ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 10:  Jonathan Lucroy #25 of the Texas Rangers points to the dugout as he rounds the bases after a 2 run home run in the eighth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 10, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Looking Back at the Trade that Never Was

Almost two months after the debunked Jonathan Lucroy trade Roberto Perez and Chris Gimenez have combined to bat .232/.302/.535 during August and September. In Texas, meanwhile, Jonathan Lucroy is hitting .288/.345/.557 (through 09/19). There haven’t yet been serious repercussions, but I believe that the Indians’ franchise fortunes took a nasty, long-term turn for the worse at […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 21: Jose Ramirez #11 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hitting an RBI double during the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field on September 21, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Jose Ramirez

9/21 Recap: Indians Eliminate Royals Behind JRaMVP & Cy Kluber

Player of the Game With 4 hits tonight, Carlos Santana played an important role in officially eliminating the Kansas City Royals from winning the division. He pushed the Tribe’s lead to 4-2 with an RBI single in the eighth. The RBI turned out to be huge as Cody Allen gave up a leadoff homer to […]

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Baseball & Brews: Broken Bones

This week on Cleveland Baseball and Brews, best friend Brad (@BradWojdyla) and I (@cle_itisgone) broke the number one rule of our show: don’t talk about football. And we did! But just a little bit. Back on topic, we covered he current injuries that have plagued the Tribe and possibly hindered their chances at a solid […]

TORONTO, CANADA - JUNE 30: Rajai Davis #20 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates their victory with Michael Martinez #1 (L) and Tyler Naquin #30 (R) during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 30, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Rajai Davis;Michael Martinez;Tyler Naquin

Optimizing the Indians’ Outfield Now and in the Future

All season long, the Cleveland Indians’ outfield has been a mix-and-match job for Terry Francona. During the season’s first half, Jose Ramirez and Marlon Byrd made many appearances in the outfield for the Tribe, but in the second gave way to Abraham Almonte, Brandon Guyer and, more recently, Coco Crisp. At the same time, Rajai Davis, Lonnie Chisenhall and […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 18: Brandon Guyer #6 of the Cleveland Indians hits an RBI double to score Carlos Santana #41(not pictured) against the Detroit Tigers in the second inning at Progressive Field on September 18, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

9/20 Recap: Tribe Beats KC at their Old Game With Strong Defense, Bullpen

Roster Update: In likely the final roster update until the play-offs, the Indians added Adam Plutko to the active roster, largely to help out with Carlos Carrasco now out for the season with a broken hand. At the moment, the Indians are not planning on using Plutko until Saturday, which is a scheduled bullpen start […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 11: Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on September 11, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Series preview 9/20-22: Tribe Looks to Eliminate KC

The Cleveland Indians continue to take an all hands-on-deck approach while moving closer to clinching the American League Central Division. The Tribe now stands at (86-63) and made big progress last week against the Detroit Tigers (79-70) by lowering the magic number to clinch at seven and enjoy a seven-game lead with 13 games to play. […]

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Sept 17: The day Cleveland Indians still had a 99.7% chance at winning the Central

Editors note: The first part of this article is 100% fictitious satire. All quotes are completely made up. None of these players were interviewed for this piece and did not make any of these comments. It’s just one man’s attempt at some humor. When Cleveland Indians’ starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco took a liner from Detroit Tigers second basemen Ian […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 18:Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians rounds the bases on a solo home run against the Detroit Tigers in the sixth inning at Progressive Field on September 18, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Carlos Santana

9/18 Recap: Tribe Offense Can’t Overcome Bauer’s Erratic Start

Player of the Game On a day where Trevor Bauer struggled to keep Detroit off of the board, the Indians needed all the offense they could get. Carlos Santana did his best to keep Cleveland in the game, going 2-4 with a double and a home run. Santana’s home run – his 32nd this year […]

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Akron Finishes Roller Coaster Season with Eastern League Title

2016 was a very peculiar season that saw the Akron RubberDucks look like one of professional baseball’s best teams and also one of its worst. Specifically, Akron stormed to a 37-15 record through the end of May, but went a woeful 8-22 in June and 10-18 in July. As a result, it appeared Akron wouldn’t […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 13: Mike Clevinger #52 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the first inning at Progressive Field on August 13, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mike Clevinger

Next Man Up: The New Look Tribe Rotation

Another win but another damaging injury Saturday for the Indians. Carlos Carrasco, the Indians’ No. 2 starting pitcher, will miss the rest of the season after breaking his right hand when hit by a line drive off the bat of Detroit’s Ian Kinsler on the second pitch of a 1-0, 10-inning victory over the Tigers. The […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 17: Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after being hit by a line drive by Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers in the first inning at Progressive Field on September 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

9/17 Recap: Tribe Bullpen Pitches Shut Out as Indians Walk Off in 11

Player of the Game With two innings pitched, three strike outs and no batters reaching base, Andrew Miller will accept this award on behalf of the entire Indians bullpen. Feathers Up The worst thing that could have possibly happened in this game, Carlos Carrasco getting hurt before an out was recorded, happened and the Indians […]

Haase works out pitchers during minor league Spring Training in Goodyear, Arizona 2016. - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

RubberDucks Sweep Trenton to Win Eastern League Title

Sports fans everywhere know that peaking at the right time is essential to winning championships. After The Akron RubberDucks started their season 37-15 but went on to combine for just 18 wins between June and July, it had appeared the Ducks had played their best baseball at the wrong part of the season. However, Akron […]

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 16: Jason Kipnis #22 celebrates with Mike Napoli #26 of the Cleveland Indians after both scored on a homer by Napoli during the fifth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field on September 16, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

9/16 Recap: Sloppy Defense & Mike Napoli Move Magic Number to 9

Injury Updates: As mentioned in the post-game last night, Yan Gomes was hit by a pitch in the hand during the AA Akron Rubberducks play-off game on Wednesday. His x-rays came back positive and he has a broken wrist. While the Indians haven’t announced a recovery time table, the normal the recovery time for a […]

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