Francona Was in a League of His Own With His Managing Work This Season

Terry Francona has received much deserved praise this postseason for the way he has masterfully guided the Indians, with an injury-depleted starting pitching rotation, all the way to the World Series. In watching the drama and excitement that has been a strong, three-week playoff showing, it is easy to forget the energy and excitement the Tribe brought to the 162-game regular season...

Today in Tribe History: October 23, 1997

Three runs in the ninth inning are not enough, as the Florida Marlins edged out the Cleveland Indians by an 8-7 final in the last game of the season at Jacobs Field. The Marlins took a 3-2 World Series lead over the Indians as the series returned to Miami. Indians starter Orel Hershiser allowed a pair of runs in the second, both coming with two outs. After a leadoff ground-rule double...

Indians host Cubs hoping to end World Series title drought

Cubs. Indians. World Series. It's about time.
12 hours ago

Oldest Indians champion rooting for new winners

It is a unique distinction, but it's one Eddie Robinson has no interest in maintaining. The last living member of the last Indians team to win the World Series? That's not exactly a badge of honor for the 95-year-old former first baseman on the 1948 champs. "I think it's time," Robinson said. "And this may be the year."
12 hours ago

C to shining C! Cleveland awaits Cubs

It's the Cubs! The Indians will face the Cubs, who claimed the National League pennant with a 5-0 victory over the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series at Wrigley Field on Saturday night, in the 2016 World Series. Game 1 will be played Tuesday night at Progressive Field.
13 hours ago

Rumors & Rumblings: Callaway has molded Indians’ pitching staff

The Cleveland Indians have a No. 1 starter and a dominant reliever, both of whom have helped the franchise reach the World Series for the first time since 1997. However, the Indians have an eclectic mix of pitchers beyond Corey Kluber and Andrew Miller, including a trio of late-round draft picks who have helped Cleveland in the postseason. Right-hander Josh Tomlin is 2-0, beating...
Via Today's Knuckleball
17 hours ago

Short story: Indians' Lindor set to smile, sparkle in Series

CLEVELAND (AP) Born in November, Francisco Lindor is an October baby this year. You'd never know these are his first steps on baseball's pressure-packed postseason stage. Cleveland's dazzling shortstop, who can illuminate a ballpark with his swing or smile, has spent the past few weeks showcasing his talents while helping the Indians get to their first World Series since 1997....
Via Associated Press
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Shaw Supremacy: What if Bryan Shaw became a super soldier?

How good would he be if he then continued to pitch for the Indians? What if he could also time travel? In previous installments of this series, I've asked some important questions. What if Bryan Shaw pitched every single inning for the Indians? What if we clone Bryan Shaw until he filled every single roster spot in the league? Now, I'd like to ask the most interesting one yet: what...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Breaking down the Danny Salazar question

If the Cleveland Indians are going to win the World Series, they’ll probably need Danny Salazar. And if the Cleveland Indians tell Danny Salazar that, they’ll probably get Danny Salazar on the mound. The only two questions are: wWhich Salazar’s going to show, and will it be enough? The big news around the league on baseball’s off-day this Friday — the Cubs and Dodgers pausing...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Indians fans pitch in with wedding gifts for improbable October hero

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The guest list for Ryan Merritt's upcoming wedding could be growing.Cleveland's rookie pitcher has made a lot of new friends.A most improbable October hero for the Indians, Merritt has been overwhelmed by the generous outpouring from some Cleveland fans for sending wedding gifts to him and his fiancee, Sarah, after the 24-year-old pitched so well in the AL pennant...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss Names Indians’ Organizational All-Star Team

While the focus right now may be on the Cleveland Indians’ Major League roster, things are going well throughout the Tribe’s farm system as well. The importance on drafting strong and developing stronger is no more apparent than at the Major League level for the Indians. The current playoff roster is well-balanced between guys drafted/signed internationally and developed solely...

Danny Salazar could return to rotation in World Series

Fresh off winning the American League pennant, the Cleveland Indians may get another reason to celebrate. Indians manager Terry Francona said on Friday that right-hander Danny Salazar, who has been out for over a month with a forearm strain, will throw a simulated game over the weekend and could be a rotation option for them in the World Series, per Jordan Bastian of ...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

MLB: Charlie Sheen won’t throw out first pitch at World Series

Major League Baseball put the kibosh on Charlie Sheen throwing out a ceremonial first pitch during a Cleveland Indians-hosted World Series game. Sheen, who portrayed Indians pitcher Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn in the revered 1989 baseball flick “Major League,” took to social media to say he'd be "honored" by making an appearance on the mound at Progressive Field. Major...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians fans buy Ryan Merritt wedding gifts after Game 5 performance

After helping the Cleveland Indians secure a World Series berth for the first time since 1997, fans thanked Ryan Merritt in the best way possible by buying him gifts off his wedding registry. Per’s Ben Cosman, Indians fans found Merritt’s wedding registry during Game 5 on Wednesday and began purchasing items that he and his fiancée, Sarah Brushaber, had listed. Bath...
Via The Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians go from overlooked to potential World Series favorites

The Cleveland Indians put the final touches on their efficiently dominant American League Championship performance yesterday, downing the Toronto Blue Jays in just five games. For Toronto, it was the second ALCS defeat in as many years and effectively may have closed a window on the Blue Jays' era of competing at this level. However, it marked a continuation of the new beginning...
Via Yardbarker
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Napoli wanted Indians to celebrate by going to Las Vegas

The Cleveland Indians are four wins away from capturing their first World Series title since 1948, but Mike Napoli doesn’t want to wait that long to go all-out with the celebration. After his team finished off the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the ALCS, Napoli wanted to take the long way home from Toronto. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, who witnessed all the clubhouse fun...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Are Indians adding to list of great postseason bullpens?

TORONTO (AP) By winning the AL Championship Series in five games, the Cleveland Indians not only captured a spot in the World Series, they also earned a break this team could sorely use. Injuries to starters Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar and Trevor Bauer left Cleveland in a tough spot even as the Indians kept winning. They started Corey Kluber on short rest in Game 4 of the ALCS...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Three shirts to help you celebrate the Indians’ American League championship

Cheat codes, victory, and bloody fingers. The Cleveland Indians are in the World Series! Injuries have plagued this team throughout the entire season — from before it began with Michael Brantley’s shoulder to Trevor Bauer injuring his pinky prior to his Game 2 start in the ALCS. All of that is now behind us, it’s time to celebrate. To help you do that, we have partnered...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
3 days ago  |  Discuss

LISTEN: Tom Hamilton calls the Indians’ AL pennant win

The Cleveland Indians are heading to the World Series for the first time since 1997, and naturally, Tom Hamilton was on the radio broadcast of the game. Here’s Hamilton’s call of the final out of the game, a pop-up by Troy Tulowitzki. Hammy calls the final out.#RallyTogether — Cleveland Indians (@Indians) October 19, 2016 In contrast, here’s...
Via Awful Announcing
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto streaker gets decked, represents Blue Jays' ALCS performance

Playoff pressure can get to the fans, too. With the Blue Jays needing three runs in the bottom of the ninth Wednesday to keep their dream of a first World Series berth since 1993 alive, a fan bolted onto the field from the right field stands, stripped off his shirt and survived for about 10 seconds on the field before several security knocked him to the ground behind second base...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Trevor Bauer wanted to cauterize his finger with soldering iron

Trevor Bauer wanted to make his start in Game 3 of the ALCS so badly that he says he strongly considered cauterizing his wound with a soldering iron, and he regrets not doing so. Bauer cut the pinkie finger on his throwing hand while repairing a drone on Friday morning, a day before his scheduled start in Game 2 of the ALCS. The cut required stitches and led the Indians to postpone...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Terry Francona lost a tooth before ALCS Game 3

Most of the stories about body parts after ALCS Game 3 were about Trevor Bauer’s mangled pinky finger, but his manager also had something happen to him before Game 3…he lost a tooth. Well, it was a tooth covering, not the actual tooth itself, but the bizarre ailments afflicting Indians pitchers have now migrated to their manager. Terry Francona had the problem fixed at about...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians rotation shows resilence despite injuries

The Cleveland Indians went into the 2016 with a starting rotation so deep that Trevor Bauer was pushed into the bullpen and 2014 stand-out T.J. House was pushed to AAA. Top pitching prospect, Mike Clevinger began the year in AAA as well, along with other MLB-ready talent like Ryan Merritt. This team had the make-up to survive just about everything that could happen in a major league...
Via The Outside Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

What can the Cleveland Indians expect from Corey Kluber on short rest?

Acknowledgments to high chieftain and primary spiritual conduit of the The Society: Carson Cistulli of Fangraphs. Corey Kluber pitches today in a set of circumstances that he has never previously encountered. There's been quite a bit of that for the Cleveland Indians in the last two months, to the point where an ever-shifting set of expectations and roles is now normal. What did...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bauer wanted to burn finger shut with soldering iron before Game 3

Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer had his scheduled ALCS start moved back from Game 2 to Game 3, due to a lacerated pinky injury suffered while repairing a drone. Well, Game 3 came along on Monday night in Toronto, and for some reason the Indians thought Bauer was okay to pitch, despite his finger looking like something out of a horror film. The start didn’t even last a full...
Via The Comeback
5 days ago  |  Discuss

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