Roberto Perez

Dual Threat: Digging into the Tribe’s Back Stops

The Cleveland Indians head into the 2016 with a talented and deep roster. Part of the talent includes having two catchers on the 25-man roster who are very good at their craft. Together, both are a formidable duel and proven assets to a team in contention. In fact, many teams would love to have two […]


Byrd Is The Word In Goodyear

With the exception of Michael Brantley making his 2016 playing debut, Byrd was the word in Goodyear on Thursday. Several sources announced the signing of the 38 year old to a minor league deal, pending a physical at the time of this publication. At 38, most players with Byrd’s skill set join Adam LaRoche to enjoy […]


Central Division Showdown: Minnesota Twins

After a very slow start and successfully stemming a run of four straight seasons with 92 losses or more, the youthful Twins hope to build on those gains with an even stronger postseason push in 2016. It will not be easy, however. Of course, the world series champion Kansas City Royals are in the same […]


It’s All About Who You Play: Analyzing The 2016 Schedule.

Perhaps it’s because I’m a fan of (and occasional analyst of) college football, but I have paid a lot more attention to schedule strength over the past few seasons. Because of the varying strength of conferences, and the elective nature of non-conference scheduling, you have to take into account the caliber of a team’s opponents […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 27: Josh Tomlin #43 of the Cleveland Indians delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning on July 27, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

An act of stability: Extending Josh Tomlin

During a month when instability continued to rock the other Cleveland sports franchises, the Indians proved that they are not like the rest. The Indians on Tuesday announced they have signed Josh Tomlin to a two-year extension with a club option for 2018. Zack Meisel of confirmed that $2.25 million, a figure agreed upon nearly two […]

Conor Marab

Steve McCatty: An Asset To Lake County

With the snow falling in Eastlake, Ohio,  the news was announced with little fanfare. As with every offseason in a minor league city, a new coaching staff is brought in to help develop the young prospects that will pass through it in the spring and summer. Assuming that organizations are serious about their assets, the […]

TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 1: Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians slides safely into second base with a double in the eighth inning during MLB game action as he evades the tag by Ryan Goins #17 of the Toronto Blue Jays on September 1, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Fransisco Lindor and the Improbable Double

In a 162 game season, the trees can sometimes get lost through the forest. There are hits, diving stops, catches against the outfield wall and curve balls thrown against cleanup hitters that do not get remembered. The plays, although important,  make up the sum of the whole which is the longest regular season in sports. […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 15: Roberto Perez #55 of the Cleveland Indians warms up in the fourth inning during MLB game action against the Minnesota Twins on August 15, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Andy Clayton-King/Getty Images)

The Value Of Roberto Perez And The Backup Backstop

Baseball writers often observe that the sport’s extended schedule more closely resembles a marathon than a sprint, but at least one position player on the field would be hard-pressed to compete in a race of any distance. Beginning in Little League, catchers are selected for their girth, arm strength, and tolerance for pain and discomfort, […]

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23:  Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the New York Yankees during their game at Yankee Stadium on August 23, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Analyzing The 2016 Cleveland Indians ZIPS Projections: What They Tell Us.

The big news in Cleveland sports Tuesday was the hiring of Paul Depodesta by the Cleveland Browns. As the Chief Strategy Officer, the former baseball executive will head the analytics department in hopes of contributing to the turnaround of the hapless franchise. Much like what the release of  Michael Lewis’ book Moneyball did for baseball, […]

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 30:  Juan Uribe #2 of the New York Mets follows through on a sixth inning two run double against the Boston Red Sox at Citi Field on August 30, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Tribe Targets: Juan Uribe

As the Indians continue to search for another right-handed bat to supplement the lineup, a name is brought up that might have fans rolling their eyes. However, a closer inspection would indicate that the Indians are on the verge of adding an above average player. It was reported the club is talking to free agent […]

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 29:  Tom Gorzelanny #32 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the fourth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 29, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Tom Gorzelanny And The Importance Of Southpaws

A week after the Indians signed lefty reliever Joe Thatcher to a minor league contract, another southpaw signed on the “dotted line,” giving the club another option out of the bullpen. Tom Gorzelanny signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training back in December. The 33-year-old spent last season with the Tigers […]

HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 12:  Joe Thatcher #54 of the Houston Astros pitches in the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on June 12, 2015 in Houston, Texas. Houston won 10-0.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Joe Thatcher: An Underrated Pickup That Will Help The Bullpen

In typical fashion, the Cleveland Indians acquired an unheralded player they hope can be a difference maker on the 25-man roster. It’s a move that did not garner headlines in December but once everybody realizes the team-friendly deal the Indians were able to pull off, will come to see the light. They desperately needed left-handed […]

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 18:  Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians throws a pitch during the second inning of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 18, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

The 12 Days Of A Cleveland Indians Christmas

Yes, there have been multiple parodies of the song “The 12 Days Of Christmas.” Some good. Some bad. Almost all ugly. The holiday season would not be complete, though, without hearing some adaptation of the song at least once. It constitutes a festive atmosphere, especially when family and friends gather, and calls for the best […]

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 18:  Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians congratulates Yan Gomes #10 after hitting a three run home run in the top of the seventh inning of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 18, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cleveland defeated Cincinnati 9-4. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Cleveland North Of The Border: The New Toronto Front Office.

When former club president Mark Shapiro left to take on a larger role with the Toronto Blue Jays, it was close to a foregone conclusion that general manager Alex Anthopoulos would not survive the change in power. This is usually the case in all avenues of corporate America and Major League Baseball teams are not […]

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)

A Perfect Match: Bryan Shaw and the Indians

Indians manager Terry Francona loves relievers and set-up man Bryan Shaw loves to pitch. A perfect match that Tinder couldn’t have produced , right? Shaw has made 224 appearances for Francona and the Indians over the last three seasons. In 2014,  he pitched in a club-record 80 games and became the first Indians reliever to lead the […]