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Fittingly, Bartolo Colon the final torch bearer for the Montreal Expos

Coming into 2015, there were seven “active” players who previously suited up for the Montreal Expos. In no particular order, they were Luis Ayala, Scott Downs, Bruce Chen, Endy Chavez, Maicer Izturis, Bartolo Colon, and Jon Rauch. Chen retired before the start of the season. Ayala is pitching in the Mexican League after spending all of the 2014 season in the minor leagues. Rauch...
Via Baseball Essential
6 days ago  |  Discuss

I Love the 90's

One of the 1990's relics has recently retired from Major League Baseball; Bruce Chen debuted with the Atlanta Braves back in 1998. He played a couple seasons with the Phillies back-in-the-day. In honor of Chen's career, WSBGMs is going to take a moment to reflect on MLB veterans still in the game that made their debut in the 90's.  It is something to celebrate, because like it or...
Via We Should Be GM's
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday Notes: Funky Lefties Holiday Edition

Bruce Chen retired on Monday, which makes this a good time to talk about Michael Roth. Chen closed out his career with the Indians, and Roth, a fellow southpaw, signed with Cleveland this past off-season. That’s not their only connection. A few days before Chen made his announcement, I suggested to the 25-year-old former Angel […]
Via Fangraphs
May 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets Card of the Week: 2002 Bruce Chen

2002 TOPPS BRUCE CHEN It is always bittersweet when a human time capsule like Bruce Chen retires. You look back at his first career start– a 21-year old lefty for the division-leading Braves facing a distant-second Mets squad in an essentially meaningless September game– and the names that float through the box score speak of a different era. Alfonzo, Olerud, Allensworth, Ordonez...
Via Mets360.com
May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Veteran pitcher Bruce Chen announces retirement via Twitter

After 17 years in the big leagues, veteran pitcher Bruce Chen announced his retirement on Twitter Monday night. The 37-year-old left-hander made the decision just days after being designated for assignment by the Cleveland Indians following two disappointing outings. Chen thanked his family, fans, and the 11 teams he's played for throughout his major-league career in a series of...
Via Fox Sports
May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Bruce Chen retiring after 17 major league seasons

Veteran lefty Bruce Chen took to Twitter on Monday to announce his retirement from the MLB: Today, I would like to announce my retirement. For the last 22yrs I have been doing what I love for a living. I feel blessed and fortunate — Bruce Chen (@ChenMusic) May 19, 2015 Chen, 37, spent his 17 seasons with 11 different teams — Kansas City Royals , Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles...
Via Baseball Essential
May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Veteran pitcher Bruce Chen announces his retirement on Twitter after 22-year career

View image | gettyimages.com Long-time veteran starting pitcher, and former Phillie Bruce Chen, took to Twitter Monday evening to announce his retirement from the game of Major League Baseball. Today, I would like to announce my retirement. For the last 22yrs I have been doing what I love for a...
Via Philliedelphia
May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Bruce Chen cut by Indians, who bring up Austin Adams

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Pitcher Bruce Chen has been cut by the Cleveland Indians after going 0-1 with a 12.79 ERA in two starts. Cleveland designated the 37-year-old left-hander for assignment on Saturday and recalled right-hander Austin Adams. Chen allowed first-inning home runs to Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre, wasting a two-run lead in an 8-3 loss to Texas. Chen gave up three...
Via AP on Fox
May 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Bullpen Reigns in Texas; Indians 8, Rangers 3

After Bruce Chen allowed three runs in the first inning and only survived 2.1 innings, the Tribe bullpen stepped in and tossed 6.2 scoreless frames. The fleet of Ryan Webb, Zach McAllister, Scott Atchison, Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen combined to allow just two hits. It was just what the Indians needed to win the opening game of the series, 8-3. The win is only the second time this...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
May 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Bode Plots: Analyzing Indians starters

The 2015 Cleveland Indians season has been frustrating to follow thus far. The season began with lofty expectations propped up by the team becoming the national darlings of the now analytic-friendly media. The Indians even managed to win their opening series against the Houston Astros who have unexpectedly been one of the best teams in baseball. Since that time, the Indians have...
Via Waiting For Next Year
May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

cleveland indians fifth starter tj house bruce chen shaun marcum

Who will fill the fifth starter spot for the Indians this week? Who will start for the Indians on Saturday? Manager Terry Francona is in no rush to make that decision. With TJ House still on the mend, Francona will likely have to find another option to start Saturday's game against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. The Indians have Monday off, giving Francona the opportunity to reshuffle...
Via Fox Sports
May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

5/9 Recap: Tribe Rally Falls Short

Roster Update: Mike Aviles was placed on the family medical emergency list and Zach Walters was called up in his stead. Anthony Swarzak was designated for assignment to make room for Bruce Chen, who made his first appearance and first start in an Indians uniform. Player of the Game Nick Swisher had himself a game. Swish racked up 4 hits today including a rally starting double...
Via Burning River Baseball
May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Pitcher Bruce Chen to start for Indians vs Twins

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians have brought up left-hander Bruce Chen from Triple-A Columbus to start against Minnesota. The 37-year-old will be pitching Saturday for his 11th major league team. He has an 82-80 career record in 16 seasons. Chen signed a minor league contract on Feb. 18, but didn't make the team in spring training and agreed to take an assignment to Columbus...
Via AP on Fox
May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Bruce Chen to start for Indians on Saturday, Anthony Swarzak designated for assignment

The Indians officially announced on Saturday that they had called up pitcher Bruce Chen from Columbus and that pitcher Anthony Swarzak has been designated for assignment. The Indians announced this past week that Bruce Chen would be called-up from Triple-A Columbus and that he would be on the hill to start on Saturday against the Twins. The Indians needed a starter with TJ House...
Via Waiting For Next Year
May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Bruce Chen gets first start for Indians against Twins

With a boost from Torii Hunter, the Minnesota Twins continued their hot hitting in the opener of their six-game road trip. The Twins will try to keep rolling at the plate Saturday while spoiling Cleveland Indians left-hander Bruce Chen's return to the majors. Hunter went 4 for 4, homered and drove in four runs in a 9-3 victory Friday. The Twins' 13 hits gave them double digits in...
Via AP on Fox
May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

The last Expo standing

The Washington Nationals — who once earned exactly 59 wins in consecutive seasons (2008-09) and who are presently one of baseball’s most-feared, most-bankrolled teams — are entering their eleventh season playing their home games in America’s capital. That means it’s been more than a decade since the Montreal Expos played their final season in Canada, […]
Via Fangraphs
March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

3/24 Spring Training Recap & Roster Update

There was quite a bit of Indians news that came out today prior to an eventful and exciting night game for the Tribe. To begin, four players were told today that they will not make the 25 man roster, but will remain in Major League camp for the time being to help cover some innings. These players are pitchers Bruce Chen, Shaun Marcum, Scott Downs and Ryan Rohlinger. Each of these...
Via Burning River Baseball
March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Where Are They Now? T-Plush & the Tribe’s 2014 Spring Invitees

There might not be a more conventional form of Spring Training journalism than the “diamond in the rough” piece, in which uneducated guessers like myself ask burning questions like, “Could Bruce Chen be this year’s Scott Kazmir?” Never underestimate a baseball writer’s ability to turn a two-word answer—“probably not”—into a 1,000 word thesis on why southpaws make...
Via Waiting For Next Year
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Tribe Time Now Episode 2

For the second episode of Tribe Time Now, Burning River Baseball’s Kevin Gall joined the rest of the cast for the first full panel episode of the new Indians based podcast. Joining Gall (@kgall216 on twitter) is host Ryan Thompson from More Than a Fan Cleveland (@RthompAK13), Hayden Grove from Indians Baseball Insider (@H_Grove), Mike Brandyberry from Did the Tribe Win Last Night...
Via Burning River Baseball
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians make Chen's signing official

With Indians pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training today, the club announced the signing of Bruce Chen after news filtered out Monday night that he had agreed to terms. Chen has signed a minor-league deal with a non-roster invite. Should the left-hander make the major-league roster, he would earn $1 million with another $1 million possible via incentives. The odds of...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Is There Room for Chris Young?

Two bits of news spread almost simultaneously Monday night: Bruce Chen signed somewhere for a minor-league contract, and Barry Zito had signed somewhere else for, also, a minor-league contract. This is the season of minor-league contracts, as the pool of available free agents has been reduced to a puddle on an otherwise dry concrete foundation. But […]
Via Fangraphs
February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Bruce Chen agrees to a minor league contract with Cleveland

CLEVELAND -- A person familiar with the deal says the Indians have agreed to a minor league contract with left-hander Bruce Chen. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the Indians have not announced the deal. Chen will get a chance to win a roster spot at spring training, and if he does, he would get a $1 million, one-year contract plus...
Via AP on Fox
February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Bruce Chen agrees to a minor league contract with Cleveland

CLEVELAND -- A person familiar with the deal says the Indians have agreed to a minor league contract with left-hander Bruce Chen. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the Indians have not announced the deal. Chen will get a chance to win a roster spot at spring training, and if he does, he would get a $1 million, one-year contract plus...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

AP source: Indians, LHP Bruce Chen reach minor league deal

CLEVELAND (AP) A person familiar with the deal says the Indians have agreed to a minor league contract with left-hander Bruce Chen. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the Indians have not announced the deal. Chen will get a chance to win a roster spot at spring training, and if he does, he would get a $1 million, one-year contract...
Via AP on Fox
February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians Sign Bruce Chen

According to Jon Heyman on Twitter: Bruce Chen agrees to minors deal with Indians. $1M base, plus $1M performance bonuses — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February 17, 2015 The Indians interest in adding another relief pitcher has been rumored of late including interest in left hander Barry Zito as recent as this past week. It appears they have acquired their extra lefty in Bruce...
Via Burning River Baseball
February 17, 2015  |  Discuss
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