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Lonnie Chisenhall named ESPN Sweet Spot’s DPOM for August

If you’re surprised by the headline, we wouldn’t blame you. If it seems like just last month that Lonnie Chisenhall was a struggling third baseman who was sent down to Triple-A to work out a few kinks, well—it was. Since being promoted back to the big league team, and completely changing positions, Chisenhall has completely reinvented himself as a player. So much so that...
Via Waiting For Next Year
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Wild Card hopeful Indians need repeat of 2013

The American League Wild Card race has gone through significant changes over the last six weeks. The Minnesota Twins have moved in and out and back in again. The Los Angeles Angels, once division leaders and then seemingly secure owners of the second Wild Card spot, have faded yet still remain in contention. The Orioles moved close, but now seem far away. The Rays hover, never in...
Via Fangraphs
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Indians rookie Lindor gets candid on Intentional Talk (VIDEO)

Indians rookie Francisco Lindor sure looks like the real deal.While he's only been in the big leagues since mid-June, the speedy shortstop has already made a lasting impression.In addition to his red-hot bat and dazzling defensive work on the diamond, Lindor's got charisma off the field as well -- and he put it on display during an interview with MLB Network's Intentional Talk on...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

9/1 Recap: Home Runs Not Enough for Tribe

Roster Update: Happy September 1st, MLB teams! You may now have up to 40 players on your Major League rosters. In celebration, the Indians have brought Chris Johnson and Gavin Floyd off the DL (the latter will be used out of the bullpen) and have promoted Shawn Armstrong from AAA. He played some for the Indians in August and was extremely successful out of the pen. Player of the...
Via Burning River Baseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Myles Hits For the Cycle On The Most Unlikely Day

It’s not every day that someone shows up late to a baseball game, and ends up creating one of the greatest moments in their career. For Bryson Myles, that day was August 25, 2015. Myles didn’t show up to the Double-A Akron RubberDucks game when they were facing the Trenton Thunder until 6:20 for a 7:05 game. He went on later that night to hit for the cycle for the first time...

August 2015 Player Power Rankings

Continued mediocrity followed by a six game winning streak to end August has kept the Tribe within play-off limbo. Still too far out to be considered legitimate contenders, but too close to throw in the season. A rash of injuries, including shoulder issues for Kipnis, Carrasco and Brantley, hand and wrist problems for Johnson and Aviles and an illness for Salazar made it difficult...
Via Burning River Baseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Salazar Sends Tribe to Sixth in a Row; Indians 4, Blue Jays 2

The Indians used another strong outing from Danny Salazar and a few timely hits in a come-from-behind, 4-2 victory over the red-hot Blue Jays on Monday. The Tribe has won six in a row, and nine of the team’s last 11 games. Salazar tamed a potent Jays offense, allowing two runs in seven innings, striking out 10. The outing was the seventh of Salazar’s career with 10 or more strikeouts...

How Will The Tribe’s Expanded Roster Look?

On Tuesday, September 1, the MLB roster capacity will expand from 25 to 40. This will give the Indians, and every other major league baseball team, the ability to add to their active roster. As it sits right now, the Indians have 41 men listed on their 40 man roster. However, because Gavin Floyd and Nick Hagadone are on the team’s 60-Day disabled list, they do not count against...
Via Burning River Baseball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians owner attempting to sell minority stakes to raise cash

Without a big TV deal in place to keep revenue flowing, Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan is trying to lure investors by offering minority stakes for the franchise. Unfortunately, Dolan’s efforts may well be futile. According to the New York Post, Dolan has hired a boutique investment bank, Allen & Co., to “shop roughly 30 percent of the team.” “He doesn’t have...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians president Mark Shapiro jumps to same role in Toronto

The rumors first started about August 21st that Indians president Mark Shapiro could be headed to Toronto and now, it appears that it will in fact be the case. The Blue Jays’ current president Paul Beeston, who has been with the team in some capacity since 1976, was nearly forced out in the previous off-season, ending with the announcement that he would retire at the end of the...
Via The Outside Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Almonte Homer Sends Tribe to Sweep and Five in a Row; Indians 9, Angels 2

The Cleveland Indians are working on a positive finish to a roller-coaster August. Abraham Almonte hit his first career grand slam and Josh Tomlin worked into the eighth inning, leading the Indians to a 9-2 win over the slumping Los Angeles Angels on Sunday. Cleveland (63-66) has won five in a row to stay in the race for the second AL wild card. It is quite a turnaround from an extended...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Curious Case of the Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians have won five consecutive games and eight of their last 10. They have allowed more than three runs to cross the plate in just one of their last seven games. They have hit at least 10 hits in their last 12 home games. The franchise record is 13 games and it was set in 1936. Right now, the Indians look like the team Sports Illustrated, along with many other national...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians owner Paul Dolan looking for minority investor

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Indians owner Paul Dolan is looking for a minority investment partner for his franchise. He may need a new team president as well. Dolan, who has had primary control of the Indians since 2013, hired a New York-based investment broker several months ago to help him find a minority owner for the ballclub, which has struggled to stay competitive in a sport without...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Watch this Indians fan snag a screaming liner

The Cleveland Indians weren’t the only ones to go home winners on Tuesday night as a fan down the third-base line was right there with them. Watch as left-handed Abraham Almonte slaps a first-pitch fastball down the line, only to have the screaming liner absolutely speared by a glove-toting, bearded gentleman just beyond the edge of the tarp. One hell of a snag, right? Rick Manning...
Via Waiting For Next Year
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Lindor catching up to Carlos Correa, even if you’ve never heard of him

When Carlos Correa made his major league debut for the first place Astros in June and crushed two home runs his first week, many dubbed him the next Alex Rodriguez and closed their minds to the AL Rookie of the Year race. The 20 year old, slick fielding shortstop was the best we were going to see this year without question. Francisco Lindor would like you to open your minds and your...
Via The Outside Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Roundup: Santana’s Subpar Season

Yoenis Cespedes Yoenis Cespedes, and for that matter much of the Mets team, had a monstrous weekend in Colorado. Much of Cespedes’ damage was done Friday night when he recorded five hits, scored five runs, hit three home runs, and drove in seven runs. Those numbers are a pretty good week from a fantasy player, let alone a stat line for one night. Cespedes hasn’t really gotten...
Via Baseball Professor
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona: Umpire’s explanation was “atrocious” (Video)

Midway through Saturday’s tilt between the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees, Tribe manager Terry Francona was shown the door for arguing a call that, after the fact, appeared to be pretty clear cut. In the top of the fifth inning, with the Yankees leading 5-1 and runners on the corners, New York Shortstop Didi Gregorius took a throw from first base that appeared to pull him...
Via Waiting For Next Year
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Lonnie Chisenhall reviving career with new role

When Lonnie Chisenhall began the 2015 Major League season as the starting third baseman for the Cleveland Indians, many Tribe fans believed that he only had one chance left with the club. The Indians’ 2008 first-round draft pick (29th overall) made his highly anticipated big league debut with the Tribe on June 27, 2011 , but it had mostly been three and a half years of disappointment...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians’ Chris Johnson to miss games with spider bite

    Here’s one that will make Tobey Maguire do a double take. Newly acquired Indians infielder Chris Johnson was forced out of the lineup on Saturday and Sunday against the Minnesota Twins. The culprit for Johnson’s sudden absence? A suspected bite from a spider. According to a weekend report by the Associated Press, Johnson awoke at the team hotel on Saturday in Minneapolis...
Via Larry Brown Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona accompanying Farrell to chemotherapy treatment

    John Farrell will begin chemotherapy treatment for lymphoma on Tuesday, and a close friend who also happens to be an opponent will be joining the Boston Red Sox manager for support. Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that Terry Francona, whose Cleveland Indians are in Boston for a three-game series, is accompanying Farrell to his first round of treatment. The two...
Via Larry Brown Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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