IBI Digest: 3/30/13-4/6/13
Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider
Baseball is officially back! The big league club is in action, the minor league teams are playing, and you can go to your local ballpark and catch a game.
After the long offseason, I think everyone can join with me when I say "Finally!"
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:
2013 Indians minor league full season rosters announced: Tony Lastoria releases the rosters from all of the full season minor league affiliates, from Columbus to Lake County and everywhere in-between.
2013 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 30th: Tony Lastoria recaps Saturday's minor league Spring Training games, including an impressive day for Yan Gomes, another home run from Chun Chen, and much more.
Minor Happenings: Naquin shines in Carolina debut: In his regular feature, Minor Happenings, Tony Lastoria gives an update on Tony Wolters' move to catcher, profiles new addition Robert Whitenack, looks at Tyler Naquin's striking first game, and much more.
2013 Indians Spring Training Game #36: Reds 1, Indians 9: Jake Dungan recaps Saturday's final Spring Training game, including Brett Myers righting the ship, Dorssys Paulino's debut with the big league club, and more.
Mark Shapiro Q&A - Re-branding the Indians: Steve Garton has a Q&A session with Mark Shapiro where they discuss the new marketing approach of the team and how Shapiro is trying to appeal to fans.
The Nostalgia League: September results: Rick Lamborn continues his Nostalgia League series with the results from September, including the 2005 team clinching one division, the 1995 team taking the other, and more.
Flash Forward: A look ahead at the Indians 2013 season: In his debut piece for IBI, James Keene revives an old Paul Cousineau standby and peers into his crystal ball as to what will come to pass in the 2013 season.
Spring Notebook: Goodbye Goodyear, Hello Cleveland: In his final Spring Training notebook, Steve Orbanek recaps what happened in Goodyear, including Lonnie Chisenhall's MVP spring, the rebirth of Scott Kazmir, and much more.
IBI Power Poll: How many wins in 2013?: In his regular feature, the IBI Power Poll, Jim Pete asks a very simple question: How many games will the team win in 2013?
Ranking the 2013 Cleveland Indians' Roster: Jim Piascik unveils his first rankings of the 2013 season, ranking the Opening Day roster from first to last.
The Nostalgia League: Playoff results: Rick Lamborn concludes his Nostalgia League series with the results from the playoffs, the season awards, and more.
Tribe Happenings: Managing expectations on Opening Day: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria writes about keeping expectations reasonable as Opening Day rolls around, his fears about what a slow start might bring, and much more.
Smoke Signals 6.1: Opening Night Edition: Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete bring back Smoke Signals back for another year, breaking down the offseason, Opening Day, and much more.
IBI Roundtable: 2013 Indians and MLB predictions: The IBI staff unveils their predictions for the season in Cleveland and for baseball as a whole.
Indians defeat Blue Jays 4-1 in season opener: Nathan Kemp recaps Tuesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, including a home run for Asdrubal Cabrera, a solid outing for Justin Masterson, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #1: Indians 4, Blue Jays 1: Jake Dungan gives his Second Thoughts on Tuesday's game, including a start Justin Masterson can build on, Gold Glove defense all around, and more.
Swing Starters: Ubaldo Jimenez, is there anything there?: Continuing his Swing Starters series, Michael Hattery takes a look at Ubaldo Jimenez and whether there is any saving the enigmatic right-hander.
Big moves bring new team to Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete breaks down the differences between this year’s Opening Day roster and last year’s, analyzing where the differences are and what they mean.
Reynolds’ Late Heroics Lead Indians to 3-2 Win: Nathan Kemp recaps Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, including a late-inning home run from Mark Reynolds, a blown save from Chris Perez, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #2: Indians 3, Blue Jays 2: Michael Goodman gives his Second Thoughts on Wednesday’s game, including praise for Ubaldo Jimenez’s outing, the lineup being dominated by Brandon Morrow, and more.
The Inside Pitch 2.1: Debut show for 2013: Jeff Ellis and Andrew Zajac preview their radio show, The Inside Pitch, which airs on Thursday nights and has a focus on fantasy baseball, along with what’s going on around baseball.
IBI Roundtable: Thoughts about the minors in 2013: The IBI staff unveils their predictions for the minors in 2013, answering questions about the most exciting affiliate, breakout players, and more.
Indians lose slugfest to Blue Jays 10-8: Jim Berdysz recaps Thursday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, including a rough start for Brett Myers, an offensive explosion that went to waste, and more.
Second Thoughts Game #3: Blue Jays 10, Indians 8: Andrew Clayman gives his Second Thoughts on Thursday’s game, including the contrast between Cleveland’s outstanding offense and abysmal pitching, Carlos Santana’s notable night, and more.
2013 Carolina Mudcats Preview: Fishing with #1 Draft Picks: Jim Pete previews the 2013 Carolina Mudcats, giving his thoughts on each member of the team and coaching staff, the season outlook at each position group, and more.
Orbiting Cleveland: A forecast for Ubaldo Jimenez: In his weekly column, Orbiting Cleveland, Steve Orbanek analyzes the chances of an Ubaldo Jimenez bounce back season by comparing him to a former Cleveland pitcher.
Indians shut down by Moore, suffer 4-0 loss to Rays: Jim Berdysz recaps Friday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays, including Matt Moore's total dominance of the lineup, a decent outing from Zach McAllister, and more.
The 2013 Transaction Rundown: April 2-5: Arthur Kinney gives his transaction rundown, listing all the moves Cleveland and its affiliates made over the past week.
3 Up 3 Down: 2013 Draft Edition: Jeff Ellis unveils his first look at players in the 2013 Draft with stock rising or falling, featuring Oklahoma right-hander Jonathan Gray, Arkansas right-hander Ryne Stanek, and more.
Friends of the Feather
‘The Pitch That Killed,’ a book about the Indians’ 1920 World Series champions, provides a distant mirror to baseball today: Bill Livingston of the Plain Dealer writes about the book “The Pitch That Killed” and compares its story of the 1920 World Series team to Cleveland teams in the present day.
Two awful months of baseball set the stage for 2013 Cleveland Indians: Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer recaps how two awful months of baseball -- September 2011 for Boston and August 2012 for Cleveland -- allowed this year’s team to come into shape.
Indians utility player Mike Aviles expects to contribute often: Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal profiles Mike Aviles and how the utility player sees his season playing out despite not having a full-time job on the team.
Cleveland Indians still sorting out some roles in bullpen: Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer writes about the Cleveland bullpen and how the role for each player is still fluid and working itself out.
Terry Francona deals with nerves in return to dugout: The Boston Herald relays an Associated Press story on Cleveland manager Terry Francona and his nerves surrounding his return to managing, even though Francona knows he is where he wants to be.
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