April 4, 2014 (12 comments)
Jason Kipnis has always been considered a player that's been a hard-worker. Unfortunately, when you are stereo-typed as a hard-worker, you are often downgraded as a player that has to overcome a lack-of-talent. Kipnis has fought that "blue-collar" stereotype his entire life, and in doing so, proved to the Indians that he's more than just a guy that gets dirty. Join Jim Pete as he chronicles Kipnis and his meteoric rise from his high school brilliance, to contract renaissance.
April 3, 2014 (4 comments)
The 2014 Carolina Mudcats in the spring of 2014 are a vastly different team than they were a season ago. Last season, the Muddies debuted with their prior two first round draft picks in Francisco Lindor and Tyler Naquin. As expected, both top ten prospects made quick work of the Carolina League, and were playing in Akron by the end of the season. Also gone is arguably the Indians top pitching prospect in Cody Anderson, who followed Lindor and Naquin, as well as several other high upside Indians’ prospects, to Akron for the 2014 season.
April 2, 2014 (2 comments)
The Tampa Bay Rays signed young starter Chris Archer to a multi-year deal, continuing their organizational belief that you build and sign good, young pitchers to long-term deals before their worth skyrockets. The Indians have likewise signed players such as Carlos Santana, Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley to deals, but have yet to incorporate this strategy with their pitchers. Today, Jim Pete looks at the Rays, and points to Danny Salazar as a top candidate for a long-term contract.
April 1, 2014 (5 comments)
Smoke Signals is officially back on a weekly basis and tonight Jim Pete and Tony Lastoria kick things off back on it's regular Tuesday night slot. With today's rainout, Smoke Signals will focus on last night's interesting affair, as the Indians scored two runs late to beat the A's 2-0. It wasn't without a bases loaded jam, and a stressful ninth inning. They'll also be talking about what the Indians may have in front of them this year in the A.L. Central, and beyond.
March 30, 2014 (6 comments)
In 2013, the Cleveland Indians did the unthinkable: they won 92 games a season after they had only won 68 games, and they made the playoffs. While Kenny Lofton is arguing THAT point, the one-game foray into the postseason realm galvanized the fanbase, and reminded many of what things could be like with a winning baseball team. On paper, the Indians didn't add much to the roster, but will their be enough internal improvement for this team to take it to the next step? Join Jim Pete for your chance and picking the Indians' future with today Power Poll-palooza!!!
March 26, 2014 (24 comments)
March Madness is in full swing at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario as the Indians pack up Goodyear and head to Oakland for opening day. At the center of the insanity, Carlos Santana was named the starting 3rdbaseman over Lonnie Chisenhall & Carlos Carrasco was named the #5 starter over Josh Tomlin. Join Jim Pete as he takes a close look at dos Carlos, and throws a pre-cursory look at the AL Central in 2014.
March 23, 2014 (10 comments)
The Cleveland Indians and Justin Masterson failed to reach an agreement with Justin Masterson. The Indians have been reticent in past years to sign post-arbitration pitchers to long-term deals, and this proved true again this offseason. Join Jim Pete for this week's Sunday Drive, where he takes a look a the Indians' 'Jake Westbrook Rule,' the new clubhouse mentality, Elliot Johnson and how things are rarely what they seem in the spring.
March 19, 2014 (5 comments)
Welcome to Smoke Signals, as Jim Pete and Tony Lastoria talk spring training, as the Indians time in Goodyear begins to wind down. Camp is unusually quiet as most of the roster is set, but how could things change over the next two weeks? Who could be heading to Cleveland, and who could be heading to the minors or perhaps even off to other big league teams?
March 16, 2014 (18 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have two weeks left in Spring Training, and there are only a few holes left to fill. The one getting the most notoriety is for the final spot in the rotation. The good news for the Indians is that there does appear to be a couple of starters that are moving away from the pack. Who is your pick for the last spot? Will the Indians go for the best performer, or will they go for the player with options...or are those one and the same.
March 12, 2014 (5 comments)
The Cleveland Indians are focusing their sights on starting pitcher Justin Masteron, who may have put himself out there as willing to take a thee-year deal to stay in Cleveland. While all eyes are on the big, bald righty, there are also ongoing talks with a player that could prove to be even more important down the road in Jason Kipnis. With two similar players signing big-time deals in the offseason, is it time to wrap up Kipnis? Join Jim Pete in his stroll through the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
March 9, 2014 (4 comments)
Jim Pete dusts off his old Sunday Drive column for a closer look at why signing Justin Masterson goes far beyond the numbers, why Cody Anderson really could be a factor should the Indians need one in August, why Carlos Santana shouldn't be looked at all that closely just yet, and how something special could come out of the Indians' patience in handling Danny Salazar.
March 6, 2014 (15 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have apparently been given a potential break in the negotiations with their "ace" starter, Justin Masterson. According to the reports, Masty is reportedly copacetic with signing a deal that's far less in years and overall money than Homer Bailey's six-year, $105 million deal. Is his offer truly less time, and is it truly a discount when it's all said and done? IBI's Jim Pete talks Masterson, and the joys of Spring Training...
March 2, 2014 (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians are entering the first phase of their 2014 MLB season: the one in which they play games, but without a whole lot of meaning behind much of anything. In other words, you can read too much into what they do or say just yet. Join Jim Pete as he looks at some recent rumblings, than ties the Indians to the Oscars on this most hallowed of Hollywood evenings.
February 26, 2014 (2 comments)
The Cleveland Indians opened up against the Cincinnati Reds today, officially kicking off the 2014 MLB season. The Indians 25-man roster is fairly set, with four or five spots still open should they remain healthy over the next five weeks. Jim and Tony put together another Smoke Signals podcast before the game and share some of their thoughts on some of the stories in spring training.
February 23, 2014 (6 comments)
The Cleveland Indians are often judged by how many times they misfire per season, as opposed to what their chances are of actually winning the World Series. Of course, it's often the folly of the front office that leads fans there to begin with. As the Indians get set to embark upon the 2014 season, will they win the World Series? Have they built a team that can win in the near future? Will they win it before we leave this earth? Join Jim Pete as he leads you through this week's Power Poll.
February 20, 2014 (19 comments)
Ubaldo Jimenez has finally left the Indians building. In April of 2013, Jim literally begged the Indians' front office to release the struggling righthander, but he stuck around and carried the Tribe to the playoffs. While Ubaldo is gone, what are the ramifications of his leaving with regards to Justin Masterson and the rotation? Join Jim Pete as he talks Jimenez, Masterson and the Indians approach.
February 17, 2014 (4 comments)
Welcome to the seventh season of Smoke Signals! In today's debut episode, Tony and Jim focus their attention on several moves the Indians made this offseason, why they didn't HAVE to make more moves, what they might still do, and where they might go as the season progresses. Join IBI's flagship podcast, which will begin recording live every Tuesday night starting this week! More details to follow.
February 16, 2014 (27 comments)
Danny Salazar and Yan Gomes burst out for the Cleveland Indians in 2013, and really added the depth that the team needed to get to the next level. With both players joining the team on a regular basis in 2014, do the Indians have any minor league options that could provide the same burst of energy this season? Join Jim Pete, as he takes a look at potential break-out candidates this season.
February 12, 2014 (5 comments)
Once the season officially starts, optimism often turns to the realities of what teams have on paper. It's hard to say what the Indians have on paper, because last year at this time, I'm not sure that a playoff team is what was evident. With players reporting to Goodyear, the mysteries will be answered. Before they are, let's close our eyes one last time and imagine just what might happen if it all clicks just once. Join Jim Pete with the 2014 State of the Indians' Union.
February 9, 2014 (17 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have many great eras in their past, but none stand out more to today's fan than the prodigious offensive teams of the 1990's. Those teams were some of the best offensive teams in the history of the game, and while they never brought home a World Series championship, their playoff runs will be remembered for many years to come. With all of the discussion about Thome's statue, the inevitable question has to be asked. Who is the Indians' best player from those 90's team? Join Jim Pete for Sunday's Power Poll.