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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Kyle Schwarber not medically cleared to play field as World Series moves to Wrigley

Schwarber, whose amazing return from injury and subsequent success, has become the biggest individual story of this World Series. After a Game 2 performance in which he had two hits and two RBIs against the Cleveland Indians as the Cubs’ designated hitter, Chicago was clamoring to see whether Schwarber would defy the odds again and get the OK from doctors to allow his surgically reconstructed knee to patrol the outfield.

“Just too much risk associated with playing the field at this time,” said Cubs president Theo Epstein. “We have to look out for Kyle’s long-term interests.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2016 at 09:34 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Rob Manfred Hints At Meeting With Indians Ownership To Discuss Racist Logo

Manfred hinted to Golic that he has plans to speak with team ownership about the use of the logo during the offseason:

  Well, I understand that particular logo is offensive to some people, and I understand why. On the other side of the coin, you have a lot of fans that have history and are invested in the symbols of the Indians. I think that after the World Series, at an appropriate point in time, Mr. [Larry] Dolan and I have agreed we’ll have a conversation about what should happen with that particular logo going forward.

I reached out to MLB for clarification on whether Manfred has concrete plans to meet with Dolan or other Indians people about the logo.

Dolan said earlier this year that Wahoo would become its alternate logo to the classic block-C logo. During the ALCS, an indigenous activist in Canada filed a request for an injunction to disallow the use of the team name and Chief Wahoo logo while the Indians were playing the Blue Jays in Toronto. The request for the injunction was denied.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 27, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: chief wahoo, indians, logo, racism, rob manfred

Cubs top Indians to even World Series |

The Cubs get it done in 4 hours and 4 minutes. Without a rain delay. Sorry, that’s way too long for a nine inning game.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2016 at 06:28 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Cubs-Indians World Series Game 1 draws best game 1 overnight rating since 2009

The Cleveland Indians win over the Chicago Cubs in game 1 of the 2016 drew a 12.6 overnight rating (on average 12.6 percent of the TVs in the largest 56 markets were tuned-in) per Sports Business Journal’s Austin Karp.

That’s the best World Series first game number since 2009 when the Phillies versus Yankees drew a 13.8 overnight rating. Per Karp the game was up 20% from last year’s 10.5 overnight (Royals-Mets) and up 58% 2014 (Giants Royals).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 26, 2016 at 10:10 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, tv ratings, world series

Indians shut out Cubs in World Series Game 1 |

Kluber did his job.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2016 at 06:39 AM | 30 comment(s)
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A ‘Major League’ interview with director David S. Ward

Ward: Well, part of the setup in the third movie is that they did make it to the World Series but lost when “Wild Thing” gave up a walk-off homer in the seventh game and he just retires from baseball. Even though he’s older, he’s coming back to mentor this young fire-balling reliever they have. They also need a set-up man and Eddie Harris (played by Chelcie Ross) teaches “Wild Thing” to throw junk because he doesn’t have the heater anymore. He does set-up work while he’s mentoring the fire-baller. They’re not a hopeless team, they are in contention, but they can’t seem to get over the top. I don’t think we could go back to having them be a hopeless team. You have to do something different. So the big thing in the movie is that he finds out that this young fire-baller that went to Harvard doesn’t want to be mentored. He has a degree in biomechanics and he feels he knows everything there is to know about pitching. It turns out that it’s Ricky Vaughn’s illegitimate son from one of his many romantic assignations while he was a young man about town in Cleveland and the kid hates him. Charlie Sheen is already on board. We have a lot of people who would love to make the movie but unfortunately the people who own it, Morgan Creek, are not one of them. We have several investors who would make it in a heartbeat, but Morgan Creek owns it and isn’t giving up the rights to it. They’re trying to do a television series called “Major League” but they’re just using the title. They don’t have any characters from the movie. I don’t know what’s happening with that but I’m not part of it and neither is Charlie. If the television show doesn’t happen hopefully they’ll take a look at doing the movie or allow someone else to do the movie.


Heyman - Kyle Schwarber Expected To Be Activated For World Series

This is an unexpected twist. It will be interesting to see whether this works out or not.

“Hit a couple of rockets,” one Cubs person said before stopping just short of confirming Schwarber is a go.

But it was suggested by sources with Cubs ties that it would take an unusual occurrence for him not to be activated. If so, he’d be expected to be in the starting lineup as the DH for Game 1 Tuesday night vs. Corey Kluber.

“Pretty sure he’s in there (Tuesday),” according to one Cubs connected person.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, kyle schwarber, world series

Monday, October 24, 2016

Cleveland Indians in World Series really is bigger than game—Terry Pluto (photos) |

Having the Red Sox win changed on perspective on the Red Sox. The angst is gone. When they win now, great! When they lose, it no longer feels traumatically painful. Instead, it’s an “oh well” feeling.

I’m happy that at least one fan base will be able to share my feelings soon. At the same time, I already feel bad for the fans of the losing team.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2016 at 08:42 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, world series

Indians embrace underdog role in World Series against Cubs

There’s no need to fear, Underdog is here!

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2016 at 08:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Cleveland Indians’ Salazar throws 3-inning simulated game; next stop World Series? |

Well, the World Series is about as deep as you can go.

“I feel really strong right now,” said Salazar, when asked how many innings he could throw. “The way I feel right now is the way I feel when I’m 100 percent.”

Callaway wouldn’t speculate if Salazar would start or relieve. But manager Terry Francona, after announcing his first three starters for the World Series as Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin, left the door open when he said the rotation was TBA (to be announced) after that.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2016 at 08:33 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, danny salazar, indians, world series

Who’s cheering for the Cleveland Indians in the World Series? At least one big-name celebrity |

Who is in charge of tracking celebrity fans for Fox?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 40 comment(s)
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Chief Wahoo, Cleveland Indians’ logo, heads to the World Series. Prepare for outrage. - Chicago Tribune

On Thursday, NBC Sports lead baseball writer Craig Calcaterra called on Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred to act.

“Given the Indians return to the international stage, the usual protests about Chief Wahoo will be louder than they typically are and Commissioner Manfred will be asked about the matter,” Calcaterra wrote. “I hope he does what no one else seems willing or able to do: eliminates Chief Wahoo, now and forever.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2016 at 08:27 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, logo

Cubs clinching pennant changed mindset that has been around far too long - Chicago Tribune

They still need to win to complete the transformation.

In five years, President Theo Epstein successfully undid decades’ worth of damage to the Cubs brand, systematically reprogramming a front office and a fan base so that gradually the recognizable red “C” has come to symbolize only success — no longer futility. Hiring manager Joe Maddon and his library of mantras before the 2015 season only reinforced the positive vibe that had begun to buzz. Nobody rolls their eyes anymore at the suggestion of the Cubs going all the way or relies on their reputation for losing as a punch line.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Chicago native Jason Kipnis meets Cubs in WS |

Someone is going to win; someone is going to lose. Which fan base will feel the ecstasy of victory and which will feel the misery of falling short, again?

The Cubs are part of who I am,” Kipnis said.

In his backyard as a kid, Kipnis played through the same scenario as plenty of kids who grew up on the North Side. It was the ninth inning in a critical World Series game. The count was full. His team was down. He was stepping to the plate with a championship on the line at Wrigley Field, which has not hosted a Fall Classic since 1945.

“I always thought it was going to be the bottom of the ninth,” Kipnis said. “It’s the top of the ninth now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter naming dogs for Tribe players in a play for home

CLEVELAND, Ohio—Kluber and Kipnis are being shopped around on the eve of the World Series, but there is reason to cheer, Indians fans.

The names belong to two dogs at the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter, where four others also have been named from the Indians roster.

Really mostly worth it for the pictures of cute dogs in Indians jerseys.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: October 23, 2016 at 02:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dogs, indians, world series

Yes Way Jose Ramirez Becomes Important Cog For Indians

Yes, Jose Ramirez.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2016 at 08:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, jose ramirez

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Trevor Bauer wants to pitch every game of World Series; Cleveland Indians just want him healthy |

Trevor Bauer has an idea of which World Series games he would like to pitch.

“Game 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7,” he said Friday afternoon.

“That would be a little better than the last series,” manager Terry Francona quipped.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2016 at 09:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, trevor bauer

Ryan Merritt might not be a household name, but the Cleveland Indians pitcher is the talk of the town |

Paul Dolan just wanted to get acquainted with the guy who lifted the Indians to a World Series berth.

“I’m spending this time trying to find him,” the team owner said. “I’ve never met him.”

The “him” is Ryan Merritt, and for eternity, his moniker will satisfy trivia questions and trigger fond memories for those in Cleveland. For the Blue Jays, who barely recognized his name before his astonishing performance in Game 5 of the ALCS, Merritt will be hard to forget.

“He’s kind of unflappable,” said pitching coach Mickey Callaway. “He’s the unflappable Ryan Merritt. He probably doesn’t even know their names.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2016 at 09:00 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, ryan merritt

Prospect Retrospective: Ricky Vaughn, RHP, Cleveland Indians - Minor League Ball

Looking back at Ricky Vaughn.

*Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth round of the 1984 draft, out of high school in Malibu, California.
*Released by Dodgers May 1, 1987 following arrest for grand theft auto
*Pitched in California Penal League 1988 (no statistics kept)
*Signed by Indians as a free agent, February 9, 1989

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2016 at 08:54 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, major league movie

Cleveland Indians’ Terry Francona hints Danny Salazar could start in World Series |

“He threw the ball really well,” said Francona. “He let it go, which is good. He really let it go. He threw his change up with some arm speed. We’ll see how the next one goes.”

Salazar, who went to the All-Star Game in July but spent most of the second half struggling with right elbow problems, is scheduled to throw a three-inning simulated game on Saturday or Sunday.

“He’s ready to pitch,” said Francona.

The Indians have mentioned Salazar throughout the postseason, but usually in terms of pitching out of the pen. When asked if Salazar could start, Francona said, “I don’t know. The good news is if Danny pitches and he pitches healthy, we have a really good pitcher for whatever amount of innings he’s build up for. That potentially could help us.”
Well, except for saying that Bauer was scheduled for more “suture work” on his damaged finger – which at last count was held together by 10 stitches – Francona wasn’t saying a lot.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2016 at 08:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: danny salazar, indians, world series

Friday, October 21, 2016

Charlie Sheen Responds to Indians Fans Demanding he Throw the First Pitch at the World Series


Charlie Sheen


Major League continues to be the gift that keeps on giving!

if called upon,I’d be honored.

eddieot Posted: October 21, 2016 at 02:08 PM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, major league, wild thing, winnning, world series

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Indians’ World Series drought: 67 years of highs, lows |

Jay Jaffe goes over the history of the Indians.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2016 at 11:03 AM | 2 comment(s)
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Indians beat Blue Jays to win AL pennant |

It all worked out in the end. Congrats to the Indians and their fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2016 at 07:51 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians, playoffs, world series

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Blue Jays defeat Indians in Game 4 of ALCS |

That didn’t really work out.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 08:09 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians

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