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Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Indians Owner Says Chief Wahoo Issue Will Be Over ‘Within A Couple Of Years’

Because they’re moving to Miami?

Indians owner Paul Dolan spoke recently at an event at a Cleveland-area temple and covered a number of topics related to the club’s 2017 season, including ace Corey Kluber’s injury and how the team has changed under manager Terry Francona. But what really grabbed people’s attention was Dolan’s explanation of what will happen to the Chief Wahoo logo. “Some want to keep (Wahoo), some want to get rid of him, but the issue is not going to go,” Dolan said, via the Cleveland Jewish News’ Ed Carroll. “We are mindful that there are people who are offended by it, and frankly if you leave Northeastern Ohio, it changes, the perspective on this changes. We were on some path towards a middle ground, I don’t know what that path was, and that’s still where we’re headed, but we’re headed there faster than we’ve ever liked because the commissioner of baseball weighed in on this.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 11, 2017 at 10:21 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, logo, racism

Friday, April 21, 2017

Francisco Lindor turned down Indians’ offer | MLB.com

According to a report by Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci on Thursday, the Indians’ offer to Lindor during the spring was around $100 million, but the rising star turned down Cleveland’s proposal. There have been no indications that negotiations have continued into the season.

The Indians have the 23-year-old Lindor under contractual control through the 2021 season. The shortstop will not be eligible for arbitration until 2019, putting him on target to hit the open market ahead of his age-28 season in ‘22.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2017 at 02:22 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, indians

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Why MLB’s best young stars will strike it wildly rich in ‘resetting of the market’

The Cleveland Indians tried to extend the contract of shortstop Francisco Lindor before Opening Day, but not even dangling what one source said was a package around $100 million did the trick.

The Chicago Cubs made runs at extending several of their young players this winter, including third baseman Kris Bryant, but according to one source, every one of those efforts “got nowhere.”

cmd600 Posted: April 20, 2017 at 11:54 PM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Tigers take precautions against sign-stealing ‘fad,’ but Justin Verlander still hit hard

It’s becoming a sort of tradition: The Detroit Tigers attempt to explain why they are taking unusual measures to prevent sign-stealing at Progressive Field without explicitly accusing the Cleveland Indians of stealing signs.

Justin Verlander was especially cautious after his ugly outing on Saturday, not wanting it to seem as if he were making excuses.

And yet he spent a full hour after the game meticulously watching video of the game with catcher James McCann before he emerged to talk to reporters. During the game, Verlander and McCann ran through multiple sets of signs, even with no runners on base, and sometimes had to meet to sort out confusions.

“I guess when you go to multiple signs with nobody on you’re just saying, ‘Hey, it’s a little fishy,’” Verlander said. “But you never know. These guys are a really good lineup. It was just one of those days.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 16, 2017 at 11:34 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, justin verlander, sign-stealing, tigers

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Commissioner starts to press Cleveland Indians about their logo

Among those who think it is time for the club to decisively move away from the logo is the Major League Baseball commissioner, Rob Manfred, who in continuing discussions with the team’s ownership is beginning to apply a little bit of pressure on the club to come up with a plan of action.

In a statement to The New York Times, Pat Courtney, a spokesman for Major League Baseball, said Manfred, in his talks with the Indians’ owners, had made clear his “desire to transition away from the Chief Wahoo logo.’’

“We have specific steps in an identified process and are making progress,’’ Courtney added. “We are confident that a positive resolution will be reached that will be good for the game and the club.’’

Although Manfred had previously acknowledged a willingness to engage in talks with the Indians about the logo, Courtney’s statement appears to be the first time that Manfred is identified as having staked out a clear position on the issue.

It is an issue, however, that may not be that easy to resolve. Although many people, including baseball fans around the country, would welcome the removal of Chief Wahoo, there is a significant segment of the Indians’ fan base that still cherishes the logo, which has existed in various forms since 1947.

“Chief Wahoo is the Cleveland Indians,” said Karen Hale, a local Indians fan who was outside the stadium before Tuesday’s game. “I think there comes a time when you have to take a stand for what you believe in. I don’t think it’s hurting anybody.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 12, 2017 at 11:51 AM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, logo, rob manfred

Michael Brantley wins home opener with double | MLB.com

“I don’t know if you can write it up any better,” Brantley said. “I guess if you hit a home run, but we got a win. That’s all that matters. A lot of hard work went into this offseason. A lot of time away from my kids and my family.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2017 at 08:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, michael brantley

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Don’t Change The Channel With These Hitters At Bat

The bosses gave me an impossible assignment: Write up the definitive list of players whose at-bats you can’t afford to miss…

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

Key attribute: Can’t outsmart him

Stat to know: Led majors with .332 average against off-speed pitches (curves/sliders/changeups/splitters) in 2016

Cabrera has hit .300 11 times in his career and has won four batting titles. He has nine seasons hitting at least .320; since World War II, only Wade Boggs and Stan Musial (10 apiece) have more. That makes him one of the best hitters for average in the past 70 years—oh, and he’s hit 446 home runs, won two home run titles and is capable of blasts such as this one:

Jose is El Absurd Pollo Posted: April 11, 2017 at 04:43 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, indians, marlins, mets, nationals, reds, science of hitting, tigers

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is baseball’s next big thing

Isn’t he already a pretty big thing?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2017 at 11:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, indians

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Indians announce four-year contract extension for Roberto Perez

On the eve of their 2017 season, the Indians announced that they have signed catcher Roberto Perez to a four-year contract extension.

The deal runs through the 2020 season and includes club options for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Per MLB.com, the extension is worth $9 million guaranteed with options valued at $5.5 million and $7 million, respectively.

Perez, 28, figures to start the year as the No. 2 catcher behind Yan Gomes, though he’ll likely receive more starts than the typical backup. Perez last season missed significant time with a broken thumb but was the primary catcher who handled Indians’ pitching staff through their postseason run. He also slugged two home runs in Game 1 of the World Series in perhaps the best offensive game of his career.

Gomes is signed through 2019 with club options for 2020 and 2021, giving the Indians financial flexibility with their catchers.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 02, 2017 at 04:16 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, roberto perez

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Michael Brantley likely to make Indians’ roster for opener

The Cleveland Indians left fielder likely will make the team’s Opening Day roster—and could start the opener—following a spring in which he slowly worked himself back into shape after playing in only 11 games last season because of a shoulder injury.

Brantley will travel with Cleveland to Texas this weekend as the American League champions prepare to start the season Monday against the Rangers. Manager Terry Francona doesn’t have to submit his roster until Sunday, but all signs are pointing to Brantley being on it.

“It’s not like it’s going to be a big secret,” Francona said. “We’re not trying to keep it a secret. I mean, we’re taking 25 guys and he’s one of them. The paperwork is not done, but I think the work has been done by him.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 01, 2017 at 12:58 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, michael brantley

Friday, March 31, 2017

Indians ace reliever Andrew Miller will end the tyranny of the save

YOU KNOW WHO invented relief pitching?” Bill James asked in his 1985 Historical Baseball Abstract. “Napoleon. No joke. ... On the day of a battle he would take two or three regiments of crack troops and sequester them a distance from the shooting, eating and sleeping and trying to stay comfortable. ... At a key moment in the battle, with everyone else in the field barely able to stand, he would release into the fray a few hundred fresh and alert troops, riding fresh horses and with every piece of their equipment in good repair. He did this many times and with devastating effect—and if that’s not relief pitching, I don’t know what is.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2017 at 07:07 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew miller, indians

Cleveland Indians go with offense over defense in picking Yandy Diaz for third base | cleveland.com

“There are a few things that need to happen for a player to make it to the major leagues,” said Antonetti. “First there has to be an opportunity and second he has to prepare for that opportunity.

“We had an opportunity on the infield and Yandy did an extraordinary job of taking advantage of that opportunity.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2017 at 06:08 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, yandy diaz

Monday, March 27, 2017

Jury sides with Cleveland Indians in suit brought by fan blinded by foul ball

Rawlins took his then-15-year-old daughter to the game against the Baltimore Orioles and sat along the left field line in the stadium’s lower bowl. With two outs in the top of the ninth inning, Rawlins claimed the park’s ushers ordered fans to empty the section he was in and several others before a post-game fireworks show.

Rawlins said that he and several other fans stood up and walked up the aisle. As he had his back turned, he heard the crack of a baseball bat connecting with a pitch. He turned toward the field just as a line-drive foul ball struck him in the face.

The impact broke several bones and left him blind in his left eye, court records say. The ball was traveling about 95 miles per hour, according to court records.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 27, 2017 at 04:20 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: foul balls, indians, legal, protective netting

Cleveland Indians 2017 opening day roster projections: Paul Hoynes | cleveland.com

Indians roster questions.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2017 at 09:37 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Cleveland Indians working on long-term deal with Francisco Lindor, confirms small child

The Cleveland Indians may be working on a seven-year extension for star shortstop Francisco Lindor, a small child confirmed on the team’s live broadcast yesterday.

Ok, that intro sentence sounds a bit off, let me explain. No, I’m not insulting Jordan Bastian by calling him a small — the son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff joined Tom Hamilton in the booth yesterday and he, uh, well, might have broke some news.

After a few minutes of typical adolescent shyness, young Brody Chernoff was prodded (jokingly) by Hamilton for some kind of news he could tell us about his dad, Mike, making any late night calls to attract a free agent. Given how closed off Brody had been for most of the fun little segment, it made sense that he would probably shake his head no and Tom could laugh it off as “well at least I tried to get a scoop.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 26, 2017 at 12:49 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, indians, kids, mike chernoff, podcast

Friday, March 24, 2017

Sources: Indians finalizing four-year extension with Jose Ramirez

Versatile infielder Jose Ramirez and the Cleveland Indians are finalizing a four-year contract extension that will guarantee him upward of $30 million, sources familiar with the deal told Yahoo Sports.

The deal, which includes two club options, will kick in next season and give the Indians control of Ramirez through the 2023 season. If the Indians exercise the options, it could push the value close to $50 million, according to the sources.

The 24-year-old Ramirez is coming off a breakout year in which he helped the Indians to the World Series and the cusp of a championship. He hit .312/.363/.462 and was a veritable Swiss Army knife around the diamond, playing third base, second base, shortstop and outfield.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 24, 2017 at 10:53 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, jose ramirez

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sport Illustrated MLB preview: Dodgers will beat Indians in the World Series

A number of teams could win it all this year if things break right for them. But L.A. is the one best positioned to win even when things go wrong.

Here are SI’s complete postseason predictions:

AL wild-card game: Mariners over Rangers
NL wild-card game: Mets over Giants

AL Division Series: Indians over Mariners; Red Sox over Astros
NL Division Series: Cubs over Mets; Dodgers over Nationals

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 21, 2017 at 02:30 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, indians, sports illustrated

Monday, March 20, 2017

“I Don’t Know is on third.”

One guy probably knows.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2017 at 02:03 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, notes

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Sunday, March 05, 2017

Does six-man starting rotation make sense for Cleveland Indians? Hey, Hoynsie | cleveland.com

Six-man rotation? Please, no.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2017 at 08:50 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

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

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