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...
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Walters Versatility Make Him a Powerful Possibility

It’s never bad to have versatility. It’s something the Indians, like most organizations, look for throughout their system and often can help young players reach the big leagues quicker. That versatility is probably one of the factors that got Zach Walters to the big leagues and what attracted the Indians to him last summer. However, Walters’ flexibility comes with limits that...
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1 day 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...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Potential 25 Man Roster 3/3 Update

Keeping things updated as training progresses, the latest group looks a lot like the original published last month. While the expected starters haven’t generally changed, there have been quite a few more contenders added including a large group of minor leaguers already within the system who have garnered invites and a few more free agent signings. New additions and changes are...
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3 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...
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3 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...
7 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....
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Ramsey Provides Young Outfield Depth

If you are a young outfielder in the Cleveland Indians farm system, it is possible that you might be a bit discouraged by your prospects of cracking the Major League roster any time this season. It is a stark contrast to just a couple of years ago when, prior to the arrivals of Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher and the success of Michael Brantley, the Indians outfield was a frightening...
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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...
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10 days ago  |  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...
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10 days ago  |  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...
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11 days ago  |  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...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Indians’ Offense Be More Consistent?

There were some positives to take out of the 2014 season for the Cleveland Indians, but offensive consistency was not among those. It may have slipped under the radar to some degree due to the surprisingly good numbers that came from the starting rotation and the generally unpleasant quantity of errors committed by the defense behind those pitchers. In the end, the offense had the...
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13 days ago  |  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...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Tribe Opens New Season with Same Expectations

As the sun rises in Goodyear, Arizona this morning and pitchers and catchers officially report to spring training, many things have changed around the Indians while very little has changed internally. Chief Wahoo smiles atop the page this morning for the first time since last season’s disappointing 85-77 third place finish. The 2014 goal, Unfinished Business, was clear: build upon...
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15 days ago  |  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...
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17 days ago  |  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...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Happy Valentine’s Day From WFNY

Running around trying to get everything for the perfect Valentine’s Day? Worse, looking for the right words to entice that young lad or lady into being your valentine at the last minute? WFNY is here to help, along with some of our favorite Cleveland sports figures. Try these cards out and see if your bones don’t get jumped in a jiffy. (Some of the cards allude to adult-ish...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Murphy hang on to job in right once Swisher and Moss return from injuries?

By the end of the season, right field could be the deepest position on the Indians. As spring training gets ready to begin though there are plenty of questions. The lone absolute at the moment is that if the season started today, David Murphy would be the starter. Whether Murphy is here the entire season is a big if especially after the Indians acquired Brandon Moss during the offseason...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Top Ten Ohio Born Cleveland Indians

Professional baseball isn’t like the amateur ranks, where players generally stay where they are. The current Indians 40 man roster contains the same amount of players from Taiwan as from Ohio (one each in C.C. Lee and Nick Swisher). Despite 39 players on the current roster that hail from lands outside the Buckeye state, there have been plenty of Indians greats who were born locally...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

A Deeper Look Into the Indians Corner Infield & DH

With most of the Indians starting positions firmly established, this group of hitters is one of the most interesting going into the 2015 season. Every significant member of the team who played either third base, first base or DH in 2014 is returning for the 2015 (Jason Giambi and Chris Gimenez are the only insignificant players to leave) and added into that mix is the free agent...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

I will never complain about a Corey Kluber extension

This is me talking to myself. I have to talk to myself sometimes when it comes to sports because otherwise you forget about foresight and only look at hindsight and then you hate yourself for being so stupid and not being able to see the future. That’s why I treat myself so harshly with regard to Nick Swisher. I wanted the Indians to sign Swisher badly because he seemed like the...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

The True Cost of WAR

There have been a lot of comparisons of a player’s salary to a player’s WAR, but instead of an all-encompassing look at what each win is worth, the chart below compares each team in the American League’s top three players financially to their production on the field. Rather than use actual numbers, in order to compare all teams on an even footing, percentages are used. While...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Two Indians mentioned as Grantland’s worst contracts

It’s what all the Cleveland Indians defenders say when anyone wants to talk about how cheap the Dolans are, and they’re not wrong. Free agency is a completely inefficient way to build a baseball team. Jonah Keri and Grantland are at it again in 2015 analyzing what good and bad value look like. It works in the Indians’ favor from the perspective that a guy like Carlos Santana...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Santana thrives at first, which is where Indians should keep him

There are few times when you can say a pair of injuries were the best thing to happen to a team. In the Indians' case last season though, that ended up being the case. When Carlos Santana (concussion) and Nick Swisher (knee) went on the disabled list in late May, Lonnie Chisenhall entrenched himself at third base after a great start to the season. When he returned, Santana moved...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss
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