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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Slow-go for Brantley, Jackson: 5 things we learned from Cleveland Indians’ spring training | cleveland.com

1. Slow go for Michael Brantley.

Manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that the Indians would have to “restrain their enthusiasm’ on setting a date for Michael Brantley’s return from August surgery on his right shoulder.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2017 at 06:32 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, michael brantley

Monday, February 13, 2017

Cleveland Indians prospect Richie Shaffer ready to prove doubters wrong after turbulent offseason | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

He was certainly well-traveled this off-season.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 13, 2017 at 12:02 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, richie shaffer

Friday, January 27, 2017

From the World Series to the KBO

The Indians lost Game 6 and, the day after Manship’s last MLB outing — for now, or maybe forever — they lost Game 7. One month after that, they non-tendered him, despite bringing back their eight other arbitration-eligible players. “All told, he contributed 82 2/3 innings of 2.07 ERA ball during his time in Cleveland, which ought to set him up for an opportunity with another organization,” Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors wrote in response to the decision, which made Manship a free agent. Less than two months later, Manship, who just turned 32, signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract not with another major league team, but with the NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization — almost certainly not the landing spot Adams had in mind.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2017 at 03:18 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, jeff manship, kbo

Report: Cleveland Indians’ Progressive Field to host 2019 MLB All-Star Game

The 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be hosted by the Cleveland Indians in Progressive Field, according to a cleveland.com report by Zack Meisel.
Progressive Field has been renovated several times since last hosting the game in 1997 and right now the Indians are off the heels of a World Series appearance, so the decision by MLB here would make a lot of sense.
This would break a four-season streak of National League clubs playing host to the Midsummer Classic, as the Reds and Padres hosted the last two while the 2017 All-Star Game is in Marlins Park in Miami and 2018 is set for Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
Traditionally, the leagues alternate venues for the All-Star Game, but we saw a departure here in this midst of this four-year stretch.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 27, 2017 at 08:34 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, indians, progressive field

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Indians’ Austin Jackson: Signs minor league deal with Indians

The soon-to-be 30-year-old has spent time with the Mariners, Cubs and White Sox over the last two seasons after moving on from a three-plus-year stint in Detroit. Jackson, who underwent surgery in June to repair a torn meniscus, appeared in 54 games for the White Sox in 2016, hitting .254 with 18 RBI, 17 walks and 39 strikeouts in 203 plate appearances.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 26, 2017 at 11:28 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: austin jackson, indians

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Nick Cafardo: Terry Francona and the Indians’ great expectations for 2017

Going from a big market with a high-priced roster to a small market with a payroll half the size of the Red Sox’ has definitely given Francona a different perspective on managing.

“It’s a different challenge,” Francona said. “I think you’ve got to be realistic that in the winter, for the most part, we play in a different neighborhood and our guys do a great job of trying to be realistic about, ‘OK, who can go after and not waste time on players that are not going to come.’ I’ve actually been really impressed with how they do things here. They’ve put together a really good nucleus that hopefully keeps our window open.

“I think windows for small-market teams are probably shorter than the big markets. I don’t think that’s out of line to say that. But I think because our nucleus is younger, the core group, hopefully it keeps our window open longer.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2017 at 08:32 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, notes, terry francona

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Bradley Zimmer could make Indians’ OD roster | MLB.com

“Is he the best option?” does not sound like an ringing endorsement.

Cleveland’s financial resources appear to be tapped out for major additions, but the team could still use help for the outfield. Maybe that will lend itself to this bold prediction: Top prospect Bradley Zimmer will make the Opening Day roster.

“There may be an opportunity for Bradley at some point,” Chris Antonetti, the Indians’ president of baseball operations, said last week. “The question is, ‘Is he the best option for us, and does he take advantage of it?’”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2017 at 06:35 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bradley zimmer, indians

Monday, January 02, 2017

Greg Allen, Francisco Mejia keep Cleveland Indians strong after trades | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Catcher—Francisco Mejia, Lynchburg (42 games), Lake County (60 games): Already one of Cleveland’s most talked-about prospects, the 20-year-old entrenched himself in the Minor League record book with a 50-game hitting streak in 2016. In just his fourth professional season, Mejia sported a slash line of .342/.382/.514 with 11 homers and 80 RBIs in 102 games while improving his defense all the while.

“He certainly put his name out there, didn’t he?” Hawkins said. “Not just by his numbers or the hitting streak, but by the way he handled the season overall.”

Mejia began the year with Class A Lake County and hit .347 before earning a promotion to Class A Advanced Lynchburg. The change in address and stronger competition had little effect on the young backstop as he batted .333 in 42 games with the Hillcats and .290 in seven playoff games.

“He really ramped up his work and his focus,” Hawkins said. “The pitchers wanted to throw to him while opposing hurlers didn’t want to face him. That’s a great combination. He continued to improve his communication skills and made a point of becoming a field general. We’re certainly glad he’s in our organization.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2017 at 02:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, prospects

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Masterpiece Fall Classic

We’re supposed to see a gassed reliever on the mound, and so that’s what we see. If the velocity readings are 100 and 101, then we look for something else. “Here’s the thing,” Alex Rodriguez said later during the rain delay. “When you’re fatigued, you don’t lose miles per hour, per se. But what you do lose is command and movement.” But Chapman didn’t lose movement. He didn’t lose command (arguably, he doesn’t need command anyway). If you didn’t see Guyer’s ball split the gap and you didn’t know you were supposed to see a gassed reliever on the mound, you’d never guess Chapman was anything less than dominant.

So why did Rajai Davis homer?

Look again at the velocities of Chapman’s first 13 pitches. None of them starts with an 8. He threw 13 consecutive fastballs. Guyer finally caught up to the seventh, and Davis finally caught up to his seventh. Chapman’s fastball is so dominant that he can throw it right down the middle, but only when there is the threat of a slider to keep hitters at least somewhat surprised. “When Chapman is ahead in a count and he throws a pitch down the middle, batters’ isolated power—slugging percentage minus batting average—is .036. When batters are ahead, it’s .300,” we wrote before the Series, and with his refusal to throw a slider, Chapman was giving hitters the same predictable pattern. Chapman’s fastball here, so hard, so historic, so dominant, might have been more effective if he had been gassed and recognized it—and if he had therefore been forced to act like a normal pitcher and mix in a breaking ball.

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: December 28, 2016 at 01:34 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Silverman: Here’s my Hall of Fame ballot with Manny Ramirez on it | Boston Herald

Curt Schilling — I respect but don’t agree with a voting writer’s decision to cite the character clause to vote against any candidate when it comes to PEDs or political beliefs or sense of humor or musical taste. I don’t believe I’ve ever injected partisan politics into my baseball coverage. I fall into the First Amendment absolutist, ACLU card-carrying ranks when it comes to players and ex-players speaking their minds, which must be why I can’t quit the belief that Schilling and Colin Kaepernick have more in common than any of us think. (I know what you’re thinking, but it’s actually in the best interests of our democracy to make peace with this.) Not for nothing, Schilling’s case for the Hall of Fame is even better than Mussina’s.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 28, 2016 at 08:11 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, indians, manny ramirez, red sox

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Edwin Encarnacion, Indians agree to three-year contract | SI.com

Here starts the run of first baseman.

The deal is reportedly worth around $20 million annually and contains an option for a fourth season. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the deal guarantees $65 million, with a $5 million buyout on the option.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2016 at 09:22 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, free agents, indians

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Indians take smallest step to making Chief Wahoo disappear | New York Post

When will the Packers finally give into pressure and get rid of their offensive team name? How about the Braves, Angels, Reds, and Brewers?

Until no man is offended we should all be offended.

Although Chief Wahoo is no longer on the hats, the racist image will continue to leer from each player’s left sleeve.

Commissioner Rob Manfred, who acknowledged the logo is “offensive to some people, and all of us at Major League Baseball understand why,” put the onus on the Indians to address a tradition that has upset many fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2016 at 06:32 AM | 109 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

With Tim Raines on the Baseball Hall of Fame bubble, it’s a shame Kenny Lofton’s was burst so soon | cleveland.com

My initial reaction was, Kenny Lofton was no Tim Raines. I then compared their careers and don’t find the comparison crazy.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 14, 2016 at 05:31 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, indians, kenny lofton

Friday, December 09, 2016


Friday, November 25, 2016

Homegrown Cleveland Indians’ Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez long shots to enter Cooperstown together | cleveland.com

Roid rage, an outburst of temper, is a byproduct of steroid use. Belle was always mad at somebody. If he wasn’t cursing at reporters, he was taking a bat to the postgame meal or a teammate’s boom box. Fury always seemed to be close at hand with Belle.

After he retired, Belle was asked if he ever used steroids. He said simply, “No, I was just an angry black man.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 07:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, indians

Monday, November 07, 2016

Cleveland Indians: Future still bright despite curshing World Series loss | SI.com

Or the Indians can regress, get injured, and end up being a one-year wonder.

With Bauer, Carrasco, Kluber and Salazar, the Indians are in good shape in their rotation, leaving Tomlin, Mike Clevinger and Cody Anderson as fifth-starter/depth alternatives. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the team bring in additional options, but barring a trade, don’t expect any big names. Expect opposing teams to make calls about Carrasco and Salazar this off-season, presenting Antonetti and Chernoff with options that may not be apparent at the moment.

With the Tigers shedding payroll, the Royals at a crossroads regarding their competitive core and both the White Sox and the Twins having far to go before they can contend, the Indians are well-positioned to repeat as AL Central champions. But having come so close this year, that isn’t the title Cleveland will be aiming for.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 06:30 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Friday, November 04, 2016

Love, loss and the Indians

MLB.com writer shares his thoughts on the Indians, the World Series, and his late son.

neck Posted: November 04, 2016 at 07:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

A Night To Remember

Series of fan and player photos from game seven.  I love this stuff.

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: November 04, 2016 at 10:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, end of the world, indians, world series

The Game Plan: How the Indians Almost Won It All | FanGraphs Baseball

The Indians Way.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2016 at 09:44 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

At Last - The New Yorker

Roger Angell’s take.

Quieter scenes remain from this famous evening. There was an instant where we saw, amid a row of standees, Jack Epstein held in the right arm of his dad, Theo, the Cubs’ president (and the inventor and curator of this team), his arm around his dad’s neck and everyone’s eyes fixed on the doings below. Later, Manager Terry Francona’s post-season interview in the silent Cleveland clubhouse was a model of grace and generosity, but standard for him. I also caught a very late parting glimpse of Joe Maddon visiting a trio of broadcasters—with the now empty stands as backdrop—accompanied by his wife, Jaye Sousoures. He introduced her formally to each of them but kept hold of her other hand or linked arm all the while. The season was over at last.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2016 at 07:59 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Game 7 most watched baseball game since 1991

Game 7 was watched by 40.045 million last night on Fox — the best any baseball game has done since 1991.

Last night’s Game 7, which lasted 290 minutes including a 17-minute rain delay, also was up 70% in viewership compared with the most recent World Series Game 7 broadcast, in which the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals on October 29, 2014.

Baseball is dying.


Cubs win World Series after 108 years waiting | MLB.com

The Indians made it tough, erasing a 5-1 lead in Game 7 and tying it on Rajai Davis’ eighth-inning home run. A 17-minute rain delay before the 10th inning saved the day. Outfielder Jason Heyward called the Cubs hitters into the weight room, and general manager Jed Hoyer watched as the players regrouped.

“I think the rain delay was the best thing that ever happened to us, to be honest,” Hoyer said. “We went down to the rain room, talked a little bit. [Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein] and I saw all the hitters were huddled in the weight room during the delay and kind of getting pumped up. I felt great and thought, ‘We were going to win this inning and we’re world champions.’ Maybe after 108 years, you get some divine intervention?”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2016 at 05:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Cubs vs. Indians Wrapup | 11/02/16

Congrats to all the Cubs fans out there! Indians fans, you deserved a victory as well. Unfortunately, only one team can win.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2016 at 12:48 AM | 182 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

The Indians have defied the odds all season. Who says they can’t win Game 7? - The Washington Post

Somebody is losing hard tonight.

“We wanted to make them use pitching, even in a loss. Hang around. At least Chapman had to pitch,” Manager Terry Francona said.
...
The whole package is tied together by perhaps the best manager of this period, Terry Francona, who is driven himself, to the point where his health has often been worrisome, while still “managing” — there’s that word again — to convince everyone that baseball is just a blast.

If the Cubs win Game 7, this Tribe team should not be forgotten. They were the true and remarkable underdogs in this series, even if they didn’t have “Cubs” on their jerseys. And there’s no rule that says they’re done yet.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Aroldis Chapman and the Cost of Risk Aversion | FanGraphs Baseball

Dave Cameron’s take.

So Aroldis Chapman got five outs that the other Cubs relievers probably could have gotten. Those outs may well have been borrowed from Game 7, in a situation where the Cubs might really be able to use a full-strength Chapman on the mound. But they won’t have that, because when push came to shove, Joe Maddon only trusts one of his relievers right now.

For his sake, I hope he doesn’t need that one reliever to bail him out tomorrow.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2016 at 06:28 AM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, joe maddon, world series

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