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...
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3 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
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 68

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 – 68 days When looking at the Cleveland Indians current roster, one of the glaring concerns this offseason has been the outfield depth. With Michael...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Optimizing the 2016 Indians Line-Up

It is no secret that the Indians needed to add some offensive muscle after the 2015 season ended. Fans cried out for a “right-handed power bat” like their lives depended on it, hoping some tweet or Facebook post would touch a nerve in the front office and inspire a game changer. To be honest, power is important but it isn’t everything. The tribe has stepped up their collection...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Joey Butler: More Than Just a No Hit Spoiler

On July 1st, 2015, Carlos Carrasco pitched as well as any pitcher in Major League baseball history for eight innings. Unfortunately, he began the ninth with a walk and a hit batter before left fielder Joey Butler ended his no hitter with an RBI single to center that ended Carrasco’s day. The Indians still got the win and Butler would continue on with his first full MLB season,...
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January 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Indians In The Winter Leagues

Major League Baseball has had a heavy influx of Latin American taken over the past quarter century, which has translated into competitive winter league teams during baseball’s offseason. The Indians have players in nearly all of these leagues, including the Venezuelan, Dominican, and Puerto Rican leagues. This season, unlike some past years, does not feature many of the Indians...
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January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Rafael Montero Makes Second Dominican League Appearance

  Rafael Montero returned to the mound last in the 7th inning for the Leones del Escogido to face three hitters. The first batter he faced was Abraham Almonte (Cleveland Indians) who ground out... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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December 31, 2015  |  Discuss

The 12 Days Of A Cleveland Indians Christmas

Yes, there have been multiple parodies of the song “The 12 Days Of Christmas.” Some good. Some bad. Almost all ugly. The holiday season would not be complete, though, without hearing some adaptation of the song at least once. It constitutes a festive atmosphere, especially when family and friends gather, and calls for the best karaoke singers to take the stage and sing their...
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December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

I Don’t Think You Truly Appreciate the Dire Situation of the Cleveland Indians Outfield

All Indians fans know the narrative of the right handed power bat and that their primary goal this off-season has been to add at least one outfielder and possibly a third basemen. A wide variety of names have come up from Marcell Ozuna and Todd Frazier in trade to Shane Victorino and Rajai Davis through free agency, but nothing real has come through yet. Usually when a team is looking...
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December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

How can the Cleveland Indians improve in 2016?

The Cleveland Indians hovered in the middle of the pack for all of the 2015 season, spending only three days total above .500, one of those days though was the final day of the season. Closing the year with an 81-80 record and only 4.5 games out of the playoffs. This type of close to the season certainly leaves things to build on for the 2016 campaign. However, many of the flaws...
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December 06, 2015  |  Discuss

With Holes in the Outfield, Naquin Becomes a Name to Know

The pesky rumor mill is churning once again as the Cleveland Indians attempt to address a notable hole or two in the outfield rotation for the coming 2016 season. All three spots in the field would appear to have their question marks. Michael Brantley will not be available to start the season on time after offseason shoulder surgery, leaving a void in left. Abraham Almonte impressed...
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December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Padres and A’s trade four ahead of tender deadline

Today is the deadline to offer contracts to arbitration eligible players and it seems that may have been the motivation in a deal that went down moments ago between the Athletics and Padres. Oakland is sending Drew Pomeranz, Jose Torres, and a player to be named later to San Diego for Mark Rzepcynski and Yonder Alonso. #Athletics acquire Marc Rzepcynski and Yonder Alonso from San...
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December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Padres and A’s trade four ahead of tender deadline

Today is the deadline to offer contracts to arbitration eligible players and it seems that may have been the motivation in a deal that went down moments ago between the Athletics and Padres. Oakland is sending Drew Pomeranz, Jose Torres, and a player to be named later to San Diego for Mark Rzepcynski and Yonder Alonso. #Athletics acquire Marc Rzepcynski and Yonder Alonso from...
Via The Outside Corner
December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Tribe Search for Outfielders Spans Far and Wide

The Indians have many areas where people think improvements are needed. Recently, Michael Brantley’s shoulder surgery increased the need for improvement in the outfield. This past season, the Indians touted an outfield that consisted of Brantley, and a rotating cast of other interchangeable players that includes at times names such as Michael Bourn, Ryan Raburn, David Murphy,...
Via Burning River Baseball
November 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Tribe’s Bench Bunch Could Use a Boost

When trying to imagine what the Cleveland Indians roster might look like for the coming season, there are the obvious question marks. What will the rotation look like? Will the front office bolster the bullpen? Will Abraham Almonte and Lonnie Chisenhall really be the club’s starting center and right fielders for 2016? The latter question plays a substantial role on what the Indians...
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November 16, 2015  |  Discuss

ICYMI at DTTWLN – October 12 to October 18

Every Monday at 11 AM, we will bring you a recap of all of the stories you may have missed over the previous week, complete with all necessary links. Our offseason coverage continued with a look back at some of the positives of the 2015 season. On Monday, Craig Gifford looked back on the acquisitions of Abraham Almonte and Chris Johnson and the benefits of a fresh start in Cleveland...
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October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

New Faces Benefited From Fresh Starts

Sometimes, the best thing to happen for a struggling athlete is to get a change of scenery. That scenario certainly paid off for a pair of players, who were in vastly different points in their careers. This past season, Chris Johnson and Abraham Almonte both left situations in which they were struggling to get much going on the baseball field. After arriving in Cleveland, each player...
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October 12, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Player of the Game Results

While it isn’t used as much as it once was on the site in deference to more standardized all-encompassing stats, I still use the stat I created, called the Player of the Game stat, for scoring every game of the season and evaluating players. For more info on the number, check the Player of the Game page, but to keep it simple, it includes all offensive, defensive and pitching...
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October 09, 2015  |  Discuss

This Week in Tribe 9/21-9/27: Win or Go Home

The Cleveland Indians trend of winning, losing then winning and losing again continued this past week as moving above the .500 mark continues to be elusive. After winning four of seven, the Tribe finished the week at 74-74 after the split of a four-game series with Kansas City and then taking two of three against the Chicago White Sox. With Texas (80-69) playing good baseball and...
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September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Ball Played: Tribe cooled off, shut out, and back below .500

The Cleveland Indians may be hot but the Royals are, well, American League royalty this year. Tuesday night’s game, the second of a four-game series with Kansas City, featured two Tommy John survivors. Back in December, 2014 the Royals signed free agent and former Atlanta Braves pitcher Kris Medlen. Medlen had undergone the famous surgical procedure in March 2014 so it wasn’t...
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September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

This Week in Tribe 9/14-9/20: Indians Approaching Must-Win Mode

The Cleveland Indians finally reached the sacred plateau of being a .500 ball club this past week, but it was short-lived and left the Tribe missing a golden opportunity to gain vital ground in the American League Wild Card race. It was good news that the Indians were series winners against the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers by winning two of three against both teams. But after...
Via Burning River Baseball
September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

The Browns have reduced me to random thoughts: While We’re Waiting…

Happy Misery Monday, you guys. I’m low on time this week, so I’m going to just hit you with a few quick thoughts. Let’s go! As much as we were all excited for the NFL season to start, I’m not sure we were all too thrilled about that feeling we have when we saunter in to the office the day after a loss. We’ll have plenty of Browns coverage over the next few days, but man—what...
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September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

9/13 Game 1 Recap: Tribe Terrorize Tigers

Player of the Game Francisco Lindor continues to impress everyone with his all around play. Today he went 2 for 4 with 2 runs batted in. Notable mentions: Abraham Almonte (2 for 3, 2 runs scored, 1 stolen base), Chris Johnson (3 for 4, 2 runs batted in). Feathers Up Cody Anderson wasn’t as sharp as he had been in his previous two starts but he found a way to get out of jams...
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September 13, 2015  |  Discuss

How Abraham Almonte Turned the Tribe Around

On August 7th, the Cleveland Indians traded Michael Bourn to the Atlanta Braves in a salary dump that included Nick Swisher and netted the team Chris Johnson. One day later, Abraham Almonte, who had himself been picked up in the much smaller salary dump of Marc Rzepczynski to San Diego, made his Cleveland debut. Through August 7th, the Indians were ten games under .500 at 49-59,...
Via Burning River Baseball
September 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Almonte Could Be Cleveland’s Latest Gem Stolen From Padres

When it comes to trades with the San Diego Padres, the Cleveland Indians have made out pretty well. Before the 1990 season, the Tribe shipped off All-Star outfielder Joe Carter to the Padres for a package that included Sandy Alomar, Jr. and Carlos Baerga. Alomar and Baerga went on to become a couple of the cornerstones of the great 1990s Indians teams. Meanwhile, Carter was not long...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
September 10, 2015  |  Discuss
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