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INDIANS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Indians Close in on New Attendance Heights

August 21, 1948 After another massive crowd Friday night the Cleveland Indians are closing in on some notable attendance thresholds. Last night the Indians drew 78,382 fans to Municipal Stadium for Satchel Paige’s third start overall and second at home. Paige tossed a three hit shutout in a 1-0 victory, pushing the Tribe’s scoreless innings streak to 39 innings. The Indians have...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Satchel Paige Joins the Indians

Leroy Robert “Satchel” Paige was, to be sure, past his prime when the Cleveland Indians signed him in 1948. An icon of the Negro Leagues, Paige reportedly signed on his 42nd birthday, making his major league début two days later. Pitching against the St. Louis Browns, Paige entered the game in the fifth inning—he hurled two innings, allowed two hits, and frustrated the Browns...
Via The Sports Post
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

2016 Cleveland Indians Preview & Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep

When a team within your division wins the World Series, there is a sense of jealousy and "why not us" seeps into the brain. Out of the 19 matchups in 2015, Kansas City only had a 10-9 edge. The Indians outscored the Royals in those games 90-78. While the division was well out of hand (13.5 game back), Cleveland finished the 2015 season only 4.5 games out of the Wild Card spot. Most...
Via Fox Sports
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pitcher Craig Stammen, Indians agree to minor league deal

CLEVELAND (AP) Right-hander Craig Stammen has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and will report to big league spring training. The 31-year-old was 26-24 with a 3.91 ERA in 38 starts and 191 relief appearances for the Washington Nationals during the past seven seasons. He pitched four scoreless innings in five games last year before season-ending surgery...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

All-Time Indians: Chuck Hinton

Name: Charles Edward Hinton Jr. Position: OF/1B     Number: 23 Tribe Time: 1965-67, 1968-71 DOB: 05/03/1934 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS SB% OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1965) 133 431 59 110 17 6 18 54 53 65 17 3 85% .336 .448 .255 .784 Indians Career 692 1740 215 447 59 14 57 203 184 321 35 19 65% .327 .405 .257 .732 While the 1960’s were largely a dead zone for the...
Via Burning River Baseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Old Park, New Tricks: 2016 Renovations

In 2015, Cleveland Indian’s fans were skeptically excited about the new renovations. Being creatures of habit and tradition when talking about the sports teams, change is a scary thing (unless we’re talking about the Browns, but that’s a different matter). The team had big plans to transform our ballpark, and the only recent memory tribe fans had of big changes was when our...
Via Burning River Baseball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 57

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride. Countdown to Opening Day – 57 days A job in Terry Francona’s bullpen may be Kyle Crockett’s to lose this spring, as the Cleveland Indians relief corps is notably devoid...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Improving the Cleveland Indians Outfield

We are already a week into February. Today is Super Bowl Sunday. Time is really flying by. While the Super Bowl marks the end of the NFL season, it also marks the start of the transition from winter to spring and, more importantly, the transition from football season to baseball season. With pitchers and catchers reporting in a mere weeks, and most of the biggest moves of the offseason...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Gavin Floyd signs one-year deal with Blue Jays

The Blue Jays have given veteran right-hander Gavin Floyd a one-year contract worth $1 million. Floyd can earn another $1 million in incentives which are based on his number of days on the major league roster. Floyd had been emerging as a target of multiple teams looking to buy low so it is not a complete surprise to see him get a guaranteed deal despite playing in just 21 games...
Via Tireball.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rick Pitino says school should be penalized, 'but not this team'

Louisville basketball has been in the news this weekend, and not for good reasons. Yesterday, the Cardinals instituted a one-year, self-imposed post-season ban for this season due to the alleged prostitution scandal involving the program.  Since then, head coach Rick Pitino has come under fire for the way he handled the team’s two graduate transfers, Damion Lee and Trey Lewis...
Via College Spun
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 10 AA Level Indians 1963-2015

While the Indians have had many minor league affiliates over the years, one constant, at least since 1989, has been that the AA club has been nearby in Akron, Ohio. It is difficult to compare minor league franchises from the early years, but we have consistent data from the Indians AA farm club heading back to 1963 when they were the Charleston Indians (1963-64). In the following...
Via Burning River Baseball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

KATOH Projects: Cleveland Indians Prospects

Previous editions: Baltimore / Boston / Chicago AL / Chicago NL / Cincinnati . Earlier this week, lead prospect analyst Dan Farnsworth published his excellently in-depth prospect list for the Cincinnati Reds. In this companion piece, I look at that same Cincinnati farm system through the lens of my recently refined KATOH projection system. There’s way more to prospect evaluation...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Free Agency ain’t free: Fangraphs illustrates current Cleveland Indians roster

The often referred to adage about the Cleveland Indians is they completely rely on trading for good players because they have struggled drafting and developing their own. The overhaul to their drafting and player development methodologies in 2007 have helped change the message, but are the Indians actually seeing results from their own system? it would (finally) appear so. August...
Via Waiting For Next Year
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Luigi Rodriguez: On the Rise or Organizational Man?

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” These famous opening words of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities could easily describe the 2015 season of Indians prospect Luigi Rodriguez.The now 23-year-old outfielder began the season at the High Class-A level for his sixth professional season. Even though it was his third season at the level, he had only 133 games...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Not-So-Hot Corner: Indians Third Base Debate Heats Up, Again

Your starting third baseman is now your starting rightfielder, and the youngster you’re grooming for the hot corner may not yet be up to the task. I am referring, of course, to the predicament of the 2006 Cleveland Indians — a club that had moved Casey Blake to the outfield a year prior, then acquired one of the top third base prospects in baseball, Andy Marte, in a January deal...
Via Waiting For Next Year
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Evaluating the 2016 Prospects: Cleveland Indians

Other clubs: Braves, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Orioles, Reds, Red Sox, White Sox. The Indians have an enviable number of likely big league players in their system, though only a handful of them project to be impact talents. The top three in the list have the highest ceilings, I believe, with Bradley Zimmer the pretty undisputed number-one guy. I’m pretty high on Triston McKenzie, and...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians have the pitching, but are they wasting it?

Cleveland sports leave fans shaking their heads in disgust plenty more often than waving their arms in jubilation. Financial limitations often force sporadic success, and routine letdowns have become the city’s calling card.  It’s easy to quip about its sports teams and the fans have embraced the ineptitude, however, are the Indians doing its team and fans a disservice? Nearly...
Via Baseball Essential
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cleveland Indians are changing the hot dog game

We’re getting to that time where the major league and minor league baseball teams debut their new food items for the coming season. It’s our “bread and butter”, so to speak. The Cleveland Indians have already announced some new food items for the new season, and one hot dog in particular caught our eye: First up: Happy Dog. Known for its hot/veggie dogs, fries/tots, &...
Via Food and Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians OF Brantley says opening day 'target' after surgery

CLEVELAND (AP) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is targeting opening day to return from offseason shoulder surgery. Brantley had an operation to repair a small tear on his non-throwing shoulder in November. The timetable on his return is 5 to 6 months, putting the start of his season in jeopardy. But although it's probable he won't be ready for the April 4 opener against Boston...
Via Associated Press
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Bobby Bradley be the power hitter the Indians desperately need?

The current rendition of the Cleveland Indians could definitely use more power. In 2015, the Tribe finished 22nd in home runs, with only the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox beneath them from the DH-invigorated American League. Not a single player even reached 20 home runs — Carlos Santana led the team with 19. The team did finish middle of the MLB pack in slugging percentage...
Via Waiting For Next Year
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Tomlin, Indians agree to $5.5 million, 2-year contract

CLEVELAND (AP) Josh Tomlin has shown toughness and tenacity during his time with the Indians. On Tuesday, he was rewarded for it. Tomlin and Cleveland agreed to a $5.5 million, two-year contract, a deal that can earn the right-hander $11.75 million over three seasons. The 31-year-old agreed Jan. 15 to a $2.25 million, one-year deal that avoided salary arbitration. The new agreement...
Via Associated Press
14 days ago  |  Discuss
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