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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Could former Rockies’ slugger help Cleveland Indians offense? Hey, Hoynsie |

Some good Indians stuff in Paul Hoynes’ mailbag.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2015 at 10:29 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Monday, November 09, 2015

Michael Brantley undergoes shoulder surgery, expected to be out 5-6 months

I don’t think the Indians will be Sports Illustrated’s pre-season World Series pick next year.

Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery on his non-throwing arm earlier today,’s Jordan Bastian confirmed on Twitter. He is expected to be out 5-6 months, which means he would miss two months of the 2016 regular season in the worst case scenario.

Brantley injured his shoulder on a diving catching against the Minnesota Twins back on September 22. An MRI toward the end of the 2015 revealed inflammation in the injured shoulder, and the Indians shut Brantley down for the final week of the season, putting him on a two-week rehab program.

At the time, it was thought that Brantley’s shoulder injury was not quite so severe and letting him rest the remained of the season was just a precaution, as the Indians were already out of the playoff picture at that point. We know now, however, that the injury was obviously much more severe.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 09, 2015 at 01:27 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, injuries, michael brantley

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Will Cleveland Indians use six-man starting rotation in 2016? Hey, Hoynsie |

No, no, no, no, no, no, no. Please no. I hate the five-man rotation. A six-man rotation would put me over the edge.

Hey, Hoynsie: Is there any possibility that the Tribe would consider going to a six-man rotation next season of Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Trevor Bauer, Josh Tomlin and Cody Anderson? This would give each starter more overall rest during the season. Also since it’s unlikely all six starters will stay healthy all year, it would allow them to go back to a five-man rotation.—Jeffrey Kamenir, Vernon Hills, Ill.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Spokane Indians Change Jersey to Squalish Language

The partnership between Spokane Tribe of Indians and the Short Season Class A minor league baseball team called the Spokane Indians is coming up on its 10-year anniversary. It’s been a work in progress, but the foundation has been laid for a new era. In 2014, the baseball organization honored the original inhabitants of the land by changing the name across the front of their home uniforms to read Sp’q’n’i, the Salish word for Spokane, and made it its primary jersey, beginning with opening day in 2015.

Since this is not an all-Native team, like the Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team, it is a revolutionary idea that has both tribal members and baseball people excited with the response received after its first full season. “I believe we’re the only professional baseball team in the country that has home jerseys in a language other than English,” Andy Billig, co-owner of Brett Sports and Entertainment, told ICTMN. “The partnership with the Spokane Tribe is about honoring the history and culture of not only the Spokane Tribe, but the entire region.”


Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: October 21, 2015 at 09:42 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: americana, indians, minors

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Francisco Lindor leading Indians by example |

One of many exciting young shortstops in the game right now. Lindor has been better with the bat than expected.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:45 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco lindor, indians

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Defense Mechanisms: Inside the Indians’ Historic Fielding Turnaround «

I knew that Francisco Lindor at shortstop and Giovanny Urshela were big upgrades. I did not realize that Chisenhall was playing so well in the outfield.

When he volunteered to try the outfield in Triple-A, Lonnie Chisenhall hadn’t played there since college, aside from shagging during BP. But it took him only four games in Columbus to convince Cleveland that he could be an everyday option. The day after the Indians traded Moss to St. Louis, Chisenhall made his first major league start in right field. He immediately excelled there, earning recognition as ESPN SweetSpot’s Defensive Player of the Month for August. “I’m not sure anyone could’ve sat here and said that we expect him to be able to transition from third base to the outfield and become an above-average right fielder right away,” Antonetti says. “But to Lonnie’s credit, he has.” The Indians have also used displaced infielder Jose Ramirez in the outfield for the first time in his MLB career, and they’ve gotten good work out of Abraham Almonte, a deadline pickup from the Padres who replaced a slowing Michael Bourn in center after the Indians dealt Bourn to the Braves. “We had good reports on [Almonte], and again I’m not sure we would’ve necessarily expected it to translate exactly the way it has,” Antonetti says.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, lonnie chisenhall, sabermetrics

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Abraham Almonte embracing his chance with Cleveland Indians after ditching a life of lies, anger and alcohol

The guy polishing off another drink in the middle of the nightclub hears a voice.

Almonte has been sucked so far into this lifestyle that he can’t acknowledge his actions or their consequences. He tells his wife he’s sleeping at the baseball complex, but he’s actually careening toward the club. He’s heading for another late night, one filled with lies to his family and lies to himself.

Almonte started drinking regularly at 19 while with the Yankees’ Class A affiliate. After he underwent surgery for a torn shoulder in 2010—which ended his season after 15 games—he plunged head-first into a bottomless, alcohol-driven life.

“It really, really, really got on me,” Almonte said. “Like, every day.”

Almonte was at the club one night, downing drink after drink with a group of friends. Then, everything stopped. Almonte heard a voice.

“It told me, ‘Abraham, you think that this is my plan for you?’” he said. “‘I have special things for you, but you have to come to me.’”

This was the third occasion in which Almonte heard that voice. The first two times, he brushed it aside. That night, though, his sister also texted him.

“She said, ‘Pay attention to that voice that has spoken to you,’” he said. “At that moment, I’m like, ‘This is not a coincidence. This is something real.”

Almonte returned to the complex and slept for a few hours. He completed his baseball activities the next day and went home. There, he watched a video about a young girl who heard from God and was given 24 hours to live.

Almonte had his epiphany.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 03, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: abraham almonte, alcoholism, indians, minor leaguers, yankees

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Shapiro comes to Blue Jays as well-loved individual -

Shapiro spoke at a SABR convention in Cleveland. I remember being impressed.

“We don’t have enough time,” Francona said. “This guy is a combination of intelligent probably bordering on … he’s that smart. But he takes that intelligence and he’s very driven and organized. And you take it with the people skills … a pretty nice combination.”

Francona describes Shapiro as a dynamic speaker with the ability to make any topic interesting — even the typically tedious organizational meetings that can test coaches’ patience.

“Two minutes into it you see guys reaching for pencils because they want to take notes,” Francona said.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 07:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, general managers, indians

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Indians want a new minority owner — but the price isn’t right | New York Post

Mark Shapiro’s exit might not be coincidental.

Dolan, who is under fire from fans for one of the smallest payrolls in the big leagues, hired boutique investment bank Allen & Co. several months ago to shop roughly 30 percent of the team, The Post learned.

He doesn’t have deep enough pockets and is looking to a new investor to ramp up spending on salaries, sources said. The club’s payroll of $76 million ranks 26th among Major League Baseball’s 30 teams.

So far, Dolan, who is the cousin of New York Knicks and Rangers owner James Dolan, is having a difficult time finding an investor, sources said.

One problem is price. Dolan believes the franchise is worth around $800 million, which is rich considering the team is just breaking even.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-20-2015

Washington Times, August 20, 1915:

Whatever chances any club might have possibly had of buying Joe Jackson from the Indians were knocked into a cocked hat today, when it leaked out that Charlie Somers had signed his slugging outfielder for three more seasons. Jackson is now the property of the Indians until October, 1918, and his salary is the largest paid any member of the team.
“I guess this will stop all this foolish talk of my selling Joe,” said Somers today. “I never had the slightest idea of parting with him, but the same story kept bobbing up so frequently that the fans began to think there was some truth in it. Now they know better.”

Jackson was sold to the White Sox the next day.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Danny Salazar sharp as Indians beat Red Sox |

My personal worst losing streak is now up to eight. Not many bright spots in last night’s game. Jackie Bradley is a phenomenal outfielder. Hanley Ramirez is not.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2015 at 08:03 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: danny salazar, indians, red sox

Friday, August 07, 2015

Indians trade Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn to Braves for Chris Johnson

Trade Brohio for Brotlanta?

The Cleveland Indians have traded outfielder Michael Bourn and outfielder/first baseman Nick Swisher to the Braves in exchange for third baseman Chris Johnson. The Indians are sending money to the Braves as part of the trade….

Essentially, these are players who have fallen out of favor in their current situations swapped for each other. Problem for problem(s).

Where the money comes in would be here:

Bourn/Swisher: Due $29 million in 2016
Johnson: Due $16.5 million through 2017

Swisher might see time at first base with Freddie Freeman injured while it’s possible Bourn sees time as a starter on occasion at any of the three outfield spots, but this move wasn’t about upgrading the 2015 Braves..

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Indians, Cardinals believed to be working on significant trade - MLB Daily Dish

Reportedly, it’s a done deal. Brandon Moss for Rob Kaminsky.

According to sources, the Indians and Cardinals are believed to be making progress on a deal that appears to be significant, likely involving top Cardinals’ prospect Rob Kaminsky. The sides have been discussing Brandon Moss in recent talks as well, according to a source. The possibility of a one-for-one-swap of Moss-for-Kaminsky appears to be in play.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 30, 2015 at 09:25 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon moss, cardinals, indians, rob kaminsky, trade rumors, trades

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Cleveland Indians’ Carlos Carrasco has stuff to dominate rest of year - SweetSpot - ESPN

He was pressing in the 9th. He also reacted better than any pitcher I’ve ever seen lose a no hitter.

Major league hitters don’t swing and miss as often you may think. When they swing, they put the ball in play 41 percent of the time, hit a foul ball 37 percent of the time and swing and miss just 21.6 percent of the time, or about one of every five swings.

Which helps tells us about the type of stuff that Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco had Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. Carrasco came within one strike of throwing the Indians’ first no-hitter since Len Barker’s perfect game way back in 1989, and while it was painful to see Joey Butler line an 0-2 changeup over the leaping Jason Kipnis, Carrasco’s performance rates as one of the most impressive of 2015, not just in results but in pure dominance.

The Indians’ Carlos Carrasco works from the stretch and uses four pitches that would grade out as plus. AP Photo/Steve Nesius
The Rays swung at 67 of Carrasco’s 124 pitches—and missed 30 of them, a swing-and-miss rate of 45 percent, or more than double the MLB average. That’s the most swings and misses in a game this year, three more than Max Scherzer generated in his one-hit, 16-strikeout outing June 14 against the Milwaukee Brewers. The last pitcher with 30 swings and misses in a game was Francisco Liriano of the Minnesota Twins in 2012 start against the Oakland A’s. And the last one with more? I’m not sure. Our database only goes back to 2009 and nobody else had 30.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos carrasco, indians

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Chris Perez suspended 50 games for drug of abuse

Chris Perez, former All-Star closer for the Indians, was charged with misdemeanor drug possession back in 2013 when a package of marijuana turned up at his house in Ohio addressed to his dog.

Perez is a free agent now, having been released from the Brewers’ Triple-A team in late April. But the 29-year-old right-hander just got popped again for drugs.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 24, 2015 at 11:28 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, chris perez, dodgers, drugs, indians, marijuana, suspensions

MLive: Watch Miguel Cabrera give batting gloves, bat to young Indians fan following hilarious exchange

Mickey Callaway was ejected from the game for less. Go figure.

Never one to shy away from engaging with fans of the visiting team, Cabrera’s generous gift came after a playful back-and-forth conversation with a young fan, who cleanly fielded a foul ball down the first-base line with his baseball cap.

The play was entertaining. But the exchange that took place afterwards between Cabrera and the fan, Dom, was the real magic.

“I just told Miggy, ‘I got your back. You need to be fired up,’” Dom told FOX Sports Detroit. “He looked bored out there.”

Cabrera played along and exchanged a broad smile with the fan. When the inning ended, Cabrera told Dom, wearing an Indians cap and T-shirt, to stay seated.

“At first, I thought he was just telling me to back away and stop talking,” Dom told FOX Sports Detroit.

Instead, Cabrera gathered a gift basket of sorts from the dugout, which included batting gloves and a bat, and tossed them to the energetic fan in between innings.

“I was shocked, really,” Dom said.

Shocked enough to become a Cabrera fan?

“I don’t know,” he said. “He’s on Detroit.”

JE (Jason) Posted: June 24, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, indians, miguel cabrera, tigers

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Indians Sign Brady Aiken - MLB Trade Rumors

OK, so he lost about $2.5 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2015 at 06:38 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, brady aiken, indians

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sunday Notes: Cleveland, Taijuan, Coke, more | FanGraphs Baseball

David Lauria’s latest with a distinctly Cleveland theme.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, sunday notes

Twins, Indians promoting Buxton, Lindor

The wave of uber-prospect debuts continues.  Cool.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Urshela Gets 1st Hit, Home Run but Family Had to Leave Early -

Giovanny Urshela got his first major league hit in the third inning.

He added his first big league home run in the sixth.

Unfortunately, his family did not get to see either milestone.

“They left in the second inning,” he said.

The 23-year-old Colombian third baseman made his major league debut Tuesday, and his family stayed in town for three days. But his family had to start heading home and couldn’t stay at Progressive Field for the entirety of the Cleveland Indians’ 6-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2015 at 06:47 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: giovanny urshela, indians

Monday, June 08, 2015

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