Catching Up With Rick Waits

Former pitcher Rick Waits will always be remembered in Cleveland as a solid lefthander who won 74 games for the Indians over a nine year stretch, but baseball history will likely remember him for one game that led to one of baseball’s most historic moments. On the last day of the season in 1978, Waits was the starter for the sixth-place Tribe at Yankee Stadium against the first...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tribe Happenings: Indians have come a long way in two years

Some news, notes and thoughts from my Indians notebook… Then and Now I know the popular approach in Cleveland these days is to ridicule the Indians for their lack of activity in the offseason, but if you step back and look where this team is now compared to two years ago at this time it is amazing the turnaround they have enjoyed. In fact, with all the changes implemented over...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Home is where new Rays manager Kevin Cash's heart will return

TAMPA, Fla. -- Kevin Cash's heart for baseball was formed at an early age. He dressed for Little League games three hours before he left for the ballpark. He smacked balls during postgame batting practice sessions. He was counted on to avoid mental errors in the field, his focus more mature at a point in his life when peers viewed the sport as leisure, not a possible lifestyle. Cash...
Via Fox Sports Florida
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Johnny Baseball

With Johnny Manziel-mania having already swept through Cleveland, Berea and Browns Backer’s bars across the nation, the rookie quarterback who had never taken an NFL snap brought his fanfare and Hollywood-like swagger to Progressive Field on Wednesday night, June 4. Manziel, along with cornerback and eighth overall pick Justin Gilbert, was scheduled to throw out the ceremonial...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

My Sportsman of the Year: Terry Francona

Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year is an annual must-read. Sadly, that the national recognition rarely has anything to do with the teams or individuals whom we cover. In turn, WFNY will soon announce its choice for 2014’s Cleveland Sportsman of the Year. Here’s one of the nominations for that honor by an WFNY writer. Here are some things that are true: The Cleveland...
Via Waiting For Next Year
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians will pay more attention to defense during Spring Training

SAN DIEGO -- Since the middle of last season, Terry Francona and Chris Antonetti have had many conversations about how to fix a defense that was the worst in the majors. The Indians' 116 errors in 2014 were the most since 2006, when they had 118. With a little more than two months until the start of Spring Training, Francona said there will be a greater focus on live drills. "We...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona has seen Moss make big strides

SAN DIEGO -- When Terry Francona had Brandon Moss in Boston during the 2007 and '08 seasons, Moss was a young player trying to establish himself. With the Indians acquiring Moss from Oakland on Monday, Francona is getting an established power hitter who he has seen make a lot of strides. "When he left Boston, even by his account, I think he was almost out of baseball. Then he kind...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians start fun holiday promotion on Twitter

With the holidays right around the corner, the Cleveland Indians have decided to giveaway prizes through contests via social media. The #12DaysofTribe promotion began Monday with the team asking fans for their best Tom Hamilton home run call impression. The winner would win tickets for a game in April or May and be able to visit Hammy and Jim Rosenhaus in the booth. Kent State University...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitching likely to be next area of focus for Indians

SAN DIEGO -- On the ninth floor of the Harbor Tower at the Manchester Grand Hyatt on Tuesday, the Indians continued to field and make calls as they try to tweak the roster. Whether any of the things in the works come to fruition remains to be seen. General manager Chris Antonetti said most of the focus remains on trades since it is a much wider net in some respects. "We lost some...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Reports: Ex-Red Sox Brandon Moss Traded To Terry Francona’s Indians

This embed is invalid" /> Brandon Moss is reuniting with his first major league manager. Moss has been traded from the Oakland Athletics to the Cleveland Indians, where he’ll reunite with former Boston Red Sox skipper Terry Francona, according to multiple reports. The A’s reportedly will receive minor league second baseman Joe Wendle in exchange...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Moss rumors continue as Indians head to Winter Meetings

SAN DIEGO -- Two months into the offseason the only news the Indians have generated heading into next season has been renovations to Progressive Field and signing Terry Francona to an extension. Hopefully that will change as the Winter Meetings begin in earnest on Monday and continue through Thursday. The Tribe is coming off back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2001...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Circling The Central: November 2014 Edition

After a full month of off-season, things certainly have been busy in the American League Central Division. For those who missed it, we’ll get you caught up in the roster moves of each of the AL Central teams starting with your Cleveland Indians. Cleveland Indians The Indians have been relatively silent to this point, not being significant players in any free agent talks as they...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Terry Francona's reaction to a player's 'double dare' is priceless

Major League Baseball players have been over in Japan for the MLB Japan All-Star Series -- and plenty of fun has been had from Carlos Santana dressing like a samurai to Yasiel Puig embracing the culture. But the in-flight shenanigans involving Los Angeles Angels pitcher Hector Santiago and Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona may be the funniest item to surface yet. Santiago...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Hector Santiago Kisses Sleeping Terry Francona During Flight (Video)

A sleepy Terry Francona awoke to a surprise during a recent flight to Okinawa, Japan. A team of major leaguers wrapped up their 2014 Japan All-Star Series on Thursday morning. It’s never too late for team bonding, though, and Los Angeles Angels pitcher Hector Santiago accepted a unique dare en route to the team’s final game. Someone — for reasons unknown — dared Santiago...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels Pitcher Hector Santiago Kisses Terry Francona’s Bald Head

Cleveland Indians manager and MLB All-Stars coach Terry Francona will never sit comfortably in a plane again. While en route to Okinawa for...
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November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: November 12, 2013

In his first season at the helm of the Cleveland Indians, Terry Francona is recognized by Major League Baseball as its American League Manager of the Year. Francona is honored for the first time in his career with the award, despite winning two World Series with the Boston Red Sox. Tito took a rebuilt Tribe team to a 92-70 record and into the AL Wild Card game with a ten-game winning...
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November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Offseason Plans Begin to Take Focus

With the conclusion of the World Series, contract options picked up or declined and qualifying offers extended the offseason is in official full swing. For the Indians, they’ve had about six weeks to evaluate how their 2014 season, with the goal of Unfinished Business, became one of Royal Disappointment. The Tribe has quietly already been busy. Two weeks ago the Indians exercised...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Baseball’s gain is the TV viewer’s loss

The long-rumored departure of Fox Sports MLB analyst Gabe Kapler gained even more steam on Thursday when a nugget floated down the Twitter stream stating that Kapler would be joining the Los Angeles Dodgers front office as their farm director. And while Kapler getting back into the game and off our television screens is awesome for him, it sucks for television viewers. Kapler quickly...
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November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Terry Francona's impact

The Cleveland Indians just made their biggest and best move off the offseason by extending manager Terry Francona through the 2018 season with club options for 2019 and 2020. I know some will read that and groan at ownership for not spending money and rightfully so.  In the five seasons prior to Francona the team averaged 72.6 wins, yet in the two seasons Francona has managed...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Francona Extension Demonstrates Mutual Desire for Success

The 2013 off-season ushered in a new chapter of Cleveland Indians baseball. The 2012 season had ended with the firing of Manny Acta, a paltry, losing record, and Sandy Alomar Jr. closing the season as interim manager. If one thing was clear, it was that something drastic had to be done to keep the team relevant, exciting, and, above all, to get them to win. Cue Terry Francona. Fracona’s...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Storylines: Indians lock up Francona through 2020

Top Stories The worries of Terry Francona leaving the Indians anytime soon can be eput to rest as he isn’t going anywhere for at least another few years. He was originally signed to a four year deal,  but on Tuesday was rewarded with a two-year extension through 2018 that also includes club option years in 2019 and 2020. “Being part of the solution is really what I wanted...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

What the Francona Extension Means to You

The Indians have just announced a two year extension for Terry Francona, despite the fact that he was still under contract through 2016. The exact financial details of the deal are not available, but it can expected to be similar to his last contract signed with Cleveland. In addition to covering the 2017 and 2018 seasons, the new deal has two team options for 2019 and 2020, so,...
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November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Locking up Francona allows Indians to continue moving forward

CLEVELAND -- Terry Francona's contract extension would have been completed earlier if it weren't for one slight hitch -- he didn't know what his proposal to general manager Chris Antonetti should be since Francona didn't know how much he was making. If only other bosses had that luxury. "I thought about it for a couple days and I emailed him, 'Before I send you a proposal I need...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Terry Francona Contract Extension A Sensible Move By Cleveland Indians

It wasn’t like Terry Francona was walking out the door. He didn’t need to be. The Cleveland Indians obviously realize they have the right man for their managerial job. The Tribe thus made a very sensible move Tuesday in agreeing to a two-year contract extension with Francona despite the skipper already being under team control through the 2016 season. It’s often difficult to...
Via NESN.com
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Tribe Ink Tito To Two-Year Contract Extension

USATSIThe Cleveland Indians have signed former Red Sox manager Terry Francona to a new two-year contract extension. No financial terms were disclosed, but the deal would cement Tito in The Mistake By The Lake through the 2018 season. Francona was the skipper on two Red Sox World Championship teams (2004, 2007) and was fired after the 2011 season—amid some serious backstabbing by...
Via FenwayNation
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss
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