March 27, 2013 (9 comments)
On the night the Indians traded Shin-Soo Choo to the Reds for a deal that included Trevor Bauer and Drew Stubbs, the IBI's Michael Hattery was elated with the Bauer acquisition but did not know what to thing of the Stubbs pick up. After some time to think about it, one thing struck him as interesting, that being they were two high ceiling players being given up on by their draft teams a little too soon and that Stubbs could be in for a comeback season.
March 27, 2013 (3 comments)
The Indians brought out the minor leaguers on Tuesday after they got blasted on Monday night, and while they lost the game 7-6 to the A's, top prospect Francisco LIndor put on a defensive display. Zach McAllister scuffled a bit, but Chris Perez returned and looked pretty nasty. The Indians lost the game, but if there ever was a game in which I was left impressed after a loss, this was it.
March 27, 2013 (6 comments)
Tuesday was a camp day for the Indians' minor leaguers, which means more roster decisions could be coming. With more releases on the horizon and full season rosters set to be announced by the end of the week, Tony reviews all the stats from the games on Tuesday and provides some insight into which players may be on the roster and release bubble, and where some players may be assigned to start the season.
March 26, 2013 (4 comments)
A month is in the books in the IBI's Nostalgia League, a simulated league that pits the 18 greatest Indians' teams against one another over a full 162 game season. Eric Wedge's teams always got off to horrid starts, but not in this simulation as the 2005 Indians lead the Speaker Division and the 2007 Indians lead the Boudreau Division after one month of play. The Rock leads the pack with 15 homers, Albert Belle leads with 31 RBI, Otis Nixon leads with 20 stolen bases, and Luis Tiant leads with 73 strikeouts. Check it all out!
March 26, 2013 (5 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have just announced that Daisuke Matsuzake and Matt Capps have both re-signed with the Cleveland Indians.
March 26, 2013 (6 comments)
The Cleveland Indians' farm teams took on the affiliates of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday in the eighth of 11 scheduled inter-organization preseason exhibition games. Trevor Bauer started for Columbus, T.J. House for Akron, Jacob Lee for Carolina and Luis DeJesus for Lake County, and Arthur has the details on how all of them did as well as several standout performances in the lineup.
March 26, 2013 (8 comments)
The Cleveland Indians had a rough visit to Salt River Field on Monday Night, as the Colorado Rockies managed to make Arizona look like the thin air of Colorado. The pasted the Indians, scoring 18 runs on 26 hits on the night, and just beat up on the Indians' Brett Myers, David Huff and Rich Hill.
March 26, 2013 (17 comments)
With his sweet swing and mature demeanor, Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall may be a potential star in the making and a fixture at third for many years to come. Is it possible that Chisenhall could blossom into the next left-handed hitting slugger like Jim Thome? That's a question the IBI's Jim Berdysz asked and tries to answer....
March 25, 2013 (5 comments)
Opening day is always a great day to be alive, and for the Nostalgia League it means the beginning of some exciting matchups in this nine-part series simulating some of the greatest Indians teams of all time against one another over a full 162 game schedule. On opening day in the league 378,815 fans jammed into three parks on the shores of Lake Erie to see 9 games with 18 teams. Luis Tiant squared off against the juggernaut offense of the 1999 Indians, Bob Feller squared off against the 1995 Indians....and more!
March 25, 2013 (29 comments)
The Cleveland Indians announced the beginning of their final roster moves on Monday afternoon. While there are still some questions as to who will make up the final 25-man roster when they break camp next weekend, most were answered in a flurry of moves. Scott Kazmir was officially named the fifth starter, but won't be added to the roster until prior to his first start on April sixth. Here's a list of the moves made so far.
March 25, 2013 (3 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have made dramatic improvements over the offseason, which turned what likely would have been a lost year into one of curiosity. The Detroit Tigers remain loaded, and may have the three best players in the American League, let alone the AL Central, and the Kansas City Royals have the most talent, and could be ready to take a Tampa Bay Rays-type move from a few years ago. I haven't even mentioned the White Sox or the Twins yet. Who wins the division?
March 25, 2013 (4 comments)
Spring training is less than a week away from concluding, and Tony's trip to the desert will wrap up with his final trip to camp today. Tony shares several news items with things he learned over the past few days in camp including a talk with a front office about several players in camp from the Pacific Rim, the likely setup of the starting rotations at Columbus and Akron, updates on the health of Elvis Araujo, Alex Monsalve, and Anthony Santander, and much more.
March 25, 2013 (4 comments)
Roberto Perez was the star of the show in the AAA/AA game, belting a pair of home runs, while driving in three. The great Delvi Cid also managed a perfect three-hit performance. In the single A game, Dillon Howard pitched three pretty solid innings, and hopefully gained a bit of momentum heading into the 2013 season. With many pondering the term bust already, Howard needs to show some continuity this year to regain traction in the system. Join Arthur Kinney with Sunday's minor league wrap.
March 25, 2013 (1 comments)
Ubaldo Jimenez took the hill on Sunday afternoon for the Cleveland Indians in one of his last outings before the Indians break for camp at the end of the week. Jimenez was nothing short of spectacular in the outing, and while it's hard to look too much into a spring training start, it was good to see Jimenez do something good for a change. Join IBI's Arthur Kinney with the latest Indians' spring training recap.
March 24, 2013 (0 comments)
Daisuke Matsuzaka initially accepted a demotion the Triple A Columbus after Tribe manager Terry Francona told the right-handed starter that he wasn't going to make the 25-man roster last week. This weekend, things changed quickly as the Indians announced on Sunday night that he was being released from his minor league deal. Is there a renegotiation going on, or is Matsuzaka moving on?
March 24, 2013 (6 comments)
Have you ever wondered which Indians' team was the greatest of all-time? IBI contributer Rick Lamborn decided to tackle that topic. To do it, he has compiled 16 of the greatest Indians' teams, and utilizing Out Of The Park Baseball 13's baseball simulation game, he's done just that. Can Bob Feller dominate some of the 90's hitters such as Manny Ramirez and Kenny Lofton? Can Lou Boudreau lead his team to the ultimate prize? Tune into the Nostalgia League to find out...
March 24, 2013 (34 comments)
The Cleveland Indians will be breaking camp in a week, and while most of the roster seems set, there may be more players in the mix than initially thought. Here's a detailed look at the Indians remaining position battles in Goodyear over the final week of spring training. The only question left is, will the players that deserve to make the roster, actually make the roster? Take a trip to Arizona with this week's Tribe Happenings...
March 24, 2013 (6 comments)
Saturday saw some good and not so good performances by Indians players at the plate and on the mound. It also made for an unpleasant day with the news earlier in the day that nine players had been released from the organization. In today's recap we look into how LeVon Washington did in his spring game debut, the awesome performance from Danny Salazar, the forgettable showing by Jesus Aguilar, and much, much more....
March 24, 2013 (2 comments)
The bats were as scorching hot as the Arizona sun Saturday in Peoria as the Indians and Mariners combined for 15 runs off 34 hits with the Tribe doubling up Seattle 10-5. Scott Kazmir struggled for the first time in Cactus League play this spring, but isn’t expected to lose much ground in the race for the fifth starting rotation spot, which is expected to be decided between him and Carlos Carrasco this week.
March 23, 2013 (0 comments)
The IBI Digest catches you up on anything you might have missed over the past week at Indians Baseball Insider and also notes some of the more popular columns posted at the major news sites and blogs.