Center Field Career Arcs: When & Why to Go Young

There are two ways of thinking about players with similar abilities, but differing ages. For the veteran, with his decreasing ability level, there is that incalculable advantage of “experience” and “leadership.” For the youngster on the rise, he brings a similar talent level, but the promise of greater abilities in the future. Knowing when to make the switch, however, can...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mr. Clutch: Jerry Sands Quietly Putting Up Big Numbers

Outfielder Jerry Sands is quietly having one of the best seasons in the Indians organization. How is he doing it? Hard work, consistency, and sweet potatoes? Sands grew up in Smithfield, North Carolina, a small town in Johnston County, which is the #1 producer of sweet potatoes in the United States. Each spring, the community puts on the Ham & Yam Festival, a celebration...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Revisiting the Joel Hanrahan trade: Turns out the “other guys” stole the show

Back in December of 2012, the Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates were reeling — the Red Sox from their worst season in 37 years, and the Pirates from their 20th straight postseason absence. Both franchises needed a spark, so they conducted a trade. The headliner in the deal was Joel Hanrahan, a two-time All-Star closer who had compiled 76 saves in 2011-12. Hanrahan was supposed...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

6/6 Recap: Salazar’s Stunning Seven Saved By Swisher & Santana Success

Roster Adjustment: Jerry Sands has cleared waivers to nobody’s surprise and will return to Columbus in the next few days to continue clogging up their outfield. He was designated for assignment after Carlos Santana returned from paternity leave. Player of the Game Danny Salazar gave up his daily home run (a Manny Machado solo shot to right), but otherwise had no issues in dominating...
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June 06, 2015  |  Discuss

May 2015 Cleveland Indians Player Power Rankings

In general, May was a much friendlier month to the Indians than April, particularly among the hitters. This success has lead to a much better win loss record, but unlike the sport itself, this article is about the players individually, not the overall result. The following list ranks the Indians 25 man roster by their full season production with a grade of Above, Even or Below...
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June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

WFNY on Location: The Tribe Visits Seattle

This past weekend, while most of you were asleep in Northeast Ohio, the Cleveland Indians traveled to the Pacific Northwest to play four games against the Seattle Mariners. Both teams received lavish praise from writers in the spring and neither has lived up to the hype so far. However, the teams’ records mattered little to me as a recent transplant to Olympia, WA. There is a unique...
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June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians: Jerry Sands in wrong place at wrong time

It didn’t take long for Jerry Sands to become a fan favorite in Cleveland. On December 15, 2014, the Indians signed Sands to a minor league deal that included an invite to Spring Training. Sands impressed during the spring, hitting .304 with two homers and seven RBI’s in 46 at-bats across 22 games. He didn’t make the Opening Day  roster with the Major League club, but he was...
May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

5/31 Recap: May Ends With Another Win & More Kipnis Heat

Roster Update: After missing just three game due to the birth of his daugher, Carlos Santana was back with the Indians today. To make room, Jerry Sands was designated for assignment, an action that could help clear up the Indians outfield situation. Player of the Game If David Murphy and Ryan Raburn were the same person, rather than just being treated like it, they would win a...
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May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Cutting Dead Weight

Having depth in sports is typically viewed as a very good thing. By their inherent nature, all sports come with a fairly substantial risk of serious injury. You can point to the Indians’ starting rotation to see how important this concept is. The Indians began spring training with 10 legitimate contenders for spots in the opening day rotation and it is now nearly June and injuries...
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May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians building momentum as May comes to close

After a rough April, the Cleveland Indians are about to conclude a successful May. They'll do so by trying to win a third straight road series Sunday against the Seattle Mariners. Cleveland (23-26) hit .238, averaged 3.8 runs and posted a 4.54 ERA while going 7-14 in April, but is batting .260, scoring 5.0 per contest and sporting a 3.73 ERA to go 16-12 this month. Jerry Sands hit...
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May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Tribe Downs Seattle Behind Sands and Marcum; Indians 4, Mariners 3

The Indians beat Seattle, 4-3, on Saturday night at Safeco Field, to register their ninth win in their last 12 games. Cleveland got a sac fly from Nick Swisher in the first, a two-run homer from Jerry Sands in the second and an RBI single from David Murphy in the sixth. The Mariners, meanwhile, got a two-run homer from Robinson Cano and an RBI single from Dustin Ackley in the seventh...
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May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians top Mariners 4-3

SEATTLE (AP) -- Jerry Sands hit a two-run homer, his first of the season, David Murphy added a pinch-hit RBI single, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on Saturday night. Sands, called up from Triple-A Columbus on Thursday, homered on a 1-2 pitch from Seattle starter Roenis Elias (2-2) in the second inning, driving the ball into the Mariners' bullpen in left...
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May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Sands' homer leads Cleveland to 4-3 win over Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) Jerry Sands hit a two-run homer, his first of the season, David Murphy added a pinch-hit RBI single, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on Saturday night. Sands, called up from Triple-A Columbus on Thursday, homered on a 1-2 pitch from Seattle starter Roenis Elias (2-2) in the second inning, driving the ball into the Mariners' bullpen in left field...
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May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

5/30 Recap: Shaky Bullpen Doesn’t Collapse, Sands Provides Offense

Player of the Game Thanks to early righty-lefty match-ups, Jerry Sands was only able to get two at bats tonight, but he made the most of them. In his first at bat since rejoining the team earlier this week, Sands hit a two run home run off starter Roenis Elias, scoring Brandon Moss, who had walked to start the inning. In his second at bat, Sands walked and was stranded at second...
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May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

5/28 Recap: Indians Inch Towards .500 Behind Kluber

Roster Update: Carlos Santana‘s daughter was born this morning and so he can be there, he has been placed on the paternity list. In his place, Jerry Sands has been recalled from AAA for some unknown reason. In a separate move, Scott Atchison was placed on the 15 day disabled list with a left ankle issue. He will be replaced in the bullpen by Austin Adams, who was successful in...
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May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians make roster moves, place Santana on paternity list

The Cleveland Indians announced a series of roster moves on Thursday, including placing first baseman Carlos Santana on the paternity list and reliever Scott Atchison on the 15-day disabled list. Santana, who is hitting .221 (33-for-149) with six homers, 27 RBI and an AL-leading 37 walks, will miss 1-3 days. He posted a photo of the newborn "Baby Slamtana" on Twitter Wednesday afternoon...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

5/5 Recap:

Roster Update: As mentioned earlier today, Nick Swisher has returned to the Cleveland Indians and was in the starting lineup today, hitting sixth and playing DH. To make room, Tyler Holt was sent to AAA. In addition, Jerry Sands cleared waivers yesterday and accepted his minor league assignment in Columbus. Player of the Game There wasn’t much to cheer about for Indians fans...
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May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

4/30 Recap:

Player of the Game Ryan Webb was solid in his Indians debut as he pitched three innings in relief of T.J. House and gave up just two hits. Webb also did not issue a walk in his appearance. Webb was recently released by the Los Angeles Dodgers, signed by the Indians and sent to Columbus. His contract was purchased by the Indians and the move forced the release of Jerry Sands, who...
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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

8-9-1 Hitters, Salazar Help Tribe Snap Skid; Indians 7, Royals 5

Did the Tribe Win Last Night? Yes! 8-9-1 hitters (Roberto Perez, Michael Bourn, Jason Kipnis) drove in all seven Cleveland runs to snap a four-game losing streak with a 7-5 win over the Royals on Wednesday night. Danny Salazar pitched six strong innings and struck out seven to improve to 3-0 on the year. After the Royals plated two runs in the first, Kipnis brought the Indians...
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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Versatility is the Key

The Indians have a problem. Well, they have many problems, but one can be spotted and rectified fairly easily. Despite officially having five outfielders on the roster (not including Brandon Moss, who has played nine of his twelve games in right field), the Indians have been forced to use an infielder, Mike Aviles, in the outfield for a total of 38.1 innings across six games. While...
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April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Are the Indians dead yet? TD calms fears – WFNY Podcast – 2015-04-23

The Indians are off to a really rough start, so I called TD to help calm me down. Jerry Sands is LeBron James 2013 Cleveland Indians started 5-10 before figuring it out Can’t hit the panic button, but the roster is in disarray There’s no calling card to bring about change Is the left-handed lineup killing the Tribe? Getting Swisher back and what it means What should the Indians...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Daily Fantasy Sports Advice: April 20th

As is customary for most Mondays in MLB, many teams have an off day to travel so there is not a full slate of games. There are nine games in total but with the Red Sox and Orioles playing at 11:05 EST, I do not recommend entering into any all day contests as all the other games start at 7:05 or later. There could be some trouble with rain in the forecast at PNC Park so plan for a...
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April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

This Week In Tribe: Trying to Get Beyond Yan

The Cleveland Indians will look to regroup from a rough home opening series against their perennial nemesis Detroit.   The Tigers completed a three-game sweep at Progressive Field that took a lot of the wind out of the Tribe’s sails, especially with news Yan Gomes suffered an MCL sprain and is expected to miss at least six to eight weeks.   Only five games are scheduled...
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April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Bruised, Battered and Beaten, Tribe Drops Another; Tigers 9, Indians 6

Did the Tribe Win Last Night? No! After falling behind early the Indians fought back to take the lead 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning and to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth inning, but the normally reliable Indians bullpen could not hold the lead. Detroit used a four run ninth inning to win 9-6. Corey Kluber started for the Indians and allowed a leadoff home run to...
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April 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers stay unbeaten, outlast Indians 9-6

CLEVELAND (AP) Ian Kinsler hit an RBI single and Yoenis Cespedes doubled in two runs during Detroit's four-run ninth inning as the Tigers stayed unbeaten with a 9-6 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. Kinsler's fourth hit - a single off closer Cody Allen (0-1) - snapped a 5-all tie and helped the Tigers improve to 5-0 for the first time since 2006. The Tigers had to rally...
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April 11, 2015  |  Discuss
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