KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 28:  Yordano Ventura #30 of the Kansas City Royals reacts against the San Francisco Giants during Game Six of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Central Showdown: Indians vs Royals

The Royals have been the stomping mat of the American League Central since it’s inception in 1994, finishing third or worst every season from 1996 through 2014 including eight last place finishes. During that span, Kansas City finished above Cleveland just two times (2012 and 2003) prior to 2014. Of course, things changed finally in […]

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3/5 Spring Training Recap

Another injured Indians star returned to the lineup today in what was generally an uneventful Spring Training game as Michael Brantley started in left field and went 0-3 at the plate. Brantley strained his back a few days ago and had been held out of practice, but seemed to be moving fine on the field […]

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 7: Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after a throwing error on first baseman Carlos Santana allowed Billy Hamilton of the Cincinnati Reds to score a run in the first inning of the game at Great American Ball Park on August 7, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Where Does Lonnie Fit In?

Of all the Indians’ young players, no one’s future is more uncertain than Lonnie Chisenhall’s. Despite coming off of a very productive 2014 season in which he hit .280/.343/.427, 13 home runs and drove in 59 RBI for a 121 wRC+, Chisenhall has found himself in a situation where 2015 could be his last as the […]

3/4 Spring Training Recap

Today was a chance for Tribe fans to see a few future Indians as the only expected 2015 starter to play was Michael Bourn with just Ryan Raburn and Roberto Perez joining him in the lineup as probable 25 man roster players for Opening Day. Of other players searching for a job this Spring, Zach […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 19: Aaron Hicks #32 of the Minnesota Twins makes a catch in center field of the ball hit by Michael Bourn #24 of the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of the game on September 19, 2014 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The Argument for Flipping the Michaels

With most of the roster decided before pitchers and catchers even reported and few real new additions to talk about, relatively unimportant positional debates can begun earlier than normal. In this particular case, it is the argument that Michael Bourn and Michael Brantley should be flipped in the outfield, despite Brantley’s “comfort level” and Bourn’s […]

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Spring Training Opening Day Recap

It was a fairly big day in the Cleveland Indians season today as single game tickets for the regular season went on sale (and sold out in ten minutes) and the team played it’s first game since last September. While the team lost 10-0, that will likely be the least important score of any Indians […]

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Spring Training Opening Day!

Another milestone in the race for the regular season will be passed today as the Cleveland Indians will play their first official Spring Training game against the Cincinnati Reds. Since the two teams share the stadium, they will play the entire first series against each other, despite the fact that no other team will play […]

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Potential 25 Man Roster 3/3 Update

Keeping things updated as training progresses, the latest group looks a lot like the original published last month. While the expected starters haven’t generally changed, there have been quite a few more contenders added including a large group of minor leaguers already within the system who have garnered invites and a few more free agent […]

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All-Time Indians: Tony Horton

Name: Anthony Darrin Horton Position: First Base Tribe Time: 1967-1970 Number: 11 Accolades: Top 27 MVP (1970) DOB: 12/06/1944 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1969) 159 625 77 174 25 4 27 93 37 91 3 3 .319 .461 .278 .780 […]

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 27: Johnny Cueto #47 of the Cincinnati Reds celebrates after an 8th inning strikeout against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on April 27, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Central Showdown: Indians vs. Reds

While the rest of the team to team comparisons posted under the “Central Showdown” title will be about the Indians rivals in the American League Central Division, we will start with Cleveland’s primary Spring Training rival, the National League Cincinnati Reds, the only team they will play more than twice. The following is a breakdown […]

DETROIT, MI - JULY 18:  Pitcher Cody Allen #37 of the Cleveland Indians is congratulated by manager Terry Francona #17 after a 9-3 win over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on July 18, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

A Look At The Tribe’s Bullpen

Last season, the Indians’ bullpen was one of the team’s greatest assets and, despite having no real high profile names, it was one of the best bullpens in all of baseball. The pen’s 3.12 ERA ranked 7th in all of baseball, as did their 504 strikeouts. It was also one of the most used bullpens […]

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Tribe Time Now Episode 3

In the third episode of More Than A Fan Cleveland’s Tribe Time Now podcast, it was Ryan Thompson and Joe Coblitz again for another hour of Indians brilliance. We discussed some of last week’s round table, especially the constant optimism of everyone in Cleveland and the changes within the AL Central. Michael Brantley and Carlos […]

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All-Time Indians: Dennis Martinez

Name: Jose Dennis Emilia Martinez Position: Starting Pitcher Tribe Time: 1994-1996 Number: 32 Accolades: 1995 All-Star DOB: 05/14/1954 Stats W L W% ERA GS CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1995) 12 5 .706 3.08 28 3 2 187.0 174 64 17 46 99 1.18 .237 Career 32 17 […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 10: Catcher Yan Gomes #10 of the Cleveland Indians throws out Emilio Bonifacio #64 of the Kansas City Royals at first during the seventh inning at Progressive Field on September 10, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

A Deeper Look Into the Indians Catchers

In 2014, there was a lot of confusion behind the plate on days that Yan Gomes didn’t start. The Indians began the year with none but Carlos Santana, who was also the starting third baseman, available as the reserve catcher, but it didn’t take long for that plan to fail. In addition, George Kottaras, Roberto […]

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