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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | August 5, 2015

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Final Two Month Approach Must Focus Toward 2016 For Tribe

August 3, 2015 | 5

The Indians never thought they’d find themselves playing out the string with two months to go in the 2015. But after a poor start, followed by a mediocre middle, before a dismal start after the All-Star Break, the Indians are playing out 2015 and trying to build for 2016.

At the trade deadline, the Tribe traded David Murphy, Brandon Moss and Marc Rzepczynski. Before those deals, the Indians were projected to have near a $100 million payroll for 2016. That doesn’t seem reasonable considering the Indians’ payroll history, or logical considering they’d be paying more money than ever to bring back a last place team. Instead, the Indians lightened the payroll around $15 million for 2016. They’re now projected to be around $85 million. If they want to make additions and improvements to the roster for 2016, the Indians will likely have to cut some more payroll before making their additions.

And for that reason alone, it seems disappointing to see Lonnie Chisenhall, Jerry Sands and Tyler Holt recalled, with Holt receiving the least amount of playing time this weekend in Oakland. If 2015 is an exercise in completing the season and preparing for 2016, it seems the Indians have all the answers already in Chisenhall and Sands.

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The Evolution of Jason Kipnis

August 2, 2015 |

In a few short years, Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has advanced from a gritty, fresh faced rookie to a leader in the Cleveland clubhouse. It has been a long climb, one considered surprising by some, in a brief period … Read More

The Greatest Summer Ever: Bullpen Power

August 1, 2015 |

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back at the awesome power of the ’95 bullpen.

It is hard not to look back at the 1995 Indians and think about their hitters. Albert Belle. Carlos Baerga. Kenny Lofton. Jim Thome. Manny Ramirez. Eddie Murray. Sandy Alomar. Omar Vizquel. It’s a Hall of Fame worthy lineup with several players that have Hall of Fame credentials. Defensively, the roster boasted 32 Gold Glove Awards as well, led by Vizquel’s 12 at shortstop.

In addition to the slugging offense, the starting pitcher quartet of Dennis Martinez, Orel Hershiser, Charles Nagy and Ken Hill also had 11 All-Star appearances between them with a Cy Young Award (Hershiser) and a perfect game (Martinez) to boot. With so much star-power, it is easy to forget about the other aspect of that roster that was equally as dominant as any other…but it wasn’t supposed to be. Read More

Could Any of this Year’s Trades Turn Into Steals of the Past?

August 1, 2015 | 2

The trade deadline has come and gone, and the Indians have said goodbye to two of the nicest players on their team. Sure, personality does not a great ball player make, but it’s still said to see well-liked players go. However, the remainder of this season and the unfolding of seasons to come will show if the moves made this will have a significant affect on the Indians organization.

Perhaps a look back at some of the more successful recent trades will boost optimism that the rest of this season, and future seasons, as well, could benefit from what happens at the end of July.

Despite having taken part in trades that were less-than-ideal at the time (no one can argue that it was easy to stomach the loss of Victor Martinez in exchange for Justin Masterson, Nick Hagadone, and Bryan Price in 2009, especially since Masterson is now gone and Hagadone is dealing with yet another elbow injury), the Indians have also been part of trades that currently provide excitement for Cleveland fans, and give hope to the organization. Read More

Previously on “The Indians Were Supposed to be Good”…

July 31, 2015 |

Generally, being an Indians fan and being disappointed go hand in hand. Taking a 70-year break between championships does that.

Their history is littered with broken promises and letdowns and interminable seasons that seem to last longer than World War I. And while this year is certainly not among the worst in Tribe history, it most assuredly will go down as one of the most disappointing.

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Series Preview #33: Cleveland Indians (46-54) at Oakland Athletics (45-56)

July 30, 2015 |

After a 1-6 homestand for the Cleveland Indians, are you still reading?

If so, congratulations, you are in limited company and likely some sort of an Indians diehard as some Cleveland area fans write off the season and transition their attention to the beloved Cleveland Browns as training camp starts in Berea.

Meanwhile, the Indians (46-54) stare down the final 62 games in their season, still technically within one nice winning streak of the American League Wild Card race, yet having shown nothing this season to make someone believe that they sincerely have one in them to get back into the thick of things. For those who had some hope left, those may have disintegrated away in the hot summer sun during the week as the AL’s best Kansas City Royals took two of three as the Indians continued to look lost at home. Cleveland was thumped 9-4 on Monday, only to lose a tough 2-1 game on Tuesday before coming back with a four home run game in a 12-1 victory on Wednesday to avoid a dreaded homestand sweep. Read More

Lake County Captains to Host Bernie Kosar, “Super Joe” Charboneau, at Annual Cleveland Sports History Night on Saturday

July 30, 2015 |

On Saturday, the Lake County Captains will host one of their biggest promotions of the year, their annual Cleveland Sports History Night. Once a night every year, the Captains fill the ballpark with major sports figures from Cleveland’s past and promotions surrounding Cleveland sports, including the highly sought-after Jobu bobblehead.

Last year, fans lined up as early as 9:00 a.m. to claim the coveted promotional item that paid homage to Pedro Cerano’s worshipped spiritual leader from the movie “Major League.” This year, the first 1,500 fans will receive a Captains-themed Jobu bobblehead at the main gate only. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. If fans was to guarantee a Jobu bobblehead, they cna purchase a VIP package for $55 that also includes a ticket to the game, early entry for celebrity autographs, and a limited edition Jobu t-shirt from Cleveland-based clothing company KeepCalmCleveland.com. There are a limited number of VIP packages available, and those interested can call the Captains at 440.954.9467. Read More

Clutch Hitting Burying Tribe

July 30, 2015 |

Games like Wednesday afternoon’s 12-1 thrashing of the Kansas City Royals give Tribe fans a glimpse of what might have been. It is also frustrating to see what the Indians, picked by some this past offseason as a World Series contender, can do when clicking on all cylinders.

Wednesday’s home win went just as the team drew things up to go this season. Ace and reigning American League Cy Young Corey Kluber shut down the defending American League champions. Meanwhile, the Tribe got contributions and timely hits from up and down the order. Read More

Frazier in the Red Zone

July 29, 2015 |

For sports aficionados the red zone concerns the potential for a team to score. For the past several weeks this term might be one you could apply to High Class-A Lynchburg outfielder Clint Frazier, the #2 prospect of the Cleveland Indians system.

He became the third individual 2015 Hillcats player to earn Carolina League Player of the Week honors, joining Bradley Zimmer and Nellie Rodriguez. For the week of July 13-19 he hit at a .462 clip with a double, two home runs, five RBI’s, four runs, and four stolen bases.

Asked about earning the award, Frazier said, “Winning the (Carolina League) player of the week award was awesome. I think it was the first time I’d won such an award in pro-ball.”

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Robinson, Feller Shared Complicated, Connected Bond

July 29, 2015 |

Though they came from wildly different backgrounds – and never faced each other in a game that counted – Bob Feller and Jackie Robinson were inextricably linked by the brotherhood of baseball.

Before he broke the color line, Robinson played in barnstorming tours that included Rapid Robert. Both had very well-defined opinions – and weren’t shy about sharing them. And both went into the Baseball Hall of Fame on the same day in 1962 – July 23.

Feller was signed by the Indians before he graduated from high school. Robinson went to UCLA, where baseball might have been his worst sport. Certainly, Feller thought so. At an exhibition game in San Diego in 1946, Feller said Robinson, built like a football player, with broad shoulders, was too musclebound to be able to handle inside pitching (it’s kind of hard to believe now, but at one point, weight training was considered a detriment for athletes). Read More