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Learning from the Past

November 11, 2012 |

Recently, Pat McManamon of FOXSportsOhio.com had a conversation with Cleveland Indians’ team president Mark Shapiro, who talked about his challenges and interests in baseball, the recent history of the team, and his vision moving forward. Following will be a series of opinions and insight about Shapiro’s responses and how they apply to where the team was, how the team got to where it is now, and most importantly, Where Do the Indians Go From Here.

This is part three in the series – part one; part two.

By Bob Toth

One of the biggest keys to the Cleveland Indians’ success of the 1990’s was acquiring the right talent, whether it was through the draft, trades, or free agency.

Every team will have its share of misses. They too will have their share of surprise prospects rising through the system and making unexpected contributions to the major league squad.

When you start having repeated failures in any one or more of these areas of your organization, the entire unit becomes unstable.

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Lefty Huff Could Be Piece of the Pitching Puzzle

November 1, 2012 |

After a disappointing 2012 Cleveland Indians season the organization is at a crossroads to decide how to progress with the organization, not just for the 2013 season but several seasons to come. Decisions involve ownerships, the front office, managerial and coaching decisions and the players. For the month of October, we’ll look at how the Indians ended up in their current predicament, but most importantly, Where Do the Indians Go From Here. Today, we examine a player who is out of minor league options, meaning they must be on the 25-man roster.

David Huff’s 2012 season did not go as he might have planned.

After spending nearly all of the year in the minor leagues at Triple-A Columbus, the 28-year-old pitcher now finds himself fighting for a job with the Cleveland Indians. If he is not able to succeed in securing a spot on the 25-man roster at the end of spring training, it could spell the end of his time in the Indians’ organization.

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The Challenges Facing Shapiro

October 28, 2012 |

Recently, Pat McManamon of FOXSportsOhio.com had a conversation with Cleveland Indians’ team president Mark Shapiro, who talked about his challenges and interests in baseball, the recent history of the team, and his vision moving forward. Following will be a series of opinions and insight about Shapiro’s responses and how they apply to where the team was, how the team got to where it is now, and most importantly, Where Do the Indians Go From Here.

 

This is part one in the series.

While Major League Baseball and its fans watch the culmination of the 2012 season in Detroit as the Tigers trail the San Francisco Giants in the World Series, Mark Shapiro and the Cleveland Indians’ front office continue their work seeking ways to improve upon a disappointing season.

Their work is cut out for them.

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Uncertain Future Ahead for Sizemore

October 23, 2012 |

After a disappointing 2012 Cleveland Indians season the organization is at a crossroads to decide how to progress with the organization, not just for the 2013 season but several seasons to come. Decisions involve ownerships, the front office, managerial and coaching decisions and the players. For the month of October, we’ll look at how the Indians ended up in their current predicament, but most importantly, Where Do the Indians Go From Here. Today, we consider if Grady Sizemore should return to the Indians.

Sometimes, calculated risks pay off.

The Cleveland Indians elected to go all in and gambled $5 million on fan favorite free agent outfielder Grady Sizemore after the team declined its $8.5 million team option on him following the 2011 season. They were willing to ante up even more money, as much as another $4 million, in the event that Sizemore was able to reach several performance-based incentives in his contract.

The team and its fans lost on the bet.

Now, the Indians face the same debate again with the free agent Sizemore. Do they attempt to resign the veteran, or do they allow him to walk away?

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Marson Hopes for Increased Opportunities in 2013

October 18, 2012 |

After a disappointing 2012 Cleveland Indians season the organization is at a crossroads to decide how to progress with the organization, not just for the 2013 season but several seasons to come. Decisions involve ownerships, the front office, managerial and coaching decisions and the players. For the month of October, we’ll look at how the Indians ended up in their current predicament, but most importantly, Where Do the Indians Go From Here. Today we analyze one of the many players facing salary arbitration this winter.

While it certainly was not the intention at the time of the trade, backup catcher Lou Marson has been the most consistent of the prospects acquired by Cleveland in July of 2009 from the Philadelphia Phillies, in exchange for Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco, to grace the Indians’ roster.

When trading away Cy Young award winning pitchers, most teams have to hope the highlight of the trade three years later is not a reserve catcher.

So goes the Indians’ subpar prospect hauls and their erratic play over the last few years.

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Pestano’s Performance Solidifies Bullpen

October 11, 2012 |

After a disappointing 2012 Cleveland Indians season the organization is at a crossroads to decide how to progress with the organization, not just for the 2013 season but several seasons to come. Decisions involve ownerships, the front office, managerial and coaching decisions and the players. For the month of October, we’ll look at how the Indians ended up in their current predicament, but most importantly, Where Do the Indians Go From Here. This week we analyze the Tribe’s young core of players moving forward.

It was a Cleveland Indians’ record-breaking season for setup man Vinnie Pestano in 2012. Along with Joe Smith and Chris Perez, the three formed one of the more formidable back ends in the major leagues.

Unfortunately for the Indians, their second-half collapse gave the team too few opportunities to hand the ball to the trio with the game at stake.

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