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Today in Tribe History: February 23, 1976

Former Cleveland Indians pitcher Scott Elarton is born in Lamar, Colorado. The 6’7” right-hander spent ten years in the Majors, including parts of three seasons in an Indians uniform. After starting his career with the Houston Astros and showing some promise, including a breakout 17-7 season in 2000, injuries slowed him and he was dealt to the Colorado Rockies. After several...

Francona's health will determine how long he manages Tribe

In four years at the helm, manager Terry Francona has guided the Indians to two postseason appearances and one American League pennant. Based on what they have on their current roster, the Tribe are expected to go deep in the postseason again this October.
Via Indians.com
17 hours ago

Francona fine with rule change for intentional walks

Indians manager Terry Francona is fine with holding up four fingers, rather than watching four pitches. If MLB opts to allow managers to signal for an intentional walk without requiring the pitcher to throw four balls, count Francona among the supporters of the rule change.
Via Indians.com
19 hours ago

Santana willing to play outfield again if needed

Carlos Santana has shown an increased willingness to do whatever Indians manager Terry Francona asks of him. That included starting in left field for a pair of games in last year's World Series, due to not having the designated hitter available in Wrigley Field.
Via Indians.com
19 hours ago

Prospects On Deck: OF Bradley Zimmer – Indians

Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire Everyone experiences a day in their life that will forever remain in their memory.  The day that Bradley Zimmer will never forget was in the Spring of 2014 when he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians.  It was not an ordinary day of celebration for the Zimmer family.  It was also an experience of deja vu.  Two years earlier, Bradley’s...
Via Legends On Deck
23 hours ago

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 40 – Bartolo Colon

Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to Opening Day! Countdown to Opening Day – 40 There is something about Bartolo Colon that makes him beloved by fans across the nation and the world. Sure, he has had a long and sometimes successful Major League career, keeping his name in the news during springs and summers since debuting with the Cleveland Indians in 1997. But...

Francisco Lindor's Secret Fielding Weapon is Called a 'Pancake Glove'

In just two seasons with the Cleveland Indians, shortstop Francisco Lindor has become one of the best young players in Major League Baseball. For his 2016 season performance, the 23-year-old earned the American League Platinum Glove and Gold Glove awards. RELATED: Gold Glove Shortstop Francisco Lindor Talks Offseason Training, Style and the Cheat Meal He Can't Give Up To be successful...
Via Stack
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Indians' Brantley hopes "bad days" behind him after injury

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Michael Brantley has clashed with self-doubt and depression while pushing his body. The former All-Star's light is flickering. Brantley's comeback from right shoulder surgery has been grueling for the Indians' best all-around player, far tougher than he or the team imagined. And as the outfielder battles his way back, Brantley, who played in just 11 games...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 41 – Carlos Santana

Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to Opening Day! Countdown to Opening Day – 41 A career year could not have come at a better time for Carlos Santana, as his watchful eye at the plate and potent power in his bat helped to provide plenty of offense for the Cleveland Indians on their run to the seventh game of the World Series. It also made what already appeared...

Unfinished business for Indians in 2017

GOODYEAR, Arizona (AP) -- Above the small cactuses and flowering plants dotting the concrete-blocked plaza outside the doorway to Cleveland's training complex is a new sign that serves as both a reminder and motivator. "American League Champions 2016," it says. The Indians have some unfinished business. One swing away from beating the Chicago Cubs in an epic World Series last year...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Powerful presence: Encarnacion gives Indians booming bat

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) As fans lining the chain-linked fence next to Cleveland's main practice field jockeyed for better position to snatch an autograph or selfie with the team's newest star, Edwin Encarnacion showed no emotion. With his glove balanced on his head, Encarnacion signed baseballs, bats, cards and whatever else was thrust in front of him. He didn't seem to be enjoying...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Cleveland Indians improved in the offseason

In the aftermath of a historic 2016 season, where the Cleveland Indians came within one game of being crowned World Series champions, things are still looking up. To even suggest that things will get better in 2017 says a great deal considering the level of success reached in the preceding season, but one look at the Tribe’s off-season will convince any skeptic. Much of what the...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Terry Francona to speak with Jim Leyland about Andrew Miller’s WBC usage

Morning news and notes for Monday, February 20, 2017 Here’s to a great week ahead! Tribe News Terry Francona plans to talk to Team USA manager Jim Leyland about Andrew Miller's usage in the WBC | Cleveland.com Miller will be part of Team USA and was used heavily last season by the Tribe. Count me a little worried too. From Zack Meisel: Terry Francona's heart might be...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians ticket sales up dramatically from 2016

Morning news and notes for Sunday, February 19, 2017. Indians News Cleveland Indians have Terry Talkin' about 1 million tickets sold -- Terry Pluto (photos) | cleveland.com For reference, last year the Indians didn't sell their millionth ticket until Memorial Day. Pluto also notes that season tickets* are up roughly 50% from a year ago (12,000 compared to 8,000). He also notes...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Terry Francona keeping Cody Allen as Cleveland closer, Andrew Miller in setup role

Andrew Miller may be the Cleveland Indians’ best reliever, but he won’t be closing games for them to start 2017.Manager Terry Francona said Saturday that Cody Allen remains the team’s closer, with Miller and Bryan Shaw serving as the bridge to get leads to the 9th inning. At first glance, this looks odd, but the Indians have great bullpen depth and are taking full advantage...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Who’s who among Cleveland Indians spring training non-roster invites

Buy your own copy of this post to put on your shelf for $49.99! Years ago, my mom, ever so proud of her high school son, obviously checked “Yes” when asked if she wanted said son put into a book called Who's Who Among American High School Students. Sounds great right? You simply respond to the inquiry, and BAM your bouncing baby boy is now in a book that you can show to your...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Indians have interest in Chase Utley

The Cleveland Indians have been busy in free agency, but they may not be finished yet.According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Indians are “intrigued” by free agent second baseman Chase Utley. FOX's Ken Rosenthal reports the same. However, Cleveland already has a second baseman in Jason Kipnis, so Utley would likely have to accept a utility role. In addition, there may...
Via Larry Brown Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Mike Napoli to sign one-year deal with Rangers

Multiple reports state Mike Napoli will re-sign with the Texas Rangers on a one-year deal.According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the 35-year-old could be returning to the Rangers for a third time.According to Wilson, two of his sources say the deal has been agreed upon. Two more of his sources tell him that “talks are progressing but it’s too early to say...
Via Sportsnaut
15 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s to rename Coliseum field ‘Rickey Henderson Field’

The Oakland Athletics will honor one of their greats, Rickey Henderson. The club announced on Monday that in addition to naming him as a Special Assistant to the President, the field at the Oakland Coliseum will be known as Rickey Henderson Field. It’s a fitting tribute. The A’s have a lot of history. Still, perhaps no player is as synonymous with the Athletics (especially in...
Via Sportsnaut
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians continue to bolster their roster

The Cleveland Indians continued to bolster their roster this off-season by agreeing to terms with left-handed free-agent reliever Boone Logan on Thursday. The contract is reportedly a one-year deal worth a total of 6.5 million dollars and an option for the second year. For the Indians, Logan brings a much needed, second left-handed reliever that manager Terry Francona can utilize...
Via isportsweb.com
18 days ago  |  Discuss
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