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What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2013 title for all 30 teams.
The years of futility by Lake Erie are over, and the Cleveland Indians are World Champions for the first time in 65 years. The 2013 season was the best Indians squad since the 2007 team that went up 3-1 on the Red Sox in the ALCS before getting outscored by 25 runs in the final three games of that series.
Cleveland's revamped offense did wonders for them in 2013. The Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn signings seemed questionable when they went down this offseason, but both paid off in spades after Swisher homered 25 times and posted a .851 OPS, while Bourn stole 47 bases and put together a five win season in center field. I'm sure that's exactly what the Tribe expected when they handed $104 million to those two this winter.
Swisher and Bourn got some help in the line...
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The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with shortstop Ronny Rodriguez. Rodriguez has been one of the bright spots that has come out of Latin America the last few years as he has become one of the most athletic and exciting players in the Indians’ system. He still has a ways to go with the bat, but there is a lot of potential with his arm and bat, and...
The Harlem Shake craze will never...ever...die, and the Cleveland Indians are the latest pro sports team to jump on that train. Their Harlem Shake starts with new manager Terry Francona giving the team a pep talk of sorts before starting into the dance. Then, once the chaos begins, chaos truly begins, with Francona dressed as a baby, Nick Swisher as an Ohio State football player...
Don’t tell the Indians, but the Harlem Shake is as outdated as the last championship in Cleveland.
Newly hired Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona decided it was time for his squad to enjoy a little fun as he led the Tribe in one of the best Harlem Shakes yet. Indians fans better hope he’s not concentrating too hard on dancing, as the Indians can’t afford another disappointing...
The Cleveland Indians today announced the following roster moves relative to the Major League spring training roster:
- Selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Rich Hill from the Triple-A Columbus Clippers, adding him to the 40-man roster.
- Placed right-handed pitcher Blake Wood (right elbow rehab) on the 60-day Disabled List.
- Optioned outfielder Tim Federoff, right-handed...
Continuing to dominate on the hill, Cleveland Indians reclamation project Scott Kazmir threw four shutout frames against the Los Angeles Angels in a Cactus League game on Monday. The 29-year-old Kazmir, a two-time All-Star selection who signed a minor league contract with Cleveland in December, has whiffed 13 batters and is yet to allow a run in 11 innings this spring between Cactus...
Indians reliever Frank Herrmann will miss the entire 2013 season after having Tommy John surgery.
The right-hander, who has pitched in 95 games for Cleveland over the past three seasons, had the operation on Wednesday in New York. Hermann will need at least one year to recover from the elbow-reconstruction surgery. The 28-year-old spent most of last season at Triple-A Columbus,...
Kenny Lofton is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. He played on 11 different teams, including the Cleveland Indians three separate times, from 1991 to 2007. Lofton was a speedy center fielder that excelled in getting hits and stealing bases.
Lofton was a 6-time All-Star and a 4-time Gold Glove Award winner. He also led the league in stolen...
Terry Francona, the manager of the Cleveland Indians, leads his team in the newest internet trend “The Harlem Shake.” The former manager of the Boston Red Sox also seemed to mask what was going on like he had no idea but it was obviously choreographed. College teams are doing it. NBA teams are doing it. Major League Baseball now has Terry Francona doing it.
Scott Kazmir faced his ex-team, the Los Angeles Angels, on Monday afternoon, and even though it’s still spring training he looks as dominant as ever.
In four innings, Kazmir gave up three hits, struck out four and walked one.
His hold on the fifth spot in the Cleveland Indians rotation has gotten tighter as his competition, Daisuke Matsuzaka, pitched a scoreless sixth but...
Ubaldo Jimenez pitched five solid innings, settling into a good groove after allowing two runs in the second, and Cord Phelps hit his second homer of spring training to lift the Cleveland Indians to a 5-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
After stringing together four hits in the second, including an RBI ground-rule double to center by Gordon Beckham and a run-scoring...
Daisuke Matsuzaka left his outing Monday because of a cramp in his right calf, overshadowing a fine performance by Scott Kazmir as the Cleveland Indians played to a 0-0 tie with Jered Weaver and the Los Angeles Angels.
Attempting a comeback after having elbow-reconstruction surgery in 2011 and a disastrous final season with Boston, the 32-year-old Matsuzaka allowed one hit in one...
About half way through Spring Training (3/6-3/13), all the news is based around injuries and cuts. Chris Perez is progressing nicely through his shoulder rehab and has started throwing on the side, but will most likely not pitch again in a game in Goodyear. Michael Brantley is also doing better and rejoined the Indians lineup on Sunday. He should have no problem making Opening Day...
Previously, it was Oliver Perez. Earlier in his career, Oliver Perez was a good major-league pitcher. Then he was a worse major-league pitcher, then he was a bad major-league pitcher, then he was nothing, thought to be hopeless. Perez resurfaced in winter ball, allegedly reaching his old velocity levels as a reliever. The Mariners gave him a chance, and he worked his way into a big...
Last week, I was all excited about the NCAA tournament and breaking down the bubble picture. I’ll have a little bit more March Madness today, but also wanted to share a few other stats-related sports thoughts about the Cavs, Indians and Browns. Hope you enjoy.
– The Cavs’ much improved turnover ratio
While I’ve written about this topic several times already in the last month...
The Indians have a history of looking promising in recent history, but falling flat once the season started. Many times, it was due to the inability to develope players. This year, they decided to go out and spend some money.
Lars Anderson, 1B (Diamondbacks, Trade)
Russ Canzler, SS (Blue Jays, Waivers)
Shin-Soo Choo, OF (Reds, Trade)
Jason Donald, SS (Reds, Trade)...