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Mike Aviles Can Do It All

March 28, 2015 | 1

Utility man Mike Aviles played six different positions for the Indians last year:

- 26 games at third base
- 33 games at second base
- 27 games in left field
- 15 games at shortstop
- 3 games in center field
- 3 games in right field

Aviles also pinch hit 12 times and pinch ran twice.

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16 Reasons Why Sports Illustrated Didn’t Just Jinx the Indians

March 27, 2015 | 2

Well, they went and did it again.

Twenty-eight years after forecasting an “Indian Uprising” that resulted in a 101-loss dumpster fire, Sports Illustrated has once again picked an upstart Tribe team to emerge from the middle of the pack and win it all.

And they packaged this news in essentially the exact same wrapping paper: Corey Kluber and Michael Brantley grinning like mental patients from the cover, not unlike Cory Snyder and Joe Carter back in 1987.

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Chisenhall Must Find a Way to Improve Defense Throughout Season

March 27, 2015 |

There was hardly a player more talked about during last year’s Spring Training than Lonnie Chisenhall. Would he get the third base job, what would happen between he and Carlos Santana, would Chisenhall end up in the minors, did he have what it took to be a contributing member of the team on more than just the bench, what was going to happen?

Chisenhall managed to fight his way onto the Indians’ roster last year and had, overall, a positive 2014 season, most notably at the plate. Who can forget his game June 9 against the Rangers last season, where Chisenhall knocked went 5-for-5 with three home runs and nine RBI, a performance which resulted in his bat getting sent to Cooperstown? Read More

Atchison, Aging Well, Will Again be Key Bullpen Arm in 2015

March 26, 2015 | 1

The time-line for most Major League Baseball players typically involves being a rookie in their early 20s, hitting their stride in their mid 20s, having their peak years in their late 20s and early 30s, declining in their mid 30s and retiring – if lucky enough – in their late 30s.

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Scott Atchison is far from your typical baseball player, at least where age is concerned. Read More

Tribe Time Now #7: Waiting Till This Year

March 25, 2015 |

Did The Tribe Win Last Night is honored to join the More Than a Fan Network in their Tribe Time Now podcasts this season. DTTWLN.com will be represented along with Indians Baseball Insider, Burning River Baseball and It’s Pronounced Lajaway … Read More

It’s Time for Francisco Lindor in Cleveland

March 25, 2015 | 4

Last summer I stood on the field before the Eastern League All-Star Game and spoke with Francisco Lindor about his life, his development and his future with the Cleveland Indians. When I asked him if he received the call to the big leagues, if he felt he was ready, his answer was like most every thing he does; outstanding and far better than you would expect from a 21-year old.

“If they feel I’m ready, I’m ready,” Lindor said of the Indians organization. “It’s plain and simple. If they think I’m ready, I’m ready. That’s why I leave it up to them because they are the ones that know what is the best time for me.”

Just five weeks ago, we wondered when Lindor would eventually make his debut. Mark Shapiro, Chris Antonetti, Terry Francona, Ross Atkins and anyone else a part of the decision, it’s time for Francisco Lindor in Cleveland. He’s ready.

Close your eyes and try to think of how many players you’d rather see at the plate needing a hit to help the Indians win before Lindor. Chances are, you can’t name nine. Now think of how many players you would want the ball hit to with the game on the line before Lindor. There are only a handful, if that.

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Lee Making Most of Right Place, is it His Right Time?

March 25, 2015 |

There is an advantage to being in the right place at the right time. For Indians right-handed reliever, C.C. Lee, he seems to be in the right place. Now, he has to make the most of his time and take advantage of an open role in the Tribe’s bullpen.

With less than two weeks remaining in spring training, it appears Lee has the inside track on securing an Opening Day roster spot in the Tribe’s bullpen. So far, Lee has had a successful spring while many of his other contenders for a roster spot seemed to have struggled.

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Can you Imagine — Mel Harder NOT an Indian?

March 24, 2015 |

Mel Harder and the Cleveland Indians are virtually inseparable.

Harder spent 20 years as a pitcher for the Indians – only Walter Johnson had spent more consecutive years pitching for one team – and an additional 15 as a coach. … Read More

Hagadone Controls His Own Success in Tribe Bullpen

March 24, 2015 | 1

It’s been a bumpy road at times for Nick Hagadone, but as 2015 is less than two weeks from Opening Day, it appears he has finally arrived for the Cleveland Indians.

Hagadone, acquired in 2009 with Bryan Price and Justin Masterson, for Victor Martinez, has been on the cusp of assuming a role in the Tribe’s bullpen since 2012. However, control and concentration issues have hindered the hard-throwing left-handers progression. But after a strong 2014, it appears Hagadone has settled in to his place in the bullpen—and still has room to grow.

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Brush Up On Your Indians Knowledge with New Book by Zack Meisel

March 23, 2015 |

I laughed, I cried, I cheered, and I was only 10 chapters in.

He may have given fans a list of 100 things to do but, with “100 Things Every Indians Fan Should Know and Do Before They Die,” Zack Meisel of Cleveland.com has given Indians’ fan their 101st task:

Read this book. Read More