Found August 07, 2012 on
Death, Taxes, and Rebuilding:
By: Eric Grinnell
If you missed the post yesterday, this series is all about examining the Indians current regime to determine what has gone wrong over the past decade.
I wanted to take a bottom-up approach for this series—meaning, I wanted to start at the bottom of the organization (players, manager) and work my way up the organization. I also thought I’d give a “blame score,” based on a 1-10 scale (1 being no blame, 10 being all blame). This series is meant to look at the failure of both the Indians ’12 season, as well as the past decade. But today’s piece will be limited to the 2012 season, as I’m only looking at Manny Acta (who’s only been here since 2010) and the 2012 players. Let’s get to it!
MANAGER – MANNY ACTA
Blame Score – 3/10
Simply put, I don’t think Manny Acta is the problem. Consider that for this entire season, he’s had only 2 reliable bullpen arms (Pestano and Perez), only 4 guys in the lineup that would fit onto a legitimate playoff
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Following the likes of Johnny Damon and Derek Lowe, veteran infielder — and one-time clean-up hitter — Jose Lopez has been designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians.
Lopez was hitting .249 with 13 doubles, four home runs and 28 runs batted in during 66 games with the Indians. He was designated for assignment earlier in the season, but cleared waivers and was later assigned...
I realized something during the 14-3 shellacking laid on the Indians Monday night. I’ve written about this team since the beginning of the 2008 season—not quite five full seasons. This is the third losing streak of at least ten games that I’ve covered.
This seems like a lot, right? I mean, three losing streaks of at least 10 games in less than five seasons? I don’t know....
Indians general manager Chris Antonetti expressed support for manager Manny Acta and his coaching staff following the least successful trip in the franchise's 112-year history.
Cleveland went 0-9 at Minnesota, Kansas City and Detroit, ending the trip with a 10-8 loss to the Tigers on Sunday when All-Star closer Chris Perez gave up five runs with two outs in the 10th inning....
By: Eric Grinnell
For the third-part of this series, I wanted to look at the Indians scouting department and player development. If you missed the first two pieces of this series, this series attempts to analyze who deserves most of the blame for the Indians disappointing ’12 season and the disappointment of the last decade in general (yesterday I looked...
Through most of their roller coaster season, the Cleveland Indians have been able to count on two areas of the team to perform consistently: the defense and the back of the bullpen. Both areas collapsed Tuesday night, and Cleveland lost its 11th game in a row. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, second baseman Jason Kipnis and first baseman Casey Kotchman all made errors in the last three...
Infielder Jose Lopez was designated for assignment by the Indians after batting .249 with four home runs and 29 RBI in 66 games this season. Right-handed pitcher Frank Herrmann was recalled from Class AAA Columbus, where he had a 2-2 record with seven saves in nine chances and a 4.28 ERA in 39 appearances. Herrmann had allowed 23 earned runs in 48 1/3 innings pitched.
I’m frustrated. Really frustrated. Quite possibly the most frustrated I’ve ever been with the Indians. That’s saying a lot considering how many disappointing years Indians fans have had to deal with, especially in the last five years.
In 2008, the Indians looked like legitimate World Series contenders coming off of a 2007 season where they were only...
By now most people know Indians Closer Chris Perez didn’t have his best outing in Detroit yesterday. Perez came into the Indians game when the Tribe had a 3 run lead over the Tigers in the tenth inning. Perez needed to earn his 30th save to get the Indians off of a 8 game losing streak. It didn’t happen the way Tribe fans would have liked. Perez gave up 5 runs to the Tigers in...
Miguel Cabrera stepped up to the plate to face Indians Closer Chris Perez in the 10th inning of a game the Tigers were trailing in by one run. The Tigers were looking to hand the Indians their 9th loss in a row and Perez was looking to end the 8 game losing streak. The Detroit Tigers would battle the Indians all game long, each time the Indians would score the Tigers were able to...
It is absolutely incredible what is going on with my beloved Indians right now. Even if you hired a Hollywood screen writer to tell the story of the now 11-game losing streak, he or she couldn’t come up with the storyline of these last three games.
Sunday’s implosion was one for the ages, as the Indians scored three times in the tenth inning, only to watch the Detroit Tigers...
Manager Manny Acta found it difficult to explain the Cleveland Indians' dismal losing streak, which finally ended one defeat short of tying the franchise record.
The Boston Red Sox are also searching for answers.
The Red Sox look to avoid a third straight loss Thursday night as they open a crucial 10-game road trip with the first of four in Cleveland.
The Indians (51-60) fell...
Austin Jackson continued his amazing season Sunday afternoon compiling four hits in a 10-8 extra innings win over the Cleveland Indians.
WATCH JACKSON’S FOUR HIT DAY
Jackson finished the day going 4 for 6 with three runs scored and one RBI raising his average to an impressive .322 on the season. Not only that Jackson has 19 doubles and 7 triples on the season and an OBP of .409...
Roster Update: The Indians added Frank Herrmann to their overworked bullpen. To make room for him, they designated Jose Lopez for assignment.
Player of the Game
Shelley Duncan did not have any errors as tongiht's DH, so he is today's Player of the Game. Not only was Duncan error-less, but he also hit a 2 run home run in the second inning, giving him a score of 4.40...
The Monday Takeaway
The Indians must have been relieved when they sent the Twins down in order, then loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the first inning, after returning home from a brutal, 0-9 road trip. Cleveland had fallen to 50-58 on the season, a likely insurmountable 9 ½ games behind the first-place White Sox, but at least the pain of Sunday afternoon’s...