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First Cut 2015

One of the fun (for the fans) and valuable (for the players) aspects of Spring Training is that all members of the 40 man roster and many other minor leaguers are invited to Major League camp where they get to work with Major League trainers and coaches and play along side Major League players in […]

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First Cuts: Potential 25 Man Roster Update 3/18

The most recent update on the Indians 25 man roster includes two big losses due to injuries and ten lesser deletions due to the first round of cuts. From the original massive group, things are slightly more simple now with just 52 players left in camp. New additions and promotions are marked in green while […]

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 29: Michael Brantley #23 of the Cleveland Indians dives back into first base as Jeff Keppinger #7 of the Chicago White Sox takes the pick-off attempt during the second inning on June 29, 2013 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

The Perfect Machine: Improving the Pace of Play in Baseball. Part III

It has been noted that Major League Baseball is making an effort to improve the pace of play of games this upcoming season. Incoming commissioner Rob Manfred is making it a mandate that players, managers and umpires speed up the game to make it more enticing to the younger fan. Although the new rule changes […]

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The Perfect Machine: Improving The Pace Of Play In Baseball. Part II

An idea has taken root among baseball fans in the last 40 years that baseball is a kind of “perfect machine” which maintains its form and balance through it’s own internal system of checks and balances. It is a form of nostalgia and delight in knowing that after 150 years of professional baseball, third-basemen are […]

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Why The Spring is Just Long Enough

With 29 games games scheduled for Spring Training this year, when a lineup featuring Ryan Raburn hitting third, Destin Hood playing left field and Jerry Sands on an almost daily basis comes up, it is understandable that some fans may think the Spring is just a little too long. If every game is important, why […]

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 05:  Starting pticher Chris Sale #49 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the San Diego Padres during the spring training game at Camelback Ranch on March 5, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Central Showdown: Indians vs White Sox

After a second straight disappointing season in which they finished well below .500 (73-89), the Chicago White Sox were one of the most active teams in all of baseball this off-season, landing some of the biggest names in the process. The trade for Jeff Samardzija and the signings of David Robertson and Adam LaRoche will […]

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The perfect machine: Improving the pace of play in baseball. Part I

When Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred took over for the retiring Bud Selig this past off season, one aspect of the game he wanted to improve was the pace of play. In a February press conference, he stated: “The issue of attracting a younger audience and a pace of game is related… I have […]

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Can Zach Walters Play Third Base?

When the Indians traded for Zach Walters last year, it was a bit of a something for nothing trade. Asdrubal Cabrera was hurting the team through his defense more than he was helping offensively and Walters was the Nationals top power hitting prospect, so position didn’t really enter into it. During his short time during […]

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3/7 Spring Injury Update

The Indians are about a week into Spring games and there are a few notable players that have been conspicuously absent from action. To this point, Jason Kipnis, Nick Swisher, Brandon Moss and Gavin Floyd have been yet to play in real game action, despite accounting for $29.5M in 2015 salaries, due to injuries sustained […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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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 […]

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 […]

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