp to help fuel a playoff run in Minnesota.