NICK SWISHER NEWS

Potential 25 Man Roster of the Future

We are ever closer to reducing to 25 men in camp as the most recent set of cuts brought the Indians to just 37 players left in Goodyear. There were definitely some surprises this time around as two players who were considered possibilities, Bruce Chen and C.C. Lee, were reassigned to minor league camp. There was also some disappointment for many fans as Francisco Lindor was also...
Via Burning River Baseball
20 hours ago  |  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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians' Francona tells Swisher opening day unlikely

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Terry Francona acknowledged it was unlikely that Nick Swisher would be ready for opening day. And the Cleveland Indians' manager thinks that's just fine. ''We talked to Swish, today,'' Francona said Tuesday. ''We told him opening day is not the final deadline.'' Swisher has been making steady progress in his return from August surgery on both knees. The 34-year...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians defense no longer a comedy of errors

In simple terms, the 2014 Cleveland Indians defense was a comedy of errors. The laughs extended to several comically range-limited defenders as well as some unfortunate injuries at key positions. The defense was so poor that the Indians ranked in last place in both Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) and in Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR). They were able to obtain second to last place in the...
Via Waiting For Next Year
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians not expecting Swisher to be ready for opener

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Indians manager Terry Francona said he doesn't expect slugger Nick Swisher to be ready for the team's April 6 season opener at Houston. Swisher underwent surgery on both knees in August and has been slower to recover than expected. Swisher only began running the bases last week and is expected to play in a minor league game on Wednesday. On Monday, Francona...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Plan B for Bro

Through three full weeks of Spring Training there has been one notable absence from the Cleveland Indians daily line-up. Fans with good seats have been missing the bros and those in the berm have been missing the souvenirs as Nick Swisher is yet to see action in a single game. During practice he has participated in batting practice all month, but has only recently began running the...
Via Burning River Baseball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Cleveland Indians

When the Indians brought Terry Francona, Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn on prior to the 2013 season it signified a changing of eras for the Tribe. Along with a core of Michael Brantley, Corey Kluber, Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes, the Indians have had winning seasons each of the past two seasons and look to improve upon those records in 2015. With most of the team under control through...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Cleveland Indians

When the Indians brought Terry Francona, Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn on prior to the 2013 season it signified a changing of eras for the Tribe. Along with a core of Michael Brantley, Corey Kluber, Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes, the Indians have had winning seasons each of the past two seasons and look to improve upon those records in 2015. With most of the team under control through...
Via Bloguin Best
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Feels like the first time: Nick Swisher runs the bases

The Governor of Brohio may not be ready to start on Opening Day, but he’s getting closer to returning to full action. Nick Swisher ran the bases for the first time this spring training season Tuesday. The Plain Dealer‘s Paul Hoynes reported Swish’s latest progress in Arizona, and said that running the bases is among the last steps a player recovering from a lower body injury...
Via Waiting For Next Year
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Swisher Eyes Opening Day Return

Boos, trade rumors, and trips to the disabled list. 2014 wasn’t very kind to Nick Swisher, who hopes to be ready for the Tribe’s April 6 opener in Houston after season-ending, double knee surgery in August. The 34-year-old is coming off a season that was statically the worst of his career. In 97 games, Swish hit .208 with eight homers and 42 RBI after hitting 20+ homers and 63...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Zach Walters Play Third Base?

When the Indians traded for Zach Walters last year, it was a bit of a something for nothing trade. Asdrubal Cabrera was hurting the team through his defense more than he was helping offensively and Walters was the Nationals top power hitting prospect, so position didn’t really enter into it. During his short time during the 2014 campaign, he was needed in the out field and DH and...
Via Burning River Baseball
18 days ago  |  Discuss

3/7 Spring Injury Update

The Indians are about a week into Spring games and there are a few notable players that have been conspicuously absent from action. To this point, Jason Kipnis, Nick Swisher, Brandon Moss and Gavin Floyd have been yet to play in real game action, despite accounting for $29.5M in 2015 salaries, due to injuries sustained in 2014 that they are still recovering from. Gavin Floyd A...
Via Burning River Baseball
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Aguilar Awaiting Another Opportunity

Things played out almost perfectly for Cleveland Indians first base prospect Jesus Aguilar at the beginning of last season, despite starting the year in Triple-A. Carlos Santana was slated to be the Indians’ third baseman, after primarily splitting time between catcher, first base, and designated hitter in years past. Nick Swisher was the lone legitimate first base option remaining...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Where Does Lonnie Fit In?

Of all the Indians’ young players, no one’s future is more uncertain than Lonnie Chisenhall’s. Despite coming off of a very productive 2014 season in which he hit .280/.343/.427, 13 home runs and drove in 59 RBI for a 121 wRC+, Chisenhall has found himself in a situation where 2015 could be his last as the Indians’ starting third baseman. The Indians’ defense over the...
Via Burning River Baseball
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Spring Training Opening Day Recap

It was a fairly big day in the Cleveland Indians season today as single game tickets for the regular season went on sale (and sold out in ten minutes) and the team played it’s first game since last September. While the team lost 10-0, that will likely be the least important score of any Indians game for the rest of the year. Instead, focus should be placed on the individual actions...
Via Burning River Baseball
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Tribe comes out glowing in Grantland’s MLB preview

Can a team that fell short of the playoffs and didn’t make many headlines in the offseason actually be among the favorites heading in to the next year? If you ask Grantland’s Jonah Keri, that answer is a resounding ‘Yes’ as the Cleveland Indians are ranked fifth in his 2015 MLB Preview. Keri makes sure to let readers know that last year’s results do not matter; it’s a...
Via Waiting For Next Year
24 days ago  |  Discuss

What should the Cleveland Indians expect from Nick Swisher in 2015?

Nick Swisher will try to prove that he can still be productive for the Indians in 2015 When the Nick Swisher era began in Cleveland, the Ohio native was looked at as someone who could provide the Indians with a cornerstone piece for future success. Now on the comeback trail, he must prove to the Indians fans and front office that his hefty contract won’t go to waste. Christmas...
Via isportsweb.com
28 days ago  |  Discuss

The Ten Percent That Matters: Indians Spring Training Notes

Reams of information are digitally thrown around during Spring Training. In the end, I would estimate that only 10% of it really matters. The catch? We will not know which 10% until May (at the earliest). All Cleveland Indians fans should be informed, however, so I will post the potentially important nuggets of information and we can figure out which ones actually matter later....
Via Waiting For Next Year
February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Terry Francona and Nick Swisher discuss MLB’s Pace of Play rule changes

Rob Manfred, baseball’s new commissioner, has been on the job for a short period of time, but has already shown that he is not afraid to push Major League Baseball in new directions if he believes said changes will make for a better product for the fans.1 It was during just last season that Keith Olbermann and our own Craig questioned whether MLB even wants to speed up the games...
Via Waiting For Next Year
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Swisher Adds Bunting To His Game

No news is good news in the early days of Spring Training as practices are getting underway and the Indians camp (outside of the Trevor Bauer drone controversy) has been silent so far. One point of interest before position players are even officially supposed to be in camp is that Nick Swisher has been working specifically on his bunting skills (see video below) every day after normal...
Via Burning River Baseball
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Francona doesn't want Moss and Swisher rushing their rehab

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Everyone is accounted for at the Indians Player Development Complex as the remaining position players arrived on Sunday. Position players will have physicals and one-on-one meetings with the coaching staff on Monday and the first full-squad workout will take place on Tuesday. Nick Swisher and Brandon Moss aren't expected to see any Cactus League action until...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Put Your Money Where Your Bat Is

Back before 2013, the Tribe spent gobs of money on two marquee free agents when they inked Nick Swisher to a four year, $56 million deal and then shocked the world by signing Michael Bourn to one worth $48 million over the same four years. The Bourn deal seemed like a bargain at the time, as the 2012 All-Star had been holding out for a deal worth around $75 million. Currently, however...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Swisher, Moss could return to games by mid-March

Brandon Moss and Nick Swisher could be ready to play in spring training games by mid-March as Indians trainer James Quinlan gave an update Thursday on players who have reported. Moss, who had surgery on his right hip to repair a torn labrum in late October, is completing overhand-toss hitting while building up his sprint work. He is expected to begin position-specific running in...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Jason GIambi is retiring after a 20-year MLB career

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports The 44-year-old Jason Giambi announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Monday with a statement to the New York Daily News. Giambi played over seven seasons with the Oakland Athletics, seven with the New York Yankees, over three with the Colorado Rockies and his final two with the Cleveland Indians. Giambi ends his baseball career with...
Via Sports-Glory
February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Where are you Kipnis?

Unlike the last rebound candidate, Nick Swisher, there is much less history with Jason Kipnis as he has played only three full seasons in the pros. But similar to Swisher, Kipnis had an injury in 2014 that significantly affected his swing. After straining his right oblique in April, Kipnis’ batting took a bad turn for the worst, ultimately resulting in a .240/.310/.330 slash line...
Via Burning River Baseball
February 15, 2015  |  Discuss
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