It's hard to imagine a more timely teaching moment than the one Indians executives Chris Antonetti and Mike Chernoff shared with a roomful of winter development players at Progressive Field recently. The Streak was a nightly wonder. Former prospects now making history in the big-league clubhouse wandered the halls while Chernoff introduced a game of "Name the Player" to an eager and captive audience. "(Mike) started off by saying, 'OK, who am I?,' Antonetti began. "I'm a fourth-round pick. I got traded when I was in Double-A. I was 25 years old, got traded for a guy who only had two months left on his contract. "I had a 5.00 ERA in Triple-A. I got optioned four times after I made my major-league debut. "Oh by the way I also won a Cy Young and might be winning a second.' Right? We can't know those things, and nor do we try to pretend to." The specific message: Don't let anyone, yourself included, put limits on you.
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