TORONTO, CANADA - AUGUST 31: Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians advances safely to third base on a fielder's choice in the first inning during MLB game action as Josh Donaldson #20 of the Toronto Blue Jays cannot hold on to the ball on August 31, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

8/31 Recap: Welcome to Toronto, Mark

Player of the Game Danny Salazar was electric tonight, striking out ten in seven innings. The only two runs allowed by the young star were because of his own poor defensive plays (more on that later) as otherwise he shut out one of the best offenses in baseball over the other six. He allowed just […]

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How Will The Tribe’s Expanded Roster Look?

On Tuesday, September 1, the MLB roster capacity will expand from 25 to 40. This will give the Indians, and every other major league baseball team, the ability to add to their active roster. As it sits right now, the Indians have 41 men listed on their 40 man roster. However, because Gavin Floyd and […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 30: Lonnie Chisenhall #8 and Michael Brantley #23 celebrate with Abraham Almonte #35 of the Cleveland Indians after Almonte hit a grand slam during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Progressive Field on August 30, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

This Week in Tribe 8/31-9/6: Playoffs? Is the Magic Back?

The Cleveland Indians are the hottest team in baseball with a five-game winning streak that has put the team back into playoff contention. Winning eight of the last 10 including sweeps at home against the Angels and Brewers has allowed the Tribe (63-66) to move up to 5 games behind the Texas Rangers (68-61) for […]

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A Change Is Going To Come: Shapiro To Blue Jays

Unless you have been sleeping until football season starts, the rumors of Indians president Mark Shapiro becoming the President of the Toronto Blue Jays have been hot the past week. A shock to some, it was only a matter of time before one of the most sought-after executives left Cleveland to pursue another opportunity. On […]

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Need for Speed: 2015 AZL Indians Season in Review

The Arizona Rookie league is split into two seasons for play-off purposes (the three division winners in both the first and second half make it to the post-season), but it should be for analysis purposes as well. In the first half the team is largely comprised of left-overs from the previous season and last year’s […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 29: Yan Gomes #10 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam during the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Progressive Field on August 29, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

8/29 Recap: Indians Offense Erupts With Gomes Grand Slam

Player of the Game Yan Gomes came up with a huge grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Indians a commanding 8-3 lead and broke open what had been a close, well-pitched game to that point. Gomes’ blast followed a clutch double by Carlos Santana that broke a 3-3 tie […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 26: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians scores on a single by Lonnie Chisenhall #8 during the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Progressive Field on August 26, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Stupid, Crazy Optimism

Ever since the Indians went into the All-Star break sitting behind eight teams in the Wild Card race and then even more so after they went on to lose six in a row to the White Sox and Royals I have been firmly in the camp of waiting for 2016. At that moment it looked […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 28: Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Progressive Field on August 26, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Trevor Bauer

8/28 Recap: Tribe Uses Late Rally to Take 3rd Straight

Player of the Game Trevor Bauer hurled his second straight great start after a hiccough of two very poor ones in a row. Tonight he used more of a pitch-to-contact strategy to keep his pitch count down, allowing him to stay in the game for eight innings. In those, he struck out seven while allowing […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 13: Trevor Bauer #47 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning of their game on August 13, 2015 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Yankees defeated the Indians 8-6.   (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

What Happened to the Quality Start & Why It Shouldn’t Disappear

In the current war between traditionalists and sabrmetricians, there have been a few casualties. Families have been driven apart by the usefulness of OBP over AVG and severe insults are hurled every day on twitter against and in defense of WAR. One of the casualties rarely noticed has been the quality start. The Quality Start […]

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Eight Men Out – Eliot Asinof

One of the oldest and most important stories in baseball history is that of the Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series, found in written form by Eliot Asinof in his 1963 telling and in movie form Eight Men Out from 1988. To begin, know that this is a novel and not necessarily an […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 26: Starting pitcher Cody Anderson #56 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Progressive Field on August 26, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

8/26 Recap: Anderson Solid in Return, Bats Keep Heating Up

Roster Update: Rather than try to go with a four man rotation or reduced bullpen for the next five games, Carlos Carrasco has officially been placed on the 15 Day DL with right shoulder soreness. It doesn’t appear to be too series, as nothing came up in the MRI and the Indians will try to […]

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Ryan Perez & The Scrappers Are Switching Things Up

Do you know what “hustle” is? Last night as I struggled to perfect this article, I found a piece of writing explaining it through the mind of a ball player.  Hustle is not just an action of going from one base to the other, but a state of mind and an attitude that brings together […]

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