Found May 24, 2013 on Indians Baseball Insider:
Mlb-indians-tigers-apr
There are so few constants in life, but thankfully for the Cleveland Indians, Michael Brantley seems to be one of them. Plain and simple, Michael Brantley is a joy to watch. The left-handed hitting outfielder is a great throwback to an era of baseball that time seems to have forgot. He’s a great teammate, hard worker and excellent defender — a true pro’s pro. With all of the Tribe’s new offseason acquisitions, a great deal of pressure has now been taken off the shoulders of Brantley — and it shows. Brantley is currently in the middle of a breakout season as he’s hitting .306/.362/.388 with six doubles, one triple, two home runs and 24 RBIs. He’s also been especially effective in the clutch as he’s hitting .359.426/.513 with runners in scoring position and .364/.417/.591 with two outs and runners in scoring position. Of course, for every yin there is a yang, and Brantley’s success seems to bring about a new dilemma for the Indians — contract negotiations. With Brantley under team con...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Terry Francona playfully attacks Red Sox announcer Don Orsillo (Video)

Cleveland Indians manager (and former Boston Red Sox manager) Terry Francona playfully attacked NESN play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo before Friday night's game at Fenway Park. Francona first chased Orsillo out of the Indians dugout. Then, as Orsillo came back, Francona grabbed his tie and got him in a headlock. Fortunately for us, Orsillo's NESN colleague Jenny...

What will we see next from mercurial Tribe rotation?

Entering the 2013 season, the consensus weakness of the Cleveland Indians roster was its starting rotation. While Chris Antonetti had gone out and significantly boosted the offense — throwing out four-year deals and making small moves for new bench guys — the starters remained mostly intact. And coming off the 2012 season, intact probably wasn’t the best thing to do. Last year...

Cleveland Indians Activate Nick Swisher, Option Cord Phelps

The Cleveland Indians have activated veteran first baseman Nick Swisher from the paternity leave list Friday. Celebrating the child of his birth as reported a few days ago on FFLockerRoom, we are happy to hear that everything went well and the baby and mother is healthy. To make room on the active roster for Swisher, the Indians have optioned second baseman Cord Phelps to their Triple...

Mike Aviles: “You’ll never want to play for anybody else”

Buried in his Friday evening notes from Boston, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian had this “quote to note” from Indians utility man Mike Aviles about manager Terry Francona: “I had numerous guys ask me, ‘What’s Tito like as a manager?’ I’d say, ‘I promise you, you’ll never want to play for anybody else.’ And it’s no disrespect to anybody else. That’s just the type...

A Chisenhall Update

It may be easy to forget among the Indians recent successes, especially with how well Mark Reynolds has been playing defensively at third base, but Lonnie Chisenhall is still in AAA. His minimum limit has just passed and he was not immediately brought back up to Cleveland, so it seems like a good time to check up on his progress. He has played eight games since his demotion and...

BLOOPER: Michael Bourn turns routine fly ball into home run

Terry Francona Says He Never Rooted Against Red Sox When Visiting Fenway Park, But Now He Will ‘Like Crazy’ (Video)

Terry Francona might not have ended his time as Red Sox manager in storybook fashion, but he didn’t let that spoil his feelings toward his former team when he visited. Now, it’s a different story. While speaking with the media before his first return to Fenway as an opposing manager, Tito spoke about his feelings coming back to the ballpark where he helped lead a team to two...

Minor Happenings: Chen's red hot bat earns him a promotion

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, which is a great time to enjoy some good weather, some baseball, and most importantly remember and honor all of the veterans out there. In today’s Happenings, Tony touches on the promotion of Chun Chen and his blistering performance to date and what it could mean for him as a major league option going forward. He also provides comments from Ross...

Indians cruise in Francona’s Fenway return

Drew Stubbs and Mark Reynolds drove in three runs each and Cleveland had 16 hits in the Indians' 12-3 win over the Boston Red Sox in manager Terry Francona's return to Fenway Park on Thursday night., http://juicedsportsblog.com/sports-news/news/indians-cruise-in-franconas-fenway-return

Mudcats hold on for 8-7 win over Dash

ZEBULON – After taking a big early lead, the Carolina Mudcats gave up the lead in the top of the eighth, but rallied for the 8-7 win on Saturday night at Five County Stadium against the Winston Salem Dash. The second straight win against the Dash brings Carolina’s record to 16-31.  The Mudcats are undefeated against Winston Salem at home this season. The Mudcats rallied in...

WFNY Stats & Info: Browns wins or Jason Giambi home runs?

Throughout 2013, I’ve been providing semi-regular headlines here at WFNY under the vein of “WFNY Stats & Info.” Often, these will be incredibly detailed split statistics showing various streaks and runs for the Cleveland teams. Today, I’d like to propose something different: A Cleveland-based prop bet. Which will be more: Home runs hit by Jason Giambi in 2013 for the...

Hello Cleveland III: Francona deserves curtain call

The Guru Contributing Writer Terry Francona was the manager that accomplished what no Red Sox manager in 86 years had been able to do. Not Joe Cronin, not Dick Williams, not Don Zimmer, not John McNamara. It was Terry Francona that brought a World Series Championship to Boston. Francona was on top of the world in 2004. He was no Grady Little. And he was back on top in 2007 as...

Terry Francona Returns To Boston

Terry Francona returned to Boston Thursday for the first time since his firing from the Red Sox in 2011. Terry Francona knows Fenway Park. He knows Boston. He helped bring the Boston Red Sox two titles in his eight-year tenure there, including a magical, curse-breaking eight-game run to the 2004 title. The Red Sox were relevant every single year with Francona at the helm. Now Francona...

Red Sox-Indians Live: John Lackey Tasked With Slowing Down Indians After Rough Series Opener for Sox

8 a.m. ET: Terry Francona’s return to Fenway Park on Thursday was special, but the end result was a far cry from what the Red Sox anticipated. The Indians jumped all over Ryan Dempster and pounded out 16 hits en route to a 12-3 victory. It was the third straight shaky outing for Dempster, who has failed four times to record his third win of the year. Now, John Lackey will be asked...
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.