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It’s the final day of the regular season for the Cleveland Indians, and there are many, many different directions IBI’s power poll could take. Before we head in that direction, let’s take a look at last week’s power poll, as it stands today.
Last week’s question was ‘Which two teams will win the American League wild-card?’ Of course, the answer to that question isn’t really any clearer today than it was last Saturday, but the choice of the IBI following was very clear, even though not team reached a majority.
The Cleveland Indians topped the poll with 81 of the potential 186 votes, or 43.55% of the entire vote. That wasn’t very surprising, taking into account the fact that this is a Cleveland Indians’ site. You could also point to the Indians final schedule, which was against the three worst teams in baseball. The Indians currently hold destiny in their hand with a one-game lead, and only one game to play.
The Tampa Bay Rays, who were one game ahead of the Indians when this poll was...
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It appears that Terry Francona has seen enough of Chris Perez in tight situations.
Terry Francona just told Mike Trivisonno on WTAM 1100 that Chris Perez is no longer the closer for the #Indians.
— Nick Camino (@NickCaminoWTAM) September 27, 2013
On the Indians’ pregame show on Fox Sports, Francona said he would use a committee type of approach to the closer role, using individual...
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Player of the Game
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