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IBI Digest: 3/24/13-3/30/13

Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider

IBI Digest: 3/24/13-3/30/13
IBI Digest
March 30, 2013
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Spring Training is nearly gone. The sun is actually out and it is above freezing outside. Cleveland released a new viral video featuring  Terry Francona as Siri (aka TERRi).

Life is good.

Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:

Subscription Pieces

2013 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 23rd: Arthur Kinney recaps Saturday's minor league Spring Training games, including an efficient outing from Scott Barnes, an outstanding effort from Danny Salazar, and much more.

2013 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 24th: Arthur Kinney recaps Sunday's minor league Spring Training games, including an offensive outburst from Roberto Perez, a strong outing for Dillon Howard, and much more.

2013 Goodyear Notebook: March 24th: Tony Lastoria reports in from Arizona, including notes on Pacific Rim imports Ping-Hsueh Chen, Naoki Hashimoto, Kota Kobayashi, and Chia-Ching Lin, a look at the starting rotations for Columbus and Akron, and much more.

2013 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 25th: Arthur Kinney recaps Monday's minor league Spring Training games, including Francisco Mejia continuing his impressive spring, Trevor Bauer pitching five scoreless innings, and much more.

2013 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 26th: Tony Lastoria recaps Tuesday's minor league Spring Training games, including an impressive outing (and comeback) from Austin Adams, another home run for Nelson Rodriguez, and much more.

2013 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 27th: Tony Lastoria recaps Wednesday's minor league Spring Training games, including an almost perfect outing for Carlos Carrasco, an all-around effort from LeVon Washington, and much more.

2013 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 28th: Arthur Kinney recaps Thursday's minor league Spring Training games, including a great start for Danny Salazar, some bad luck obscuring Jake Sisco's outing, and much more.

2013 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 29th: Tony Lastoria recaps Friday's minor league Spring Training games, including more time at first base for Nelson Rodriguez, another extra base hit for Francisco Mejia, and much more.

Regular Content

Sunday

Spring Training Game #29: Indians 10, Mariners 5: Jake Dungan recaps Saturday's Spring Training game, including struggles from Scott Kazmir, a glimpse of the future with Francisco LindorJose Ramirez, and Tyler Naquin, and more.

Tribe Happenings: Final battles for 25-man roster: Filling in for Tony Lastoria on his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Jim Pete breaks down the status of the 25-man roster, looks in-depth at what battles are still going on for roster spots, and much more.

Nostalgia League: The Search for the Greatest Indians Team: In his inaugural piece for IBI, Rick Lamborn begins a nine-part series in which he searches for the best Cleveland team of all-time using Out Of The Park Baseball 13.

Indians release Daisuke Matsuzaka from minor league deal: Jim Pete writes the breaking news piece on the front office releasing Daisuke Matsuzaka, likely in a move to try to keep him in the organization without paying him a $100,000 roster bonus.

Monday

Spring Training Game #30: Cubs 4, Indians 3: Arthur Kinney recaps Sunday's Spring Training game, including an efficient and effective day from Ubaldo Jimenez, a shaky day for the offense, and more.

IBI Power Poll: AL Central Division Winner?: In his regular feature, the IBI Power Poll, Jim Pete breaks down the teams in the AL Central and asks you to vote on which team will win the division in 2013.

Indians final spring roster moves; Kazmir named fifth starter: Jim Pete writes the breaking news piece on the team finalizing the Opening Day roster, including naming Scott Kazmir the fifth starter, placing Jason Giambi on the DL, and more.

Nostalgia League: Opening Day results: Rick Lamborn continues his Nostalgia League series with the results from Opening Day, including 17 strikeouts for Luis Tiant, an 11th inning home run for Lou Boudreau, and more.

Tuesday

Could Lonnie Chisenhall become the next Jim Thome?: Jim Berdysz takes a look at Lonnie Chisenhall's development to date and compares it to a young Jim Thome's development to the same point.

Spring Training Game #31: Rockies 18, Indians 4: Jim Pete recaps Monday's Spring Training game, including a hot day for Lonnie Chisenhall, a horrible start for Brett MyersDavid Huff, and Rich Hill, and more.

The Nostalgia League: April results: Rick Lamborn continues his Nostalgia League series with the results from April, including a surging 2005 team, a player of the month award for Albert Belle, and more.

Wednesday

Spring Training Game #32: A's 7, Indians 6: Jim Pete recaps Tuesday's Spring Training game, including an impressive fielding day for Francisco Lindor, a so-so outing from Zach McAllister, and more.

Swing Starters: Is Drew Stubbs primed for a comeback year?: Michael Hattery takes a look at Drew Stubbs and breaks down what to expect out of the outfielder in 2013 now that he is free of the heavy expectations that were on his shoulders in Cincinnati.

Indians release Kelly, four others from minor league camp: Tony Lastoria writes the breaking news piece on the team releasing five minor leaguers, including Jairo Kelly, from minor league camp.

A playoff run brewing at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete runs down every spot on the roster for his season preview and how he can see the team making a playoff run in 2013.

The Nostalgia League: May results: Rick Lamborn continues his Nostalgia League series with the results from May, including a big month from Vic Wertz, a 1.26 ERA for Frederick "Cy" Falkenberg, and more.

Thursday

Spring Training Game #33: White Sox 5, Indians 4: Steve Orbanek recaps Wednesday's Spring Training game, including a strong start for Daisuke Matsuzaka, more fireworks out of Lonnie Chisenhall, and more.

2013 Key Players: Carlos Santana: Michael Goodman continues his Key Players series with a look at Carlos Santana, who has not quite reached the ceiling that everyone expected of him over the past few years.

A good week in Goodyear: DJ Sebastian writes about his experience in Goodyear, taking in the sights and sounds of Spring Training.

The Nostalgia League: June results: Rick Lamborn continues his Nostalgia League series with the results from June, including 13 home runs for Travis Hafner, a 1.51 ERA for Cliff Lee, and more.

Friday

2013 Spring Training Game #34: Indians 4, Padres 6: Jake Dungan recaps Thursday's Spring Training game, including a sharp outing from Justin Masterson, struggles for Chris Perez, and more.

If you think the CC trade was a bust, think again: In his debut piece for IBI, John Mast takes a look back at how the CC Sabathia trade played out and how Michael Brantley makes the trade worth it.

Orbiting Cleveland: The book on Zach McAllister: In his new weekly column, Orbiting Cleveland, Steve Orbanek breaks down Zach McAllister and how much more improvement he might have in store for 2013.

The Nostalgia League: July results: Rick Lamborn continues his Nostalgia League series with the results from July, including a big month for Larry Doby, no-hitters for Bob Feller and Charles Nagy, and more.

Saturday

2013 Spring Training Game #35: Royals 5, Indians 1: Arthur Kinney recaps Friday's Spring Training game, including an up and down effort from Ubaldo Jimenez, a decent day for Michael Brantley, and more.

Don't knock the Rock!: Will Joyce reflects on the career of Rocky Colavito, one of the all-time great Cleveland players who was traded on Easter Sunday -- the day before the season started -- back in 1960.

Who are the Most Intriguing Prospects in 2013?: Jim Piascik finishes his so-called "adjective" series with a look at the most intriguing prospects in the Cleveland organization, including Yan GomesGiovanni Soto, and more.

Friends of the Feather

Reasonable Suspicion: Being a Latino ballplayer in Arizona: Bryan Curtis of Grantland writes about the Arizona immigration law and how Latino ballplayers are dealing with its consequences at Spring Training.

Francona talks leadership, family, history in Q&A: Jordan Bastian of MLB.com spoke at length with manager Terry Francona about the upcoming season, what his first spring with Cleveland has been like, and more.

Cleveland Indians GM Chris Antonetti expects a busy off-season to blossom into a winning summer: Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer talked with GM Chris Antonetti and writes about how he feels optimistic about competing in the upcoming season.

Francona changing the way Indians play ball: Pat McManamon of Fox Sports Ohio profiles Terry Francona's managing style and gives examples of how he always tries to let his players' strengths shine through.

Q&A: Jason Giambi, Hitting Guru: David Laurila of Fangraphs talks about hitting with Jason Giambi, touching on his approach, how the game has changed since his first season, who has impressed him on the team, and more.

The Unthinkably Exceptional Scott Kazmir: Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs takes a look at Scott Kazmir and how strange it is that he performs better with runners on base than with the bases empty.

2013 MLB Preview: AL Central: Jonah Keri of Grantland previews the AL Central and how each of the teams stack up heading into 2013.

Grand Theft Baseball: Jonah Keri of Grantland has an in-depth conversation with Coco Crisp on the art of base stealing. This one is technically from last week, but I didn't catch it until now and it is fascinating.

If you want to follow Jim on Twitter, he’s @JimPiascik. If you want to e-mail him, you can do so at jpiasci1@gmail.com. If you want to read his Master's thesis on college athletes and Twitter, you can do so here.

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