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Indians’ Starting Rotation Battle Royale coming to a close

As Palm Sunday is nearly upon us, the battle for the fourth and fifth starting positions in the Cleveland Indians pitching rotation has almost completed. So, before the announcement becomes official, let us take a look at how the pitchers have done this spring. The statistics from Spring Training are not a true measuring stick for players as they can come against opposing players...
Via Waiting For Next Year
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Atchison, Aging Well, Will Again be Key Bullpen Arm in 2015

The time-line for most Major League Baseball players typically involves being a rookie in their early 20s, hitting their stride in their mid 20s, having their peak years in their late 20s and early 30s, declining in their mid 30s and retiring – if lucky enough – in their late 30s. Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Scott Atchison is far from your typical baseball player, at least...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

It’s Time for Francisco Lindor in Cleveland

Last summer I stood on the field before the Eastern League All-Star Game and spoke with Francisco Lindor about his life, his development and his future with the Cleveland Indians. When I asked him if he received the call to the big leagues, if he felt he was ready, his answer was like most every thing he does; outstanding and far better than you would expect from a 21-year old. “If...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Meaningless April? Not this year: 2015 Indians Preview

On a cold, damp and dreary evening in the middle of April, 2013, Terry Francona stood in front of a high-top table that was perched in the middle of the Cleveland Indians’ room to take in questions from the local contingent. His team was 3-5, having just dropped back-to-back games to the New York Yankees, and would have been staring down the barrel of a four-game sweep if not for...
Via Waiting For Next Year
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Love narratives, kid stuff and more – WFNY Podcast – 2015-03-25

Craig and @nominataur discuss kids and sports and Kevin Love. Plus Disney Junior Live stinking. The fragmentation of the future Watching Up for the first time Having the “death” conversation with kids Realizations about death and The Fall of Freddie the Leaf There will never be another 1985 Cleveland Indians and whether jinxes exist Jimmy Haslam and the Tennessee Titans thing...
Via Waiting For Next Year
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Indians Feeling Optimistic About 2015; Opening Day Tickets Start at $66

In his second season as the manager of the Cleveland Indians, Terry Francona has the arrow pointing up when discussing the Indians’ rank in the American League Central division. After winning 92 games in 2014 and reaching the American League Wild Card game, the Indians finished with 85 wins in 2014, five games back of the Detroit Tigers. But the Indians have been consistent for...
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
2 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

Sorting through the end of the roster: 2015 Indians Preview

With just two weeks before the season begins in Houston, manager Terry Francona is not far from making the decisions that will shape the end of the Indians’ opening day roster. With spots up for grabs in the outfield, on the starting staff, and in the bullpen, the Tribe has some camp battles that are still in full swing. Who will round out the utility spots? Who’s nabbing that...
Via Waiting For Next Year
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Shaw Sets Up Strong Returning Indians Bullpen

No pitcher in Major League Baseball made it into games more than Bryan Shaw did for the Cleveland Indians in 2014. For the 27-year-old reliever, it was a glowing recommendation of his value to Terry Francona that the Indians skipper could rely on Shaw whenever he made the call. And for what it is worth, Shaw proved his importance time and time again in each of his two seasons as...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians Spring Training: Club Leaning on Francona for Optimism

  The Indians and the rest of Major League Baseball kicked off Spring Training just over two weeks ago, and there have already been developments in the clubhouse, and things that will affect the Tribe for the remainder of the season. After Gavin Floyd’s routine bullpen session earlier this week, Floyd stopped early due to some soreness in his right elbow. Team doctors had him...
Via Hot Stove MLB
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Tribe’s Best Promotions for 2015

Naturally, this is the time of year when baseball fans look ahead to the coming season and pinpoint things to watch for. It’s also when many begin planning trips to the ballpark, which in recent years have more frequently dovetailed with the high points of a team’s promotional schedule. Cheap hot dogs, fireworks, and allowing sugared-up kids to frantically scurry around the...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
6 days ago  |  Discuss

What I believe about the 2015 Cleveland Indians

We have estimated in the past that only about ten percent of what we gather in Spring Training is actually useful. As such, I have been taking accounts of what I have witnessed during Spring Training. I will write what I believe, you can determine what truly matters, and I will hope to surpass the ten percent threshold. First, I believe that we should have a moment of silence to...
Via Waiting For Next Year
7 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
8 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
8 days ago  |  Discuss

AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber to start Opening Day for Indians

  In one of the easiest decisions Terry Francona has had to make this spring, the Cleveland Indians' manager confirmed on Monday that American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber will start on Opening Day Kluber went 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA and struck out 269 last season, earning the honor of top pitcher in American League. He will get the ball April 6 at Houston. The right-hander...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Corey Kluber to start opening day for Indians

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) In one of the easiest decisions Terry Francona has had to make this spring, the Cleveland Indians' manager confirmed on Monday that AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber will start on opening day Kluber went 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA and struck out 269 last season, earning the honor of top pitcher in American League. He will get the ball April 6 at Houston. The right...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians pitcher Gavin Floyd to have elbow surgery

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Cleveland Indians pitcher Gavin Floyd will have surgery on a fractured bone in his right elbow. Floyd, who missed most of last season with Atlanta with the same injury, will have the operation on Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic. Indians manager Terry Francona said Floyd will miss ''a good portion if not the whole year.'' The club signed Floyd as a free agent...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians prank Bauer after his terrible outing

  If you’re a pitcher who gives up back-to-back-to-back home runs, chances are you’ll be the butt of a few jokes in the clubhouse.   For Trever Bauer, that certainly was the case. The Cleveland Indians starter gave up consecutive solo shots to Chicago Cubs prospects Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant in the fourth inning of their spring training matchup...
Via NESN.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Terry Francona pranks Bauer after Indians P gives up back-to-back-to-back HRs

Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer gave up back-to-back-back home runs Tuesday to the Chicago Cubs' Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant. When the right-hander was in the Cleveland clubhouse on Wednesday, local police stopped by to return the balls that were hit onto the streets. According to teammate Jason Kipnis, the balls also caused some havoc on the roads. As it turned out, though...
Via Fox Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians pitcher Gavin Floyd to have MRI on elbow

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Indians starting pitcher Gavin Floyd will undergo an MRI on his troublesome right elbow. Manager Terry Francona said Floyd, who underwent reconstructive elbow surgery in 2013 and made just nine starts for Atlanta last season before fracturing his elbow, will have the imagining exam on Monday and the team hopes to have results Tuesday. Francona said Floyd has...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians' Twitter account shows you how to deal with overbearing fans

Sports fans like to complain. They will pretty much complain about anything, most especially when it comes to their team. When one Cleveland Indians fan voiced his displeasure, via Twitter, with the lineup that manager Terry Francona wrote out for A MEANINGLESS EXHIBITION GAME on Sunday, the team came back with a truly outstanding replay.
Via Fox Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

New Look Cleveland Indians Have Their Eyes on October

The AL Central is shaping up to be one of the toughest divisions in all of baseball, and this offseason has only cemented that notion. While Jeff Samardzija went from the north to the south side of the Windy City to join the Chicago White Sox, Melky Cabrera joined him in the less-famous pinstriped uniforms. The Royals are coming off a storybook season and playoff run; and though...
Via Hot Stove MLB
22 days ago  |  Discuss

“I guarantee every team in the league would take his defense and be thrilled.”

The way defensive metrics rate Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley has officially perplexed Terry Francona. In an interview conducted a few days back in Goodyear, Arizona, Francona admitted that, while he has been in the game for quite some time, he has no idea why advanced analytics rate the MVP candidate so poorly. “I have no idea. For the life of me, I can’t understand...
Via Waiting For Next Year
23 days ago  |  Discuss
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