Francona pleased after Indians first live batting practice session

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Despite some rain earlier in the day, the Indians were able to get in their first live batting practice session on Saturday. With this being the first time that the Tribe pitchers got to face hitters, manager Terry Francona was happy with how things went. "Everyone threw the ball and felt fine," Francona said. "Some chose to swing while some just tracked the ball...
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Today in Tribe History: February 28, 1988

The Cleveland Indians sign free agent utility man Terry Francona. After five seasons in Montreal and one in Chicago with the Cubs, Francona spent his seventh season in the National League with the Cincinnati Reds in 1987, hitting .227 in 102 games while playing first base and the corner outfield spots. His signing with the Indians made him a second generation player in Cleveland...
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Indians hope Santana's comfort at first leads to rebound at plate

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Last year one of the biggest topics of spring training was Carlos Santana moving to third base and backing up at catcher. This year Santana doesn't have to worry about being shuffled around as he knows he is at first. "This time last year he was really excited about trying to play third. He was really going after it," said Terry Francona. "This year is going to...
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A Look At The Tribe’s Bullpen

Last season, the Indians’ bullpen was one of the team’s greatest assets and, despite having no real high profile names, it was one of the best bullpens in all of baseball. The pen’s 3.12 ERA ranked 7th in all of baseball, as did their 504 strikeouts. It was also one of the most used bullpens in baseball. At 513.1 innings pitched, the squad had the 5th most innings pitched among...
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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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Indians start spring training anxious to improve

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Even though he's led big-league clubs through 14 seasons, Indians manager Terry Francona says he still gets jitters when talking to the team before it starts spring training. ''I wanted to say how I felt,'' the two-time World Series-winning manager said Tuesday as the full team worked out together for the first time. ''That's not the easiest thing sometimes...
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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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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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Topgun: Trevor Bauer's drone grounded at Indians' Spring Training

Trevor Bauer's Topgun days are done, at least for the time being. On Friday, Major League Baseball stopped Bauer from flying his drone at the Indians' Spring Training facility. Before being grounded, Bauer flew the drone over the facility in Goodyear, Arizona and posted some pictures from the drone on Twitter. Pretty cool right? MLB doesn't think so. According to Cleveland.com after...
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Today in Tribe History: February 21, 2011

A pair of former Cleveland Indians from the 1980s are among seven people selected to enter the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Outfielder Oddibe McDowell spent four seasons with the Texas Rangers before being dealt to the Indians after the 1988 season with first baseman Pete O’Brien and second baseman Jerry Browne for infielder Julio Franco. McDowell spent 69 games with the Tribe...
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Francona supportive of pace of game initiatives

Last year during spring training Indians manager Terry Francona was a little leery about how instant replay would end up working. By the end of the season, he had grown to be a supporter of it. When it comes to the pace of game initiatives that were introduced on Friday by Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association, Francona didn't wait long to give his opinion. "I think...
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Indians counting on Carrasco after strong finish to 2014

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) The Indians are counting on Carlos Carrasco to solidify their young pitching staff. And manager Terry Francona says it's about confidence for the pitcher, who finished last season strongly after losing his spot in the rotation early on. Francona said Thursday at the start of spring training that the way Carrasco pitched, he deserves Cleveland to be all-in on...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Francona's approach keep Indians among better bullpens in majors?

Cody Allen finished ninth in the American League in saves last season as he converted all but four of his 28 save opportunities. Yet, when asked if Allen is his closer, Indians manager Terry Francona might rather opt for a root canal than saying that. Just like Francona refuses to officially name a closer, there isn't a designated "long or middle reliever". In an age when bullpens...
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Why Jason Giambi Will Be A Major League Manager

Yesterday, Jason Giambi announced his retirement after 20 Major League seasons spent with the Athletics, Yankees, Rockies and Indians. The past two seasons spent with the Indians saw the former AL MVP take on a very reduced playing role, serving almost as a de facto bench/hitting coach to manager Terry Francona. Giambi being able to stick around on the Indians roster well past his...
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Excitement surrounding Tribe's rotation, but final spot still up for grabs

Last season, the Indians rotation was a work in progress from the time they reported to Goodyear, Ariz. Over the last two months though things gelled. During that period, they led the majors in strikeouts (358) and had the second-lowest ERA (2.76) while logging pitched the fourth-most innings (338 2/3). Many are banking that this season the rotation will resemble that and not the...
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Jason Giambi announces retirement after 20-year MLB career

Indians manager Terry Francona said during the team's annual Tribe Fest that he expected Jason Giambi to take a year off from baseball. When Giambi returns, it won't be as a player. After a 20-year career in the majors, Giambi announced his retirement Monday in a statement to the New York Daily News: "After 20 seasons, I have decided to officially announce my retirement as a Major...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the Indians have the best catching duo in the American League?

Yan Gomes admitted during Tribe Fest that he was leery the first half of last season about taking days off due to the Indians' lack of a consistent backup at catcher. Carlos Santana played in 10 games behind the plate, but that ended once he suffered a concussion in late May. George Kottaras was up briefly a couple times and had a two home-run game. It wasn't until early July though...
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Time for Indians to Shed “Young” Label

Over the past few years the Indians have been tagged with the labels the likes of “young,” “inexperienced,” “youthful,” and “still learning.” Those tags were used in 2011 and 2012 when talented clubs started strong and finished poorly and far out of the postseason. They were thrown around when that team, under the guidance of Terry Francona, did better, but still...
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How to Get Free Stuff: 2015 Edition

Photo from Indians.com Everyone loves free stuff and looking back at some research done internally this off-season, at least some fans base their visiting schedule almost entirely on when they can get a little something extra for the price of admission. Being one of those people, I empathize and now present you with the best, the weirdest and the most repetitive Cleveland Indians...
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Indians Load Up Terry Francona’s Scooter For Spring Training Trip

Terry Francona’s red scooter being loaded onto the Indians’ trucks, which head to Spring Training today. pic.twitter.com/eWh395fXq7 — Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) February 6, 2015     Remember 2014 when we showed you Terry Francona riding his scooter to Progressive Field? Of course you do. The guy loves getting around on his trusty scooter. He loves riding it to work. He loves...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Tribe Report: Town Hall Meeting debuts tomorrow

Tune in to SportsTime Ohio tomorrow, Jan. 30th at 7:00pm for the premiere of Tribe Report: Indians Town Hall Meeting. In this unique 30-minute show taped in front of a live studio audience, host Matt Underwood talks Indians baseball with Tribe Manager Terry Francona and Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro. Hear from Shapiro on the new commissioner of Major League Baseball, new...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Terry Francona focused on improving abysmal Indians defense

The Cleveland Indians defense in 2014 was unacceptable. Pick any metric—advanced or arcane—and the Tribe, a season ago, may as well have had cinderblocks bound to their cleats and their gloves on the opposite hands. Considering that their poor defense was addressed ad nauseum throughout the entire season, and more so when the AL Central was within spitting distance, it comes...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Francona doesn't see how shifts can be eliminated

CLEVELAND -- Terry Francona has read about new Commissioner Rob Manfred's ideas for improving baseball, but there is one that the Indians manager doesn't ever see happening --“ limiting or eliminating defensive shifts. During a Monday taping of an Indians town hall event, Francona said that he thought Manfred was discussing not closing himself off to any ideas, but that one seems...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Tribe Fest Provides Fans Relief From Winter Doldrums

A little bit of cold in the air, construction work all around, and plenty of snow covering the field at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario could not keep the legions of baseball fans in Cleveland from coming to the Indians’ home on Saturday to celebrate life as a Tribe fan. The third annual Tribe Fest is well under way, with the Friday night VIP session and two of the three weekend...
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January 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Statues, bobbleheads and jerseys galore: Indians release 2015 promotional schedule

With Opening Day less than 80 days away, the Cleveland Indians have outfitted fans with a wish list of sorts thanks to the release of their 2015 Promotional Schedule. This year will feature 18 different promotional items including five replica jerseys, four bobbleheads and a Larry Doby replica statue. In addition to celebrating the current roster, the team will also pay homage to...
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January 24, 2015  |  Discuss
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