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Posts By Craig Gifford

Could Thome and Hafner Co-Exist For A Season?

September 16, 2011 |

 

By Craig Gifford

Jim Thome and Travis Hafner, both top-notch power hitters at one point in their careers, have seen their numbers decrease the last couple years thanks to injuries and the aging process. Neither one is likely to ever hit 40 home runs in a season as once was the case for both.

However, this season both have shown to still have a little something left. Hafner, who next year will be in the final year of his mega contract he signed in 2007, found some rejuvenation early in the season and is sitting at 11 home runs and 49 RBI in just 84 games, thanks to another injury-plagued season. Thome, the Indians’ all-time home run leader the club brought back in August, has played in 85 games, driving 13 home runs and 43 RBI. He will be a free agent this winter and probably won’t command a lot of money on the open market.

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Cleveland Swept Out By Texas; Rangers 7, Indians 4

September 16, 2011 |

By Criag Gifford

The Cleveland Indians are playing for second place in the American League Central Division these days. The Texas Rangers, defending AL champions, are playing for a bit more as they are in a race for the AL West crown and postseason berth.

The disparity showed this week as the Tribe was swept in a four-game series in Arlington, Texas. The latest, and least embrasssing, came in a 7-4 defeat Thursday night.

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Is Jack Hannahan In the 2012 Picture?

September 14, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

When the Cleveland Indians signed Jack Hannahan this past offseason, it was with the idea he was simply going to keep third base occupied until Lonnie Chisenhall was ready to be called up from AAA Columbus. Once Chisenhall got his promotion he would be groomed as the everyday player at the hot corner, while most thought the journeyman Hannahan would be jettisoned on to his next landing spot by season’s end.

Well, in a summer full of many twists and turns for the Tribe, one of the biggest has been Hannahan. He is going to still til the end of the season and chances are he will be in town a little while longer than that. The 31-year-old, who previously spent brief major league tenures in Detroit, Toronto and Oakland, is not a free agent this coming offseason, but is eligible for arbitration. Indians management would be wise to bring back for at least one more year.

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Bullpen Blows Up; White Sox 8, Indians 1

September 9, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

The Detroit Tigers spent the past week laying a beatdown on the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians. In the process Detroit all but clinched the AL Central Division crown, rendering this weekend’s four-game series, which … Read More

Indians Outfield Never Healthy

September 6, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

Shin-Soo Choo, Grady Sizemore and Michael Brantley.

That trio is one that can be as good as any in baseball when it comes to outfield play. The three have the ability to hit for a good average, all can hit the home run ball 15-20 times a season and all three have strong base-running and fielding abilities. It is an outfield most teams would like to have – including the Cleveland Indians.

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Gonzalez Stifles Tribe Again; Athletics 7, Indians 0

September 1, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

A mystery, an enigma, a puzzle. Whatever you want to call him, the Cleveland Indians have not been able to figure out Oakland A’s starter Gio Gonzalez. It was no different Thursday afternoon as Gonzalez kept the Tribe off the scoreboard for seven innings as Oakland went on to beat Cleveland 7-0 at Progressive Field.

Cleveland, which dropped to 68-66, missed on opportunity to pull a game closer to first-place Detroit. The Tigers lost 11-8 to Kansas City, Thursday. The Indians remained 5.5 game back in the Central Division.

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Matt LaPorta: Failing To Meet Expectations

September 1, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

With Matt LaPorta‘s demotion to AAA Columbus on Tuesday, coupled with Michael Brantley‘s season-ending wrist injuries, the Cleveland Indians currently have nothing to show on the field for their trade of ace pitcher C.C. Sabathia to the Milwaukee Brewers three years ago.

When Sabathia was traded, Brantley was the fill-in piece. LaPorta was supposed to be the player who blossomed into a star, power-hitting first baseman. To this point, Brantley has become a solid, everyday outfielder. LaPorta has been a disappointment and his demotion is further proof of just how far he is fallen since being a prized prospect just three years ago.

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Injuries Continue To Hamper Tribe

August 30, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

With all the injuries, bad luck and trades that have swept through the Cleveland Indians rotation this season, there were two constants. Justin Masterson and Josh Tomlin formed a top of the otation comparable to most around baseball. Masterson a true ace and Tomlin an innings eater who would keep a team in every ball game.

After that has been a run of starters who have been struggling or have limited experience.

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Prospects Travel Many Paths To Big Leagues

August 29, 2011 |

 

By Craig Gifford

When it comes to rookies, most baseball teams have a plan and like to stick to it. Usually a rookie ready for a promotion to the big leagues, will see a call up when rosters expand in September. This allows the player to get his feet wet in the majors while facing teams who are typically out of the playoff or already have their postseason spot secured. Either way, the young player is probably not going to see the best of the other team, but still gets to player under major league management, in major league parks and in front of major league crowds.

The other scenario is a team knows full well a rookie is ready for big time and he goes into the season on the major league roster.

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Chances Squandered Away; Royals 2, Indians 1

August 29, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

All year Justin Masterson has pitched like an ace for the Cleveland Indians. All year, he has gotten no run support.

The same was true Sunday afternoon as he again went six innings strong, but the Tribe bats mustered only a single run in a 2-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

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Fans Flock To Ballpark To See Thome

August 27, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

“Batting fourth for your Cleveland Indians …. Jim Thome!”

Yes, those are words Cleveland sports fans became fondly familiar with in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Starting last night, those same fans – and some … Read More

Tribe Down, But Not Out

August 25, 2011 |

 

By Craig Gifford

Thumpings of 12-7 and 9-2 at the hands of the Seattle Mariners, one of the worst teams baseball, means the Tribe’s dream season and chances of winning the AL Central Division championship have gone up in smoke. Right? ….. Wrong!

It does look bad. Cleveland enters Thursday six games behind the front-running Detroit Tigers, a half game ahead of the Chicago White Sox. With 35 games to play, there is not much room for error on this club at this point. However, even in a dark moment, here are some reasons to stay optimistic.

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