Built From Scratch

Built From Scratch: The Future of Indians Baseball

There are many ways to go about building a franchise from the big market method of waiting until players hit free agency in their prime and paying big, to scouring the international markets for 16 year old talent or trying to trade veterans for future stars, but the most relied upon method is the MLB […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 18: The Cleveland Indians grounds crew rolls out the tarp for a rain delay during the top of the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Progressive Field on June 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

6/18 Recap: Rain & A Good Bullpen Lead to Indians Win

Roster Update: As shown by the use of Ryan Raburn and David Murphy as relief pitchers in last night’s ballgame, the Indians bullpen was a little shallow, but that issue has been resolved. Shaun Marcum has possibly made his last start as an Indian as he was designated for assignment to make room for Kyle […]

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 18: Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning on May 18, 2015 at U. S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Revisiting the Response Run

Last month on the Tribe Time Now Weekend Update (episode #5 with Bob Toth), we discussed a common topic in the past few Indians seasons, the response run. It was a purely ad hoc argument with no real statistical analysis, the kind of thing that works on a podcast, but not in a full length […]

CLEVELAND, OH -  JUNE 17: Relief pitcher David Murphy #7 of the Cleveland Indians, who normally plays outfield, pitches during the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Progressive Field on June 17, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** David Murphy

6/17 Recap: Raburn and Murphy Platoon the 9th in Blowout

Player of the Game On a night where the game was over before it really got started and Ryan Raburn & David Murphy pitched, Giovanny Urshela wins the Player of the Game due to his tremendous defense. Urshela also went 1-3 tonight, sadly one of the better offensive performances for the Tribe. Feathers Up Giovanny […]

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Minor League Report #5: ‘Tis The Season For Promotions

For this installment of the Minor League Report, Danny Madden (@Danny_Madden) of DidTheTribeWinLastNight.com and Jake Dungan (@MajorLeagueJake) of IndiansBaseballInsider.com joined me to discuss Francisco Lindor and Giovanny Urshela‘s potential impact on the Indians the remainder of the season. We also discuss which Lynchburg Hillcats should be making the jump to Akron and whether Erik Gonzalez […]


6/16 Recap: No Lord Stanley Magic For The Cubs

Player of the Game Carlos Santana will win tonight’s honors. He went 2-3 with 2 hits and 4 RBI’s. If you do the hard math, he knocked in 2/3rds of the Indians runs this evening. Feathers Up The Indians made Jake Arrieta throw 28 pitches in the first inning. Santana ended the Indians 0-13 hit-less […]

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Burning River Infirmary 06/16: The saga of Nick Swisher’s Knee

Nick Swisher received an injection in his left knee Monday after being placed on the disabled list the previous day with left knee inflammation. Swisher underwent surgery on both knees and started the season on the DL and did not play until May 5th. Inflammation of the knee is also referred to as Patellar Tendonitis, […]

CHICAGO - JUNE 10:  Second baseman Ronnie Belliard #20 of the Cleveland Indians throws the ball from his knees to complete an unassisted double play against the Chicago White Sox on June 10, 2006 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Indians, 4-3, in 11 innings.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

What Does a Second Baseman Look Like?

Back in 2013, in his first year as Indians manager, Terry Francona said this about Tony Wolters according to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian: “During Spring Training, Indians manager Terry Francona mentioned to [bullpen coach Kevin] Cash that Wolters — a semi-regular fill-in during the late innings of Cactus League games — reminded him of Tigers catcher […]


This Week in Tribe 6/15-21: It’s Lindor Time!

The future is now for the Cleveland Indians as it was a week of change when the team’s two most prized prospects were finally promoted to the Major Leagues. Third baseman Giovanny Urshela and shortstop Francisco Lindor immediately bring a new look to the left side and likely a significant upgrade in the team’s defense. […]


All-Time Indians: Joe Azcue

Name: Jose Joaquin Lopez Azcue Position: Catcher Tribe Time: 1963-1969 Number: 6 Accolades: 1968 All-Star DOB: 08/18/1939 Stats G AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1963) 94 324 26 91 16 14 46 15 46 1 1 .314 .460 .281 .774 Career 594 1904 141 […]

Weekend Update 6/14: Defensive Prodigies

The weekend update went on without me this week as Jake Altman (@JimPeteEHC) from Everybody Hates Cleveland discuss the Indians’ lousy relationship with Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers. We followed this up with a lively discussion about the two newest Indians, Giovanny Urshela and Francisco Lindor. Enjoy the show! Make sure to next week’s show on […]


6/14 Recap: Tigers Pound Lifeless Tribe

Roster Update: Francisco Lindor is finally here, but he was not placed into the starting lineup for today’s game. Nick Swisher was placed on the 15-day DL, a move that could potentially be the final nail in the Nick Swisher coffin. He’s been battling knee issues for the last few days and it’s progressed to the […]

This Is Next Year 2015

Introducing The Dominican Summer League Indians

Over the past quarter century the Dominican Republic has been one of the most fertile breeding grounds for future MLB players. The DSL is a rookie-level minor league and the Indians’ affiliate is the unimaginatively named DSL Indians. As of this writing (June 13), the Indians have played just 12 games having started their season […]

GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 24: Francisco Lindor #67 of the Cleveland Indians poses for a portrait at Goodyear Ballpark on February 24, 2014 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Welcome To Cleveland, Mr. Lindor!

The day has finally come, the day every Indians fan has been waiting for since the season began. That’s right, Francisco Lindor has finally been promoted from Columbus to the Cleveland Indians and is set to join to the team tomorrow for the rubber match game in Detroit! Lindor, the Indians’ top prospect since the […]

DETROIT, MI - JUNE 13: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run to right field during the fourth inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers on June 13, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

6/13 Recap: Tribe battles to earn 5-4 win against Detroit

Roster Update: Reliever Scott Atchison was activated from the disabled list prior to the game as the Indians optioned right-hander C.C. Lee back to Triple-A Columbus. Lee was on the Indians roster for two days and pitched on June 12 against four Detroit batters. He allowed two hits and one run in 0.2 innings. Atchison […]