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OAKLAND, CA - JULY 31:  Manager Terry Francona #17 of the Cleveland Indians looks on from the end of the dugout against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the six inning at O.co Coliseum on July 31, 2015 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Like Him or Not, Francona Gets Things Done

Terry Francona is a very divisive figure among Indians fans. Many in the more emotional crowd follow his every move blindly as the works of the genius who brought Boston their first World Championship in nearly 100 years. Other, more statistically inclined fans find fault in the Tribe’s manager daily. In particular, his love of […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 28:  Zach Walters #6 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates with Tyler Holt #62 after hitting a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the second inning of their game on September 28, 2014 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Indians defeated the Rays 7-2. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

The Anatomy Of A Good Swap: A Primer For The Trade Deadline

With the trade season beginning, it is important to understand the rationality behind why teams make decisions that will affect the trajectory of their organization for this season and seasons to come. The goal in any mid season trade is to maximize value between contending and rebuilding teams. In this article, I am going to take […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  APRIL 6: Left fielder Jose Ramirez #11 and center fielder Tyler Naquin #30 of the Cleveland Indians drop a fly ball hit by Chris Young #30 of the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning at Progressive Field on April 6, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Jose Ramirez; Tyler Naquin

Reevaluating the Indians’ Outfield with Almonte on the Way

Entering the 2016 season, everyone and their mother knew the Cleveland Indians’ biggest weakness: their outfield. It was clear the Indians had holes to fill even before Michael Brantley was seriously injured and Abraham Almonte was suspended 80 games for testing positive for PEDs. Yet, even after losing Brantley and Almonte, the Indians front office […]

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 09:  Joba Chamberlain #62 of the Cleveland Indians pitches in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on May 09, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Does the Indians Bullpen Prefer Home Cooking or the Open Road

Bullpens are tricky. A lot of things can throw them off from year to year and even day to day. A unit that is generally the lowest paid throughout the club is often the most important yet the most volatile. There are those in Cleveland who cringe every time Bryan Shaw enters through the bullpen door, […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 2: A general stadium shot during the sixth inning of the game between the Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on June 2, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption ***

It is Time to Pay Attention to the Indians, Cleveland

Basketball season is over, but Cleveland’s reign as champions is just beginning. When the Cavaliers secured the city’s first major championship in 52 years on Sunday night, the people of Cleveland were more energized than perhaps ever before, and rightly so. The celebration Sunday night was 52 years in the making. The sweetness of a […]

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 13: Bryan Shaw #27 of the Cleveland Indians pitches in the seventh inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers on June 13, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

How To Talk To Your Friends and Family About The Indians Bullpen

Before you keep reading, know that this is a safe place. Everybody here is understanding. Nobody here will judge you. Really, because everybody is just as terrified as you are. Nothing ruins postseason dreams and deflates teams like a leaky bullpen. Ask the 2004 or 2006 Indians. Let’s stay away from the disaster that was Wednesday […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  APRIL 5: Yan Gomes #10 of the Cleveland Indians runs out an RBI single during the fourth inning of the opening day game against the Boston Red Sox at Progressive Field on April 5, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

A Partial Solution to a Partially Known Problem: Yan Gomes

Yan Gomes has been the Indians single most disappointing player this year and, considering his injury, possibly the last two seasons. Currently batting .167/.204/.339, there have been quite a few situations, especially in recent weeks, when the Indians have an important situation with Gomes at bat and things haven’t turned out very well. Early on […]

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The Difference a Defense Makes

For those who don’t remember (shame on you) today is the one year anniversary of Francisco Lindor‘s promotion and debut in Major League Baseball. In his one calendar year, he has played in 161 games, batted .308/.355/.468 with 34 doubles, five triples, 19 home runs, 90 runs scored, 84 RBI and 22 steals to three […]

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 19: at U.S. Cellular Field on May 19, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Indians defeated the White Sox 3-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ Getty Images)

The Decline Of The White Sox: Where It All Began

Chicago White Sox pitcher Mat Latos called his start Tuesday night “absolutely pathetic” as the Sox lost to the Nationals 10-5 to continue their descent from 13 games over .500 on May 9 to 30-30 less than one month later. Latos’ worst start of the season and a bad sixth inning from the Sox bullpen added […]

SEATTLE, WA - MAY 29:  Left fielder Dustin Ackley #13 of the Seattle Mariners makes a running catch of a deep fly ball off the bat of Michael Brantley of the Cleveland Indians  in the seventh inning at Safeco Field on May 29, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

How Hard are West Coast Road Trips?

The Indians will be heading to Seattle for the first time this season today and with it, the stigma of the ominous West Coast road trip. Because of the unbalanced nature of Major League Baseball (only two teams lie between Kansas and California with six more on the West Coast), most of the Indians games […]

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How James Shields Impacts the Central Race

If the best time to make a trade is when you’re buying low, the Chicago White Sox picked the perfect time to acquire James Shields from the San Diego Padres. On Saturday afternoon, the Padres traded the veteran righty to the White Sox, the clubs announced. Shields is due $56 million through the 2017-18 seasons and has been a […]

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 14:  Marlon Byrd #6 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates with Roberto Perez #55 after hitting a two-run home run off of pitcher Chris Archer #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning of a game on April 14, 2016 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

On This Episode Of ‘As The Indians Outfield Turns’, What’s Next?

The fact that the Indians spent a day in first place and have continued to compete without Michael Brantley in the lineup the majority of the season (and not himself in the 11 games he played) means they’ve either built a strong supporting cast or they’ve overachieved. Before games on June 1st, the Indians OF […]

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 18:  Rajai Davis #20 of the Cleveland Indians is congratulated by Francisco Lindor #12 after defeating the Cincinnati Reds 8-7 in twelve innings at Great American Ball Park on May 18, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

May 2016 Cleveland Indians Player Power Rankings

Below follow the Indians Player Power Rankings for the month of May. As always, players are ranked by their full season’s output, but judged on only their performance for the month. Every player will receive a rating of “Above,” “Even” or “Below” comparing their actual results to what we thought would happen. In addition, each player […]

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Spring Training Hindsight or Foresight

The Indians are on a roll right now, winning three of four from Chicago shortly after a four game sweep of Cincinnati to move to within a half game of first in the AL Central. The Indians should be pretty happy with their 25-20 record (which projects to a 90 win season) and their run […]

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All Things Considered; How Much is the Indians Payroll?

When we talk a team’s payroll, we usually start with just the 25 man roster. We have that listed on the ‘Contracts’ page and including players on the DL, it’s about $75.3M give or take a few million depending on who you count. Of course, we should also count guarantees no longer on the roster, […]

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