Found August 17, 2012 on Waiting For Next Year:
Mlb-indians-tigers-jun

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

It’s a great story. He still stinks. “Jimenez’s humble beginnings helped shape who he is today: A lanky pitcher who mostly keeps to himself and rarely shows emotion on the field, even though he has experienced the highest peaks and most cavernous valleys that a baseball career can offer.

Despite the abundant love for the game in the Dominican, kids without a future in baseball instead turned to gangs. Jimenez said those who didn’t make it on the diamond “went the easy way: to drugs, kidnapping people and stealing.”

It was imperative to his parents, Ubaldo Sr. and Ramona, that Jimenez not follow other troubled teens into that hole, and they weren’t shy about telling him so. He noted how they “worked hard every day so we could have food on the table and get an education,” even though they also showed him tough love, which he now laughs at.” [Meisel/MLB.com]

—-

Awful. Just awful. [Dr. Saturday]

—-

“The production level Shazier exhibited last season, and especially in November, caught everyone’s eye, Shazier included, but after watching film in the offseason, he tended to key in on the errors he made. “Even when I was watching the Florida and the Penn State games, I see a lot of gaps I should have filled and a lot of tackles I missed,” Shazier said.

Learning from those mistakes will be key for not only Shazier but also his running mates. Behind them is a who’s who of unproven players. Storm Klein’s dismissal in July left the Buckeyes with no experienced backups at the linebacker position.” [Rowland/Eleven Warriors]

—-

“It led to Manager Manny Acta on Wednesday making perhaps his most extraordinary statement since becoming manager of the team 2½ years ago. He basically called out the front office, or made a pre-emptive PR strike against speculation, if not outright fact, that his job is hanging in the balance of what happens the rest of this inglorious Indians season. Maybe that wasn’t his intent, but it was such an out-of-character comment by Acta, that it almost begs some dot connecting.” [Ingraham/News Herald]

—-

“Cleveland’s Samardo Samuels has pulled off a most improbable double, ranking as the least efficient post-up player in the sample in back-to-back seasons. Samuels shot 29 percent from the post in 2010-11 and 31 percent last season, and his turnover rate was sky high in both campaigns. Samuels, a bulky sort during those two years, looks the part of a low-to-the-ground force with a soft touch, but the numbers don’t bear it out. The 23-year-old showed up at summer league in Las Vegas looking at least 25 pounds lighter, so it will be interesting to see what happens with him next season.” [Lowe/Point Forward]

THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Box Score: Indians 4, Angels 8

Cue up Yakety Sax.   Scoring Summary Bot 2nd: LA Angels - A. Callaspo singled to shallow left, K. Morales scored, M. Trumbo to third - V. Wells safe at first on shortstop B. Lillibridge’s fielding error, M. Trumbo scored, A. Callaspo to second - C. Iannetta hit sacrifice fly to center, A. Callaspo scored - M. Trout stole second, V. Wells scored on C. Santana’s fielding...

Indians In-fielding Errors Not Very Friendly Welcoming Back Roberto Hernandez

The Cleveland Indians Infielders weren’t very kind to Roberto Hernandez last night, a host of errors helped the Angels to score 5 runs in the second inning. It was some of the ugliest baseball the Indians have played all season, it was almost as the Cleveland Indians were replaced by a little league team. They were making bad throws that were so far off target the Angels could...

Cleveland Indians pitcher Roberto Hernandez and Carlos Santana lose track of strikes

At times, you have to forgive some Major League Baseball players for losing track of the numbers of outs and balls/strikes during games.During Wednesday night's Angels/Indians affair, Cleveland pitcher Roberto Hernandez thought that he had recorded the final out of the bottom of the second inning with a strike out of Erick Aybar.As Hernandez and Santana both started walking off...

Duncan’s Slam Wiped Out By Six Unanswered For Athletics

The Indians opened up a three-game set in Oakland last night against the relevant again Athletics. The Indians struck first in a big way, but their starting pitching failed them again as did the bullpen while the offense powered down after the fourth inning in a 6-4 loss. Zach McAllister started out strong, and for the first three innings, pitched like the guy who has quickly become...

Box Score: Athletics 6, Indians 4

A fourth-inning grand slam off the bat of Shelley Duncan gave the Tribe a 4-0 lead in this installment of West Coast baseball. However, Tribe starter Zach McAllister gave that four-run cushion back over the span of two innings, and Vinnie Pestano allowed a pair of Joe Smith’s runners to cross the plate and break the tie in the eighth as the Athletics took the opener 6-4. The Tribe...

Indians look to McAllister against As

The Oakland Athletics have admittedly been pressing at the plate recently, but a visit from the Cleveland Indians could help take the pressure off. The Athletics open a six-game homestand Friday night with the first of three against the slumping Indians. Oakland avoided a three-game sweep at Kansas City with a 3-0 win Thursday. Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes homered to back rookie...

Indians' Hernandez is so-so in first start of season

Roberto Hernandez, the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona, started a major league game Wednesday night for the first time since Sept. 25, 2011. It was not a pretty sight. It also wasn't all Hernandez's fault. In the Cleveland Indians' 8-4 loss to the Angels, Hernandez pitched six innings, giving up eight runs on 10 hits, two of them home runs. However, three of...

Trading Choo seems inevitable for Indians

One of the decisions the Cleveland Indians will have to make in the next year involves outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who has been their most effective offensive player. Choo leads the Indians in virtually every offensive category except RBI. The 30-year-old left-handed hitter is hitting .284 with a .368 on-base percentage and .470 slugging percentage. He also leads the team with 14...

Umpire hurt in Indians-Angels game

Umpire Greg Gibson left Wednesday night's game between the Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Indians after being kicked in the head during a play at home plate. Torii Hunter tried to score from first base on a double by Kendrys Morales that went over the head of Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo. Third baseman Jack Hannahan got the relay from Choo and threw to catcher Carlos...

8/17 Game Recap: Indians 4 - A's 6

Player of the Game With four RBI and a run scored, Shelley Duncan won his tenth Player of the Game of the season. Of course this all came on one hit as Duncan scored all the Indians runs on one grand slam. Feathers Up Shelley Duncan hit his first career grand slam, giving the Indians a four run lead in the fourth inning. Feathers Down In an extreme rarity, Joe Smith and Vinnie...

Yankees Fan Hit in Eye with Ball Loses Sight, $54k -- Indians Offer him a 'Fan Package'

Rochester, NY -- Keith Rawlins was at the July 20th Cleveland Indians / Baltimore Orioles game when officials asked his section to exit so they could set up for post game activities. Keith and his... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com

Duncan's grand slam not enough vs. A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking single with the bases loaded in the eighth inning and the Oakland Athletics rallied from four runs down to beat the Cleveland Indians 6-4 on Friday night. Chris Carter drew a leadoff walk against Cleveland reliever Joe Smith (7-3) and Brandon Moss followed with a single. Pinch-hitter Josh Reddick then blooped a single into...

8/15 Game Recap: Indians 4 - Angels 8

Player of the Game Shin-Soo Choo gave Indians fans something to be happy about with a three run home run that also won him tonight's Player of the Game. The home run was his only real positive note of the night, earning him a score of 5.68. Asdrubal Cabrera also had a decent game with a double and a single, knocking in one run for a score of 1.96. Feathers Up Roberto Hernandez...

Athletics 6, Indians 4

Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking single with the bases loaded in the eighth inning and the Oakland Athletics rallied from four runs down to beat the Cleveland Indians 6-4 on Friday night. Chris Carter drew a leadoff walk against Cleveland reliever Joe Smith (7-3) and Brandon Moss followed with a single. Pinch-hitter Josh Reddick then blooped a single into right field off Vinnie...

Angels 8 Indians 4: The One With Fauxberto’s Return

I seriously don’t understand how a team can fall off the table so hard and so fast. Well, actually I can. What we have witnessed over the last three weeks has made us all forget the first three months where the Indians played close games and won their fair share. Nowadays its one bad blowout loss after another with a team that doesn’t hit well, doesn’t pitch well, and all of...
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.