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Nick Swisher will join FOX World Series coverage

Nick Swisher had a really tough year with the Indians, but he’s going to get a shot at the World Series anyway. He’ll be joining FOX’ World Series coverage team, it appears. Another new face on World Series coverage will be the always-entertaining Cleveland Indians star Nick Swisher, who will join FOX’s studio show. “Nick’s a guy we’ve done things with for many years...
Via Waiting For Next Year
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Final 2014 Player Power Rankings

Things didn’t work out quite as well as the Indians were hoping this year, but there were plenty of positives going forward. While the Indians didn’t have the depth to continue on to the play-offs, as can be seen by looking at almost every player outside of the top ten, the still had some great performances by individuals. In addition to having the likely Cy Young and an MVP...
Via Burning River Baseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Today In Tribe History: September 29, 2013

Cleveland wins its tenth straight game to finish the regular season with a 92-70 record in a 5-1 victory in Minnesota over the Twins. The Indians clinch the first American League Wild Card spot, earning the right to host the winner of a play-in game in Texas between the Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays. Ubaldo Jimenez finishes September with a 4-0 record in six starts with a 1.09 ERA...

Second Thoughts Game #162: Rays 2, Indians 7

And so it ends. Another long six-month grind has come to an end as the 2014 season of Cleveland Indians baseball is now officially in the books. They ended on a high note with a 7-2 victory over Tampa Bay to finish the year with a respectable 85-77 record. The celebration ended once the players left the field, however, as Terry Francona's bunch fell just shy of a postseason berth...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Second Thoughts Game #161: Tampa Bay 2, Cleveland 0

Carlos Carrasco’s Saturday performance was, if not wholly and faithfully representative, at least emotionally representative of the Indians’ season to date. On one hand, Carrasco threw a gem, an eight-inning, ten-strikeout, three-walk performance that resulted in two earned runs. On the other hand, it coincided with a Rays’ shutout of the Indians and hence a pitcher loss for...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Making a Case Against Kluber for the Cy Young Award

Now before Cleveland Indians’ fans and supporters of Corey Kluber jump down my throat and tell me that I must be crazy for the title of this post, hear me out. It does not have anything to do with me not wanting Kluber to be given the honor nor does it have anything to do with the Indians’ history of trading away young star Cy Young winners, I assure you that. Anyone can throw...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Brantley collects 200th hit; Indians fall to Rays, 2-0

CLEVELAND—Once upon a time, Tribe fans only knew Michael Brantley as a player to be named later. Six years later, they called him their most valuable player. Amidst loud chants of “MVP” around the ballpark Saturday night at Progressive Field, Brantley entered baseball record books by collecting his 200th hit of the season. “It’s going to mean a lot on Monday when I kind...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Brantley emerging as one of AL's best

CLEVELAND – Terry Francona has talked often during the season about how special it has been watching Michael Brantley emerge as one of the top players in the American League. With his fourth-inning single off Alex Colome on Saturday night against Tampa Bay, Brantley entered into some pretty exclusive company. Brantley is the 18th player in franchise history to get 200 hits in...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Hamstring injury shelves Kipnis for rest of season

 CLEVELAND – Jason Kipnis season is done as manager Terry Francona said the Indians second baseman will not play in the final two games. Kipnis suffered a right hamstring injury on Sept. 18, He had appeared in four of the past seven games but only started in two. He was 0 for 3 in Friday's 1-0 win over Tampa Bay. Francona said that Kipnis would spend time with the trainers...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
2 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: Cleveland Indians

After an early elimination from the playoffs in 2013, anything less than an extended run into the postseason in 2014 would be disappointing. The Indians are now disappointed. A whole crew of players that casual baseball fans have never heard of were good enough to get into that Wild Card game and despite many of them improving as they entered their prime, but it wasn’t enough this...
Via The Outside Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

What Went Wrong in 2014

After a short exit from the play-offs disappointed the Indians in 2013, nothing less was expected this year. Despite those expectations, the Indians were eliminated even earlier in 2014 than they were the season before, two days before the regular season’s end. While some of this is due to the maturing talent in Kansas City, where the Royals will play in October for the first...
Via Burning River Baseball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians Rookies Have Opened Eyes This Season

When the 2014 Major League Baseball season began, the Cleveland Indians roster contained zero – yes you read that correctly – zero rookies. This was a veteran team with the distinct goal of getting to the postseason for a second straight season. As the campaign wore on, the Tribe was besieged by injuries, ineffectiveness and trades. The veterans sputtered out of the gates and...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Yan Gomes makes Keith Law’s “Exceeded Expectations” List

Michael Brantley may garner a few MVP votes. Corey Kluber should be the 2014 AL Cy Young winner. But it’s Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes who wowed ESPN.com’s Keith Law, with the one-time reserve catcher knocking in 20-plus home runs this season. Gomes was just a guy — as opposed to a #GUY — when Toronto shipped him and Mike Aviles to Cleveland for Esmil Rogers after...
Via Waiting For Next Year
5 days ago  |  Discuss

How Justin Masterson Cost the Indians the Play-Offs

When comparing the 2013 play-off Indians with 2014 team, there have been a surprising number of improvements considering the less successful outcome. Offensively, Michael Brantley, Yan Gomes, Lonnie Chisenhall and Carlos Santana all had better seasons than in 2013, while Jason Kipnis and Michael Bourn put up similar numbers. Cody Allen was significantly better than Chris Perez ever...
Via Burning River Baseball
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Guy who asked Jason Kipnis for tickets in tweet got these seats

Despite an off season, Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has become quite the fan favorite. First, it was Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall attempting to bring back the mustache…one lip sweater at a time. Next, it’s this. @zwalker_157 Deal.. How many tickets do you need? — Jason Kipnis (@TheJK_Kid) September 23, 2014 They’ll be at will call b4 the game! #havefun...
Via Hall of Very Good
5 days ago  |  Discuss
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