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Indians in the Outfield: Is the Tribe good enough?

Hello and welcome to another exciting season of Cleveland Indians baseball where anything short of October playoff baseball will be seen as a massive disappointment. Offseason activities are wrapping up as team trucks are expected to arrive in Goodyear Arizona on Wednesday. The pitchers and catchers are set to report on February 17 though many have been in and out of Arizona all...
Via Waiting For Next Year
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Indians 25 Man Roster Prediction & Options

It’s still really early, but with pitchers and catchers reporting next week we have enough knowledge of the 2016 Cleveland Indians roster to create our initial break down of the potential 25 man roster and see what other options the Indians have. This list will be updated throughout the Spring season as starters are announced and cuts are made. For the moment, we aren’t taking...
Via Burning River Baseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Indians Close in on New Attendance Heights

August 21, 1948 After another massive crowd Friday night the Cleveland Indians are closing in on some notable attendance thresholds. Last night the Indians drew 78,382 fans to Municipal Stadium for Satchel Paige’s third start overall and second at home. Paige tossed a three hit shutout in a 1-0 victory, pushing the Tribe’s scoreless innings streak to 39 innings. The Indians have...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Satchel Paige Joins the Indians

Leroy Robert “Satchel” Paige was, to be sure, past his prime when the Cleveland Indians signed him in 1948. An icon of the Negro Leagues, Paige reportedly signed on his 42nd birthday, making his major league début two days later. Pitching against the St. Louis Browns, Paige entered the game in the fifth inning—he hurled two innings, allowed two hits, and frustrated the Browns...
Via The Sports Post
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 55

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride. Countdown to Opening Day – 55 days The Cleveland Indians found out very early on last season the importance of having quality depth at the catching position when starting...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Cleveland Indians Preview & Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep

When a team within your division wins the World Series, there is a sense of jealousy and "why not us" seeps into the brain. Out of the 19 matchups in 2015, Kansas City only had a 10-9 edge. The Indians outscored the Royals in those games 90-78. While the division was well out of hand (13.5 game back), Cleveland finished the 2015 season only 4.5 games out of the Wild Card spot. Most...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitcher Craig Stammen, Indians agree to minor league deal

CLEVELAND (AP) Right-hander Craig Stammen has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and will report to big league spring training. The 31-year-old was 26-24 with a 3.91 ERA in 38 starts and 191 relief appearances for the Washington Nationals during the past seven seasons. He pitched four scoreless innings in five games last year before season-ending surgery...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Old Park, New Tricks: 2016 Renovations

In 2015, Cleveland Indian’s fans were skeptically excited about the new renovations. Being creatures of habit and tradition when talking about the sports teams, change is a scary thing (unless we’re talking about the Browns, but that’s a different matter). The team had big plans to transform our ballpark, and the only recent memory tribe fans had of big changes was when our...
Via Burning River Baseball
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Improving the Cleveland Indians Outfield

We are already a week into February. Today is Super Bowl Sunday. Time is really flying by. While the Super Bowl marks the end of the NFL season, it also marks the start of the transition from winter to spring and, more importantly, the transition from football season to baseball season. With pitchers and catchers reporting in a mere weeks, and most of the biggest moves of the offseason...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Rick Pitino says school should be penalized, 'but not this team'

Louisville basketball has been in the news this weekend, and not for good reasons. Yesterday, the Cardinals instituted a one-year, self-imposed post-season ban for this season due to the alleged prostitution scandal involving the program.  Since then, head coach Rick Pitino has come under fire for the way he handled the team’s two graduate transfers, Damion Lee and Trey Lewis...
Via College Spun
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 10 AA Level Indians 1963-2015

While the Indians have had many minor league affiliates over the years, one constant, at least since 1989, has been that the AA club has been nearby in Akron, Ohio. It is difficult to compare minor league franchises from the early years, but we have consistent data from the Indians AA farm club heading back to 1963 when they were the Charleston Indians (1963-64). In the following...
Via Burning River Baseball
5 days ago  |  Discuss

KATOH Projects: Cleveland Indians Prospects

Previous editions: Baltimore / Boston / Chicago AL / Chicago NL / Cincinnati . Earlier this week, lead prospect analyst Dan Farnsworth published his excellently in-depth prospect list for the Cincinnati Reds. In this companion piece, I look at that same Cincinnati farm system through the lens of my recently refined KATOH projection system. There’s way more to prospect evaluation...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Free Agency ain’t free: Fangraphs illustrates current Cleveland Indians roster

The often referred to adage about the Cleveland Indians is they completely rely on trading for good players because they have struggled drafting and developing their own. The overhaul to their drafting and player development methodologies in 2007 have helped change the message, but are the Indians actually seeing results from their own system? it would (finally) appear so. August...
Via Waiting For Next Year
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Evaluating the 2016 Prospects: Cleveland Indians

Other clubs: Braves, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Orioles, Reds, Red Sox, White Sox. The Indians have an enviable number of likely big league players in their system, though only a handful of them project to be impact talents. The top three in the list have the highest ceilings, I believe, with Bradley Zimmer the pretty undisputed number-one guy. I’m pretty high on Triston McKenzie, and...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cleveland Indians are changing the hot dog game

We’re getting to that time where the major league and minor league baseball teams debut their new food items for the coming season. It’s our “bread and butter”, so to speak. The Cleveland Indians have already announced some new food items for the new season, and one hot dog in particular caught our eye: First up: Happy Dog. Known for its hot/veggie dogs, fries/tots, &...
Via Food and Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians OF Brantley says opening day 'target' after surgery

CLEVELAND (AP) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is targeting opening day to return from offseason shoulder surgery. Brantley had an operation to repair a small tear on his non-throwing shoulder in November. The timetable on his return is 5 to 6 months, putting the start of his season in jeopardy. But although it's probable he won't be ready for the April 4 opener against Boston...
Via Associated Press
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Bobby Bradley be the power hitter the Indians desperately need?

The current rendition of the Cleveland Indians could definitely use more power. In 2015, the Tribe finished 22nd in home runs, with only the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox beneath them from the DH-invigorated American League. Not a single player even reached 20 home runs — Carlos Santana led the team with 19. The team did finish middle of the MLB pack in slugging percentage...
Via Waiting For Next Year
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Tomlin, Indians agree to $5.5 million, 2-year contract

CLEVELAND (AP) Josh Tomlin has shown toughness and tenacity during his time with the Indians. On Tuesday, he was rewarded for it. Tomlin and Cleveland agreed to a $5.5 million, two-year contract, a deal that can earn the right-hander $11.75 million over three seasons. The 31-year-old agreed Jan. 15 to a $2.25 million, one-year deal that avoided salary arbitration. The new agreement...
Via Associated Press
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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