December 13, 2014 (25 comments)
One of the busiest Winter Meetings in the history of the league-wide get together has come and gone, but for the Indians, the flurry of activity may have made the trip to the road to the top of the AL Central that much more difficult. While they might have started things off with a bang acquiring Brandon Moss, the Indians were rather quiet for the rest of the meetings while the rest of the AL Central kept incredibly busy. The IBI's Hayden Grove looks at the current lineups for all of the AL Central teams and ranks them.
November 28, 2014 (25 comments)
So far in his offseason series, the IBIs Hayden Grove has concentrated on keeping things within the Indians organization. All of the necessary steps he has outlined for the Indians to make a run at the 2015 World Series have involved players currently under contract with the Indians in one way or another. But all of that changes in today's piece as he shifts his focus toward a few players outside the organization which he things can help them next season.
November 16, 2014 (5 comments)
If the newly extended Terry Francona enjoys anything more than managing in Cleveland, we all know that it’s his bullpen. Like a bag of candy - or in Tito’s case, a container of Dubble Bubble - Francona reached into his bullpen as often as he wanted in 2014 and for the majority of the season, that was a beneficial practice for the Indians. The IBI's Hayden Grove looks at the bullpen setup for the Indians going into 2015 and what they need to do - if anything - to make an already strong unit stronger.
November 4, 2014 (4 comments)
Corey Kluber had a breakthrough season and is a one of the top two favorites to win the AL Cy Young award. But the IBI's Hayden Grove believes that in order for the Indians to be a more consistent team next year and to make a push for the AL Central title, the Indians need a few arms to step up and solidify the number two and three spots in the rotation. He explains in his latest...
October 28, 2014 (11 comments)
Jason Kipnis' good 2013 season earned him a big contract extension earlier this season and it looked like he would be one of the key cogs to the lineup for years to come. But his performance went backwards this season and now the decision looks to be a regrettable one for the Tribe. For the Indians to take the next step next season and get back to the playoffs, the IBI's Hayden Grove believes getting Kipnis back on track and healthy is a big key.
October 22, 2014 (14 comments)
The Indians are home this postseason for a variety of reasons. The offense was too inconsistent. They had too many down years from key cogs in the lineup. The injury bug bit them too much. The bullpen had trouble protecting late leads. But the one reason that stood tall above everything else was their awful showing defensively as they were the worst fielding team in baseball in 2014. The IBI's Hayden Grove looks at the defense and why it is a key area to improve going into 2015.
October 14, 2014 (12 comments)
When the Indians brought in Terry Francona, Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn during the offseason two years ago, it changed the course of the franchise. Year one was a step in the right direction. Year two was a step back. Which brings us to the winter before year three, a pivotal one for the Indians. The IBI's Hayden Grove begins his series looking at what the Indians need to do to become a winner next season, and the first step is getting those big acquisitions from two years ago back to form.
July 11, 2014 (0 comments)
LeBron James decided on Friday afternoon that the Cavaliers would get a second chance for a championship, in what may be known as the biggest day in Cleveland sports history. Hours later, the Indians got a second chance of their own and made the most of it in a 7-4 beating of the White Sox that took them back to the .500 mark on the season.
July 6, 2014 (0 comments)
RubberDucks miss opportunities, fall to Baysox 7-1. While the “ZOOperstars,” a group of inflatable, sports-themed fauna, showed up to Canal Park on Saturday night, waddling their way into the hearts of the Akron crowd in the process, the bats of the Akron RubberDucks did not.
June 26, 2014 (0 comments)
The Akron RubberDucks tallied three runs between the seventh and eighth innings Thursday to take a 6-4 victory against the Harrisburg Senators. Ronny Rodriguez went 4 for 4 to lead the way while Tony Wolters added two RBIs. Jordan Cooper, Giovanni Soto and Shawn Armstrong got the win, hold and save, respectively.
June 23, 2014 (0 comments)
As the RubberDucks emerged from their clubhouse at nearly 6:30 p.m., ready to take on the SeaWolves in the first game of a three-game set at Canal Park, the green-splattered radar foreshadowed a long evening ahead. Nearly six hours later, that forecast was correct, as Akron reliever Shawn Armstrong tossed the final pitch at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday to secure a 7-1 victory for the home team.
June 13, 2014 (1 comments)
Indians first basement Nick Swisher completed a rehab appearance at Double-A Akron this week and was activated by the Indians on Thursday in Boston. But the impression he left on the players in Akron and the sincere love of the game he shows was something to take in and witness firsthand, which is exactly what the IBI's Hayden Grove did. He sat down and talked to Swisher about his Akron experience and more...
June 12, 2014 (0 comments)
The Akron RubberDucks looked to be in good shape through four innings with a 1-0 lead, but the wheels came off when they were down by a run going into the seventh. The Binghamton Mets scored eight runs in that frame alone to pave the way for a 11-3 victory. Akron was outhit, 14-8, in the loss.
June 6, 2014 (0 comments)
After playing 14 innings of baseball on Thursday, the Captains gave up that same number of hits and runs to the TinCaps on Friday, as Fort Wayne demolished Lake County in the final game of a three-game set by a final score of 14-4.
June 5, 2014 (0 comments)
The Lake County Captains totaled 12 runs as they took both games of a doubleheader against the Fort Wayne TinCaps Thursday. After Wednesday's game was postponed, the Captains and Fort Wayne each managed 10 hits in the first game, and eight hits in the second, but Lake County ended with the scoring touch. The Captains used the wins to move to 22-38 on the season.
May 31, 2014 (0 comments)
The Akron RubberDucks kept pace with the Harrisburg Senators through three innings, but ended up losing, 6-4, after squandering an eighth-inning lead. Harrisburg struck for three runs in the final two innings to seal the win. Akron starter Cody Anderson had a solid six-inning outing of four hits and three runs, but was credited with a no decision as Adam Miller took the loss.
May 14, 2014 (0 comments)
The Akron RubberDucks out hit the Harrisburg Senators 11 to seven on their way to taking the win, 4-2, Wednesday. Akron's offense was paced by two-hit games from Tyler Naquin, Joe Wendle and Jordan Smith. RubberDucks started Gabriel Arias picked up his fifth win of the season after pitching seven innings of seven-hit, two-run ball. Tyler Sturdevant got the save with two no-hit innings of work.
May 3, 2014 (1 comments)
On Friday, an offensive barrage helped the Indians to halt their six-game losing streak. On Saturday, it was a phenomenal pitching performance that earned the Tribe their second straight victory - a 2-0 win over the Chicago White Sox. The IBI's Hayden Grove recaps another Tribe win.
September 7, 2013 (1 comments)
The 2013 Mahoning Valley Scrappers were defined by a couple of overriding themes: a lack of offense, dominant pitching, and a killer 12-game losing streak during which seemingly nothing went write for the boys of Niles, Ohio. The IBI's Hayden Grove chimes in with his review of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and touches on the good and not so good performances on the season.
September 5, 2013 (0 comments)
The Scrappers ended their 2013 season on Wednesday night with a 2-0 victory over the Auburn Doubledays. The Scrappers 2013 season was a tumultuous one, but ended on the right note, sending the Scrappers into the 2014 season with a little momentum.