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September 30, 2014   (2 comments)
AZL Indians Insider: 2014 review - The hitters
Over the next several weeks the IBI's Tony Lastoria will be providing year-end pieces like this for all of the Indians six minor league affiliates. With comments on 20-25 players for each team, these pieces are being broken up into two parts. In today's first part of his AZL review, Tony chance to sit down with Indians Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of some of the position players there such as Bobby Bradley, Yu Cheng Chang, Li-Jen Chu, Silento Sayles, Emmanuel Tapia and more.
September 30, 2014   (13 comments)
Analyzing Cleveland’s draft history: Sipp saves 2004
An often repeated phrase surrounding Cleveland baseball over the past two decades regards how poor the organization has fared in the draft. But exactly how bad has Cleveland been? And how do they stack up against the rest of baseball? With this new series, Jim Piascik sets out to answer that question, starting with the 2004 draft. Join Jim as he breaks down Cleveland’s choices, how they stack up to the rest of Major League Baseball, and much more.
September 30, 2014   (4 comments)
Storylines: Longtime Twins manager Gardenhire fired
The regular season has been over for two days. Do you miss it yet? In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the Twins firing Ron Gardenhire, the Astros announcing who their new manager is, who could start at shortstop for the Yankees next season, and more.
September 29, 2014   (54 comments)
Tribe Happenings: This is only the beginning...
Another season of Indians baseball came to a close on Sunday, and as has been the case the past 65 seasons it ended without a World Series championship. But while there is sadness and disappointment with the conclusion of the 2014 season, this is but the beginning to what should be a very important and busy offseason for the Indians as they look primed to be serious contenders in 2015. The IBI's Tony Lastoria shares his thoughts on the future of the team, who shined, who struggled and more.
September 29, 2014   (9 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #162: Rays 2, Indians 7
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. Unfortunately, Terry Francona's bunch fell just shy of a postseason berth this year. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he wraps up the season.
September 29, 2014   (9 comments)
Storylines: Zimmerman tosses no-no against Marlins
The final day of baseball's regular season carried some drama with it as two division titles and one AL wildcard spot were secured. In addition to that, Nationals righty Jordan Zimmermann finished the season in style throwing a no-hitter - one that ended in dramatic fashion. The IBI's Jay Frierson provides all the news and notes from the day...
September 28, 2014   (9 comments)
Indians end season strong with 7-2 victory over Rays
As bittersweet of an ending as it may be, you can officially close the book on the 2014 Indians. The Tribe suited up for one more day in the sun at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario, ending a bumpy season on a high note, with a 7-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday afternoon. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the season finale at the ballpark.
September 28, 2014   (3 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 Lake County hitters season in review
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Lake County Captains. After focusing on the Captains' pitchers last week, join Jim Piascik as this week he focuses on their hitters, including Eric Haase, Nellie Rodriguez, and Clint Frazier.
September 28, 2014   (4 comments)
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 Carrasco’s efforts. Join John Grimm as he gives his Second Thoughts on Carrasco and Cleveland's loss on Saturday.
September 28, 2014   (15 comments)
Brantley collects 200th hit; Indians fall to Rays, 2-0
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. The hit became the lone highlight for Cleveland in a 2-0 loss to Tampa Bay, in what was the final night game of the regular season.
September 27, 2014   (0 comments)
Diamonds in the Rough '14: Jeremy Lucas
This weekly feature piece here at the IBI specifically looks at some of the prospects that have maybe not had as much attention they deserve for a variety of reasons but who are interesting or are coming onto the scene. Last week the IBI's Tony Lastoria focused on right-handed pitcher D.J. Brown, so this week he decided to focus in on a position player, one who just happened to be Brown’s battery mate this season catcher Jeremy Lucas. What kind of prospect is he? How is his bat and defense? What kind of future does he have? Tony provides all that and more...
September 27, 2014   (0 comments)
Second Thoughts Game #160: Rays 0, Indians 1
Corey Kluber has been baseball's breakout story of 2014. That story and that 2014 came to a close for Kluber on Friday, as he emphatically delivered an eleven-strikeout, eight-inning shutout performance to cap a season that has been one of the most impressive in Indians' history. The IBI's John Grimm attempts to situate this historic strikeout season and explain the hallowed fraternity to which Kluber now belongs.
September 27, 2014   (7 comments)
Kluber, Indians blank Rays, 1-0; Tribe eliminated from playoff race
It's official. The lights above Progressive Field will not shine bright come October. But for one more night on Friday, Corey Kluber shined the brightest. Hurling eight dominant innings of shutout baseball, Kluber led the Indians in the series opener past Tampa Bay for a 1-0 victory. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the win from the ballpark.
September 27, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Diamondbacks clean house, fire Gibson
The Indians were officially eliminated from playoff contention. Meanwhile, Corey Kluber reinforced his Cy Young candidacy. Mixed bag type of day! In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the Diamondbacks firing Kirk Gibson and Alan Trammell, the Brewers exercise a starter's option, the viability of the Rays going forward, and more.
September 26, 2014   (7 comments)
Minor Happenings: It starts from the top with Allen
In today’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a long look at outfielder Greg Allen and really dissects his game and the future he has as a prospect for the Indians. He also provides insights from the front office on why Lindor, Urshela and others were not called up, looks at where Joe Wendle disappointed but also shined and why he is not far off from a bounce back, and provides insights into the developments of players such as Shawn Armstrong, Carlos Moncrief, Francisco Mejia, J.P. Feyereisen, Luis DeJesus and more…
September 26, 2014   (8 comments)
Second Thoughts: Sizing up the AL Cy Young and MVP races
Despite the Indians' playoff hopes currently running on fumes, they are fortunate to have a horse in both the Cy Young and MVP races in Corey Kluber and Michael Brantley, who each have put together historical seasons by franchise standards. The question now is will they each have a legitimate shot at winning? The IBI's Jake Dungan discusses.
September 26, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Fitting end for The Captain in New York
The Indians begin their final series of the season tonight. How many days until Spring Training begins? In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on a fitting end to Derek Jeter's career at Yankee Stadium, the Diamondbacks hire a new general manager, Phil Hughes settles the dispute over his contract bonus he fell just short of, and more!
September 25, 2014   (79 comments)
The Tribe is alive, but next year they will thrive (Part 2)
Throughout the final two months of the season, the Cleveland Indians have boasted one of the best rotations in baseball. Unfortunately, a fried bullpen and impotent offense have cost them any realistic shot at the playoffs. The IBI's John Mast takes a look at the Indians lineup going into next year and how one or two big moves could put this team on the doorstep as a World Series championship contender.
September 25, 2014   (16 comments)
Indians playoff hopes stay alive; Tribe takes down Royals, 6-4
One win down...three to go. And then maybe, just maybe by some baseball miracle, the Indians will sniff the cool air of October. But that's for Oakland and Kansas City to decide. At least for now, the Tribe is still in the hunt for the postseason after a huge 6-4 win over the Royals Wednesday night. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps a big win from the ballpark.
September 25, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Indians still have a postseason chance, albeit small
The Indians lived to fight another day on Wednesday as they beat the Royals by a score of 6-4 on Wednesday and every other team in the wildcard race lost. The IBI's Jay Frierson provides all of the news and notes from another busy day around baseball and an AL Wildcard race where no one has taken the bull by the horns.