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Friday, September 13, 2019

Cleveland’s Luke Carlin on Organizational Leadership and Collaborative Culture | FanGraphs Baseball

“Here with the Indians, it’s a team-first approach and a growth mindset. There is language we use that gets our players to understand the standards we set. We have very high standards of excellence, and we need to consistently message that. We need to model that as a staff. There is going to be developmental feedback that is done more privately. There is going to be psychological safety. We want an environment where the players aren’t afraid to make mistakes. We’re equipping them with a ton of great content, and we’re using our experience to weave everything they need into a language that allows them to apply it.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2019 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, minor leagues, player development

Friday, August 30, 2019

LEADING OFF: Wild-card hopefuls set for key weekend series

STILL FIGHTING

The Rays got themselves off the ropes by rallying late to beat Houston on Thursday night, ending a four-game skid. Now the AL wild-card hopefuls open a pivotal three-game home series against Cleveland. The Indians are 2 1/2 games ahead of Tampa Bay for the top wild-card spot, with Oakland one game ahead for the Rays for the second. All-Star Game MVP Shane Bieber (12-6, 3.23) is set to pitch or Cleveland against RHP Austin Pruitt (2-0, 5.57).

PULLING AWAY?

The Cubs host the Brewers hoping to bury another NL wild-card competitor after sweeping the Mets over three games this week. Chicago pulled five games ahead of New York for the second wild card and is four games ahead of Milwaukee. LHP Jose Quintana (11-8, 4.05) will start for the Cubs in the matinee against RHP Chase Anderson (6-3, 4.34).

This competition is not just in the majors- in Triple-A baseball, many playoff spots are still in contention with only a few games left in the season.

QLE Posted: August 30, 2019 at 05:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aristides aquino, athletics, brewers, cubs, indians, rays, yankees

LEADING OFF: Wild-card hopefuls set for key weekend series

STILL FIGHTING

The Rays got themselves off the ropes by rallying late to beat Houston on Thursday night, ending a four-game skid. Now the AL wild-card hopefuls open a pivotal three-game home series against Cleveland. The Indians are 2 1/2 games ahead of Tampa Bay for the top wild-card spot, with Oakland one game ahead for the Rays for the second. All-Star Game MVP Shane Bieber (12-6, 3.23) is set to pitch or Cleveland against RHP Austin Pruitt (2-0, 5.57).

PULLING AWAY?

The Cubs host the Brewers hoping to bury another NL wild-card competitor after sweeping the Mets over three games this week. Chicago pulled five games ahead of New York for the second wild card and is four games ahead of Milwaukee. LHP Jose Quintana (11-8, 4.05) will start for the Cubs in the matinee against RHP Chase Anderson (6-3, 4.34).

Similarly, Triple-A is starting its last homestands of the season, and there’s still competition in both the PCL and the International League to enter their playoffs.

QLE Posted: August 30, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aristides aquino, athletics, brewers, cubs, indians, rays, yankees

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Indians Plan to Activate Carlos Carrasco 3 Months After Leukemia Diagnosis

The Cleveland Indians are expecting to receive a boost Sunday when pitcher Carlos Carrasco makes his return after being diagnosed with leukemia in May.

Indians manager Terry Francona told MLB Network Radio that Carrasco will be activated Sept. 1 “if all goes well” during his bullpen session Thursday.

Francona added the Indians intend to use Carrasco out of the bullpen for the rest of this season.

Carrasco announced in July he had been diagnosed with leukemia after doctors noted abnormal blood test results when he underwent a physical during spring training.

 

QLE Posted: August 29, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos carrasco, comebacks, indians

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

LEADING OFF: Indians minus Ramírez, Paxton-Sheffield

MAKE DO

José Ramírez’s regular season is over. The postseason remains in play — if the Indians can make it without him.

Cleveland’s hard-hitting third baseman is expected to need five to seven weeks to recover after underdoing hand surgery. Ramírez, whose hot bat the past two months helped get the Indians back into playoff contention, fractured the hamate bone in his right hand while taking a hard swing Saturday.

The team estimates he could be back as early as Oct. 1, when the AL playoffs open. Rookie Yu Chang and Mike Freeman will fill the spot in his absence.

At what point do the Indians regret basically punting free agency this season?

 

QLE Posted: August 28, 2019 at 04:39 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, indians, james paxton, jose ramirez, sean doolittle, yadier molina

Monday, August 12, 2019

Carlos Santana’s grand slam puts Indians back in tie for first place

With less than two months left in the regular season, playoff races are starting to heat up. While most of the division races aren’t terribly interesting, the AL Central has become a tight battle between the Twins and Indians. The Twins have held onto first place since mid-April, but the Indians have been surging since June and recently claimed a share of first place after defeating the Twins on Friday.

Sunday marked the series finale in Minnesota. Appropriately, the game went to extra innings thanks, in part, to a tremendous relay from left fielder Tyler Naquin to shortstop Francisco Lindor to cut down Luis Arraez at the plate, representing the winning run.

It seems that the Indians have just remembered that they are supposed to win their division going away, and are playing to live up to that.

 

QLE Posted: August 12, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: al central, carlos santana, indians

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Yasiel Puig shows he’s still Yasiel Puig with a wave and a kiss on the basepaths

Yasiel Puig might be on his third team in the last calendar year, but he’s still Yasiel Puig. That identity was in full view as the Cleveland Indians outfielder ran the bases on Friday in an American League Central showdown.

After singling to lead off the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins, Puig ran all the way to third on a throwing error from Twins pitcher Randy Dobnak. For those not paying close attention, it was a standard advancement off an error.

Those focusing on the runner, however, got a pair of those quintessential Puig moments. As he ran past second, the Wild Horse waved goodbye to the Twins defenders in right field.

After he slid safely into third, Puig only got up after blowing a kiss to the home crowd.

Do you suppose he regrets not making Marty Brennaman’s head explode while he still had the chance?

 

QLE Posted: August 10, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, twins, yasiel puig

Thursday, August 08, 2019

LEADING OFF: Indians take aim at Target, Hamels rolling

A look at what’s happening around the majors Thursday:

TARGET TIME

A couple months ago, Cleveland trailed the Twins by 11 1/2 games in the AL Central and was being written off as too old and too banged-up. But by going a baseball-best 38-16 since June 4, the Indians have closed within two games of Minnesota heading into this four-game series at Target Field.

Mike Clevinger (6-2, 3.07 ERA) starts the opener for the Indians against Kyle Gibson (11-4, 4.02). Clevinger is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last three road starts.

It does seem that the story of the last couple of months has been surges and slumps- with any luck, it will make some races stay interesting until the end of the year….

QLE Posted: August 08, 2019 at 04:47 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, twins

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Three winners and three losers from the trade deadline

The 2019 trade deadline has passed. Unlike in past years, there is no non-waiver trade deadline, so this was it for major trades for teams wanting to recoup value on soon-to-depart players and for teams looking to make upgrades for the stretch run. With that in mind, here are three winners and three losers from the trade deadline.

As far as can be told, none of them are rolling down a mountainside.

 

QLE Posted: August 01, 2019 at 03:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, braves, dodgers, indians, red sox, yankees

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Bauer headed to Reds in 3-team deal

CIN: Trevor Bauer
SD: Taylor Trammell
CLE: Franmil Reyes, Yasiel Puig, Logan Allen, Scott Moss, Victor Nova

Me: WTF?


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Don Mossi | 1954 Cleveland Indians Relief Star Dies At 90

Don Mossi, one of the last living members of the Cleveland Indians 1954 American League Championship team, died July 19, 2019 in Nampa, Idaho as per his daughter Linda Mossi Tubbs. He was 90.

Mossi signed with the Indians in 1949 from Jefferson High School in Daly City, California. They immediately placed him with their Class C team in Bakersfield, keeping the California native within the confines of his home state to develop his talent. The move paid off, as Mossi worked his way to the big league club five years later, right in time for a pennant run.

The left-hander joined the Indians in 1954, integrating himself into a dominant pitching staff that included Hall of Famers Bob Feller, Bob Lemon, and Hal Newhouser. Mossi partnered with Ray Narleski to form a relief combo that sealed many of the Indians 104 victories.

“You’ll never have a staff like that ever put together again,” Narleski said in a phone interview from his New Jersey home in 2008. “You had four 20-game-winners. Then you had Art Houtteman and Hal Newhouser; that’s six of ‘em. Then you had Mossi, myself, Hoskins, and Hooper.”

RIP.

 

QLE Posted: July 23, 2019 at 04:11 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: don mossi, indians, obituaries, rip

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Freeman heading to Carolina League | MiLB.com News

Lindor’s replacement.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2019 at 06:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, prospects

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Can Brady Aiken save career from being worst MLB draft bust of all time?

A reminder that for most of the guys drafted yesterday, that first check is the only real money that they’ll make out of baseball.

Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: June 04, 2019 at 04:44 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, draft, indians, tinstaapp

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Indians end shocking, record-setting drought in most convincing way possible

The Cleveland Indians have been searching a lot during the 2019 season.

Most notably, they’ve been searching for better luck in the health department and more consistency between the white lines.

But it’s not just those important elements that have proven elusive. Some stats have gone missing as well. In particular, the Indians entered Wednesday’s game against the Boston Red Sox with a giant goose egg in a statistical category that will probably shock you.

The Indians went an MLB-record 54 games without a triple to start this season. But they finally put that streak to rest in convincing fashion, collecting three triples in their 14-9 win at Fenway Park.

A bit of a strange park to break such a streak at, though, in the current era, I’m not sure what stadiums would be great for triples.

 

QLE Posted: May 30, 2019 at 10:23 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, triples

Friday, May 24, 2019

Indians’ struggles continue as painful collision leads to Rays’ inside-the-park homer

Despite posting a 25-24 record this season, 2019 really hasn’t been the Cleveland Indians year.

Because of injuries, inconsistency and their own lack of urgency during the offseason, the Indians have looked much closer to average than a team hoping to win its fourth straight AL Central title.

Thursday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays did nothing to change that perception. In fact, one painful play only further highlighted Cleveland’s malaise.

Indians outfielders Leonys Martin and Oscar Mercado experienced a malfunction at the junction while attempting to chase down Kevin Kiermaier’s flyball in the sixth inning. The result of which led to a painful collision and allowed Kiermaier to race around the bases with a game-breaking three-run inside-the-park home run.

Are we sure this isn’t Major League, but happening in the real world?

QLE Posted: May 24, 2019 at 07:29 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, kevin kiermaier, leonys martin, oscar mercado

Friday, May 03, 2019

Cleveland’s disastrous offseason will haunt them now that Corey Kluber is hurt

The Cleveland Indians are going to pay for not spending money in the offseason. After losing ace Corey Kluber to an arm fracture Wednesday, the preseason division favorites look vulnerable. They have no one to blame but themselves for that.

Cleveland entered the offseason with endless possibilities. While the club didn’t look as strong on paper as the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees or Houston Astros, it could have remedied that issue with an aggressive offseason approach.

The bullpen — which posted a poor 4.60 ERA in 2018 — was a major area of need. So was the outfield after Michael Brantley hit the market.

Cleveland responded to those concerns by ... trying to shed payroll. The team shipped out Yan Gomes after the catcher put up a resurgent season. Edwin Encarnacion and promising infielder Yandy Diaz were traded as well. The team even put Kluber and Trevor Bauer on the block, though no deals materialized for either player.

The train wreck I’ve been anticipating for months is now visible to everyone else in the station- wonder if it’s possible for the AL Central champion to have a losing record….

 

QLE Posted: May 03, 2019 at 03:36 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: corey kluber, indians, offseason

Friday, April 26, 2019

MLB roundup: Bauer pitches Indians past Astros

Trevor Bauer won his individual matchup against Gerrit Cole, his former UCLA staff mate, and the Cleveland Indians claimed the opener of their four-game series with the host Houston Astros 2-1 Thursday.

Bauer (3-1) allowed at least one baserunner in each of his eight innings yet faced just one batter with a runner in scoring position. The Astros managed one run off Bauer: a 411-foot solo home run from George Springer in the third.

Bauer yielded four hits and six walks while fanning three. Cleveland got solo homers from Leonys Martin in the third inning and Jake Bauers in the fifth. Brad Hand threw a perfect ninth inning for his seventh save.

Cole (1-4) allowed two runs on three hits and three walks in seven innings. He struck out 10.

In case there’s anything we wish to discuss that there isn’t a thread for…

 

QLE Posted: April 26, 2019 at 05:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gerrit cole, indians, trevor bauer

Monday, April 15, 2019

Brad Miller: ‘Obviously, [the Indians] don’t want the best guys up here’

Following Sunday’s 9-8 walk-off loss to the Royals on Sunday afternoon, the Indians designated infielder Brad Miller for assignment, MLB.com’s Mandy Bell reported. The move presumably clears a roster spot for Jason Kipnis, who will likely come off of the 10-day injured list.

Miller went 1-for-4 with an RBI single on Sunday. He’s one of the few members of the Indians who is swinging the bat at even an average clip. Only four players have an OPS above .700: Tyler Naquin (.700), Miller (.742), Leonys Martín (.928), and Carlos Santana (1.040).

Miller wasn’t happy about being DFA’d. Per Cleveland.com’s Paul Hoynes, Miller said, “It’s a tough trend. They acknolwedge that it wasn’t fair. But I’m just a player. I go out there and play my hardest and play for the guys next to me.” Miller added, “Obviously, they don’t want the best guys up here. So I’m just trying to take it somewhere else and see what we’ve got.”

You don’t usually see a team try to tank and to win their division at the same time….

 

QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: brad miller, indians

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

A good fit: Cleveland Indians extend manager Terry Francona’s contract through 2022 - cleveland.com

There has been no indication of that with Francona and the Indians. Executives Chris Antonetti and Mike Chernoff are as supportive of Francona today as when he was first hired on Oct. 8, 2013. More importantly, so is ownership.

It’s why the Indians on Wednesday extended Francona’s contract by two years through 2022 just as his seventh season on the job gets started. It is the second extension Francona has received from the Indians. The first one, a two-year arrangement, would have expired after the 2020 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2019 at 08:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, terry francona

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Indians sign Cameron Maybin

The Indians broke spring training with an outfield that one could, charitably, describe as “suspect.” Yesterday, on Opening Day, they got punched in the mouth, with the outfield combining to go 1-for-10 on the afternoon. Today they went out and signed free agent outfielder Cameron Maybin to a minor league deal.

I’m guessing there is not a cause and effect relationship here — the Indians might’ve had the ball rolling on Maybin days ago — but that did happen and now this has happened, so we at least have some fun correlation.

All this mismanagement, and yet they’re still expected to win the AL Central…..

 

QLE Posted: March 30, 2019 at 08:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cameron maybin, indians

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Francisco Lindor suffers setback with sprained ankle | MLB.com

This doesn’t help.

Francisco Lindor can’t catch a break this spring. Just when his return to the Tribe started to come into sight, it looks like he’ll likely have to be out even longer.

The Indians announced Wednesday afternoon that their All-Star shortstop sustained an acute left ankle sprain while running the bases during a Minor League game on Tuesday. He underwent an MRI later that night, which revealed the mild to moderate left ankle sprain. His timeframe for return is to be determined.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2019 at 02:29 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, indians, injuries

Monday, March 25, 2019

Indians’ Jose Ramirez Diagnosed With Left Knee Contusion, Opening Day in Question

Two days after the Indians announced that shortstop Francisco Lindor and second baseman Jason Kipnis will begin the season on the injured list, Jose Ramirez fouled a pitch off the inside of his left knee and was carted off the field in the third inning of Sunday’s game vs. the White Sox.

X-rays for Ramirez revealed no broken bone, but he was diagnosed with a left knee contusion, according to MLB.com. The Indians gave no immediate timetable for his return, which puts his status for Opening Day is in question. Ramirez finished third in the American League MVP voting in both 2017 and 2018, and his 136 OPS+ ranks 11th among all players since 2016, the year he became an everyday player.

At the rate things are going, the odds are getting increasingly high that someone could win the AL Central with a sub-.500 record….

 

QLE Posted: March 25, 2019 at 10:26 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, jose ramirez, knee

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Injured duo Lindor, Kipnis to miss opening day for Indians

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and double-play partner Jason Kipnis have been ruled out for opening day by the Cleveland Indians.

The team said Friday night that neither player will be ready for Thursday’s opener at Minnesota. Lindor will start the year on the 10-day injured list. He has been recovering from a right calf strain that’s limited him during spring training. He has yet to appear in a Cactus League game but has participated in intrasquad minor league games. Potentially frigid weather in Minneapolis is an extra concern for Cleveland.

Kipnis had an MRI on Thursday which confirmed a mild right calf strain. He won’t do any baseball activities for 7 to 10 days before being re-evaluated.

 

 

QLE Posted: March 23, 2019 at 10:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, indians, injuries, jason kipnis, opening day

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Plain Dealer | Cleveland Indians acquire Kevin Slowey

The Indians acquired Slowey and a reported $1.25 million from the Rockies for right-hander Zach Putnam.

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: January 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, rockies

SI.com: Economic considerations at heart of Carmona’s decision

An interesting analysis of signing ages, signing bonuses, and success rates in the Dominican Republic, by Melissa Segura of Sports Illustrated ...

Teams pay premiums for 16-year-olds for two primary reasons: One, because teams often want to be the first to sign a promising player and, thus, avoid bidding wars with other teams; and two, clubs prefer to develop their players’ skills under the watchful eyes of their own club personnel rather than under those of unqualified and unaffiliated coaches or trainers.

But are 18-year-old Latin American players really worth 70 percent less than their 16-year-old counterparts? Here’s another data analysis that calls into question the industry practice of placing a premium on youth. Let’s assume the most basic marker of a successful signing is making it to the majors. We’ll make it simple and look at the 79 players who have made their major league debuts from 2008-2011 from Carmona’s Dominican Republic. Of those 79, only six were signed as 16-year-olds. The debuts suggest older players were more likely to advance to the majors. ...

[...]

What’s more, SI tracked down the bonus data for 60 of the 79 players. Fernando Martinez, signed by the Mets in 2005 for $1.3 million, was the only one to receive a seven-figure bonus. Only nine others signed for six figures and one — the Rockies’ Juan Nicasio — received nada to sign, according to the data obtained by SI. The median signing bonus among them tallied a paltry $35,000.

Joe Kehoskie Posted: January 21, 2012 at 04:09 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, international, mets, miami, minor leagues, rockies, scouting

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