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Earlier start times in store for some April and May night Indians games

The Cleveland Indians are usually among the teams in Major League Baseball that have poor home attendance in the months of April and May. It can get quite cold in Cleveland on a spring night and with children in school it can be tough for some people to justify spending money for tickets when it’s both chilly outside and early school night bedtimes. To help address these situations...
Via Burning River Baseball
20 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Chisenhall's goal for upcoming season is consisentcy

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- If fans were able to choose walk-up songs for players, Billy Joel's "I Go to Extremes" might be the runaway winner for Lonnie Chisenhall. After establishing himself as an every day player last season, Chisenhall is hoping to build on that and establish more consistency both at the plate and on defense. "It's a long season. At some point you realize you are not...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Indians' Kluber rises quickly to become star AL pitcher

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Corey Kluber was suddenly on a roster of baseball immortality. It was all so surreal, almost overwhelming. In New York last month to receive his 2014 Cy Young Award, Kluber sat at a dais alongside Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson and Cal Ripken - heavy-hitting Hall of Famers all. And when John Smoltz, soon to be enshrined in Cooperstown, introduced...
Via AP on Fox
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Indians' Moss making strides as he recovers from hip surgery

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) As he works on his potent swing, Brandon Moss is also testing his patience this spring. Acquired in a December trade from Oakland to bring more power to Cleveland's lineup, the All-Star from last season has been making solid progress as he recovers from hip surgery. Both he and the Indians' training staff have been encouraged that he's ahead of schedule. Moss...
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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...
Via Burning River Baseball
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Trevor Bauer and the Lost Screwball

Trevor Bauer is a lot of things – former first round pick, pupil of Ron Wolforth’s unique coaching style, permanent breakout candidate, and now part of a rotation in Cleveland that many predict will be one of this year’s best. Bauer is a part of the current and future plans for Cleveland, but he’s also […]
Via Fangraphs
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Nowhere to Go But Up For Anderson

Last season was probably a time in Cody Anderson’s life that he wish he could forget. For the opening day starting pitcher for the Double-A Akron RubberDucks, things could not have gone any worse for him in his career as it did in 2014. Anderson, 24, came into the 2014 season looking like the obvious ace of the RubberDucks rotation. After receiving the Bob Feller Award in 2013...

What should the Cleveland Indians expect from Nick Swisher in 2015?

Nick Swisher will try to prove that he can still be productive for the Indians in 2015 When the Nick Swisher era began in Cleveland, the Ohio native was looked at as someone who could provide the Indians with a cornerstone piece for future success. Now on the comeback trail, he must prove to the Indians fans and front office that his hefty contract won’t go to waste. Christmas...
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Moss encouraged after taking on-field batting practice

GOODYEAR, Ariz. --€“ When the Indians training staff issued their first rehab updates for players last Thursday, the original prognosis for Brandon Moss was that he would not be doing any on-field hitting until early March. On Thursday, Moss took batting practice with the rest of the outfielders on one of the side fields for the third straight day.The past two days Moss has shown...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
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Indians to offer $13 and $10 ticket options for 2015

Though the snow is tearing through the streets of Cleveland, the Indians are making plans to incorporate their new right field amenities within their ticket sales. Though not included in Opening Day and any multi-game packages, the $13 “District Ticket” will provide fans with the experience of the two-story Right Field District at Progressive Field where they can view the game...
Via Waiting For Next Year
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Lefty Merritt Merits Attention

It’s understood that the Indians need a right-handed power bat. But, like any want or need, it can’t be the only thing on the list. Batters aside, what else do the Indians need to bolster their organization? A left-handed pitching prospect, you say? Oh, don’t worry. They have that. His name is Ryan Merritt, and the 23 year-old is making leaps and bounds toward becoming a household...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
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A Deeper Look Into the Indians Catchers

In 2014, there was a lot of confusion behind the plate on days that Yan Gomes didn’t start. The Indians began the year with none but Carlos Santana, who was also the starting third baseman, available as the reserve catcher, but it didn’t take long for that plan to fail. In addition, George Kottaras, Roberto Perez and Chris Gimenez picked up starts down the line with Perez eventually...
Via Burning River Baseball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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....
Via Waiting For Next Year
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians Prospect Profile: Francisco Lindor

The Indians selected Shortstop Francisco Lindor with the 8th pick in the 2011 MLB draft.  Less than four years later, he is a consensus top prospect, and is on the verge of making his MLB debut. Lindor ranked 9th on Baseball America‘s latest rankings, 4th on Baseball Prospectus‘, and 6th on Keith Law’s list. He was the 3rd-ranked prospect in the Arizona Fall League last...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Could Urshela Be the Key To Improving the Defense?

The solution to the defensive woes of 2014 might be closer than expected, well at least for third base. Giovanny Urshela, 23, first arrived in the Indians system in 2009. He was never really anything super impressive, aside from his superb caliber defense. He struck out too much, didn’t walk enough, and didn’t provide much power in his swing. He’s always had a decent slugging...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
4 days ago  |  Discuss

With newborn son, will Brantley have even more 'daddy strength' in 2015?

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- En route to doubling his home run production last season, Michael Brantley often smiled and said "daddy strength" was the reason for the increased power numbers. If he gets off to another strong start in terms of home runs, Brantley might say daddy strength times two. Brantley's wife, Melissa, gave birth to Michael Charles Brantley III on Feb. 10. Brantley's daughter...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
5 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB bans Cleveland Indians pitcher's homemade drone: Report

In a ruling which has to be the first of its kind for a player in the major leagues, Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer has been banned from photographing his teammates at spring training by Major League Baseball. At least with the drone he built himself, according to Bauer had been tweeting some pretty good aerial photos of the club's Arizona spring training...
Via The Other Paper
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Facts About Jason Giambi

Jason Giambi announced his retirement on Monday, after 20 seasons as a major leaguer. For most of those 20 years, Giambi was one of the best hitters in the game. I won’t waste your time putting down the narrative of his career — Jay Jaffe already did that better than I would anyway. But I […]
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Trevor Bauer built his own drone

In addition to spending time working on his physical mechanics and becoming a member of the top half of the Cleveland Indians rotation, Tribe starting pitcher Trevor Bauer spent a portion of his offseason building his own drone. Arriving at the team’s complex in Goodyear, Arizona on Wednesday with the rest of his pitching brethren, Bauer unveiled his new toy, which he used to...
Via Waiting For Next Year
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Barry Zito is attempting a comeback with the Athletics

On Monday afternoon, long-time Oakland Athletics first baseman Jason Giambi retired. On Monday night, long-time Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Barry Zito rejoined the club on a minor league deal. Blast from the past: Barry Zito is going to sign a minor-league deal with the #Athletics and come to spring camp. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) February 17, 2015   The...
Via The Outside Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

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