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CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20:  Giovanny Urshela #39 of the Cleveland Indians watches from the dugout against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of their game on September 20, 2015 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.   The Indians defeated the White Sox 6-3.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

In Urshela We Trust?

There are some questions when discussing exactly who will regularly man third base for the Cleveland Indians in 2016. The most logical choice right now is the slick-fielding Giovanny Urshela, who at age 24 will most likely be given the opportunity to open the season at the position. Yes, a guy like Todd Frazier would have been […]

ST PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 4:  Joey Butler #9 of the Tampa Bay Rays rounds third base after a home run during the fifth inning of game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field on October 4, 2015 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images)

Joey Butler: More Than Just a No Hit Spoiler

On July 1st, 2015, Carlos Carrasco pitched as well as any pitcher in Major League baseball history for eight innings. Unfortunately, he began the ninth with a walk and a hit batter before left fielder Joey Butler ended his no hitter with an RBI single to center that ended Carrasco’s day. The Indians still got […]

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 […]

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Wes Ferrell: The Tribe’s Forgotten Great

In our third installment of “Why They Should Be In The Hall,” I take a look at Wes Ferrell, one of the best pitchers to ever play for the Tribe. Ferrell played 15 professional seasons, 7 of them with the Indians, the most he’d play for any team. Unfortunately for Ferrell and his time with […]

CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 6: Todd Frazier #21 of the Cincinnati Reds doubles to center field to drive in two runs in the first inning of the game against the San Diego Padres at Great American Ball Park on June 6, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Circling the Central: December 2015

The American League Central Division has been the home for some of the best off-the-field action this winter with perhaps the biggest splash in December within the division was the Chicago White Sox trading for third baseman Todd Frazier from the Cincinnati Reds. So let’s start this Central Division roundup discussing the move that could […]

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 […]

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 30:  Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians fields a ground ball hit off the bat of Billy Burns (not pictured) of the Oakland Athletics for a single during the first inning at O.co Coliseum on July 30, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Lots of Lindor for your Liking

We already did a top 10 defensive plays list for the Indians this year, but that in and of itself did not feature quite enough Francisco. For the sake of it being the middle of Winter, here are the top ten plays by Francisco Lindor alone from his rookie season with some interspersed facts and […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 11: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians hits an RBI single during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Progressive Field on August 11, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Carlos Santana

Top 5 Indians Games to Rewatch this Winter

I know it’s cold and baseball still seems so far away, so my gift to all of you is to remind you of Summer. Last Summer in fact and I’ll do so by providing you with some of the most entertaining games from the last Cleveland Indians seasons. Just because they didn’t make the play-offs […]

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 […]

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 12:  Mike Napoli #25 of the Texas Rangers grounds into a seventh inning double play against the Toronto Blue Jays in game four of the American League Division Series at Globe Life Park in Arlington on October 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

How Davis & Napoli Change the Tribe’s Financial Situation

While generally known as one of the cheapest franchises in baseball (they have been in the bottom eight in team salary each of the past five years), the Indians made some surprising moves last week that should ensure they don’t begin the 2016 season with a payroll below $70M. On the surface, it may seem […]

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 6: Starter Josh Tomlin #43 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the second inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field on May 6, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.   (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Will the Little Cowboy Ride Again?

Last season, Josh Tomlin was asked to plug the leak that was the back-end of the starting rotation, and surprisingly, he did just that and more. Through 10 starts, Tomlin posted a 3.02 ERA and the Indians won 8 of the game he pitched. He pitched 2 complete games in those 10 starts, more than […]

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 26: Jesus Aguilar #36 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning of their game on July 26, 2015 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The White Sox defeated the Indians 2-1. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Will there ever be a place for Jesus Aguilar?

When a player is young, he dreams of being in game seven of the World Series.  He dreams of making that final catch or walk-off home run to end the game and run to the infield with the rest of his team, completely overcome with the best feeling of shock in their lives.  While listening […]

TORONTO, CANADA - AUGUST 30: Rajai Davis #20 of the Detroit Tigers gets back to second base safely on a pick-off attempt in the sixth inning during MLB game action as Ryan Goins #17 of the Toronto Blue Jays handles the throw on August 30, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

How Yesterday’s News Changes Tomorrow’s Tribe

After two months of relative quiet, the Indians made two big signings yesterday, bringing in veteran free agents Mike Napoli and Rajai Davis. The deals came out very shortly after the three team trade of Todd Frazier to Chicago took place making it seem as if the Indians were awaiting the results of that deal […]

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 12:  Mike Napoli #25 of the Texas Rangers grounds into a seventh inning double play against the Toronto Blue Jays in game four of the American League Division Series at Globe Life Park in Arlington on October 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Tribe Adds Mike Napoli

The Indians finally added a right-handed power bat; it just wasn’t the one that fans had hoped for. Just over an hour after the Cincinnati Reds dealt Todd Frazier to the Chicago White Sox, the Indians were active singing free agent 1B/DH Mike Napoli to a reported 1-year, $7MM deal with up to $3MM obtainable via […]

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