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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Corey Kluber staking his claim for second Cy Young award

Dating back to June 21, Kluber has gone 7-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 69 strikeouts over 69 1/3 innings. Despite a slow start, that’s moved him into the top ten in several pitching categories. Most notably, he’s first in the AL in FIP (3.02). He also led in that category in 2014. He’s also second in WHIP (1.02), and still climbing in strikeouts and WAR.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2016 at 08:58 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: corey kluber, indians

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Did Chicago White Sox steal Cleveland Indians’ signs? It happens in baseball | cleveland.com

A sign of the times.

Manager Terry Francona, when told of the speculation, said, “If it’s on the Internet, you know if has to be true. I think a lot of that goes on – more than people realize. Just because it gets written about doesn’t mean you react all of a sudden.

“We watch for that stuff all the time. Teams watch us. We watch them. It’s common. Some teams are better at it than others.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2016 at 07:26 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, white sox

Monday, August 15, 2016


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Mejia’s epic streak ends, then extends to 50 | MLB.com

The streak is still alive. It’s tough from the video to decide whether the call reversal was warranted.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2016 at 07:54 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco mejia, indians, prospects

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Michael Brantley to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery - MLB Daily Dish

Don’t be looking for Michael Brantley to come in that door!!

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 05:20 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, injuries, michael brantley

Mejia Extends Hit Streak To 49 Games - BaseballAmerica.com

He’s still going.

Francisco Mejia’s hit streak has not been slowed by promotion or rumored trade. It has survived illness and injury. And now, it’s reaching truly lofty heights.

After sitting out two games with the flu, Mejia singled to center field in the sixth inning against Winston-Salem (White Sox) on Friday night to extend his hitting streak to 49, tying him with Jack Ness for the fifth-longest hitting streak in the history of the minor leagues. It’s the sixth-longest of all professional baseball once you include Joe DiMaggio’s major league record 56-game streak.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco mejia, indians

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Terry Francona Sits Out Game

During Francona’s daily pregame meeting with reporters, the manager stopped momentarily and complained of chest pain. Francona felt well enough to finish the question-and-answer session, but then retreated to the clubhouse, where he was examined by medical staff on hand at Nationals Park.

Francona, 57, remained at the ballpark after being checked out. The Indians’ media relations staff noted that the manager was feeling better by first pitch, but had experienced some dizziness and lightheadedness in the hours leading up to the game.

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: August 10, 2016 at 02:12 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: health, indians, managers

Michael Brantley suffers setback | indians.com

Looks like a lost season for Brantley.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2016 at 09:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, michael brantley

Monday, August 08, 2016

Rajai Davis is still an elite baserunner - Beyond the Box Score

Davis still isn’t much of a hitter, or a defender. But what kind of fan comes to the ballpark to watch guys hit home runs or make slick catches? For the true baseball lovers, baserunning – be it a move ahead to third or a swipe of second – stands out as the true attraction. Throughout his 11-year career in the Show, Davis has catered to these fans’ esoteric interests, and he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. The man who’s described himself as “always [being] faster than everyone else” has backed up, and should continue to back up, that proclamation.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 11:19 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, rajai davis, sabermetrics

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Indians prospect Francisco Mejia’s hit streak | MLB.com

Indians catching prospect Francisco Mejia got the drama out of the way early on Friday, stretching his historic hitting streak to 47 consecutive games with a double in his first at-bat in Class A Advanced Lynchburg’s 13-6 loss to Salem. The streak is the longest in Minor League Baseball in 62 years.
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Mejia’s streak is now the seventh-longest in Minor League history, passing Johnny Bates, who hit in 46 straight for Nashville in 1925. It’s the longest streak in the Minors since Roman Mejias hit in 55 straight for Waco in 1954.
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The MiLB hit streak record is 69, set by Joe Wilhoit in 1919. Joe DiMaggio, whose big league record hit streak of 56 games is being celebrated for its 75th anniversary this season, had a 61-game Minor League hit streak in 1933, second-longest of all-time.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2016 at 06:39 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco mejia, indians, prospect

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Inside the Cleveland Indians’ trade deadline maneuverings | SI.com

For once, the Indians had not only the prospect heft to make a deadline splash but also the desire to deviate from their strict process. Their ideas weren’t limited to catchers and relievers, and as the deadline approached, they engaged in at least some level of negotiations with nearly every club that might have been thinking about selling. They got awfully close with some. But Shapiro used to remind his executives that no talk is cheaper than trade talk. “You’ve either made a trade, or you haven’t,” he would say. It’s ultimately a binary, zero-sum game. This would be dramatically confirmed for the Indians by Deadline Day.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2016 at 02:55 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, trade deadline

Salazar to DL with Elbow Inflammation

the Cleveland Indians have placed starting pitcher Danny Salazar on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Newest member of the Indians, outfielder Brandon Guyer, assumed his spot on the 25-man roster.

Salazar has been dealing with discomfort in his throwing arm for several weeks. It was enough of an issue that he skipped making an appearance in his first All-Star Game to allow his body more time to rest.

Hopefully it’s nothing, but these situations always make fans nervous.

My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: August 04, 2016 at 08:19 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Monday, August 01, 2016

Why isn’t Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy catching for the Cleveland Indians today? | cleveland.com

And, of course, he’d have to live in Cleveland.

No.1.

Lucroy and his agent, according to industry sources, wanted the Indians to decline his 2017 club option worth $5.25 million and make him a free agent after this season. The Indians, in effect, would be giving up three of their valued prospects for a two-month rental.

There was some talk about an extension, but when the Indians found out that Lucroy really wanted to be a free agent, they said no to the extension. They felt they were giving up too much talent for a rental player. It was not only Lucroy’s talent that attracted them, but his contract as well.
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Bob Nightengale from USA Today reported that Lucroy and his agent turned down the deal because the Indians wouldn’t guarantee him the starting catching job in 2017 and certain financial incentives to his existing contract. Tribe starter Yan Gomes is out for six to eight weeks with a separated right shoulder, but a source indicated that if the Indians were willing to part with prospects catcher Francisco Mejia, outfielder Greg Allen and shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang, they weren’t going to do it for a part-time catcher.

In other words, Lucroy was going to be the starting catcher this season and next, but they just weren’t willing to guarantee him the job. He would have also seentime at DH and first base, but he was going to be the No.1 catcher.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, indians, jonathan lucroy, trade deadline, trade rumors

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Indians to trade for catcher Jonathan Lucroy | MLB.com

According to multiple reports on Saturday night, the Indians have reached an agreement with the Brewers to acquire Lucroy, a two-time All-Star, as part of a multi-prospect package. MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal reported that Milwaukee would be receiving four players in exchange for Lucroy, who would still need to waive his no-trade clause to approve the deal. Neither club has confirmed the agreement.

Three prospects reportedly heading to the Brewers are catcher Francisco Mejia—ranked sixth on MLBPipeline.com’s list of the Tribe’s Top 30 prospects—shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang (No. 12) and outfielder Greg Allen (No. 22). Mejia and Chang are with Class A Advanced Lynchburg, while Allen is with Double-A Akron.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2016 at 07:09 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, indians, trade rumors

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-28-2016

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, July 28, 1916:

Ump Silk O’Loughlin stopped the fracas between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians three times [yesterday] and threatened at one time to forfeit the game to Boston—all on account of a band, the feature of which was a bass drum soloist. The band, and particularly the drummer, got on the nerves of the Red Sox especially when the Indians started batting rallies.
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The drummer soloist shut his eyes and whanged away in such fashion that the Boston pitchers—there were two of ‘em—wobbled. O’Loughlin ordered the band to stop playing, something never done before in Cleveland in the history of the game.

I knew John Adams and his drum had been showing up at the ballpark in Cleveland for a long time, but 100 years? Must’ve been John Adams Senior Senior Senior.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 28, 2016 at 12:06 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, indians

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Outfielder Michael Brantley confident he can still help Cleveland Indians this season | cleveland.com

The optimism hasn’t matched reality so far.

Brantley has played only 11 games this season because of lingering pain from November surgery on his right shoulder to repair a torn labrum. He says a procedure he underwent late last week to break up scar tissue in the front of his right shoulder has helped.

“The latest procedure went well,” Brantley told reporters Tuesday before the Indians opened a two-game series against Washington. “It was pretty quick and easy. I have felt relief from it.

“I’ve had a couple of good days of hitting. Everything has gone well so far.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2016 at 09:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, injuries, michael brantley

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sources: Dodgers are open to trading struggling Yasiel Puig | FOX Sports

It’s easy to forget how young he still is.

Perhaps the Dodgers will keep Puig, buying into his latest surge and banking on the fact that he is only 25. Or perhaps they finally are at wit’s end with his performance if not his personality, and will try to sell relatively high, assuming Puig does not regress in the next two weeks.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 11:22 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, indians, nationals, notes, padres, twins, yankees, yasiel puig

Indians’ Carlos Santana kisses Terry Francona’s head as part of pregame ritual | FOX Sports

Terry must be using a very nice skin softener on his head.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2016 at 11:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos santana, indians, terry francona

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Cleveland Indians “sacrifice” chicken, ask Jobu to forgive Yan Gomes

Earlier today Jason Kipnis posted a series of videos on instagram from the Indians locker room. The players held a service asking Jobu to forgive Yan Gomes for any wrongdoing, imploring that the pagan god of Indians baseball give Gomes his mojo back.

cmd600 Posted: July 16, 2016 at 06:01 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, major league movie

Monday, July 11, 2016

Take 2: Michael Brantley begins second rehab assignment Monday; Cleveland Indians excited | cleveland.com

The Indians and Brantley have been encouraged by his progress since he received a cortisone shot from Dr. Keith Meister on June 21 after being diagnosed with right biceps tendinitis. The biceps tendinitis had slowed Brantley’s return from November surgery on a torn labrum in his right shoulder to the point where he was placed on the disabled list on May 14 for the second time this season.

“Sometimes you try to say things in a PC way, but we are excited,” said Francona. “When the diagnosis came back, it was a relief, but once he got that injection, all the work he had done (came to the forefront).

“He’s so strong right now that we felt he’d feel better fast.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 11, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, michael brantley

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Indians beat Blue Jays for 14th straight win | MLB.com

It doesn’t happen every day that you watch a game for a few hours, stop watching for a couple of hours to run errands, and can put the channel back on to watch the end *WITHOUT USING THE DVR*.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2016 at 07:42 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Francisco Lindor Effect Is Ridiculous | FanGraphs Baseball

My focus is going to be on grounders in particular, because I want to show you the kind of difference Francisco Lindor can make. A month and a half ago, I posted an InstaGraphs about the Cubs defending grounders. At that point, the Cubs led baseball in lowest slugging percentage allowed on grounders, according to Baseball-Reference. At that point, of course, the Cubs led baseball in lots of stuff. Anyway, since then, the season sample size has doubled. Here’s the new big-league landscape.

In first place, now, we have the Cleveland Indians, edging out the Cubs and Red Sox. The Cubs have been good! The Red Sox have been good. The Indians have been a little bit better, by this measure. Grounders are almost exclusively about the infield, so we can say the Indians’ infield has been terrific. They rate well enough, too, by DRS and UZR, but those numbers can get confused by the various shifts. I like looking at the team picture when I can. Slugging allowed is slugging allowed, and it doesn’t tell you any lies.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 29, 2016 at 09:34 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, indians

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Mike Napoli on Twitter: “Shirt available by @108Stitches or @Indians Weds”

Mike Napoli, clubhouse god.

(Editor’s note: I cleaned up the thread title link. -vi)

Jim Furtado Posted: June 28, 2016 at 08:21 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, mike napoli

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Cleveland Indians riding high, but still need to make deal: Rant of the week | cleveland.com

The Indians can win with what they have. Frazier may be ready fairly soon. Brantley may also be contributing after the break.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Friday, May 13, 2016

No, Jose Ramirez’s Helmet Doesn’t Defy The Laws of Gravity

The Internet loves a great video. In today’s clip we see José Ramírez of the Cleveland Indians sliding into second base. But wait! His hat (I’m calling it a hat, not a helmet, because no one has a magic helmet) flies off and hits his foot. Magically, the hat appears to fly backward yet still end up hitting Ramírez on the back as he reaches second base.


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