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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Tito Francona, a Former Baseball All-Star, Dies at 84

Tito Francona, a former All-Star who played for 15 seasons in the major leagues and was the father of Terry Francona, the Cleveland Indians’ manager, died on Tuesday night at his home in New Brighton, Pa. He was 84.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Were the Mets (Fred Wilpon) Right to Get Todd Frazier Instead of Jason Kipnis?

It was a business decision, but it might have been a good baseball decision, surprisingly enough.

goodfundies Posted: February 13, 2018 at 12:31 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, mets

Friday, February 02, 2018

Thome wants ‘Block C’ logo on HOF plaque

“I know my decision would be to wear the ‘C,’ because I think it’s the right thing to do and I fully support the way the Indians, through this week, have done the decision that they’ve done. That’s what I support.”

Good for him.

Perry Posted: February 02, 2018 at 07:47 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, indians

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Oscar Gamble Passes Away

Oscar Gamble, a lefty-swinging hitter popularly known for the large Afro hairstyle he wore in the 1970s, died Wednesday at age 68.

His death was confirmed by Andrew Levy, Gamble’s agent. The cause of death was not reported.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Indians to stop using Chief Wahoo logo | MLB.com

What’s the next main focus for SJW? The Braves can’t be far behind. The Mariners seem a little fishy to me too.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 29, 2018 at 04:54 PM | 298 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Indians to sign Yonder Alonso

On Wednesday night, sources confirmed to MLB.com that Alonso’s deal with the Indians will be worth $16 million and will include an $8 million vesting option for 2020. The contract is pending a physical, which is scheduled for Thursday. The club has not confirmed any agreement. Once complete, Alonso will take over at first base, where Santana played for the past few seasons before leaving via free agency this offseason.
...
Overall, Alonso had a 43.2 percent fly-ball rate in ‘17, compared to 33.3 percent in ‘16 and 34.3 percent for his career. That increase was driven by a stellar start to the season with Oakland. From Opening Day through June 22, when Alonso’s season OPS was at least 1.000 for the last time last summer, he hit .296 with a .611 slugging percentage and a 50.7 percent fly-ball rate in 234 plate appearances. Over the final 78 games (287 plate appearances), Alonso hit .242 with a .411 slugging percentage and a 37.2 percent fly-ball rate.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2017 at 06:01 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Saturday, December 16, 2017

ESPN: Carlos Santana signing a significant step in Phillies’ rebuild (Schoenfield)

1. First off, at three years and $60 million, it’s not overpaying, and limiting the deal to three years means there’s little chance of it blowing up on the back end. Santana owns a career .365 OBP, so he brings some much-needed on-base ability to the Phillies lineup. The deal takes him through his age 32-34 seasons, and while Santana’s home run production has been inconsistent through the years—27 in 2014, 19 in 2015, 34 in 2016, 23 in 2017—we know he will draw his walks. The Phillies were 11th in the NL in walks and 13th in OBP in 2017, so they need a hitter like this to help anchor the middle of the lineup.

This season will still be a building curve for the Phillies. They also traded Freddy Galvis to the Padres for interesting pitching prospect Enyel De Los Santos, opening up shortstop for J.P. Crawford. His bat has stalled a bit at the upper levels of the minors, but the plate discipline remains a plus, and he was much better in the second half at Triple-A after a terrible start. It’s time to see what he can do.


Friday, December 08, 2017

Why the Indians Need to Abolish the Word ‘Rebuild’

Is now really a time to be complaining about the Indians’ management?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2017 at 10:15 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cleveland Indians: Rumblings from GM Meetings—Terry Pluto | cleveland.com

Indians notes.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 01:24 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Yankees’ Social Media Ruthlessly Burns Indians After Epic ALDS Comeback | MLB | NESN.com

Do these people know there are two series the Yankees still have to win? The Astros and the NL winner might not be ready to roll over.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2017 at 08:36 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, yankees

Indians early exit shouldnt overshadow season | MLB.com

Of course it should.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2017 at 07:07 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Cleveland Indians season ends with sounds of silence—Terry Pluto (photos) | cleveland.com

The Indians had three chances to win one game, three opportunities to keep what was once such a wonderful season alive.

The last chance was at home with ace Corey Kluber on the mound.

And they failed ... again.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2017 at 07:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs

Didi Gregorius no longer in Derek Jeter’s shadow | Newsday

Ah, the vagaries of postseason. Plus, a new anointed one.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2017 at 07:04 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: didi gregorius, indians, playoffs, yankees

Monday, October 09, 2017

Bird HR, Yankees top Indians in Game 3 of ALDS | MLB.com

This is a nice homer.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2017 at 08:57 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: greg bird, indians, yankees

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Michael Brantley becomes ‘common sense’ option at DH for Cleveland Indians after Edwin Encarnacion injury | cleveland.com

Brantley, whose inclusion on the 25-man postseason roster was a bit unexpected, says he feels comfortable already, despite playing in only two regular season games before Friday.

“I’ve been doing a lot before the series even started,” Brantley said. “Just making sure what I could handle and what I couldn’t. Make sure we had our limitations. Everything’s been going great, I’m very happy where I’m at right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:31 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, michael brantley

Joe Girardi takes blame, ‘feels horrible’ for Yanks’ Game 2 loss

It really sucked when he gave up the grand slam.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2017 at 07:20 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, yankees

Friday, October 06, 2017

Cleveland Indians have a night where everything goes right—Terry Pluto | cleveland.com

The Indians look awfully tough to beat.

For the Cleveland Indians, it was a night for fans screaming until their throats were raw.

And for standing and stomping and waving red towels.

And for Trevor Bauer to throw 6 2/3 scoreless innings ... and then leave the game to a standing ovation.

Tip your cap, Trevor!

And he did just that.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2017 at 07:14 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, playoffs, yankees

This wasn’t the Sonny Gray the Yankees expected | New York Post

Yankees down one.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2017 at 07:08 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, yankees

Thursday, October 05, 2017


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

How the Cleveland Indians Turned Their Crushing World Series Loss Into a Historic 2017 Season

Lots of interesting tidbits in here.  I’m not just saying that because the Cubs won the World Series.

In Game 7, Indians ace Corey Kluber failed to strike out a batter for the first time as a major league starter. After pitching just four innings, he watched the rest of the game on a television in a small room behind the Indians’ dugout, where he saw Davis homer off Chapman to tie the game in the eighth. (The lockers in the Cubs’ clubhouse had just been covered with protective plastic in anticipation of the postgame celebration. After Davis’s two-run shot, attendants scrambled to tear down the sheeting.) Allen joined Kluber in the room the next inning, after Francona replaced Allen with Bryan Shaw with one out and a runner at first.

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After Lindor flied out on the next pitch, with the last game of the year tied after nine innings, rain fell hard enough that umpire Joe West ordered the field covered.

When the Indians retreated to their clubhouse, they were greeted by a visual reminder of just how close they stood to winning the World Series: Now their lockers were covered in plastic sheeting, most of which was pinned up.

Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: September 27, 2017 at 04:26 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: 2016, cubs, indians, world series

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Francona ... points to Tomlin in rotation for ALDS

Francona: Clevinger going to bullpen “to be a weapon.” Indians leaning toward 4-man rotation for ALDS.

Francona didn’t name the 4th starter, but sure points to Tomlin in rotation for ALDS, if Game 4 needed. Team still weighing Salazar’s role.

Stevey Posted: September 24, 2017 at 05:51 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: genius, homers, indians, postseason

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Carlos Carrasco And Trevor Bauer’s Baseball Versions Of Their Cleveland Teammates, Ranked

What a fun team. I really, really hope these guys win it all if my team doesn’t.

Perry Posted: September 19, 2017 at 11:20 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: art, hilarity, indians

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Trevor Bauer admitted this wasn’t the first time he ended a 22-game winning streak | MLB.com

With this additional info, it’s clear Terry Francona should be fired.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2017 at 11:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, trevor bauer

Royals stop Indians’ winning streak at 22 | MLB.com

You can let your kids outside again. The streak is over.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 16, 2017 at 07:34 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Indians defeat Tigers for 21st straight win | MLB.com

It’s Moneyball magic!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2017 at 08:00 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

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