12 Tribe Gifts of Christmas

Merry Christmas, Tribe fans. Inspired by the Indians #12DaysofTribe social media contests, here are 12 Tribe Gifts for Christmas, some intangibles that the team gave fans this season, to reflect on the Christmas morning. 12. Games finished by Carlos Carrasco this season. And he also started 14 games. Carrasco had, arguably, one of the most impressive seasons for a Tribe pitcher,...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew Wiggins, underappreciated Cleveland stars and Cavs Vines: While We’re Waiting…

Last week, I shared five different top-five lists as a way to ring out 2014. I wrote that post not knowing if I’d do another While We’re Waiting this year since I usually take Thursdays and Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are Thursdays this year. But looky here, I’m back! I’m subbing for TD on a Wednesday. *cues “Whole New World” GIF* Anyway, the top-five lists from...
Via Waiting For Next Year
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tune Into Off The Wall Tonight For Three Autograph Giveaways

Tonight at 9pm eastern, Baseball Essential presents “Off The Wall” with host Dan Siegel. Tonight on the show, Dan is in the christmas spirit. Listen as he breaks down his top 12 moves of the offseason. Also, some friends are going to stop by and join in on the fun. Christopher Meola will talk the Marlins offseason and the latest breaking news. Josh Kusnick, agent of Cleveland...
Via Baseball Essential
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Explaining Stats: Wins Above Replacement

WAR stands for Wins Above Replacement, and replaced VORP, value over replacement player, as the go to stat for trying to figure out the overall value of a player. It is simply the number of wins a player should help his team win in comparison to what a AAA player would do if called up in place of them. The idea being that a AAA team in the majors would be historically bad winning...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kyrie Irving’s Extension — WFNY’s Top 10 Cleveland Sports Stories of 2014: No. 6

If you thought that 2013 was one crazy year in the world of Cleveland Sports, 2014 once again proved that there is rarely a dull moment. There were good times and bad, hirings and firings, wins and losses, homecomings and award winners. As the year comes to a close, like we have done the last six years, WFNY will take a look at what we view to be the ten biggest sports stories to...
Via Waiting For Next Year
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Kluber, Brantley to appear at Tribe Fest

AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber and MVP finalist Michael Brantley are scheduled to make an appearance at Tribe Fest 2015. The two-day event at Progressive Field will take place on Jan. 24-25. Kluber's appearance is likely to be on the second day since the Baseball Writers Association of America dinner, where Kluber will receive the Cy Young award, takes place in New York on Jan....
Via Fox Sports Ohio
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Fun stats, trends show 2014 was better than some think

The Indians did something this past season they haven't done in 13 years: have back-to-back plus-.500 seasons. Also, everyone knows all about the AL Cy Young award that Corey Kluber won, or the 3rd place AL MVP finish that Michael Brantley netted. However, I'm here to dig a little deeper and show you just how special the 2014 season was for the Indians. In my first piece here at...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Brantley Breaks Out – WFNY’s Top 10 Cleveland Sports Stories of 2014: No. 9

It feels a bit odd to classify Michael Brantley’s 2014 season as a “story”. Stories have ups and downs. Stories have adversity and resilience. Stories aren’t boringly consistent and, excepting Herman Mehlville, they don’t last for six months. There are a few ways to explain to you how maddeningly consistent Brantley was in 2014. On April 8th, about a week into the season...
Via Waiting For Next Year
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Finding a Role for Nick Swisher

With the Indians’ acquisition of Brandon Moss, the talks have started that someone will need to go in order to make room on the field for the first baseman/outfielder. The only question is, who would that be? Carlos Santana will be returning as the Tribe’s first baseman, while the entire outfield is back in Michael Brantley, Michael Bourn, and David Murphy. Ryan Raburn is also...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 10 Games to Rewatch From 2014

Deep into the off-season and still far from the indefatigable optimism of Spring Training, all baseball fans are pining for more of the great sport. There is no time of year more devoid of the horsehide spheroid than the middle of Winter, so Burning River Baseball is here to help. While the Indians season was not as successful as they would have liked, there were still some great...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians acquire Brandon Moss from A’s

            The Cleveland Indians have acquired first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss from the Oakland Athletics for minor league infielder Joey Wendle. The 31-year-old Moss batted .234 with a 25 homers and 81 RBIs in a career-high 147 games for the A’s and was named an All-Star this season. Moss hit .268 with 21 homers in the...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

My Sportsman of the Year: Michael Brantley

Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year is an annual must-read. Sadly, that the national recognition rarely has anything to do with the teams or individuals whom we cover. In turn, WFNY will soon announce its choice for 2014’s Cleveland Sportsman of the Year. Here’s one of the nominations for that honor by an WFNY writer. Let’s see. Great player? Check. Great teammate...
Via Waiting For Next Year
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Saunders, 2015 Fantasy Sleeper

I like being the only one saying something on a player. I do. It works against me sometimes -- hello, Cody Asche 2014 sleeper! -- sometimes it works in my favor -- hello, Michael Brantley 2014 sleeper. Michel Saunders reminds me of Michael Brantley, and I don't think it's because they share a first name, but it could be. Psychology is a weird phenomenon. One day you're a finicky...
Via Razzball
20 days ago  |  Discuss

How would Brandon Moss fit with the Indians?

The Indians may be on the verge of adding a big bat to the lineup. According to several reports, the Cleveland Indians are in talks with the Oakland A’s to acquire first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss. Oakland is looking to upgrade their minor league system and rebuild their roster, as was confirmed by trading Josh Donaldson. The next chip that they are flaunting is Moss. The...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Yan Gomes, Michael Brantley and Corey Kluber among Grantland’s most valuable

He may be a “no-name,” but Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes finds himself ranked ahead of stars like St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright, Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki and Atlanta’s Freddy Freeman in Grantland’s latest list of trade value within Major League Baseball. Gomes, ranked 25th in all of baseball, is one of three members of the Tribe to be listed among the top 25 in the...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Be Thankful for the Cleveland Indians

It’s Thanksgiving – a day to be grateful and overindulge in the mounds of food placed before you. A day of cornucopias and parades and pilgrims and Indians. Cleveland Indians? Yes, Thanksgiving is a day of football, but, if we’re giving thanks, it’s also a time to be thankful for the Cleveland Indians. It may seem trivial to give thanks to a sports’ team on a day that...
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November 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians rumors: solving the right field puzzle

After signing free agent right fielder David Murphy to a two-year contract last November, the Cleveland Indians were confident that they would have a solid platoon in right field with left-handed David Murphy on board and right-handed Ryan Raburn returning after earning a two-year contract extension last August. Murphy was a nice buy-low option for the Indians, batting just .220...
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November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Now the Time to Extend Cody Allen?

Last offseason, the Cleveland Indians made it clear their intent to lock up the young talent on the team. The moves, which inked left fielder Michael Brantley, catcher Yan Gomes, and second baseman Jason Kipnis to contract extensions that bought out several years of salary arbitration, secured three pieces of the Tribe’s future at club-friendly rates. So far this offseason, the...
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November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

No MVP, But Brantley Still Valuable to Indians

Cleveland Indians fans, it might be safe to say at this point that you do have an every day player at superstar status. At least the baseball world seems to think that. Outfielder Michael Brantley was unable to break the teams long drought without a league MVP, as the last Tribe player to earn the honor was Al Rosen in 1953. However, he came a lot closer than anyone would’ve guessed...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Close, but no MVP Award for Indians' Brantley

Michael Brantley became the first Indians player to finish in the top three in the American League MVP race as he finished third with 191 points. Angels outfielder Mike Trout was a unanimous selection among the 30 writers with Detroit's Victor Martinez second. Brantley was listed on all but three of the ballots. He received eight seconds, six thirds, five fourths, four fifths, and...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Top Michael Brantley moments of 2014

In a season in which he has become the Indians' first American League MVP candidate in 15 years, here are 10 Michael Brantley moments from this past season that stood out: April 2 - Mistake but redemption After a rare error, Brantley atoned with a two-run single in the ninth to give the Indians the lead and a 6-4 win over Oakland during the second game of a day-night doubleheader...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Optimizing the Indians Line-Up

With the finish of the World Series, open season on free agents is about to begin and we have already prepared you with reports on which Indians are signed through 2015, the most likely Indians line-up and where their biggest holes are. While those articles were all based on what the Indians are most likely to do, this will be what they should do. Those others showed what was necessary...
Via Burning River Baseball
November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Brantley, Gomes honored to win Silver Slugger Awards

They first came to Cleveland as virtual no names. One, as a player to be named later, the other listed as a utility man. Now household names and Tribe cornerstones, Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes have each been awarded one of baseball’s highest honors: The Silver Slugger Award. “It’s a great honor,” Brantley said. “From the coaching staff, teammates, to the trainers, to...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
November 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Predictions for 2014 MLB Postseason Awards

The end of Daylight Saving Time, frigid weather, and the conclusion of a stellar World Series make November a sad time for many baseball fans. Thankfully the sport gives us one last treat by recognizing the season’s best players during the 11th month. Announcements run this coming Monday through Thursday, so let’s take time to offer predictions on the winners. Rookie of the...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

All That Glitters Is Not A Gold Glove

While the Indians were shut out of Gold Gloves just the day before, despite Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes finishing among the top in voting at their positions, they were able to take home two Silver Sluggers last night. This was the first time since 2011 that an Indian won the award and with both Michael Brantley, for the outfield, and Yan Gomes, at catcher, winning the awards it...
Via Burning River Baseball
November 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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