Andrew Miller is a winner. He’s got the World Series ring (Boston, 2013) to prove it. And the Cleveland Indians have gotten the message loud and clear from that basketball team in town — it’s winning time. This, after all, is Believeland. Miller is a former starter whose real magic began when the left-hander switched to the bullpen full time in Boston in 2012. His ERA as a reliever is a skimpy 2.21. He struck out 379 batters in 240 1/3 innings over five years. That’s called mastery.
Indians chief Terry Francona loves Miller, who played for him in Boston before he made the critical switch to relief. At 6’7″ Miller, a 2016 All-Star, might be mistaken for a Cleveland Cavalier walking around town or through the airport. Tribe fans — riding an apparent burst of win-now enthusiasm from the front office — hope he plays the kind of role for the Indians that Richard Jefferson played for the Cavs. The 6’7″ Jefferson brought experience, size, high IQ, hustle, power and a trust factor to the Cavaliers roster, helping push them over the threshold in his first year on the team.
— Andrew Miller (@a_miller48) August 1, 2016