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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.


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

Maddon Goes With His Best To Ensure Game 7

I still don’t like the move. The team still needed to win two. He should have had someone else up and ready. It’s all about the odds.

“It’s the middle of their batting order,” Maddon said. “There is no other way to look at that and feel good. Lindor, he could hit a home run at any time, but it’s much more difficult to hit it against Chapman’s velocity.

“For me, the game could have been lost right there, and he’s by far our most dynamic relief pitcher. I talked to him before the game, and once again he was aware of the scenario.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2016 at 06:21 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, joe maddon, world series

1 more: Cubs beat Indians, force Series to deciding Game 7

The pressure shifts to the Indians.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2016 at 06:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Tyler Naquin makes big miscue in Game 6 | indians.com

What caused all the outfield confusion yesterday?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2016 at 06:02 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, tyler naquin, world series

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

The Indians are one game away from a championship because they’re really good at baseball | For The Win

Only it’s silly to pretend the Indians lucked their way all the way here. The point of baseball’s 162-game regular season is to distinguish the best teams from the back, and the Indians won 94 games in the 2016 campaign. They got to this point with the help of a pair of excellent starting pitchers who have been largely absent this postseason — the injured Carlos Carrasco and the recently recovered Danny Salazar. But they also featured a spectacular bullpen, even beyond postseason heroes Andrew Miller and Cody Allen. Their staff as a whole finished second in the American League with a 3.84 ERA despite playing their home games at cozy Progressive Field, and they paced the circuit with a 122 ERA+.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 12:11 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, world series

The Mismatch That Game Six Improbably Isn’t | FanGraphs Baseball

“Momentum? Momentum is the next day’s starting pitcher.” ~ Earl Weaver

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2016 at 10:37 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series


Monday, October 31, 2016

How Indians envision their hurt superstar fitting in to future | New York Post

The Indians did not handle Michael Brantley’s injury well.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2016 at 01:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, indians, michael brantley

Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians stars repping Puerto Rico in World Series

An Indians-Cubs World Series is more than a meeting of two franchises in the midst of long title droughts—it’s also the first meeting in the Fall Classic of three ballplayers born in Puerto Rico, the Cubs’ Javier Baez and the Indians’ Francisco Lindor and Roberto Perez. Lindor and Baez are two of the brightest young players in the game—Lindor was an All Star this year, and Baez has been the postseason’s breakout star—and both credit Perez as a role model (at 27, he’s the elder statesman; Baez is 23 and Lindor is 22). All three players talked about what it means to represent Puerto Rico in the World Series and how they’ve enjoyed watching the others play.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2016 at 01:42 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, puerto rico, world series

If the Indians are to pop champagne again in 2016, they’ll do so from Cleveland’s friendly confines | cleveland.com

The bright side for the Indians.

The last century of Cleveland sports has produced only a handful of major professional championships.

Only the 1920 Indians and the 1964 Browns secured the title with Lake Erie nearby. And in a year in which Cleveland sports have morphed from sorry to spectacular—the Browns and their unrelenting futility aside—it would be appropriate for the Indians to cap 2016 with an in-town celebration for the ages.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2016 at 05:40 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Cubs edge Indians to keep title hopes alive | MLB.com

Cubs live another day. East Coasters get to go to bed tonight at a decent hour.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2016 at 05:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sunday Notes: Cubs-Indians Game 4, Bogaerts, McHugh, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Laurila’s latest is World Series heavy.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2016 at 07:16 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, notes, world series


Comeback Cubs? Don’t count ‘em out | MLB.com

Jason Heyward got his hits in Game 3.

The first step on the road back, to quote Miguel Montero, could be a seeing-eye single delivered at the right time in Game 5. No team that has hit like this Cubs team stays cold forever.

“They’re all trying to hit a grand slam with nobody on,’’ Montero said of the Cubs’ young hitters. “It’s not going to happen. We need to take our walks. We need to be a little bit more patient at the plate. We need to play small ball. … We’re all trying to launch the ball 110 miles per hour off the bat, launch angle, whatever. No, we need to get a freaking ground ball through a hole. As simple as that.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2016 at 06:44 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Sorry, Wrigleyville: Cleveland Indians have come to crash your party

Does this make him a traitor to his people?

So all of a sudden, the Indians are in perfect position to do to the Cubs what they’ve been doing throughout this entire month of October, first to Red Sox Nation, then to an actual nation (i.e., Canada). Yes, they’re poised once again to break millions of hearts.

Cubs fans expecting only joy in their first World Series since 1945 were rudely awakened by Game 3’s sobering 1-0 loss to the Tribe. Scott Olson/Getty Images
“I love it,” said Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, a man who grew up in Chicago, dreaming of playing in a World Series at Wrigley Field. “I hope we break all of them. I hope we break every single one of them. I hope I come home for Thanksgiving, Christmas, the offseason, and I just want to have a smile on my face when I look at all these Cubs fans.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, indians, world series

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