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Tony Lastoria
Tony was born and raised in Northeast Ohio and has lived here all 38+ years of his life. Growing up he had always been a Cleveland sports fan, but he grew up with a passion for baseball since he was 5-years old. Since the turn of the century that passion for baseball has permeated the minor league baseball scene where with the numerous affiliates and future players of the Indians to follow, minor league...
Jeff Ellis
Jeff was born and raised in Akron until he fled to Columbus to get his degree from the Ohio State University. Jeff first started internet writing back then, mostly focusing on the NFL and specifically the NFL draft; for all he knows his old Tripod site might still exist out there some where. A little over two years ago Jeff found this site by cruising John Sickel’s site and reading the comments....
Jim Piascik
Jim Piascik is 23 years old and recently graduated from Kent State University with a Master's in Reporting and Editing for Print and Online Media. While there, Jim completed a thesis on college athletes and Twitter, which you can read here:
Jim has written at IBI since January 2012, covering both the Akron Aeros/RubberDucks and the major league team. When he isn't writing,...
Jake Dungan
Jake Dungan is a proud Akron, Ohio native and lifelong Cleveland Indians fan. Currently enrolled as a communications student at Stark State College, he hopes to become a professional baseball columnist and reporter.
Though his earliest childhood recollections involve going to Tribe games as early as 1997, it wasn’t until 2007 when the Indians defied the odds and came one game shy of their...
Andrew Zajac
Andrew was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and currently resides in Struthers, Ohio. He is a secondary education major at Youngstown State University with a minor in political science. Andrew has been a life-long Cleveland Indians fan, growing up watching the double play duo of Omar Vizquel and Roberto Alomar. He considers Vizquel his second favorite player of all-time, next to Bob Feller.
In his...
Andy Nichols
Andy Nichols is a 22-year-old Communications student at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and a lifelong Indians fan. He has a passion for Indians baseball, from the Major League squad, all the way down to the low levels of the Minors. Growing up in the 90s, Andy remembers watching the glory days of the Indians. Some of his favorite players were David Justice and Charles Nagy, but his all-time favorite...
Arthur Kinney
Arthur is a lifelong Clevelander, Indians fan, and statistics nut. Arthur revels in the minutiae of sport that others may find dreary. Stats, transactions, attempting to decipher an everyday lineup amidst the Tribe organization's plethora of platoons; Arthur is ready and willing to dive headfirst into it. Besides numbers, Arthur also has an irrational obsession with the seemingly meaningless. Fall...
Jim Berdysz
Jim is a 23-year-old graduate of Cleveland State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and promotional communication. Currently the Cleveland Indians beat reporter at Indians Baseball Insider, Jim has written for publications such as, The Sun Newspaper and while also serving as the sports editor for the CSU newspaper, “The Cleveland Stater.”...
John Grimm
A recent graduate from The Ohio State University in History and Greek and Latin, John Grimm is a life-long Cleveland sports fan. In 2013, he found an interest in non-traditional baseball statistics and believes that, given the vast array of free, publicly available, in-depth statistics, one can draw many nuanced conclusions and make extremely well-reasoned, measured conclusions.
John is presently...
John Vourlis
John Vourlis has 20+ years experience working in the entertainment industry. He is currently an Adjunct Instructor in Film and Digital Media at Cleveland State University. Previous to that he was VP/General Manager at the Academy Award-winning and Emmy Award-winning motion picture specialty lighting company, Luminys Systems Corp.
John is the author of Yoga For Freedom, unique travel book about...
Len Kehoe
Len is a 30 year old stat geek who's been a die hard Cleveland sports fan since he read his first sports page at age 4. Soon after, he was memorizing the stats on the back of baseball cards and his stat obsession began. Born & raised in Cleveland, he still lives there, glued to the screen of every Indians, Cavs, and Browns game.
His first love was the Indians and he dreamed of one day playing...
Michael Goodman
Mike’s love of the Cleveland Indians was imprinted upon him while living in the Cleveland, Ohio area in the 90’s. He would later move to Chesapeake, Virginia and currently resides in Newport News, Virginia. From afar, Mike continues his enormous passion for Cleveland area sports with little regard for the trials that come with such an endeavor. Mike has earned a bachelor’s and master’s...
Stephanie Metzger
Hailing from Mansfield, Ohio, Stephanie Metzger is an undergrad at Cleveland State University double-majoring in Journalism and Public Relations. She has interned with ESPN Cleveland-WKNR and is a contributing writer for various local sports sites.
As a lifetime Ohioan, Stephanie has developed a concrete devotion to her state’s sports teams, regardless of their less-than-successful reputations....
Al Ciamachella
Anthony Kaylor
Charlie Adams
Charlie Adams grew up in Columbus, OH and has been a fan of the Indians dating back to before Jim Thome moved from third to first. As more and more statistics have been developed to evaluate players over the years, he has become increasingly interested in the idea of player valuation and front-office strategy. Though he is tired of looking forward to "next year" he is interested in the long-term success...
Craig Fletcher
DJ Sebastian
DJ Sebastian works in software technology sales, and his passion is following the exploits of the Cleveland Indians, whether at the stadium, on TV, or on his smartphone. DJ has been a loyal Tribe fan since his dad took him to his first game at Municipal Stadium in 1959. His favorite player quickly became Rocky Colavito. Not surprisingly, Colavito was traded to the Detroit Tigers the following year....
John Mast
John, a graduate of Hiland High School and Bluffton College, is an avid baseball fan and general sports follower. He's been a life-long Tribe fan and writes often about his favorite team and other passions in his life.
Kevin Sledz
Kevin was born in raised in Northeast Ohio and has been a lifelong Cleveland sports fan. His passion for baseball and the Indians developed after attending his first Indians game at Municipal Stadium as a youth. Kevin played baseball growing up and also coached for 8 years after his playing days were over.
He has always had a passion for sports journalism and currently does some writing on the...
Rick Lamborn
It all started on June 20th, 1971 when Rick's dad took him to his first Indians game. It was Father's Day, Bat Day, and a double-header against the Tigers and his 7th birthday. There were 50K+ fans at Cleveland Stadium that day and between games they asked everyone to lift their bats to count them (he never saw that many fans there for an Indians game after that). That's when his love affair with baseball...
Sam Camp
Sam was born in 1971 to a mom who loves his dad and a dad who loves the Cleveland Indians, so much so they named him after "Sudden Sam" McDowell. As a boy, Sam liked to collect and memorize stats on baseball cards and also, much like his dad, became a long suffering Indians fan. Through the lows of the 70s and 80s to the highs of the 90s and some of the 2000s, Sam has stayed true as an Indians fan....
Adrienne Robbins
Adrienne will be entering her senior year at The Ohio State University this fall. She is a Journalism major with a minor in Media Production and Analysis and eventually wants to work in the television industry. Adrienne has worked with WBNS-10tv as a sports intern and Scarlet and Grey sports radio. This is her second year covering the Columbus Clippers. She can be reached on twitter @yo_adrienneee,...
Brian Griffin
Daniel Kale
Daniel is a native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and developed an interest in sports after going to watch the Durham Bulls play with his family. He is a junior studying communication and broadcast media at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. He hopes to develop a career in sports broadcasting or journalism.

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