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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 at Manny Acta and the Indians players).
In this piece, I will mainly focus on John Mirabelli (ran the Indians draft through 2007) and Brad Grant (has run the Indians draft since 2008), but will also talk about the Indians player development more generally as well.
John Mirabelli – Current Vice President of Scouting Operations, Ran Indians Draft from 2002 to 2007
Blame Score – 8.5/10
John Mirabelli deserves a lot of blame for the Indians poor performance this past decade. For the purposes of this piece, I’m strictly talking about Mirabelli in his capacity as running the Indians draft from 2002-2007. But the po...
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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....
One day after snapping an 11-game losing streak, the Cleveland Indians fired pitching coach Scott Radinsky.
Ruben Niebla was named an interim replacement Thursday before Cleveland opened a four-game home series against Boston.
Cleveland also put designated hitter Travis Hafner on the disabled list with a sore lower back and recalled infielder Jason Donald from Triple-A Columbus...
Designated hitter Travis Hafner was placed on the disabled list by the Indians with lower back inflammation. Hafner had an MRI on Wednesday and was placed on the disabled list for the second time this season Thursday. He missed six weeks with a right knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery. Hafner is hitting just .239 with 11 home runs and 32 RBI in 60 games. Infielder...
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.
Outfielder Johnny Damon and right-handed pitcher Jeremy Accardo were released Thursday by the Indians, who were unable to deal the veterans after designating them for assignment last week. Damon hit .222 in 64 games with Cleveland after signing April 17. The 38-year-old is in his 17th season in the majors. He played 56 games in left field and was also used as designated hitter...
Ubaldo Jimenez struck out a season-high 10 for his first win in more than a month and the Cleveland Indians beat Boston 5-3 on Thursday night, handing the Red Sox their seventh loss in nine games.
Jimenez (9-11) allowed three runs over six innings as Cleveland won its second straight after losing 11 in a row. He had been 0-4 with an 8.41 ERA in five starts since beating Tampa Bay...
CLEVELAND -- In their first game after firing their pitching coach, the Cleveland Indians got one of the better-pitched games of the season from starter Ubaldo Jimenez. The big right-hander struck out a season-high 10 batters in six innings Thursday as the Indians beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3. Cleveland, which snapped an 11-game losing streak Wednesday, has won in a row. Jimenez...
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...
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...
First Pitch: Thursday 7:05, Friday 7:05, Saturday 6:05, Sunday 1:05
Arms: Thursday: LHP Felix Doubront (10-5, 4.56) vs. RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (8-11, 5.29)
Friday: RHP Clay Buchholz (9-3, 4.48) vs. LHP Chris Seddon (0-0, 7.71)
Saturday: LHP Franklin Morales (3-2, 3.14) vs. RHP Zach McAllister (4-4, 3.60)
Sunday: LHP Jon Lester (5-10, 5.36) vs. RHP Corey Kluber (0-0, 6.10)