CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 02:  An exterior view of stadium prior to the American League Wild Card game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on October 2, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The Browns & Cavs Could Learn a Lesson from the Tribe

On October 8, 2012, the Cleveland Indians introduced Terry Francona as the 42nd manager in franchise history. Since then Francona has led the Indians to three straight winning seasons, including a playoff appearance in his first year on the job, a 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL Wildcard game. While the […]

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 […]

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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 […]


All-Time Indians: Charlie Spikes

Name: Leslie Charles Spikes Position: Right Field     Number: 24 Tribe Time: 1973-1977 DOB: 01/23/1951 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1974) 155 568 63 154 23 1 22 80 34 100 10 7 .271 .431 .271 .702 Indians Career 539 […]


Covering All the Bases – Lou Boudreau

Much has been written about baseball players throughout the history of the sport, but it has only been recently that every other minor league journeyman has felt they had the need and ability to write their story down in book form. For the greats of the past, far fewer autobiographies exist, a sad fact given […]


Top 10 Indians Who Got Away

While I generally focus on the great work that players did for the Cleveland Indians in these top ten lists, this one is focusing on the effort former Indians made for other teams after leaving, particularly focusing on how they left. Over the decades, the Indians have been referred to as a farm team for […]

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. […]


All-Time Indians: Joe Heving

Name: Joseph William Heving Position: Closer Tribe Time: 1937-38, 1941-44 DOB: 09/02/1900 Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SV IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (1944) 8 3 .727 1.96 63 1 0 10 119.2 106 26 2 41 46 1.23 .229 Indians Career 28 14 .667 3.16 190 […]

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01:  Salvador Perez (R) #13 of the Kansas City Royals reacts in the clubhouse as manager Ned Yost (L) #3 of the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Royals owner David D. Glass look on after the Kansas City Royals defeat the New York Mets to win Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Mets with a score of 7 to 2 to win the World Series.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Indians World Series Odds at 25:1

As much as we trust Fangraphs for their projections of the upcoming MLB season, there is another source that sees value in predicting the future although they aren’t as unbiased as a computer simulation. Betting odds vary from one location to another, but in general are all similar and this year the Indians started off […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 24: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two RBI double during the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on June 24, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Optimizing the 2016 Indians Line-Up

It is no secret that the Indians needed to add some offensive muscle after the 2015 season ended. Fans cried out for a “right-handed power bat” like their lives depended on it, hoping some tweet or Facebook post would touch a nerve in the front office and inspire a game changer. To be honest, power […]


All-Time Indians: Harry Bemis

Name: Harry Parker Bemis Position: Catcher Tribe Time: 1902-1910 DOB: 02/01/1874 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SB OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1902) 93 317 42 99 12 7 1 29 128 19 3 .366 .404 .312 .770 Indians Career 704 2229 214 569 92 29 5 234 […]

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)

Avoiding Arbitration Works Best For Tribe

The Cleveland Indians have once again avoided proceeding to arbitration with any players on the roster. Reaching agreement on one-year contracts for 2016 were Cody Allen ($4.15M), Lonnie Chisenhall ($2.725M), Bryan Shaw ($2.75M), Josh Tomlin ($2.25M), Zach McAllister ($1.3M) and Jeff Manship ($760,000). In what is typical fashion for the front office, the Tribe was able […]

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 30:  Pitching coach Charles Nagy of the Arizona Diamondbacks talks with catcher Miguel Montero #26 in the dugout during the game against the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field on August 30, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Giants defeated the Diamondbacks 1-0.  (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

Where Are They Now? Former Tribesmen Coaching Around MLB

The Indians have been noted much lately for their prolific production of front office staff members (including Paul DePodesta now of the Cleveland Browns), but the success in leadership extends far beyond the top decision makers. Of course, Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins were recently acquired by Toronto to be their president and GM, but […]


Top 10 Advanced A Indians 1990-2015

Advanced A is the newest level of the minor leagues as the first ever Indians affiliate was created in 1990, the Kinston (North Carolina) Indians. This level allows the Major League team to house another 25 minor leaguers and giving them an extra transitional step between single A and AA. From 1990 through 2011 the […]