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All-Time Indians: Rick Waits

Name: Michael Richard Waits Position: Starting Pitcher Tribe Time: 1975-1983 Number: 36     DOB: 05/15/1952 Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1978) 13 15 .464 3.21 34 33 15 2 230.1 206 82   86 97 1.27 .230 Indians Career 74 84 .468 4.18 235 187 47 10 1,276.0 1,323 593 99 512 566 1.44 .257 The Indians didn’t have a lot to root for during the...
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Indians Suddenly Back In Playoff Picture As Season Embarks On Final Month

Whatever happens, it looks like the Cleveland Indians are planning on going down swinging. Literally. Once looking like they had no shot at this year’s postseason, the Indians have roared back into the picture, rattling off six straight wins entering September, and with a series on tap against the red-hot Blue Jays, they’ll find out just how legitimate they are at this juncture...
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9/2 Recap: Blue Jays Flutter Their Way Past Tribe for Series Win

Player of the Game The only pitcher to get as many as five outs tonight, Austin Adams finished the fourth then pitched the fifth as well, striking out one and allowing one single. Feathers Up In Trevor Bauer‘s stead, the Indians bullpen was absolutely incredible tonight. Starting with one out in the second inning, Jeff Manship, Kyle Crockett, Austin Adams, Zach McAllister, Gavin...
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Mark Shapiro’s Legacy

The son of big time sports agent Ron Shapiro, Mark has far surpassed his father’s legacy since joining the Indians in 1991. Initially the Director of Player Development under GM John Hart, Mark Shapiro saw the rise of more Indians greats than in any other decade with the likes of Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez, Charles Nagy and Omar Vizquel bringing the team to the World Series twice...
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9/1 Recap: Home Runs Not Enough for Tribe

Roster Update: Happy September 1st, MLB teams! You may now have up to 40 players on your Major League rosters. In celebration, the Indians have brought Chris Johnson and Gavin Floyd off the DL (the latter will be used out of the bullpen) and have promoted Shawn Armstrong from AAA. He played some for the Indians in August and was extremely successful out of the pen. Player of the...
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August 2015 Player Power Rankings

Continued mediocrity followed by a six game winning streak to end August has kept the Tribe within play-off limbo. Still too far out to be considered legitimate contenders, but too close to throw in the season. A rash of injuries, including shoulder issues for Kipnis, Carrasco and Brantley, hand and wrist problems for Johnson and Aviles and an illness for Salazar made it difficult...
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8/31 Recap: Welcome to Toronto, Mark

Player of the Game Danny Salazar was electric tonight, striking out ten in seven innings. The only two runs allowed by the young star were because of his own poor defensive plays (more on that later) as otherwise he shut out one of the best offenses in baseball over the other six. He allowed just six hits and one walk throughout, moving his season strike out total to 172 and his...
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How Will The Tribe’s Expanded Roster Look?

On Tuesday, September 1, the MLB roster capacity will expand from 25 to 40. This will give the Indians, and every other major league baseball team, the ability to add to their active roster. As it sits right now, the Indians have 41 men listed on their 40 man roster. However, because Gavin Floyd and Nick Hagadone are on the team’s 60-Day disabled list, they do not count against...
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This Week in Tribe 8/31-9/6: Playoffs? Is the Magic Back?

The Cleveland Indians are the hottest team in baseball with a five-game winning streak that has put the team back into playoff contention. Winning eight of the last 10 including sweeps at home against the Angels and Brewers has allowed the Tribe (63-66) to move up to 5 games behind the Texas Rangers (68-61) for the second wild card spot. It remains a tall hill to climb, but the recent...
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A Change Is Going To Come

Unless you have been sleeping until football season starts, the rumors of Indians president Mark Shapiro becoming the President of the Toronto Blue Jays have been hot the past week. A shock to some, it was only a matter of time before one of the most sought-after executives left Cleveland to pursue another opportunity. On Sunday night, those rumors became true as news broke that...
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8/30 Recap: Bats Explode Again As Tribe Continues Unlikely Playoff Push

Player of the Game Carlos Santana had a 3 hit game today to go along with 3 RBI. His RBI double in the first and his 2 run single in the 6th were all the Tribe would need today. Feathers Up The Tribe got up first in the first thanks to a trio of doubles. Jason Kipnis lead off the game with the first against Jered Weaver, then Michael Brantley scored him with his MLB leading 40th...
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Need for Speed: 2015 AZL Indians Season in Review

The Arizona Rookie league is split into two seasons for play-off purposes (the three division winners in both the first and second half make it to the post-season), but it should be for analysis purposes as well. In the first half the team is largely comprised of left-overs from the previous season and last year’s Dominican Summer League stars. In the second half, the real rookies...
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8/29 Recap: Indians Offense Erupts With Gomes Grand Slam

Player of the Game Yan Gomes came up with a huge grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Indians a commanding 8-3 lead and broke open what had been a close, well-pitched game to that point. Gomes’ blast followed a clutch double by Carlos Santana that broke a 3-3 tie to give the Indians a 4-3 lead. Gomes also got the job done in the bottom of the second inning...
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Stupid, Crazy Optimism

Ever since the Indians went into the All-Star break sitting behind eight teams in the Wild Card race and then even more so after they went on to lose six in a row to the White Sox and Royals I have been firmly in the camp of waiting for 2016. At that moment it looked like nothing could wake the sleeping offense, that Nick Swisher was about to come back to waste another roster spot...
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8/28 Recap: Tribe Uses Late Rally to Take 3rd Straight

Player of the Game Trevor Bauer hurled his second straight great start after a hiccough of two very poor ones in a row. Tonight he used more of a pitch-to-contact strategy to keep his pitch count down, allowing him to stay in the game for eight innings. In those, he struck out seven while allowing five hits, three walks and one run. Considering that Bauer didn’t know he was going...
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Tribe Time Now 8/27: The Way to Forgiveness

Joe Coblitz (@BRBBlog) is joined by Jim Pete (@JimPeteEHC) and Jim Berdysz (@BirdmanCLE) to talk about whether the Indians have a chance in 2015, what’s going on with the rotation and a few intriciacies in the match between Corey Kluber & Jon Lester earlier this week. In addition, could Francisco Lindor possibly win the Rookie of the Year and what does an athlete have to do to be forgiven?
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What Happened to the Quality Start & Why It Shouldn’t Disappear

In the current war between traditionalists and sabrmetricians, there have been a few casualties. Families have been driven apart by the usefulness of OBP over AVG and severe insults are hurled every day on twitter against and in defense of WAR. One of the casualties rarely noticed has been the quality start. The Quality Start as a stat was developed in 1985 by John Lowe and simply...
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Eight Men Out – Eliot Asinof

One of the oldest and most important stories in baseball history is that of the Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series, found in written form by Eliot Asinof in his 1963 telling and in movie form Eight Men Out from 1988. To begin, know that this is a novel and not necessarily an accurate retelling of the events that occurred. Asinof wasn’t born until 1919, so...
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8/26 Recap: Anderson Solid in Return, Bats Keep Heating Up

Roster Update: Rather than try to go with a four man rotation or reduced bullpen for the next five games, Carlos Carrasco has officially been placed on the 15 Day DL with right shoulder soreness. It doesn’t appear to be too series, as nothing came up in the MRI and the Indians will try to see if the injury will pass with rest. In his stead, Cody Anderson was returned from the DL...
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Ryan Perez & The Scrappers Are Switching Things Up

Do you know what “hustle” is? Last night as I struggled to perfect this article, I found a piece of writing explaining it through the mind of a ball player.  Hustle is not just an action of going from one base to the other, but a state of mind and an attitude that brings together a team.  It equally sets a player a part from all others as he pushes for greatness past the limits...
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Minor League Report: September Call-Ups & Stock Market Crashes

Jake Dungan (@majorleaguejake) from Indians Baseball Insider joins Kevin Gall (@KGall216) of Burning River Baseball on Minor League Report to discuss the Indians potential September call ups. We also take a look at the organization as a whole and say whose stock is up and whose is down.
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9/25 Recap: Tomlin Deals While Tribe Bats Heat Up in Win Over Milwaukee

Player of the Game Without a doubt, the star of the show tonight was Indians’ left fielder Michael Brantley and his pair of two-run bombs in the fourth and eighth innings.  Brantley has always been a player that creates hope for the fans once he steps into the box and tonight he lit up the place.  For being the first cool-weather game this side of the All Star break, the butts...
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Is Tyler Naquin The Indians Center Fielder of the Future?

Over the last few years, the Indians have slowly been building a very solid farm system stocked with MLB-caliber talent at multiple positions. One of the Indians deepest positions is the outfield, which has 5-6 potential major league players that could help the Indians or be used as a valuable trade chip. One of the most talented of these players is the Indians first round draft...
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8/24 Recap: Cubs Walk-Off As Tribe Wastes Kluber Gem

Player of the Game Yet again, Corey Kluber was magnificent in interleague play today, keeping the Cubs from scoring though the first six innings. He flirted with perfection for the third time this year, not allowing a base runner through the first 5.1 when David Ross hit a solid single to left. While it was disappointing to see him get so close and yet not complete the feat again...
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Weekend Update 8/23: The Trouble With Umpiring

RyanThompson (@RThompAK13) of More Than A Fan: Cleveland is joined by Joe Coblitz (@BRBBlog) of Burning River Baseball to discuss Trevor Bauer, the problems of umpiring, and the tossing of Tito in Saturday’s loss to the Yankees. To continue the streak. I will be hosting Tribe Time Now this Thursday with Jim Pete and Jim Berdysz.
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