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2012 Offseason

Lone Tribe Finalist Hopes To Move Into MLB Fan Cave

February 18, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Tough economical times have lead to competitive job markets, but have you ever been a finalist for a position that had more than 22,000 applicants? For Amie Matthews, she finds herself in a group of 50 baseball fans looking to advance to a final group of 30 on Wednesday for the Major League Baseball Fan Cave.

Amie is the lone, remaining contestant representing the Cleveland Indians to gain membership to Major League Baseball’s Fan Cave in New York City. “I saw a commercial about the Fan Cave last year during the Super Bowl. My old roommate, Christine, is a huge Cubs fan. After the commercial, we sat on the couch with our mouths agape, gave one another a look and shouted, ‘DREAM JOB!’”

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Batting Stance Guy Travels The Country Emulating Stars

February 17, 2012 |

 

By Mike Brandyberry

Normally, when we conduct an interview we like to work the quotes into the story, but our conversation with, “Batting Stance Guy,” was so good, we felt the need to run the entire conversation. Gar Ryness became the Batting Stance Guy in 2008 when a youtube video went viral. He now is a published author, promoting his book, “A Love Letter To Baseball.” We were able to talk to Gar about batting stances, his books, players he has worked with and the Cleveland Indians.

DTTWLN #1: I understand you are born and raised in Los Angeles, but you don’t have a favorite team. How can someone be as big of a baseball fan as you and not have a favorite team? Have you never had a favorite team? What about favorite player?

BSG: First love was the early 1980s Expos. We were family friends with shortstop Chris Speier. His son Justin is a buddy and pitched with the Tribe. Then for some bizarre reason I became a Kent Hrbek, Twins fan. I rooted for them throughout his career. When he finished I found myself more drawn to good stories than a single team.

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Fausto Carmona: The New Roberto Hernandez, Again

February 14, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Yesterday Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti told Paul Hoynes and Dennis Manoloff that if the pitcher who was previously known as Fausto Carmona returns to the Indians he will indeed be known as Roberto Hernandez.

Interesting enough, Carmona has already played with a Roberto Hernandez. Huh?

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Clean Health For Tribe Could Land Chisenhall In Columbus

February 8, 2012 | | 2 Comments

 

By Mike Brandyberry

The Indians were a team riddled with injuries a year ago, but if the team were to remain healthy through spring training a member most Tribe fans expect to see on Opening Day might find himself in Columbus instead. Despite a good half-season, Lonnie Chisenhall might head to Goodyear with a much warmer seat than the average fan realizes.

Chisenhall reached the majors on June 28 last season against Arizona. He provided a quick spark to a struggling offense, but he struggled through August and lost his job to Jack Hannahan while the Tribe battled to stay in the playoff chase with Detroit. When Hannahan was injured in early September, Chisenhall became the starter for the remaining month of the season. With no competition, Chisenhall had his best month as a member of the Indians. He finished his up and down season, hitting .255 with seven home runs and 22 runs batted in.

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Positional Battles Begin To Emerge As Tribe Prepares For Goodyear

February 3, 2012 |

 

 

By Sean Tuttle

With spring training quickly approaching, the Indians front office has put the coaching staff in a decent situation. Most would agree that it is better to have more than one capable position player than one questionable one.

In the past few days, the Indians have acquired utility player and the 2011 International League MVP, Russ Canzler, as well as free agent first baseman, Casey Kotchman.

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Kotchman Signing Might Not Be What Tribe Wanted, But Could Be What They Need

February 2, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

This afternoon the Cleveland Indians signed free agent Casey Kotchman to a one year, $3 million contract, plus incentives. The left-handed hitter will become the Tribe’s first baseman this season, surpassing the struggling Matt LaPorta.

Kotchman had his best season as a major leaguer in 2011, hitting .306 with 10 home runs and 48 runs batted in. Once a highly touted prospect with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2004 and 2005, he has bounced from the Angels to Atlanta, then to Boston. After a subpar half-season in 2009 with Boston, Kotchman signed with Seattle and continued to struggle, hitting only .217 in 125 games with the Mariners.

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Moneyball Movie Hits Home with Indians

January 27, 2012 | | 2 Comments

By Kevin Schneider

A film announced this week as a 2012 Academy Awards Best Picture nominee gives a not-so-accurate glimpse into the Indians’ past but also an entertaining look into the business side of Major League Baseball.

Actor Reed Diamond plays Mark Shapiro, the Indians general manager who gets outmaneuvered in 2002 by Billy Beane, the A’s general manager and focus of the movie.  Brad Pitt deserves his rave reviews for capturing the superstitious, egotistical, and dark – yet bold – Beane.

Shapiro, now Indians team president, was actually the Tribe’s assistant general manager, under John Hart, during the movie’s focus year of 2002. That year, the low-payroll A’s shocked experts by making it to the American League Division Series. Shapiro acknowledges the work as a quality film but not a true portrayal.

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Tribe Needs To Remember How To Build Core

January 25, 2012 |

 

By Craig Gifford

Remember the days when the Cleveland Indians went to arbitration due to contract disputes with their players?

If that answer is no, you are likely not alone. The last time the Cleveland Indians had a player go to arbitration was 1991 when both second baseman Jerry Browne and starting pitcher Greg Swindell did. It’s not happened since, but may very well this year.

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Tigers’ Big Move Could Force Tribe’s Hand

January 24, 2012 |

 

By Matthew Van Wormer

When Victor Martinez went down for the entire 2012 season last week due to a torn ACL, Indians fans breathed a sigh of relief.  They weren’t happy that one of their former favorites was hurt but they were sure glad that the bat of Martinez wouldn’t be tormenting the Indians again this coming year.

Bad for the Tigers, good for the Indians.   Then, today the Tigers sign the big bat, and belly, of Prince Fielder to a 9-year, $214 million dollar deal so he can play in the same city that his father pounded baseballs years ago.

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Tribe Should Consider Some Glove, One More Time

January 22, 2012 |

By Craig Gifford

Jim Thome last season, and Kenny Lofton in 2007, each had the chance to play in front of Cleveland fans one final time. Two beloved players who were key components to the Indians’ run of success in the late 1990s and early 2000s who left for other cities, had the chance to receive the adulation from the town that originally loved them one last time.

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Carmona Arrest Presents Many Questions About 2012 Tribe

January 21, 2012 |

 

By Mike Brandyberry

Thursday morning I left for work, planning to head to Columbus as soon as my day was complete for an overnight and some meetings. My wife asked me if I was going to take my laptop, in case the Tribe made a move. I didn’t really have time to blog, and the Indians’ winter has been rather quiet, so I left my computer at home.

You miss one day, you can miss a lot sometimes.

I wasn’t too far down I-71 when my wife text me to say Fausto Carmona was arrested in the Dominican Republic and his name wasn’t Fausto.

“Uh, elaborate please,” I texted back.

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Breaking News: Fausto is NOT Fausto?

January 19, 2012 |

By: Matthew Van Wormer

The man who the Cleveland Indians thought was Fausto Carmona has been arrested in the Dominican Republic and is being charged with using a false identity.

Carmona was arrested in the Dominican after leaving a … Read More