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Ace. Has there ever been a more ambiguous term in the baseball realm?
For a game as grounded in statistics as baseball, it’s amazing how there has never been a concrete answer as to how we define an ace. Some define an ace as the best starting pitcher on each team while others see an ace as a pitcher who will be among the league leaders in several statistical categories.
For me, the definition of an ace has always been simple: 3.50 ERA, 200 innings pitched and 200 strikeouts. If a pitcher’s stats are near those levels, it seems fair to say that he’s among the best in the game.
With that in mind, I want to take a trip back in time to the conclusion of the Cleveland Indians’ 2011 season. I remember watching as Director of Player Development Ross Atkins was interviewed on SportsTime Ohio as part of the network’s weekly show, “Minor League Magazine.”
The topic of Zach McAllister came up during the broadcast. While I cannot recall the exact words, Atkins was asked to touch on how he sees...
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With opening day almost upon us, it’s time to finish the 2013 Cleveland Indians Key Players series.
This article will focus on starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. When I discussed Justin Masterson back in early February, I labeled him as quite possibly the most important player on the entire team. The fact is, Ubaldo Jimenez is right there with him. With question marks surrounding...
With Opening Day just days away, the Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes reports that Tribe manager Terry Francona has announced his initial Indians lineup:
CF Michael Bourn (L)
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (S)
2B Jason Kipnis (L)
1B Nick Swisher (S)
LF Michael Brantley (L)
C Carlos Santana (S)
DH Mark Reynolds (R)
3B Lonnie Chisenhall (L)
RF Drew Stubbs (R)
The 2013 lineup is varied and versatile...
Some Tribe fans may have had flashbacks to opening day 2012 watching Thursday’s bout between the Indians and Padres in Peoria, Arizona.
Justin Masterson shined in five innings of work leaving with a 3-2 lead. In the seventh, closer Chris Perez came in and not only blew the lead, but gave up four runs on five hits including a pair of 2-run bombs. Thankfully, it was just a spring...
Only two days remain before another minor league spring training breaks on Saturday afternoon. Juan Diaz, Anthony Gallas, Carlos Moncrief, Leo Castillo and several others had good days at the plate for the Indians' affiliates, and Fernando Nieve, Danny Salazar, Jake Sisco and others impressed on the mound. The full stats from all four minor league games on Thursday are included....
Bourn - DH (Raburn, Rodriguez)Brantley - LF (Vick)Kipnis - 2B (Antonelli)Chisenhall - 3B (Gonzalez)Aviles - SS (Hernandez)Stubbs - RF (Booth)Marson - C (Santos)Carson - CF (Henry)Aguilar - 1B (Hankins - PH only, did not take field)
Jimenez - 4.2 IPHill - 1.1 IPHagadone - 1.1 IPGil - 0.2 IP
Friday's outing by Ubaldo Jimenez was nothing if not unusual.
Today concludes my so-called "adjective" series in which I have looked at various levels of Cleveland's minor league system with different adjectives in mind. It started with the prospects with the most to prove, continued with the most exciting and impressive prospects, and ends today with the most intriguing prospects.
This list may be my favorite because it looks...
And that's a wrap! As you are reading this all of the Indians' minor league players are now in the air spending their Easter Sunday traveling to their new destination in Columbus, Akron, Zebulon, or Eastlake, while some others have departed Arizona for home before returning to the Goodyear complex in the next few days to begin extended spring training. There were quite a...
The Indians went all out this offseason to pick up some tremendous offensive talent increasing the power (Nick Swisher and Mark Reynolds) and speed (Drew Stubbs and Michael Bourne). Along with the attributes that the Indians were trying to improve in, they added another. An incredible ability to swing and miss at a baseball.
Mark Reynolds is the most famous of the group of newcomers...
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Carlos Santana homered and doubled off Cincinnati starter Armando Galarraga on Saturday, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 9-1 victory over a Reds split squad in the final spring training game for both teams.
Santana hit his second home run of the spring in the fourth, a solo shot. Mark Reynolds, a free agent signed to DH, walked and scored on a single by...
As an experiment, I have assembled 18 Cleveland baseball teams from all eras to compete in a 162 game schedule for the Best Team in Cleveland History using Out Of The Park Baseball 13 (OOTP), which is a baseball simulation game. Below are the results for August, and if you missed them, here are the other pieces in the nine-part series:
Nostalgia League previewOpening day resultsApril...
The Associated Press Carlos Santana homered and doubled off Cincinnati starter Armando Galarraga on Saturday, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 9-1 victory over a Reds split squad in the final spring training game for both teams.
Santana hit his second home run of the spring in the fourth, a solo shot. Mark Reynolds, a free agent signed to DH, walked and scored on a single by Matt...
Friday represented the final day of inter-organization exhibition games for the Indians' farmhands. Players will practice and play a camp game on Saturday, and then by the time they leave the complex they will know where they have been assigned. Tony has all the stats from the five games played on Friday and provides some insight on where some players are going this season and more.
Mike Newman and I traversed the back fields of Cactus League last week. When we weren’t berating one another with insults, we analyzed the prospects we watched. After hours of back and forth we decided to memorialize our differences in “Dueling Prospects Lists.” So that we don’t taint our lists, we haven’t discussed these rankings or the analysis with each other. ...
There has been no season in recent history where the Indians have entered the season feeling so positive. Everything started with the signing of Terry Francona which completely changed the perspective of everyone in Cleveland. A slew of big free agent signing filled all the holes in the roster when it had looked prior to the end of the season that they would be filled internally...