Cleveland Indians’ defense: Still abysmal

In 2014, the Cleveland Indians missed out on the postseason in part to a surging Kansas City Royals team. But—as we discussed several times—several losses throughout the course of the year were due largely to their dreadful defense—or more specifically, run prevention, an area where they were the worst in all of baseball. Had last season’s squad been merely average, fans...
Via Waiting For Next Year
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Zack Meisel – 100 Things Indians Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

In this month’s installment of the Burning River Book Club, we will get back to the present date after focusing on the distant past for the past few months. For April, I will be reviewing Indians beat writer, Zack Meisel’s 100 Things Indians Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die which was first published just a few months ago in 2015. This book brought out a few different...
Via Burning River Baseball
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Swisher ready to begin rehab assignment

Cleveland Indians first baseman and designated hitter Nick Swisher, who has not played in a regular season game for the Indians since August 2014, is expected to begin his rehab assignment Friday at Class AAA Columbus. Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti has indicated that he would like Swisher to complete back-to-back nine-inning games in the field before bringing him back...
Via Waiting For Next Year
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Swisher, Zach Walters to begin rehab assignments

The Indians are in an offensive rut and they need all the help they can get to escape it.Thankfully, reinforcements are on the way as outfielder Nick Swisher and infielder Zach Walters will begin minor-league rehab assignments this week, according to Northeast Ohio Media Group.Before Monday's game at U.S. Cellular Field, general manager Chris Antonetti told reporters that Swisher...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

A Totally Awesome Nick Swisher & Zach Walters Injury Update, Broskies

Going into Spring, it certainly didn’t look like the Indians would be waiting with baited breath for two batters who hit .208 and .170 in 2014 with strike out rates of once every 3.6 plate appearances and 2.9 PA respectively, but after a slow start to the offense and injuries to Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley, they are highly looking forward to the returns of Nick Swisher and Zach...
Via Burning River Baseball
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Offensive Struggles Reminisent of a Season Ago

It wasn’t supposed to be like this again for the Cleveland Indians offense. It wasn’t supposed to be like this after getting key players healthy and adding a powerful bat in Brandon Moss. It wasn’t supposed to be like this, but through eight games it is. Through eight games, the Tribe batters have done little to erase the memory of the final two months of 2014 in which the...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Zach McAllister does not belong in the Indians rotation

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY SportsIf you recall, I predicted Zach McAllister to make the opening day rotation in my previous article. I was right (it doesn’t happen often), but don’t misplace that with a ringing endorsement. I have been saying this for a while: McAllister is not starting pitching material. Yes, he has shown spurts of talent and promise in his last few years with the...
Via Sports-Glory
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians C Yan Gomes out 6-8 weeks

Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with a right knee injury and is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks. “In the really big picture, it could’ve been worse,” Indians manager Terry Francona said, via “It’s a difficult loss, but he’s going to be OK. And anybody that’s been around Gomer for five...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB players cannot play, but still may endorse, daily fantasy games

Remember those old Hair Club for Men commercials when Sy Sperling would endorse his product by saying, “I’m not only the Hair Club president, but I’m also a client”? Major League Baseball players won’t be able to make a similar claim when endorsing daily fantasy baseball games like Draft Kings and FanDuel. As reported by ESPN’s Darren Rovell, MLB and the players union...
Via Awful Announcing
16 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Indians Season Roundtable Preview

We finally made it to Opening Day for the Cleveland Indians in Texas against the Houston Astros (not to be confused with the Home Opener on April 10). I hope that everyone has enjoyed the Cleveland Indians preview series that we have staged the last two weeks. It was great getting six different writers involved so that many different views and thoughts on the team could be presented...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Final 25 Man Roster For Opening Day 2015

For everyone else, new additions and promotions are marked in green while players dropped from a starting spot or removed entirely will be listed in red. The original group can still be seen back here. Starting Lineup C(1) Yan Gomes1B(2) Carlos Santana2B(3) Jason KipnisSS(4) Jose Ramirez3B(5) Lonnie ChisenhallLF(6) Michael BrantleyCF(7) Michael BournRF(8) Brandon MossDH(9) David...
Via Burning River Baseball
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians' Swisher to start season on disabled list

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) The Cleveland Indians say outfielder Nick Swisher and infielder Zach Walters will start the season on the disabled list. Coming back from knee surgery, Swisher played his first game of the big league exhibition season on Wednesday as a designated hitter. Walters has a strained oblique muscle. Cleveland optioned infielder Jesus Aguilar to Triple-A Columbus on...
Via AP on Fox
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Pics: Nick Swisher has the city of Cleveland on his cleats

He may be the subject of mean tweets and tongue-in-cheek posts about a Brofari, but there’s no denying that Nick Swisher is all about the city of Cleveland. In a recent image captured and subsequently shared by Uni Watch’s Phil Hecken, we get a great look at Swisher’s New Balance 4040v2 Cleats that are brandished with the Cleveland skyline and the area code of 2-1-6. While...
Via Waiting For Next Year
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Nick Swisher Presents: Bro Cruise 2015

Do you long for the scent of sun-baked fresh pomade? Ever find yourself pumping your fist in the air for no good reason? Are you waiting patently for the reunion season of Jersey Shore? Well iron up those tank tops, clean up those aviator sunglasses and pump your iPod up with all of the David Guetta you can find—it’s time for Bro Cruise 2015! Sponsored by Red Bull energy drink...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Will the Cleveland Indians’ defense improve in 2015?

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports The Achilles heal last year for the Tribe was their defense. It may be the catalyst to why they just barely missed out on a Wild Card spot. With no major changes to fielding positions, is their any reason to believe that this won’t still be the status quo in 2015? Let’s look at the most important position on the field: catcher. Yan Gomes has...
Via Sports-Glory
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch the hysterical video of the Indians reading mean tweets

The Cleveland Indians ripped this bit off from Jimmy Kimmel, but who cares? The execution was really great and delivered the kind of hysterical results you’d expect. My favorite is also the featured image here where Tony Mazur gets bro-slapped by Nick Swisher. I also appreciated the Jim Rosenhaus bit. And just getting a jump on version two of the video, for those who don’t know...
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28 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
March 24, 2015  |  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
March 23, 2015  |  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
March 18, 2015  |  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
March 18, 2015  |  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?
March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Revisiting jWAR with the 2015 Tribe

Two years ago, WFNY alum Jon Steiner put a lot of work into a player dashboard, combining the stats of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs from the previous five years to come up with one win above replacement stat to rule them all, jWAR. A few weeks later, with this tool of nerd-vana now at my disposal, I used jWAR to rationalize my optimism toward the outlook of the 2013 Indians...
Via Waiting For Next Year
March 12, 2015  |  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
March 07, 2015  |  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...
February 26, 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
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