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Ranking the Jacobs/Progressive Field Openers

It’s a holiday in downtown Cleveland. The day we’ve been perpetually waiting for during that interminable winter that lasted about 37 years. Weather permitting, as always, there will be baseball at Progressive Field this afternoon. And, with all sorts of new bells and whistles on the ballpark, it will perhaps be the most meaningful home opener since 1994. But really, each home...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Southpaw Battles For South Downtown Seattle Mariner Bullpen Spot

Rollins, Luetge, Olson, Perez and Saunders Battle Over 1 Spot With the battle at shortstop settled by a TKO thanks to the wrist injury sustained by Chris Taylor, my attention now moves to the battle that rages on in Seattle Mariners spring training camp for a spot in the bullpen.  The spot in question is the 2nd left handed reliever position in the Mariners’ bullpen a spot made...
Via NorthWest Sports Beat
March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates prospect Garcia helps Dominicans top Cuba in Caribbean

  Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Willy Garcia hit a two-run homer and the Dominican Republic beat Cuba 6-1 in the Caribbean Series on Tuesday. Cuba (0-2) returned to the Caribbean Series in 2014 after a 53-year absence, going 1-3 last year in Venezuela. Garcia homered in the sixth inning off reliever Jonder Martinez in the tournament opener for the Dominican Republic. The 22-year-old...
Via AP on Fox
February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Dominican Republic drops Cuba to 0-2 in Caribbean Series

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Willy Garcia hit a two-run homer and the Dominican Republic beat Cuba 6-1 in the Caribbean Series on Tuesday. Cuba (0-2) returned to the Caribbean Series in 2014 after a 53-year absence, going 1-3 last year in Venezuela. Garcia homered in the sixth inning off reliever Jonder Martinez in the tournament opener for the Dominican...
Via AP on Fox
February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Top Ten Indians Bullpens

Do to the success of the Indians bullpen in recent seasons, the subject of the greatest Tribe relief corps of all time has been brought up on multiple occasions. Now, we are making it official with the list of the top ten bullpens in Cleveland Indians history. Because bullpens vary in size, only the top six pitchers from each group are included in the analysis. In addition, because...
Via Burning River Baseball
January 23, 2015  |  Discuss

All-Time Indians: Rafael Perez

Name: Rafael Jerome Perez Position: Relief Pitcher Tribe Time: 2006-2012 Number: 53     DOB: 05/15/1982 Stats W L W% ERA G Hld SV SVO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (2007) 1 2 .333 1.79 44 12 1 2 60.2 41 12 5 15 62 0.93 .185 Career 21 12 .636 3.64 338 69 3 17 329.0 320 133 26 117 268 1.33 .245 Post Season Career 1 0 1.000 7.71 6 0 0 0 7 10 6 3 3 6 1.86 .323 The position...
Via Burning River Baseball
December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Tribe Bullpen as Strong Ever

In 2011 and 2012 the Cleveland Indians had a bullpen that was good enough to develop a nickname. The 2014 Tribe bullpen does not have any special monikers but may well be better than those pens that were the backbone of struggling baseball teams. After a 2013 season of bullpen question marks and implosions, the Indians are enjoying a fantastic relief season this year. The pen is...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Gerrit Cole scratched from rehab start tomorrow

While we were in with Hurdle MT @indyindians Sat. SP will be Rafael Perez. Had earlier been announced that Gerrit Cole would be starting. — Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) August 2, 2014
Via WHYGAVS?
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Perez, Gray each pitch 2 innings, A's-Rangers tie

PHOENIX (AP) -- Oakland designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes drove in a run with a sacrifice fly against Martin Perez as the Athletics and Texas Rangers played to a 2-all tie Saturday. The game was stopped after nine innings. Billy Burns, who replaced Coco Crisp in the starting lineup just before gametime, had two hits, stole two bases and recorded a pair of outfield assists for the...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

The Top Five Tribe Bullpens of the Last 20 Years

Which, if any, late-inning units topped the Bullpen Mafia? No portion of a Major League Baseball team’s roster experiences more in the way of volatility than a bullpen. One year you think you have it perfect, the next, the same guys look like they don’t belong in the same roles. Sometimes its injury; sometimes its just plain ineffectiveness. But year to year, the ultimate success...
Via Waiting For Next Year
February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

LHP Perez minor deal in Texas with spring invite

The Texas Rangers have agreed to a minor league deal with left-hander Rafael Perez that includes an invitation to major league spring training. Texas announced the deal with the 31-year-old Perez on Saturday. Perez pitched for minor league affiliates in the Minnesota and Boston organizations last season, going a combined 3-2 with a 2.60 ERA and six saves over 29 relief appearances...
Via AP on Fox
January 18, 2014  |  Discuss

A Return to Sanity: Reliever Prices Dropping

Being a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball is one of the most volatile jobs in all of professional sports. There is no other position where the average player can go from greatest ever (Eric Gagne from 2002 through 2004) to really expensive minor leaguer (Gagne from 2005 through 2009) in such a quick time. While not everyone experiences the highs of Gagne, there are many more...
Via Burning River Baseball
December 20, 2013  |  Discuss
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