The Evolution of Jason Kipnis August 2, 2015 | Bob Toth
The Greatest Summer Ever: Bullpen Power August 1, 2015 | Steve Eby
Could Any of this Year’s Trades Turn Into Steals of the Past?... August 1, 2015 | Laurel Wilder
Previously on “The Indians Were Supposed to be Good”…... July 31, 2015 | Jonathan Knight
After a 1-6 homestand for the Cleveland Indians, are you still reading?
If so, congratulations, you are in limited company and likely some sort of an Indians diehard as some Cleveland area fans write off the season and transition their attention to the beloved Cleveland Browns as training camp starts in Berea.
Meanwhile, the Indians (46-54) stare down the final 62 games in their season, still technically within one nice winning streak of the American League Wild Card race, yet having shown nothing this season to make someone believe that they sincerely have one in them to get back into the thick of things. For those who had some hope left, those may have disintegrated away in the hot summer sun during the week as the AL’s best Kansas City Royals took two of three as the Indians continued to look lost at home. Cleveland was thumped 9-4 on Monday, only to lose a tough 2-1 game on Tuesday before coming back with a four home run game in a 12-1 victory on Wednesday to avoid a dreaded homestand sweep.
Lake County Captains to Host Bernie Kosar, “Super Joe” Charboneau, at Annual Cleveland Sports History Night on SaturdayJuly 30, 2015 | Laurel Wilder
On Saturday, the Lake County Captains will host one of their biggest promotions of the year, their annual Cleveland Sports History Night. Once a night every year, the Captains fill the ballpark with major sports figures from Cleveland’s past and promotions surrounding Cleveland sports, including the highly sought-after Jobu bobblehead.
Last year, fans lined up as early as 9:00 a.m. to claim the coveted promotional item that paid homage to Pedro Cerano’s worshipped spiritual leader from the movie “Major League.” This year, the first 1,500 fans will receive a Captains-themed Jobu bobblehead at the main gate only. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. If fans was to guarantee a Jobu bobblehead, they cna purchase a VIP package for $55 that also includes a ticket to the game, early entry for celebrity autographs, and a limited edition Jobu t-shirt from Cleveland-based clothing company KeepCalmCleveland.com. There are a limited number of VIP packages available, and those interested can call the Captains at 440.954.9467.
Games like Wednesday afternoon’s 12-1 thrashing of the Kansas City Royals give Tribe fans a glimpse of what might have been. It is also frustrating to see what the Indians, picked by some this past offseason as a World Series contender, can do when clicking on all cylinders.
Wednesday’s home win went just as the team drew things up to go this season. Ace and reigning American League Cy Young Corey Kluber shut down the defending American League champions. Meanwhile, the Tribe got contributions and timely hits from up and down the order.
For sports aficionados the red zone concerns the potential for a team to score. For the past several weeks this term might be one you could apply to High Class-A Lynchburg outfielder Clint Frazier, the #2 prospect of the Cleveland Indians system.
He became the third individual 2015 Hillcats player to earn Carolina League Player of the Week honors, joining Bradley Zimmer and Nellie Rodriguez. For the week of July 13-19 he hit at a .462 clip with a double, two home runs, five RBI’s, four runs, and four stolen bases.
Asked about earning the award, Frazier said, “Winning the (Carolina League) player of the week award was awesome. I think it was the first time I’d won such an award in pro-ball.”
Before he broke the color line, Robinson played in barnstorming tours that included Rapid Robert. Both had very well-defined opinions – and weren’t shy about sharing them. And both went into the Baseball Hall of Fame on the same day in 1962 – July 23.
Feller was signed by the Indians before he graduated from high school. Robinson went to UCLA, where baseball might have been his worst sport. Certainly, Feller thought so. At an exhibition game in San Diego in 1946, Feller said Robinson, built like a football player, with broad shoulders, was too musclebound to be able to handle inside pitching (it’s kind of hard to believe now, but at one point, weight training was considered a detriment for athletes).
Canal Park may have been the most popular spot to be in Akron this week.
Not only was it the homecoming weekend for Indians top prospect Bradley Zimmer, but it was also the rehab weekend for Indians 1B/OF Nick Swisher. On top of all of that, CBS Sports was also at Zimmer’s homecoming game to televise the entire event.
“Ya, that was pretty cool. I know my parents and everyone back home were watching so I’m glad they got to be a part of it,” Zimmer said.
Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back at player #11 Charles Nagy.
The Indians drafted starting pitcher Charles Nagy in the first round of the 1988 amateur draft. He was the 17th overall pick and the Indians had hopes that the former UConn Huskie and Olympian would turn out to be a consistent, front of the rotation starter.
Nagy started showing the Tribe just what he was made of during his official rookie year in 1991. He won 10 games as a rookie for an Indians team that only won 57, giving Nagy a win in almost one fifth of the team’s victories that season. For his efforts, Nagy finished eighth in the American League Rookie of the Year voting.
If this is not rock bottom, it is scary to think what could lie ahead for the Cleveland Indians with 65 more games left on the docket for the 2015 season.
A month ago, it looked as though the Indians (45-52) had reached their lowest point when they went into Baltimore and were swept by the Orioles. At the time, the three game skid, capped by a pair of shutouts to conclude the series, pushed an extended run of bad play to seven losses in a nine-game span. They then spun a five-game winning streak on the road against Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh to gain four games on the division leader, but since have played inconsistent baseball to put it in an extremely family friendly context.
Outfielder Jerry Sands is quietly having one of the best seasons in the Indians organization. How is he doing it? Hard work, consistency, and sweet potatoes?
Sands grew up in Smithfield, North Carolina, a small town in Johnston County, which is the #1 producer of sweet potatoes in the United States. Each spring, the community puts on the Ham & Yam Festival, a celebration of the best ham and yams in the area.
“I think I went just a few times when I was younger,” Sands said with a laugh. “They shut down a small section of one of the streets in Smithfield and had vendors from everywhere. Live music and different things. It was a good time and is definitely a big thing around there.”
It’s a long season, but the message sure seems to have changed in just 48 hours.
Friday afternoon Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti met with the media to discuss the team and their direction as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches on July 31. Antonetti remained confident in the roster, yet disappointed in the result, and a believer in what the organization has built. Antonetti even went so far as to compare this team to the Kansas City Royals of a season ago, that got hot in late July and rode it all the way to Game 7 of the World Series.