Phillies have finally escaped from payroll hell

By the time the 2015 season has concluded, the Philadelphia Phillies will have spent over $1.1 billion on their payroll from 2009 (the year after their 2008 World Championship) through 2015. The only teams to spend more over the same time period are the Yankees, Red Sox, and thanks to a surge over the last three seasons, the Dodgers. But those three teams, along with the Tigers...
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Today in Tribe History: August 27, 1970

1970 – Jim Thome is born in Peoria, Illinois. Thome will grow up to become a five-time All-Star in his 22-year career and one of the more prolific sluggers of his era and in the history of baseball. He ranks seventh in Major League Baseball history with 612 home runs. He is also second all-time in strikeouts and seventh in walks. He spent parts of 13 seasons in Cleveland, including...
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The Greatest Summer Ever: Dennis Martinez

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back at player #6 Dennis Martinez. In...
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Tribe Report: Larry Doby Statue to debut Friday, August 21st, at 5:30p on SportsTime Ohio

Larry Doby joined Cleveland Indians greats Bob Feller and Jim Thome as the only players honored with a statue at Progressive Field on July 25th. Re-live the Indians' special ceremony and statue unveiling of the seven time All-Star on Friday, August 21st at 5:30p. Doby was the first African American to play in the American League and the second to become a Major League Baseball manager...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Greatest Summer Ever: Jim Thome

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back at player #7 Jim Thome. Jim Thome...
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Jim Thome to Get His Own Highway

For Jim Thome…life is a highway. Literally. Last month, Illinois state lawmakers voted unanimously (96-0!) to rename a two mile section of US Route 24 after the future Hall of Famer. Bill HJR0090, as it is now known, has moved on to the state Senate where it is expected to, again, pass with flying colors. Before being drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1989, Thome graduated from...
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Today in Tribe History: August 5, 2001

2001 – “The Comeback” happens on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball as the Cleveland Indians score 13 unanswered runs to shock the Seattle Mariners, 15-14, in eleven innings. Dave Burba, 9-8 with a 6.21 ERA coming in through 21 starts, matched up against Seattle’s Aaron Sele. After a quiet first inning off of Burba, the Mariners plated four in the second, as a pair of RBI doubles...
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Righting a Wrong and Honoring a Legend in Doby

In a season full of so many things gone wrong for the Cleveland Indians, Saturday afternoon marked a moment that they absolutely got right, albeit many, many years too late. A new statue of Larry Doby joined those of Bob Feller and Jim Thome in welcoming baseball fans into the Tribe’s home in downtown Cleveland. For some, the decision corrects a massive oversight made when the...
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July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Three runs is magic number for Twins

The Minnesota Twins hope recent history won't be repeating itself when the New York Yankees invade Target Field. The Twins certainly have had their difficulties with New York over the years at home. And let's not even talk postseason, as the Yankees eliminated Minnesota in the divisional round in 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2010, the latter two being sweeps. Of course, this is a very different...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians to unveil Larry Doby statue amidst weekend festivities

The Cleveland Indians have been scuffling on the field as their chances at the postseason seem to decrease at nearly a direct proportional rate of the increase in trade rumors each day. However, the Indians continue to show some great customer service by jam-packing the weekend with festivities including the long-awaited unveiling of the Larry Doby statue. Friday, July 24 5-7pm...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Cleveland Indian Jim Thome to have street named after him in home town

Former Indians slugger Jim Thome is a legendary figure in the eyes of many fans. Last year, Cleveland built a statue for him outside of Progressive Field. Now, he will have a street named after him -- in his home town of Peoria, IL. From the Peoria Journal Star: State lawmakers unanimously voted Tuesday to rename part of U.S. Route 24 after retired Major League Baseball star Jim...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Kerrigan: Papelbon is 'almost untouchable'; Hamels not an 'overpowering, dominant guy'; Nola like Maddux

View image | gettyimages.com Wednesday morning, former Phillies pitching coach from 2003-2004, Joe Kerrigan, joined Mornings with Anthony Gargano on 97.5 The Fanatic. Prior to coming to Philadelphia under manager Larry Bowa and the Jim Thome era of Phillies' baseball, Kerrigan served in various coaching roles. First, with the Montreal...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Mark Shapiro’s broken record, Amy Schumer, and Chvrches: While We’re Waiting

Happiest of happy Fridays to you WFNY crew. Here’s your weekly dose of WWW me. Things have changed, but the Indians’ unpopular tone remains The very first answer to one of Marla Ridenour’s questions had me doing a Q*Bert impression in my house. That’s all it took for me to once again be reminded of how tired I am of the way the Indians front office talks about my favorite...
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July 17, 2015  |  Discuss

On the Tribe’s “Jack and Larry,” with an Author Interview

Recently, Major League Baseball invited fans to complete online ballots to determine each team’s “Franchise Four.” The results were revealed during the 2015 MLB All-Star festivities, with the Tribe represented by Jim Thome, Omar Vizquel, Bob Feller, and Tris Speaker. The topic is no stranger to barrooms and sports talk radio. Commonly, the “Franchise Four” is referred...
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July 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: July 3, 2002

2002 – Tribe slugger Jim Thome homers for the seventh consecutive game as the Indians fall again to the New York Yankees, 11-8. Thome, in a torrid stretch at the plate, sends a solo blast into the seats at Yankees stadium for the second consecutive night and seventh straight time, doing so twice against the Boston Red Sox and three times against the Arizona Diamondbacks beforehand...
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July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Madison Bumgarner Channels Paul Bunyan

Not since Jim Thome have we seen a Major Leaguer so adept at channeling Paul Bunyan. And while Madison Bumgarner has a long way to go to become the Hall of Fame-caliber player Thome is (he’s got the suspenders and flannel down pat)…he’s doing alright in the axe-wielding department. The 2014 World Series MVP got all choppy in a recent commercial for Carhartt and while I’ve...
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March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Phillie Acquired in 2012 Jim Thome Trade Suspended for Illegal Drug Abuse

View image | gettyimages.com According to the Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly, 24-year-old reliever and former Phillie, Kyle Simon, has been suspended 50 games for his second positive test of drug abuse. Simon was acquired by the Phillies on June 30, 2012, along with catcher Gabriel Lino, in exchange for future...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Hustler Going After Bilzerian, Jim Thome Chipotle Run & Meet Erin From ASU

  I’ve been saying it on Friday mornings since college football ended: If you’re basing your Friday night on sports it might be time to start using Match.com or some other dating service. Find yourself a woman to take out. Now, if you already have a girlfriend or have kids I totally understand that you’ll take anything on Friday nights to break the boredom. This really goes...
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January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

SportsTime Ohio to feature Jim Thome with special Indians programming this Saturday

CLEVELAND, OHIO -€“ SportsTime Ohio is excited to highlight Jim Thome with special Indians programs on Saturday as well as once again be part of Tribe Fest this weekend. This year's Tribe Fest is scheduled for Saturday, January 24, and Sunday, January 25, at Progressive Field. SportsTime Ohio's Tribe Report, hosted by Jensen Lewis, will broadcast live from Tribe Fest on Saturday...
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January 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians Home Run History

There is no single event in baseball history quite as exciting as a home run. This is likely, on an emotional level, because of their finality as they leave no doubt the outcome of the play as soon as they clear the fences. It is the ultimate feat of strength as a hitter can do nothing greater in any particular at bat. It is the only way to turn a deficit into a win in a split second...
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January 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies Top 10 Free Agent Signings: #6 Jim Thome

“Gentleman” Jim Thome came to the Phillies a year removed from a promising, yet disappointing, 80-81 finish. A clear upgrade over incumbent first baseman Travis Lee, Thome would lead MLB in homers with 47 in 2003 and helped the Phillies improve to an 86-76 mark. The following season, Thome would earn an All-Star birth, hitting 42 homers and leading the Phillies to an identical...
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December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Catching Up With Jim Thome

When Indians legend Jim Thome was first called up to the Major Leagues, he, the Indians and their fans all had no idea what a ride we were all about to be put on. In fact, even Thome worried about whether or not he would be able to stick around at first. “I did,” Thome said, “because I wasn’t a very good player…There were many nights that I didn’t know if I would make...
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December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

The Season Of Giving: Do Promotions Actually Work?

Everybody loves something for free and the Indians are one of the top teams as far as providing their fans with something extra at the ballpark. In the past season, there were 16 give away days (including a Jim Thome statue replica), 13 Dollar Dog nights, ten Kid’s Fun Days and 17 glorious fireworks display. All these cost money of course and the Indians are not necessarily known...
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December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Hall of Fame Golden Era analysis

At the Winter Meetings in San Diego, the Hall of Fame could open its doors to someone on Monday. Could Gil Hodges finally make the Hall of Fame on Monday? That’s because 10 Golden Era candidates are up for election to be part of the Class of 2015. 12 votes out of a 16-member committee would cement Hall of Fame status. Nine players and one executive are on the ballot. If recent...
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December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Manny Being Manny: An Excerpt of “Glory Days in Tribe Town”

In the new book “Glory Days in Tribe Town” (softcover $15.95 / 336 pages / ebook $9.99), Terry Pluto teams up with legendary broadcaster Tom Hamilton to tell the story of the Cleveland Indians of the 1990s. The book also includes personal recollections from dozens of Tribe fans. This excerpt looks at Manny Ramirez’s peculiar attitude and early years as a high school athlete...
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November 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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