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The culture in Cleveland is changing, and Indians manager Terry Francona is at the forefront of that change.
Francona’s hiring this offseason generated plenty of buzz, and pieces have since fallen into place. The Indians signed Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Mark Reynolds, Jason Giambi and others, which seems to indicate that the Tribe are more focused on contending than they are on rebuilding.
Giambi is among those who think that Francona — known throughout his career as a players’ manager — is the perfect guy to turn around a team that lost 94 games last season.
“All those years I played for the Yankees, I always told [Francona], ‘One day, I’m going to play for you,’”Giambi told USA Today. “I always believed that. He’s really the dream manager everyone wants to play for.
“I mean, you saw what he did in Boston. We used to always beat those guys. But once he got there, he transformed that team.”
Giambi isn’t the only player in the Indians’ clubhouse excited about playing for Franco
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What starts out with team meeting in Goodyear, Arizona ultimately turns into Terry Francona rump shaking and immense costumed craziness, all apparently the brainchild of one Nick Swisher. These guys may win the division; they may not. But man, are they going to be fun to root for. For details on who is dressed as what, hit up the WFNY Tumblr. Your 2013 Cleveland Indians. Con los...
Don’t tell the Indians, but the Harlem Shake is as outdated as the last championship in Cleveland.
Newly hired Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona decided it was time for his squad to enjoy a little fun as he led the Tribe in one of the best Harlem Shakes yet. Indians fans better hope he’s not concentrating too hard on dancing, as the Indians can’t afford another disappointing...
The Harlem Shake craze will never...ever...die, and the Cleveland Indians are the latest pro sports team to jump on that train. Their Harlem Shake starts with new manager Terry Francona giving the team a pep talk of sorts before starting into the dance. Then, once the chaos begins, chaos truly begins, with Francona dressed as a baby, Nick Swisher as an Ohio State football player...
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with shortstop Dorssys Paulino. Paulino is kind of the anti-Lindor as Francisco Lindor is a gifted fielder that has the potential to be a solid offensive contributor whereas Paulino is a gifted hitter that has the tools to be a solid defensive player. Tony goes into great detail why he is such a special hitter and...
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with second baseman Jose Ramirez. Some may be surpsied to see Ramirez this high, but if there was one player that caught the system by storm last season it was Ramirez and is a player that the Indians themselves did not really know what they had in him until June and July came around. All he does is hit and his impressive...
Terry Francona, the manager of the Cleveland Indians, leads his team in the newest internet trend “The Harlem Shake.” The former manager of the Boston Red Sox also seemed to mask what was going on like he had no idea but it was obviously choreographed. College teams are doing it. NBA teams are doing it. Major League Baseball now has Terry Francona doing it.
Easily outperforming Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco and Daisuke Matsuzaka, Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal reports Cleveland Indians reclamation project Scott Kazmir will likely be named the team’s fifth starter. The 29-year-old Kazmir, a two-time All-Star selection who signed a minor league contract with Cleveland in December, has fanned 13 batters and is yet to allow...
Indians reliever Frank Herrmann will miss the entire 2013 season after having Tommy John surgery.
The right-hander, who has pitched in 95 games for Cleveland over the past three seasons, had the operation on Wednesday in New York. Hermann will need at least one year to recover from the elbow-reconstruction surgery. The 28-year-old spent most of last season at Triple-A Columbus,...
Cleveland Indians right-handed reliever Frank Herrmann
underwent Tommy John surgery yesterday, which will sideline him for the entire
2013 season, according to Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer.
Indians RHP Frank Herrmann has Tommy John surgery. Dr David Alchek did surgery today in New York
— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) March 13, 2013
The Indians shut Herrmann down...
Right-hander Brett Myers pitched four uneven innings, and the Cleveland Indians fell 4-3 to the Milwaukee Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park on Friday.
Across four innings, Myers allowed seven hits and four earned runs, and he also walked three while striking out two. The start certainly left a lot to be desired, and Myers now has a 7.11 ERA in 12 2/3 innings this spring...
Honestly, it's getting to the point where I'm running out of ways to describe these Harlem Shake videos and well, they still keep on coming.
The fine folks over at the Cleveland Indians did their own version and if we learn anything from this clip, Terry Fracona can shake that behind:
Ubaldo Jimenez pitched five solid innings, settling into a good groove after allowing two runs in the second, and Cord Phelps hit his second homer of spring training to lift the Cleveland Indians to a 5-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
After stringing together four hits in the second, including an RBI ground-rule double to center by Gordon Beckham and a run-scoring...
About half way through Spring Training (3/6-3/13), all the news is based around injuries and cuts. Chris Perez is progressing nicely through his shoulder rehab and has started throwing on the side, but will most likely not pitch again in a game in Goodyear. Michael Brantley is also doing better and rejoined the Indians lineup on Sunday. He should have no problem making Opening Day...
Last week, I was all excited about the NCAA tournament and breaking down the bubble picture. I’ll have a little bit more March Madness today, but also wanted to share a few other stats-related sports thoughts about the Cavs, Indians and Browns. Hope you enjoy.
– The Cavs’ much improved turnover ratio
While I’ve written about this topic several times already in the last month...