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Pitching Aplenty: A Dream Come True

When I dream about what a division winning Major League Baseball team looks like, I envision a club with a deep starting rotation and bullpen. After all, there is a good chance there will be multiple pitchers with injuries over the course of a 162 game schedule. A long season takes it toll on men […]

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Finding A Scorebook Number For Jason Kipnis

There is an impending dilemma the Indians front office will face at some point before the All-Star break this season. It’s one that 29 other clubs wish they had and while the Tribe’s decision makers aren’t complaining, they are embracing the difficult decision ahead: What to do with second-baseman Jason Kipnis when prospect Fransisco Lindor […]

Miguel Cabrera (left) and Justin Verlander look to continue the team's success in 2015.

Central Showdown: Detroit Tigers

Few, if any, major league teams could deal with the loses that have hit the Tigers and still remain competitive. They might not be the best team in baseball this season-not after losing key players like Max Scherzer, Torii Hunter and Rick Porcello- but they are still going to be competitive. Here’s why. Detroit still […]

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Central Show Down: Minnesota Twins

When Torii Hunter last played for the Twins, they were a Central Division heavyweight and opposing teams dreaded playing the scrappy team, particularly in the Metrodome. When he returns to the team he broke in with as a 21-year old outfielder this season, he’ll discover much has changed. The Twins have since relocated to Target […]

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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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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Spring Stats Primer

As we enter the second week of spring training exhibition play, it is important to remind everybody how much statistics are meaningless in March. Too often, the casual fan gets either too upset or excited when glancing at the preseason numbers. There are simply too many variables to consider that would warrant making conclusions based […]

Best & Worst AL Central Off-Season Moves

As we prepare for the start of the new season, teams across the country are looking to assemble their squads ready to handle the pressures of a full MLB campaign. Whether it’s Joe Maddon’s move to the Chicago Cubs or the decision by the Toronto Blue Jays to hand Russell Martin a monster new deal, there have […]

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The House Was A Rockin’, The Royals Weren’t Knockin’

Editors Note: This game was originally started on August 31st with all but one third of an inning played on that date. Only the bottom of the tenth was played today. Player of the Game Tribe starter T.J. House easily gets the award tonight. What a performance for a guy who took Justin Masterson’s spot […]

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A One-Game Beating

Player of the Game Lonnie Chisenhall wins this afternoon’s nod. He accounted for all three Indians runs with a two-run home run in the fifth inning and an RBI single in the sixth that pulled the Indians to within 6-3 at the time. Feathers Up Chisenhall temporarily put the Indians back into contention with a two-run […]

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This Is Next Year: The Captains Are Moving On!

Clippers 3 Durham Bulls 4 (Series tied 1-1) The Clippers had built a 3-2 lead for starter Tyler Cloyd, who pitched seven innings before turning matters over to J.C. Ramirez in the eighth. Ramirez had an easy eighth but walked Vince Belnome with one out in the ninth. Ray Olmedo came in as a pinch […]

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This Is Next Year: A Look At The Indians Affilaiates In The Playoffs.

Here are clippings from the Indians affiliates that are in the post season. Both the Clippers and Captains won while the Duck lost. Clippers 9 Durham Bulls 4 (Clippers lead 1-0) David Murphy, on a rehab assignment from the big league club, hit the first of three home runs that helped the Clippers top the Durham […]

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Regression To The Mean To Describe Corey Kluber and Cody Allen

In their past two outings, both Corey Kluber and Cody Allen have been less than stellar, especially considering the high stakes.  However, it is a matter of mere perception and regression to the mean rather than deteriorating talent. The concept of regression towards the mean is important in fields far beyond baseball. Wikipedia provides this […]

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Tyler Holt: Not To Be Confused With Torry Holt

Tyler Holt burst onto the scene this season at a time when the Indians need him. With injuries and inconsistent play from veterans Nick Swisher and Ryan Raburn, the young outfielder will play a vital role down the stretch if the team is to stay in contention. Although not entirely off the radar, Holt certainly […]

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