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Will Jose Ramirez Break Camp With Cleveland?

November 3, 2013 |

After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians became a contender, but most importantly, How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?

Despite skipping Triple-A and joining the Cleveland Indians in the thick of a playoff race, 21-year-old infielder Jose Ramirez never seemed to let the Major League game look too big or too fast for him.

The speedy prospect became the fourth-youngest player in the Major Leagues when he was called up in September for the Indians’ final postseason push. Best known for his blazing speed on the base paths, he was not in Cleveland long before Indians fans got a taste of what Ramirez could do.

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Can Kipnis Solve His Second Half Slumps?

October 30, 2013 |

After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians became a contender, but most importantly, How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?

In his second full season in the Major Leagues, the Indians’ Jason Kipnis secured his status as one of the up-and-coming young ball players in the game today and established himself as a fan favorite in the city of Cleveland.

Kipnis performed as a legitimate second baseman with the bat and the glove throughout 2013 and was rewarded for his efforts on the field with his first All-Star nod, the first by an Indians’ second baseman in the Midsummer Classic since Ronnie Belliard in 2004.

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Where in the Indians Lineup Will Carlos Santana Be?

October 27, 2013 |

After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians became a contender, but most importantly, How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?

While Indians catcher Carlos Santana answered some of the questions surrounding him during the 2013 season, new and more pressing debates envelop him as Cleveland evaluates its offseason plans in preparation for the 2014 season.

Offensively, the switch-hitting Santana proved capable of being a 20-homer threat in the batter’s box. He has an ever-improving eye at the plate, improving both his batting average and on-base percentage over his previous seasons. Defensively, he raised many of the same concerns as in years past, showing an inability to block balls behind the plate and to throw out base runners consistently.

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With Deadline Approaching, Will Indians Be Active?

October 24, 2013 |

May 20, 1948

Despite the great record to start the season by the Cleveland Indians, team president Bill Veeck is not comfortable with the makeup and effort of his ball club.

The Indians have been a team of streaks. After winning their first six games of the year, they dropped four straight. They rebounded with a five-game winning streak, only to trade off a pair of losses sandwiching a win before their current four game victorious run.

It looks as though there are holes throughout the roster and the overall composition of the team seems to be unusual and unconventional at best.

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Feller Flirts With One Hitter, Finishes Off Philly; Indians 6, Athletics 1

October 23, 2013 |

May 19, 1948

Indians starting pitcher Bob Feller pitched a three-hit gem and was aided by a five-run fifth inning, as Cleveland defeated Philadelphia by a 6-1 final on Wednesday night, completing the two-game sweep of Connie Mack’s Athletics.

The Indians jumped on the board in the bottom of the third. Catcher Jim Hegan singled to left and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Feller. Thurman Tucker delivered a single to left, scoring Hegan from second and giving the Indians a 1-0 lead off of Philadelphia starter, Bill Dietrich.

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Tribe Rout Athletics to Reclaim Top Spot; Indians 6, Athletics 1

October 22, 2013 |

May 18, 1948

A strong pitching performance from southpaw Gene Bearden and a six-run outburst in the first two innings gave the Cleveland Indians a 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics on Tuesday night.

Bearden (2-0) held Philadelphia in check throughout the game in the first night game of the season at Cleveland Stadium. He easily outdueled fellow Purple Heart recipient Lou Brissie of the Athletics. Both men left their military obligations behind with the fear that severe injuries to their legs would prohibit them from ever playing professional baseball again. Both have defied the odds.

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Common Bond Unites Bearden, Brissie

October 22, 2013 |

May 18,1948

An unlikely pitching matchup between two rookies is set to take place on Tuesday evening in the first night game of the season at Cleveland Stadium.

What makes the matchup so unusual is that neither of the ballplayers set to take the mound should be playing professionally, let alone be standing center stage. Both of these young men very well could have died from their experiences during World War II.

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Can Pestano Return to the Vinnie of Old?

October 20, 2013 | | One Comment

After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians became a contender, but most importantly, How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?

Major League bullpens can be known as fickle and inconsistent beasts, oftentimes proving difficult to tame.

The season of Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano helped to contribute to that feeling in Cleveland this year. Once one of the better setup men in all of baseball, Pestano found himself on the disabled list, demoted from his role, and pitching in Triple-A for the first time since 2010, leaving a void in the back end of the Indians bullpen.

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Will Smith Remain a Member of the Bullpen Mafia?

October 17, 2013 |

After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians became a contender, but most importantly, How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?

Occasionally, the pending free agency of a player will have a negative effect on his results on the field.

That did not seem to be the case this season for Cleveland Indians reliever Joe Smith.

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Can Salazar Crack the 2014 Cleveland Rotation?

October 13, 2013 |

After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians became a contender, but most importantly, How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?

The 2013 baseball season will undoubtedly be one that Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar never forgets.

After all, it is not too often that a professional baseball player starts his season in Double-A and finishes it starting center stage in the biggest baseball game for the Indians in six years.

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Will Cleveland Re-sign Scott Kazmir?

October 10, 2013 |

After a surprising 2013 Cleveland Indians season the organization has higher expectations for 2014 than any season dating back to 2008. The Indians and their fans will expect a playoff team and World Series contender. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians became a contender, but most importantly, How Do the Indians Reach the Next Level?

Some gambles pay off.

The decision last winter by Chris Antonetti to sign Scott Kazmir turned out to be one such move. At the time, it was more of a head scratcher and was largely overlooked. Kazmir instead pitched like a player deserving of votes for Comeback Player of the Year.

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Doby’s Transition Far From Complete

October 7, 2013 |

May 3, 1948

The transition of Larry Doby from infielder to outfielder has hit its first significant bump in the road.

The 24-year-old Indians right fielder was one of a handful of options Cleveland considered during Spring Training to fill several voids in the outfield. Doby, a middle infielder off of the bench last season for the Tribe, had two giant obstacles in Lou Boudreau and Joe Gordon that he simply was not going to move past on the depth chart.

With significant needs in the outfield, Doby made the transition while beating out several of the nine different players brought into camp to compete for opportunities patrolling the pasture.

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