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In our Tuesday morning Second Thoughts piece the IBI’s Kevin Dean asked who the Indians’ MVP is this season. As expected, the responses were all over the place.
This is of no surprise because this team truly does not have an MVP. There has been no guy that carried the team on their back all season. That has far from been the case as it has been a complete effort 1 through 25 all season as every single player on the roster has had a hand in winning games all season, including guys beyond the regular 25-man roster (Matt Carson anyone?).
The Indians don’t have an MVP. If they had to step up to a podium and except a team MVP award, everyone would have to step up to it. All 25 players, Terry Francona and the coaching staff, and even the front office.
It has just been a collective team effort this season.
The much maligned front office had a very good offseason finding a few gems in free agency like Scot...
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It is time for the Cleveland Indians to part ways with closer Chris Perez. With the Indians in a wild card race to get into the play-offs, Perez has done very little to help the cause. He goes into last nights game and gives up 4 9th inning runs. What the heck is wrong with this guy? It is almost like he knows his time is over with the Indians and he is trying to blow the opportunity...
It’s the final day of the regular season for the Cleveland Indians, and there are many, many different directions IBI’s power poll could take. Before we head in that direction, let’s take a look at last week’s power poll, as it stands today.
Last week’s question was ‘Which two teams will win the American League wild-card?’ Of course, the answer to that question isn’t...
Cleveland Indian pitcher Justin Masterson made the announcement, Chris Perez will no longer be the closer for the Cleveland Indians who are still trying to win the wild card spot. Perez almost blew the game for the Tribe last night in Minnesota. The Indians had a 5 run lead before Perez gave up 4 runs and Indians skipper pulled him from the game. Francona said, Perez stuck his head...
The performance of Indians closer Chris Perez has fans upset back in Cleveland. One fan made the comment about a strange package showing up on the doorstep at the home of Perez. This package may not be so nice. Fans are left wondering if Perez is performing this way to try and tank the Tribes chances of a play off appearance. They don’t remember seeing Perez perform this poorly...
It appears that Terry Francona has seen enough of Chris Perez in tight situations.
Terry Francona just told Mike Trivisonno on WTAM 1100 that Chris Perez is no longer the closer for the #Indians.
— Nick Camino (@NickCaminoWTAM) September 27, 2013
On the Indians’ pregame show on Fox Sports, Francona said he would use a committee type of approach to the closer role, using individual...
If not for the poor play of Chris Perez down the stretch, the Cleveland Indians would likely have clinched a playoff berth already. Perez was lights out as the team’s closer in the month of July, recording eight saves and posting 0.60 ERA. Since then, the right-hander has been incredibly shaky. Perez has blown three […]
As the regular season draws to a close, the Indians are hoping to be playing baseball beyond game #162. This week we saw heroics, dramatics, but most importantly, wins in their push for the postseason. Jason Giambi became an instant folk hero with one swing of the bat while now ex-closer Chris Perez may be left off the potential playoff roster.
In other words, playoff baseball...
The Indians' sprint toward the American League wild card game has hit a Cleveland-sized pothole.
Manager Terry Francona brought closer Chris Perez into Thursday night's game in the ninth inning to try and do some salvage work from Tuesday's near disaster against Chicago. The Indians had a 6-1 lead over the Twins at Target Field and it seemed like a perfect time for Perez...
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Leading off, Anthony Castrovince tackles the Chris Perez and now open closer position issue, “Francona would be wise not to press his luck this time around. He knows...
If you’re a Cleveland Indians fan, or someone that’s simply a fan of competent baseball. Do you trust Chris Perez?
It may seem like a complex question on the surface, but if you’ve been paying attention. There is only one correct answer, “Hell No!”
If you struggled with the previous question. I want to know what drugs you’re taking, and if Lindsay Lohan can get some....
With just days remaining in the regular season, Terry Francona is giving his bullpen a major shakeup.
The Indians manager said Friday that Chris Perez has been removed from his role as the team’s closer, according to multiple sources.
Francona did not reveal who will replace Perez at the back of the Cleveland bullpen, but Joe Smith, Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw and Justin Masterson...
It’s not like many fans didn’t see this coming, right? Perhaps not the 89-70 record, but maybe the Chris Perez demise?
Here we are. Three games left in the regular season. The Cleveland Indians are on the verge of the playoffs and, it appears that with last night’s performance, Perez might be out of a closer’s job. Heck, he nearly volunteered it up with an “I don’t want...
After a trying day that included yanking Chris Perez from the closer’s role that he’s held for the past three and a half seasons, the Indians really needed a no-doubter type win where they could give some key bullpen guys the night off. They got just that as the Indians bats exploded on lefty Pedro Hernandez and posted seven runs in the first two innings. The lead eventually...
Meaningful September baseball is upon us, and the Cleveland Indians are finding a way to make every game count. Join IBI Columnist Michael Hattery and IBI editor Jim Pete as they talk Giambi-bombs, closer problems and whether or not Chris Perez will cause a rift in the clubhouse, rotation decisions and Michael Brantley. Hattery brought out his A-Game in IBI's first ever, flat...
This night was shaping up so nicely. It should have been an easy win where the Cleveland Indians breezed to the finish line and worried about the next game and the next game only. Instead, we wake up with a closer controversy. Actually, I wouldn’t even call it a controversy. Problem is the better word for it.
There are only three games left in this magical 2013 season and it looks...