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Joe Jackson passes away at the age of 64 in Greenville, South Carolina.
The first half of the career of “Shoeless Joe” often gets overlooked and underappreciated due to the allegations that brought an end to the professional playing days …
That long suffering group of sports fans known for supporting the lovable losers to grace uniforms and jerseys for the city of Cleveland has learned the painful art of creative losing.
But on July 19th of the 2015 season, the city’s Indians found a rather unique way to walk away with a win from the cross-state “rival” Cincinnati Reds in an Interleague series with the National League Central club.
New Indians general manager Frank Lane makes his first trade for Cleveland, sending starting pitcher Early Wynn and outfielder Al Smith to the Chicago White Sox for former Tribe outfielder Minnie Minoso and infielder Fred Hatfield.
Minoso returns to Cleveland, …
The pesky rumor mill is churning once again as the Cleveland Indians attempt to address a notable hole or two in the outfield rotation for the coming 2016 season.
All three spots in the field would appear to have their question marks. Michael Brantley will not be available to start the season on time after offseason shoulder surgery, leaving a void in left. Abraham Almonte impressed, but remains unproven for extended stretches in his career and leaves doubt in center. Lonnie Chisenhall auditioned for two months in his first action as an outfielder and was surprisingly good there, but concerns about him at the spot regularly and hitting consistently at the plate leave the right field position technically up for grabs. And do not forget about a needed option off of the bench to spell the regulars at the position.
The recent rumblings have the Indians once again kicking the tires on Shane Victorino, a veteran and travelled outfielder in the twilight of his career, who could be a fit as a switch-hitting option and one-year stopgap for the Indians until the next batch of outfield reinforcements are ready.
That is where Tyler Naquin comes in.
The Cleveland Indians announced on Wednesday night that they have acquired outfielder Collin Cowgill from the Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations. In a corresponding roster move, reliever Nick Hagadone was not tendered a contract and has been designated for assignment, creating a spot on the 40-man roster for their new outfielder.
The 29-year-old Cowgill joins his fourth organization in four years. A former fifth round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2008 draft, he was traded in a five-player trade in December of 2011 to the Oakland Athletics. The Athletics traded him a little over a year later to the New York Mets, who traded him in late June, 2013, to the Angels for a minor leaguer.
He had been with the Angels organization for the last two and a half seasons.
The Cleveland Indians ink a pair of veterans at the back end of their careers, signing first baseman/designated hitter Eddie Murray and starting pitcher Dennis Martinez to multi-year contracts.
The 17-year veteran Murray will return to the American League after …
The Cleveland Indians announced Tuesday morning that the club had signed free agent reliever Joba Chamberlain to a minor league deal and has invited the right-hander to Spring Training. The nine-year Major League veteran spent last season with three different organizations.
He began the year with the Detroit Tigers in their bullpen but, after 30 games, was designated for assignment and released in early July. He signed with the Toronto Blue Jays later in the month and worked for the club’s Triple-A Buffalo team before exercising an opt-out clause in his contract on August 14th. He signed with the Kansas City Royals two days later and pitched for Triple-A Omaha before joining the Major League roster during the first week of September.
He worked in six games for the Royals during the season, but did not play in the postseason.
The Cleveland Indians send slugging third baseman Matt Williams back out west, as he is dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for third baseman Travis Fryman, reliever Tom Martin, and $3 million.
Williams was both a Gold Glove and …
It was another quiet week around baseball, with a few signings of note occurring around the game. Meanwhile, the Cleveland Indians made a pair of minor depth moves, adding potential bullpen candidate Kirby Yates in a trade from the Tampa Bay Rays and veteran catcher Anthony Recker on minor league contract with an invite to spring training.
In case you missed any other baseball news and stories regarding the Indians during the busy Thanksgiving week, here are some links to bring you up to speed.
Time and time again it seems like former Indians players come back to haunt the city of Cleveland.
Former team shortstop Jhonny Peralta was the lone blemish on the scorecard in an eight-inning, 18-strikeout, one-hit performance from Corey Kluber in mid-May. Another former Tribesman would rear his mug and make sure that Indians fans knew he was still around the game and capable of making a difference, and at the worst time possible.
Indians shortstop and manager Lou Boudreau is named the American League’s Most Valuable Player. He becomes just the second Cleveland player to earn the honor (George Burns, 1926).
Boudreau takes home 22 of the 24 first place votes for the …