What is the real Mendoza Line?

The Mendoza Line is a commonly accepted phrase among baseball writers, coaches, and the casual fan as the baseline for accepted offensive output given above-average defense. The phrase was named after the light-hitting shortstop Mario Mendoza, a player who hit incredibly poorly but was considered to be a defensive wizard. People felt that a .200 batting average was something people...
Via Batting Leadoff
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The 2014 MLB Draft Reveals Indians New Philosophy

For many years, the Cleveland Indians have had a hard time in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. Throughout the past decade, the Tribe has taken players who have become busts like Trevor Crowe and Beau Mills. The Indians only have one player on their roster whom they have selected in the first round of the draft (Lonnie Chisenhall).  For many years in the early rounds, the team would...
Via Waiting For Next Year
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers notes: Will Worth hit enough?

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Danny Worth sat on the stool in front of his locker, gripping his black bat gently and waving it in tight circles. That stick could hold the answer to whether or not Worth claims the extra roster spot created by the loss of left fielder Andy Dirks, who's out until mid-June after having back surgery Monday. Worth has the most experience and versatility, as well...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers add former Indians outfielders Carrera and Crowe

Outfielders Ezequiel Carrera and Trevor Crowe signed minor league deals with the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. The former Cleveland Indians prospects have struggled mostly in their respective major league stints. The agreements today, first reported by FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, also include an invitation to the team’s spring training. Morosi joked with a #ReverseRaburn in his tweet...
Via Waiting For Next Year
January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Sox Or Astros Reach Century Mark First?

The Houston Astros have 99 losses, the Red Sox have 92 wins. While you'd think it was a no-brainer that the 'Lastros' will reach the century mark first, they are 7-8 so far in September—a winning percentage (.466) light years ahead of their season mark (.340). While they play a formidable line-up of Wild Card-hungy teams down the stretch (Reds, Indians, Rangers, Yankees...
Via FenwayNation
September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Dominguez hits grand slam, Astros beat Angels 9-7

Jose Altuve hit a three-run homer and Matt Dominguez's grand slam powered a big fifth inning to give the Houston Astros their fourth straight win, a 9-7 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. The Astros trailed by 1 entering the fifth before Trevor Crowe singled in two runs to put Houston up 5-4. Dominguez then hit his 20th homer off the wall in left field to extend...
Via AP on Fox
September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Dominguez hits grand slam, Astros beat Angels

HOUSTON (AP) -- Jose Altuve hit a three-run homer and Matt Dominguez's grand slam powered a big fifth inning to give the Houston Astros their fourth straight win, a 9-7 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. The Astros trailed by 1 entering the fifth before Trevor Crowe singled in two runs to put Houston up 5-4. Dominguez then hit his 20th homer off the wall in...
Via Fox Sports West
September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Farquhar blows save, allows 4 runs in the ninth

It isn't the big hits he gave up that Danny Farquhar will remember about his difficult ninth inning. It's the two walks that started the problems. Farquhar blew a one-run lead and gave up four runs in the ninth inning as the Houston Astros rallied to beat the Seattle Mariners 6-4 on Monday night in front of the smallest crowd in Safeco Field history. Farquhar (0-3) walked...
Via AP on Fox
September 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Peacock sharp in Astros' 3-2 win over A's

Jose Altuve had two hits and drove in a run to back a stellar outing by Brad Peacock, and the Houston Astros beat Oakland 3-2 on Thursday night to knock the Athletics out of first place in the AL West. Trevor Crowe singled, doubled and scored to help the Astros to their third win in the last four games against their division rivals. Oakland had won 11 of the first 12 meetings between...
Via AP on Fox
September 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Crowe's RBI single in 9th lifts Astros over Twins

Trevor Crowe hit an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning that lifted the Houston Astros over the Minnesota Twins 6-5 on Wednesday. Jonathan Villar singled to start the ninth and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jose Altuve. Crowe's line drive to left field off Brian Duensing (6-2) allowed the speedy Villar to score easily, giving Houston its first win in six...
Via Fox Sports
September 04, 2013  |  Discuss

The Worst of the Best: The Week’s Wildest Swings

Hey there, Internet users, and welcome to the second part of the 11th edition of The Worst Of The Best. This is the second part of the tenth edition, from last Friday, which you might have already read. If you haven’t already read it, maybe go ahead and keep it that way because I can never predict when I’m going to have to start recycling jokes and other material. Every single...
Via Fangraphs
June 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Astros fan makes unbelieveable barehanded catch

Heads up Jim Crane, this man might need a contract. While the Astros as a team haven't been much to talk about, at least one of the few fans in the stands is making things interesting in the interim. In the second inning of Sunday's game against the White Sox in Houston, Trevor Crowe hit a bullet foul ball towards left field, which was no match for a quick-handed Astros...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
June 17, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB Team Previews: Houston Astros

Key Additions SIGNED/RESIGNED: Trevor Crowe (CF), Phillip Humber (P), Carlos Pena (1B/DH), Erick Bedard (P), Rick Ankiel (OF) TRADED FOR: Alex White (P), John Ely (P), Chris Carter (1B), Brad Peacock (P) Key Losses Jed Lowrie (SS) Projected Divisional Standing Fifth in AL West Please...
Via Heff's Sports Blog
March 10, 2013  |  Discuss

WFNY Wednesday Wahoos: Indians Minor League Weekly Review 7/18

Each and every Wednesday, I try to bring you all of the news and notes from the Cleveland Indians minor league system. Enjoy. Last Thursday, I traveled off to Lake County to get the scoop on the Captains. Also included in this week’s edition of the Wahoos is the latest on some top prospects’ hot streaks, a no-hitter, some reliever promotions and a rehabbing lefty on his way...
Via Waiting For Next Year
July 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Indians Release Trevor Crowe

In the shortest press release I’ve ever seen, the Indians today released AAA outfielder Trevor Crowe. “Columbus transaction: OF TREVOR CROWE was released.” Crowe was the Indians 1st round pick in the 2005 draft. He was the 14th overall pick. Crowe played 205 games for the Indians (bet you could make some money off that stat) and had a lifetime .245 average with 3 home runs...
Via Waiting For Next Year
July 16, 2012  |  Discuss

WFNY Wednesday Wahoos: Indians Minor League Weekly Review 6/27

And we’re back on normal time this week. As usual, every Wednesday I bring you all of the news and notes from the Cleveland Indians minor league system. Last night was exciting in the ninth, but it doesn’t hide the fact the Indians have lost four straight by a margin of 28-7. Yikes. So, since the Indians declared they’re likely to make improvements from within, what possibilities...
Via Waiting For Next Year
June 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Mejia, Lopez honored as best in Pac-12

TUCSON, Ariz. Arizona junior shortstop Alex Mejia and coach Andy Lopez made off with three of the top honors on the All-Pac-12 baseball team, announced Wednesday by the conference. Mejia was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, while Lopez earned Coach of the Year honors. Five other Wildcats were named to the 25-player All-Conference team. Designated...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
May 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Catching Up With the Clippers

I for one miss our old friend DP. He left us for greener pastures, but his legacy lives on. No, I’m not going to talk about the Columbus Blue Jackets, but with the Tribe on an off-day yesterday, I thought it would be a good time to check in with DP’s very own AAA Columbus Clippers. With the expected offensive struggles of the big club, Tribe fans should always be keeping on...
Via Waiting For Next Year
April 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Bobby Abreu 'on verge' of being traded to Cleveland

This just in, Jon Heyman is reporting that the Angels are on the verge of trading malcontent ******* OF/DH Bobby Abreu to the Cleveland Indians. #indians, #angels on verge of abreu trade — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) March 30, 2012 Like Heyman, said, it is on the verge, so nothing is official yet.  We don't even know who the Angels are getting, but there are reports...
Via Monkey with a Halo
March 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Spring Training: Indians Option Phelps, Re-Assign Crowe

The countdown to Opening Day stands at ’14′ and the Cleveland Indians are preparing to return home. Alas, their latest transactions involve optioning right-handed pitcher Zach McAllister and second baseman Cord Phelps to their Triple-A affiliate Columbus Clippers. In addition, pitcher Chen-Chang Lee and outfielder Trevor Crowe have been re-assigned to minor league camp. The Cleveland...
Via Waiting For Next Year
March 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Indians OF Trevor Crowe tells Reds player to remove his skirt when sliding

Indians outfielder Trevor Crowe came through with one of the best athlete taunts on Twitter we’ve ever seen. Crowe posted that picture of a scared Reds player bracing for contact with the catcher at homeplate during spring training. Crowe’s tweet didn’t include the name of the player in question, but his commentary was priceless “Dear Reds player, please remove skirt while...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Indians Outfielder Trevor Crowe Has a Very Good Sense of Humor

<a href="" class="moshare-button-21" data-message="Following his team's game against The Cinncinati Reds on Tuesday, Cleveland Indians outfielder Trevor Crowe took to Twitter to express a thought he had. Trevor attached the below picture and Tweeted "Dear reds player, please remove skirt while sliding into home...
Via Next Impulse Sports
March 07, 2012  |  Discuss

While We’re Waiting… Winter Brings More Cavaliers Talk, Your Move Browns

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at Looking forward to the NBA draft already? “Assuming he enters the draft, Kidd-Gilchrist will be one of the youngest available players. Turning 19 next September, he’s...
Via Waiting For Next Year
December 15, 2011  |  Discuss

2011 Arizona League Indians transactions

I'm very detail oriented, so with 2011 quickly coming to a close I will be posting year end transaction recaps for each of the Indians' six stateside affiliates. This transaction listing will also be housed for reference in the "Transactions" tab below the site header. Thanks again to Arthur K. for compiling these all season and for keeping them up-to-date.June...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
December 12, 2011  |  Discuss

Rule 5 Prep

The deadline for the December 8th rule 5 draft was last night and the Indians made a couple moves in preperation. Danny Salazar, Juan Diaz and Scott Barnes were added to the 40 man roster and Luis Valbuena designated for assignment. Some high risk players that have been left off the protected list are Jared Goedert, Beau Mills, Trevor Crowe and obviously Valbuena. None of these players...
Via Burning River Baseball
November 19, 2011  |  Discuss
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