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Alexis Pantoja & Luke Wakamatsu: Defense Starts in the Middle

When the Indians had Omar Vizquel at short stop for more than a decade, they didn’t feel inclined to worry about the position. From 1994 through 2004, the Indians took exactly one short stop in each of the first four rounds of the draft and no others before round eight. Of 88 players chosen in […]

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

8/11 Recap: Indians Take Extra-Special, Extra-Long, Extra-Inning Win

Roster Update: Ryan Raburn was placed on the bereavement list today for unspecified reasons. He can spend up to three days away from the team before further moves would need to be made. In his place, Zach Walters will be joining the Major League club for the third time this season. Player of the Game […]

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 14:  Lonnie Chisenhall #8 of the Cleveland Indians lays down a bunt against the St. Louis Cardinals during the sixth inning on May 14, 2015 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cardinals defeated the Indians 2-1.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Lonnie Chisenhall, Utility Man?

Since his recall on July 30th, after more than a month and a half in AAA, Lonnie Chisenhall has been used exclusively in right field. One of the “advantages” of being out of the play-off race early is that a trial by fire at a new position (he played just four games there in AAA, […]

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Weekend Update 8/9: Optimism is Dangerous

Caitlin Boron (@BRBBlog) on the Weekend Update. Topics covered are the new offense, the danger in optimism and colored shoes. In addition, they talk of the success of the front office and of Corey Kluber and the Indians fantastic four.

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 9: Yan Gomes #10 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates with Abraham Almonte #35 of the Cleveland Indians after Almonte hit a two run home run during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field on August 9, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Yan Gomes; Abraham Almonte

8/9 Recap: Offense Continues, Despite Kluber. Everyone Wins

Player of the Game Corey Kluber took his most recent no hitter attempt into the seventh inning, giving up his first safety of the game with two outs in that inning to Joe Mauer. That hit aside, Kluber allowed two more hits in the ninth and his first run of the game to lose the […]

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Is It Time for a Few More Promotions?

The Minor League season comes to close nearly a month before the Major League season does, but with just about a month left, that doesn’t mean player promotions should end. In the recent past, the Indians have taken advantage of late season play-off pushes in the minors to advance players, like Francisco Lindor to Akron […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 8: Abraham Almonte #35 of the Cleveland Indians runs out a double during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field on August 8, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Twins defeated the Indians 10-9. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

8/8 Recap: Tribe Dominates Twins in 17-4 Romp

Roster Update: Before the game the Indians placed pitcher Cody Anderson on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left oblique. Reliever Shawn Armstrong was called up from Triple-A Columbus to take Anderson’s place. Outfielder Tyler Holt also was optioned to Columbus and outfielder Abraham Almonte was called up from Triple-A to take his […]

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Willi Castro: Making Scrappy Look Good

Occasionally you come across a ball player who stands out beyond anyone else on the field.  Not everything he does is perfect, but is saved by the defensive instinct and raw talent to simply get his hands on the ball.  From the seats, anyone can see he is at home in the dirt, between second […]

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Tribe Time Now Special Report: The Bourn & Swisher Trade

The Cleveland Indians trade Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher to the Atlanta Braves for Chris Johnson and a bunch of money. Special host Damien Bowman (@JimPeteEHC) and Michael Hattery (@stephanieliscio) of It’s Pronounced “Lajaway”, Mike Brandyberry (@MajorLeagueJake) of Indians Baseball Insider to discuss.

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 7: Yan Gomes #10 of the Cleveland Indians hits a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field on August 7, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

8/7 Recap: Indians Score, But Not Enough

The Biggest Possible Roster Update: The trade Indians fans have been waiting two years for has finally taken place as Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn (along with $10M) were sent to Atlanta in exchange for Chris Johnson. For a more detailed breakdown on the trade, I wrote this synopsis earlier as well as a look into how […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 2: Chris Johnson #23 of the Atlanta Braves hits an RBI single in the top of the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 2, 2015 at the Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Braves defeated the Phillies 6-2. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Merry Swishmas: Part 2

George Carlin had a bit once where he said: Leftovers make you feel good twice. First, when you put it away, you feel thrifty and intelligent: ‘I’m saving food!’ Then a month later when blue hair is growing out of the ham, and you throw it away, you feel really intelligent: ‘I’m saving my life!’ […]

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Tribe Time Now: No More Mr. Nice Guy

Joe Coblitz (@DidTribeWin) helps him out. Discussed in with are the Indians current troubles thanks to their weak (and getting weaker) lineup. In addition, we get deep into whether or not Chris Antonetti & Mark Shapiro are good at their jobs and whether losing Terry Francona would be worth firing them. Finally, they get in […]

SEATTLE, WA - MAY 30:  Nick Swisher #33 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after getting called out on strikes by home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg during MLB baseball action against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on May 30, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Abandoning the Francona Second Half Surge

Not so long ago, a few weeks is all, I wrote about whether or not the Indians could expect a second half bump like they have had in previous seasons under Terry Francona. In it, I postulated that with a similar surge to 2013 and 2014 created by improved roster construction and better play from […]