Found September 13, 2012 on
Burning River Baseball:
The Indians face an important decision this offseason as Travis Hafner's contract runs out. The man once known as Pronk has not played at a prominent level since 2007 when he knocked in 100 runs with 24 home runs. In the five seasons since he has knocked in a total of 213 runs with 58 homers. Hafner signed his current contract prior to that 2007 season after his best season in 2006 when he lead the league in OPS and finished 8th in the MVP race. Based off the strength of that season and the two seasons prior he was given $13 million for each of the last two seasons (2011-2012) and an option for next season at the same price (he also has a buyout of $2.75 Million).
Before the Indians make this all important and seemingly simple decision, there is one peice of information they should look at:
W Sans Pronk
L Sans Pronk
No Pronk %
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Which is sadder- the fact that I completely forgot to post the box score from last night’s Indians game, or the fact that nobody noticed?
Bot 1st: Texas
- J. Hamilton grounded into fielder’s choice, I. Kinsler scored, E. Andrus out at second
- A. Beltre homered to deep left, J. Hamilton scored
Bot 3rd: Texas
- J. Hamilton homered to deep right...
Cleveland center fielder Michael Brantley has been scratched from Thursday night's lineup with a sore left pectoral muscle and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera will not start for a fourth straight game because of a sore right wrist.
Brantley was originally batting cleanup for the Indians against the Texas Rangers. But Cleveland scratched him after the team took batting practice. Ezequiel...
Cleveland Indians left fielder Vinny Rottino got credit for a sacrifice bunt after hitting it foul and watching it spin back into fair territory during Thursday night's game in Arlington against the Texas Rangers.
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It happened in the top of the eighth inning with an Indians runner on first. Ironically, Rottino was trying to pull his...
Asdrubal Cabrera was not in the line up again last night for the Cleveland Indians. He has missed the past two games with a sore right wrist. The Indians have not indicated any plans to put Cabrera on the disabled list and hope to have him back in the lineup soon. However, it looks like he may miss the next few games still.
According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, Cabrera...
When you are a bad team like the Indians are, you have no margin for error. When your four through nine in your lineup reads Russ Canzler, Matt LaPorta, Brent Lillibridge, Jason Donald, Thomas Neal, Ezequiel Carrera and you are playing the Texas Rangers, you are going to need not to play perfect baseball, but you need a little luck as well.
So the Indians took that lineup to the...
The Cleveland Indians snapped their five-game losing streak Thursday night with a 5-4 win over the Texas Rangers. The bigger news for Cleveland came before the game, when manager Manny Acta announced a change in the rotation. Acta said left-hander David Huff would replace right-hander Jeanmar Gomez in the starting staff, with Gomez being sent to the bullpen. The move wasn't...
When was the last time I was able to write something positive regarding our baseball team? Im seriously at a loss, or should I say several losses, because that’s all the Indians seem to do these days. They look like a team asleep at the wheel, looking forward to the day the season is over. The slump has worn down everyone. The pitching has been horrific. The offense never came...
Going into a three game series with Detroit, the Indians guarantee they will only be losing to teams from the Central Division for the rest of the year. Since the Indians are out of it and I hate the idea of a team trying for a high draft pick, I like to set personal goals for Indians just to make the season a little more interesting. A few of these I have already stated, like Masterson...
There was a time, not too terribly long ago, when a win like this would’ve mattered.
It would’ve gotten the talking heads talking and the writing wonks writing. It would’ve kept me from sleeping, excitable as I am. This is the sort of win that would’ve felt momentous, back when momentum was still a thing that could make a team win, rather than a weight that pulls it down...
Player of the Game
Carlos Santana just beat out David Huff for his 15th of the season. The Indians only scored two runs and Santana was part of both of them, scoring the first when he singled and scored on a Casey Kotchman fielder's choice with the bases loaded. He knocked in the other run with a sacrifice fly after Ezequiel Carrera singled and got himself to third. His final...
For the three of us that saw it, this was an unexpected treat. A Matola jack. A Kipnis smash. A ninth inning comeback. Reminded me of better days.
WP: S. Maine (1-0) S: C. Perez (36) LP: J. Nathan (2-4)
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Jason Kipnis hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Joe Nathan and the Cleveland Indians snapped a five-game losing streak, beating the Texas Rangers 5-4 Thursday night.
The Rangers remained three games ahead of Oakland in the AL West after the Athletics lost to the Los Angeles Angels.
Nathan (2-4) had converted a club-record 31 straight save chances...
Jason Kipnis hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Joe Nathan and the Cleveland Indians snapped a five-game losing streak, beating the Texas Rangers 5-4 Thursday night.
Nathan (2-4) had converted a club-record 31 straight save chances before the Indians erased a 4-2 deficit in the ninth. The right-hander's only other blown save this season came April 11 against Seattle...
Nobody said beating the Texas Rangers was going to be easy, especially when you have starting pitching that could go either way on any night and a lineup that looks more like a 4A convention than a Major League team. But hey, as GM Chris Antonetti told us two days ago, these guys still have a lot to play for. Especially the young kids who want to have jobs in 2013.
One of those kids...
Player of the Game
Tonight's Player of the Game was removed for a pinch hitter late in the game, because that's what should always happen. Matt LaPorta hit an RBI double, giving him a score of 1.68 for the game. It was his first RBI of the season and his first Player of the Game, mostly due to being absolutely terrible during the short time he has been with the Tribe this...