Casey Kotchman: “I’m in the corner, the best place for me to be.”


Sitting quietly at his locker, located immediately adjacent to the clubhouse entrance, Indians first baseman Casey Kotchman continues to wait for his young teammates to seek his guidance.

Kotchman, 29, signed with the Indians as a free agent after playing a huge role in Tampa Bay’s comeback season last year. The Rays carried a 48-41 record into the All-Star break and wound up tied with Boston for the American League wild card with just one game remaining in the 2011 regular season. 

Rays infielder Evan Longoria and Kotchman each collected two hits in the final game, leading Tampa Bay to an 8-7 victory in 12 innings over the New York Yankees and a spot in the postseason.

The Rays eventually fell 3-1 to Texas in the American League Division Series, and Kotchman began searching for a club with interest in signing him.

Reflecting on his experience last season, Kotchman, sitting…

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