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 […]
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4 days ago  |  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...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Furcal to retire after 14 seasons in the majors

Monday brought us the retirement of Bruce Chen. Tuesday brings along the end of another veteran’s career: Rafael Furcal has announced his retirement. Rafael Furcal has announced his retirement. The three-time All-Star signed a minor league contract with the Royals in Spring Training. — Kansas City Royals (@Royals) May 19, 2015 Furcal, 37, spent his 14 seasons with four clubs...
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8 days ago  |  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...
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9 days ago  |  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...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Left-hander Bruce Chen announces retirement after 17 seasons

CHICAGO (AP) Well-traveled pitcher Bruce Chen announced his retirement Monday night after 17 seasons in the major leagues. Chen, who pitched for 11 teams, revealed his decision on Twitter and it was confirmed by the Cleveland Indians, who designated him for assignment Saturday. Indians manager Terry Francona had said Chen wanted to speak with his family about whether he should try...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

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

View image | 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...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians turn to Shaun Marcum for spot start on Wednesday

The Cleveland Indians have a temporary patch for the hole in their starting rotation. Shaun Marcum will start for the Tribe in Wednesday's matchup with the White Sox in Chicago, manager Terry Francona told reporters on Sunday. Aside from a five-inning relief appearance for Cleveland in early April, Marcum has spent the bulk of the season at Triple-A Columbus, where he's gone 4-0...
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9 days ago  |  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...
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11 days ago  |  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...
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12 days ago  |  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...
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16 days ago  |  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...
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17 days ago  |  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...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Late Rallies Not Enough; Twins 7, Indians 4

Did the Tribe Win Last Night? No. Bruce Chen’s Indians debut on Saturday did not go as scripted as the Twins beat the Indians by a score of 7-4. Chen allowed six runs on 10 hits in four innings and was hit with the loss while the Tribe offense could not solve Minnesota starter Phil Hughes until they finally cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth. The Indians were trailing...
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18 days ago  |  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...
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18 days ago  |  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...
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19 days ago  |  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...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

LEADING OFF: Rondon makes 1st start; Chen plays for team 11

A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Saturday: --- GOING FOR 100 Reigning NL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw has just one win in six starts this season for the Dodgers. It will be his fourth try at his 100th career win when he faces the Rockies. MAD STREAK World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants will try to win a third straight...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Tribe Time Now Episode 13

Despite previous transgressions, I was invited back to on the Tribe Time Now podcast last Wednesday with Ryan Thompson (@RthompAK13 on twitter) and one of the biggest guests yet, Tony Lastoria (@TonyIBI), the creator of Indians Baseball Insider. Many topics were discussed including the upcoming roster move to add Bruce Chen, leading into who is the most useless member of the Cleveland...
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20 days ago  |  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, […]
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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...
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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...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Tribe Time Now: Indians Round Table

This past Wednesday I sat down with writer’s from a few different Cleveland Indians blogs to discuss the Tribe in the first ever Tribe Time Now Round Table. Joining me was Ryan Thompson from More Than A Fan, Hayden Grove from Indians Baseball Insider, Mike Brandyberry of Did The Tribe Win Last Night?, and Stephanie Liscio from It’s Pronounced Lajaway.  The group discussed a...
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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...
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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 […]
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February 18, 2015  |  Discuss
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