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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ex-big leaguer (Jim) King, 82, dies

Former professional baseball player Jim King of Elkins died Monday in Fayetteville.

He was 82.

An outfielder, King played 11 seasons with six major-league teams. He began his major-league career in 1955 with the Chicago Cubs where he played two seasons. His first at-bat came at Wrigley Field, where he had a pinch-hit double against eventual Hall of Famer Robin Roberts.

King went on to play a year for the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants. He didn’t play in the majors in the 1959 and 1960 seasons.

King’s longest professional stint came with Washington where he played six years. He started the 1967 season with the Senators before wrapping up his career later that year playing a combined 42 games with the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Meetings help Indians set tone early in spring | indians.com

Updates on the Indians.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 24, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Friday, February 20, 2015

Posnanski: The Pat Tabler Experience

Tabs was clutch man.

I think about Tabler now because of an email sent by Tom Tango referencing a contradiction in my Strat-O-Matic post. On the one hand, I say I don’t like the horseshoes on Strat-O cards that reference a players ability to hit in the clutch (I have been told by several people that these were actually added to regulate a player’s RBI totals so that they somewhat mirror what happened during the season but it’s the same general thing). On the other hand, I say that I did like the fact that Statis Pro gave Matt Alexander a ridiculously awesome card in 1979 when he only had a few plate appearances. “Pick your poison,” Tom writes. “Do you want to reflect that card relative to what we observed? Or do you want to reflect the card after removing the ESTIMATED random variation?”

I told Tango that I fully embrace that I’m being inconsistent … but it’s mainly because I was 11 years old when I loved the Matt Alexander card. I think that card was ridiculous but wonderful at that point in my life.

In any case, Tango brought up Pat Tabler and I thought back to a question: How much of what Pat Tabler did those three years was luck and random variation? When I was a kid, I was pretty confident that NONE OF IT was luck. The guy was Mr. Clutch. It said so right on his card. Something came over him when the bases were loaded. True, the year the card came out he hit .200 with the bases loaded, which I recall was talked about quite a bit. It’s also true that in 1989, he went 1-for-11 with two double play grounders — and it seemed that whenever he came up with the bases loaded that year, the radio announcers talked about how he was Mr. Clutch which just accentuated the disappointment.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 20, 2015 at 04:24 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, cubs, indians, joe posnanski, pat tabler, royals

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 2-20-2015

Pittsburgh Press, February 20, 1915:

One writer suggests that the Cleveland Americans be called the Submarines, because they are always on the bottom. The only objection is that the Cincinnati Reds might dispute this title.

...and elsewhere on the same page:

After being with a second-division team for several years Lajoie has got renewed ambition. He has got something worth while to work for in 1915.
...
“I can hardly wait for the time to go south,” said Lajoie. “It has been several years since I was so eager to get into a baseball uniform as I am now. I want to show that I’ve got a lot of good ball playing yet left in me, and I think the ‘old boy’ will be back there in the .300 class next season.”

The joke was on Nap. The 1915 Athletics lost 109 games, which was the third-worst record in MLB from 1900-1915. The 1916 Athletics were the worst team of baseball’s modern area. They went 36-117 (.235) and finished 54.5 games out of first place. 41-year-old Nap hit .246 with no OBP or SLG to speak of, then retired.

And the Cleveland Submarines? They won a World Series before the Athletics finished above last place.

Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: February 20, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, dugout, history, indians, nap lajoie

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ranking the teams: 6 through 1

6. Seattle Mariners

Probably unintentional, but the number 6 meme lives!

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: February 13, 2015 at 06:52 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, indians, mariners, nationals, pirates

Thursday, February 12, 2015

First-pitch times look a bit different for the Cleveland Indians in 2015

“Hurry up and lose so we can all get home!”

The Indians are trying something new this season, with six weeknight games in April and May being designated with 6:10 p.m. start times. Those games fall on the following dates:

• Tuesday, April 14 vs. Chicago
• Monday, April 27 vs. Kansas City
• Tuesday, April 28 vs. Kansas City
• Wednesday, April 29 vs. Kansas City
• Tuesday, May 12 vs. St. Louis
• Wednesday, May 13 vs. St. Louis

When asked about the reasoning behind the 6:10 p.m. starts, an Indians spokesperson said the club will make a formal announcement in the coming days.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 12, 2015 at 10:21 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: game times, indians

Thursday, February 05, 2015


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Maybe the Last Key for Carlos Carrasco | FanGraphs Baseball

Jeff Sullivan breaks down Carlos Carrasco emergence as a quality starter last season.

The problem with mechanical fixes is they can be kind of like momentum: they’re only as good as the next day’s game. Ubaldo Jimenez looked like he was fixed, until he wasn’t fixed anymore. On the other hand, that’s one example, and unlike Carlos Carrasco, Jimenez no longer has Mickey Callaway as a coach. Probably, Carrasco isn’t going to be as good as Clayton Kershaw and Felix Hernandez going forward. Probably, Carrasco won’t be the Indians’ No. 1b. But then, it’s almost impossible to fake what he pulled off for a third of a season. It’s almost impossible to be that good without being at least kind of close to that good.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 29, 2015 at 08:35 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos carrasco, indians, sabermetrics

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cleveland Indians want Michael Bourn to “wreak havoc” on bases in 2015 | cleveland.com

“We’ve talked to Bournie a lot,” said Francona. “He’s one of the most conscientious and nicest kids you’ll ever meet. But quite frankly, whether it’s because of injuries or not, he hasn’t been the kind of guy who wreaks the havoc that we kind of envisioned when we signed him when it comes to stolen bases.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 27, 2015 at 07:35 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, michael bourn

Monday, January 26, 2015

Kluber collects Cy Young Award, joins Tribe Fest | MLB.com

“I’d answer that more categorically,” Shapiro told reporters on Sunday. “Corey represents all of the things we look for in players: dependable, reliable person, committed to his work ethic, talented. Then you look at contracts and you say, ‘Can we find that point where we’re both comfortable with the shared risk?’ We don’t know that right now. That’s something that we’ll have to look at.
“As prioritization of the calendar goes, it’s something we’ll probably look at over the next couple of months. ... He has all the precursors that we would look for to enter into a multiyear agreement.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 26, 2015 at 08:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: corey kluber, indians

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-20-2015

Pittsburgh Press, January 20, 1915:

The Cleveland Naps are to be called Indians hereafter. Unless all signs fail, the Indians are in for a scalping next summer.

Washington Herald, January 20, 1915:

Possibly the owners of the Cleveland club, by changing the name of the Sixth City club from “Naps” to “Indians” had in mind the Boston Braves.

This makes so much more sense than the strained explanation about honoring Louis Sockalexis.

Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: January 20, 2015 at 08:51 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, indians

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-15-2015

Pittsburgh Press, January 15, 1915:

Cleveland sporting writers gathered with officials of the local American league club to decide on a new name for the Naps. The sale of “Nap” Lajoie to the Athletics necessitates the move. Suggested names are: “Colts,” “Black Sox,” “Bucks,” “Hustlers,” and “Grays.”

All of the above would have been fine by me. One wonders what the Black Sox scandal would have been called if that name had already been taken.

Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: January 15, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, indians

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Countdown of the best 25 GMs - #23

For the 32 seasons before John Hart was promoted to general manager in September 1991, the Cleveland Indians never finished closer than 11 games from first in a full season.  And they certainly didn’t appear to be making progress; in 1991 the team lost 105 games, finished last in the league in runs and ninth in runs allowed, and drew the fewest fans in the league for the third year in row.  Hart had his work cut out for him.

 

Foghorn Leghorn Posted: January 14, 2015 at 10:58 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: history, indians

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-6-2015

Milwaukee Journal, January 6, 1915:

Larry Lajoie no longer is a member of the Cleveland Naps. The veteran second baseman, with a record of thirteen years’ service under President Charles W. Somers, was released yesterday to the Philadelphia Athletics. Connie Mack came [to Cleveland] from Philadelphia and closed the deal—which does not involve any other players, according to Mr. Somers.

And thus ended the era of the “Cleveland Naps” nickname in the Forest City.

Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: January 06, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, indians, nap lajoie

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Asdrubal Cabrera to join Rays

Its a shame about the Rays.

The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a one-year deal with infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, a source told ESPN’s Buster Olney, confirming multiple reports….

The shortstop played second base for the Washington Nationals at the end of last season after he was acquired in a trade deadline deal from the Cleveland Indians.

A two-time All-Star, Cabrera batted .229 with five home runs and 21 RBIs for the Nationals in 49 games after the trade. In total, between both teams, he finished last season batting .241 with 14 homers and 61 RBIs.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 31, 2014 at 02:18 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: asdrubal cabrera, free agents, indians, nationals, rays

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Bastian: Mind Over Matter: Bauer Goes High Tech in Offseason Regimen

Bauer detailed one of the setups that he uses in the offseason. He will have a camera in each batter’s box mounted at eye level, so he can see the hitter’s perspective. Bauer also has a camera mounted from the center-field view in order to track the flight of the ball. He then films his pitches at 240 or 480 frames per second, and he can overlay the pitches on video to see variances in the movement.

“So, then I can tailor-fit what pitches I throw and where to make them all appear the same, make my delivery appear the same, things like that.”

The guy throws 96 with a devastating 12/6. If he can execute, the sky is still the limit.

davekemp Posted: December 28, 2014 at 06:33 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: bauer, indians, sabermetrics

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Santa Claus remembers Cleveland Indians whether they’ve been naughty or nice | cleveland.com

It’s gift time in Cleveland.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2014 at 11:17 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Indians sign Gavin Floyd to deal

Right-hander Gavin Floyd has agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians, giving him a chance to make a comeback from his latest elbow surgery.

The deal, announced Tuesday, allows him to earn an additional $6 million in performance bonuses.

The 31-year-old broke a bone in his elbow while throwing a curveball with Atlanta last June. He had surgery and couldn’t resume throwing until after the season. That injury occurred during his ninth start since returning from Tommy John elbow-ligament replacement surgery.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 17, 2014 at 09:44 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, gavin floyd, indians

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Ten quick hits from Cleveland Indians GM Chris Antonetti on Brandon Moss, etc | cleveland.com

7. Fans wanted the Indians to add a right-handed hitter, but Moss bats left-handed. Antonetti loves left-handed hitters because he feels they better fit Progressive Field’s dimensions.

The power stats over the last three years offer convincing evidence of those beliefs.

“Also, 70 percent of the pitching (in the big leagues) is right-handed,” said Antonetti. “The thing we continually focus on is how we score more runs and prevent runs. That’s the equation we’re focused on.

“We felt Brandon significantly impacts our ability to score runs. So the acquisition made sense in that light.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2014 at 06:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Monday, December 08, 2014

Indians Acquire Brandon Moss

In a widely anticipated swap, the Athletics have officially agreed to ship outfielder/first baseman/DH Brandon Moss to the Indians in exchange for minor league second baseman Joe Wendle.

Moss, 31, is projected by MLBTR/Matt Swartz to earn $7.1MM this year, his second-to-last of arbitration eligibility. He is an accomplished power bat, with a 135 OPS+ and 76 home runs over the last three years…

Wendle, a 24-year-old prospect, did not rate among the Indians’ top ten prospects in the recent estimation of Baseball America but did land at ninth on MLB.com‘s most recent list Wendle’s calling card is his hit tool, with which he combines decent power and solid defense. A broken hamate bone cut the 24-year-old’s season short, but he had put up a .253/.311/.414 line over 370 Double-A plate appearances and owned even an even more robust slash the prior year at High-A.

The District Attorney Posted: December 08, 2014 at 01:27 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, brandon moss, indians, joe wendle, trades, transactions

Friday, December 05, 2014

A’s discusssing minor leaguer for Brandon Moss - Oakland Athletics : The Drumbeat

The A’s are in discussions that could net them a minor-league infielder from the Indians in exchange for outfielder Brandon Moss. Among the A’s targets, according to big league sources, is Double-A second baseman Joe Wendle, a strong prospect whose 2014 season was shortened by a broken hamate bone.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2014 at 07:37 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, brandon moss, indians, trade rumors

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-2-2014

Washington Times, December 2, 1914:

The most cruel cut of all for the Feds was the headline “Feds Will Try to Rival Naps in Cleveland.”

Cleveland baseball: More than a century of being a punchline.

Willie Horton Hears The Who (Dan Lee) Posted: December 02, 2014 at 07:52 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, indians

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Kershaw (unanimous), Kluber win Cy Young Awards

AL voting:

Player, Team
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Points
 
Corey Kluber,  Indians17112169
Felix Hernandez,  Mariners1317159
Chris Sale, White Sox2195378
Jon Lester, Red Sox/Athletics315746
Max Scherzer,  Tigers46832
David Price, Rays/Tigers23416
Phil Hughes,  Twins146
Wade Davis, Royals33
Greg Holland, Royals11

NL voting:

Player, Team
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Points
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers30210
Johnny Cueto,  Reds2361112
Adam Wainwright, Cardinals72397
Madison Bumgarner, Giants13228
Jordan Zimmermann,  Nationals17825
Cole Hamels,  Phillies6517
Zack Greinke, Dodgers226
Doug Fister,  Nationals135
Jake Arrieta,  Cubs33
Craig Kimbrel,  Braves33
Stephen Strasburg,  Nationals33
Henderson Alvarez,  Marlins11
The District Attorney Posted: November 12, 2014 at 06:55 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, clayton kershaw, corey kluber, cy young award, dodgers, indians

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Should Cleveland Indians trade prospect Francisco Lindor? Hey, Hoynsie! | cleveland.com

Q/A with Paul Hoynes.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2014 at 10:00 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: indians

Monday, November 03, 2014

Terry’s Talkin’ about the Cleveland Indians, Carlos Santana and the search for power—Terry Pluto | cleveland.com

The Indians don’t intend to open the season with Francisco Lindor in the Majors. They believe he can use more time at Class AAA. That means Jose Ramirez starts at shortstop, with Jason Kipnis at second base. Aviles is the backup at both positions.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 09:56 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos santana, francisco lindor, indians, mike aviles, zach walters

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