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Posts By Danny Madden

Stamets Working on Being More Than Just Defense

April 19, 2016 |

In the midst of a dwindling season, the Indians were holding on to one of their outfielders, who wasn’t exactly needed on the team anymore. In order to capitalize on value, and trade an asset when there was an offer available, the Indians front office jumped on the opportunity. That is how the Indians came to acquire infielder Eric Stamets from the Los Angeles Angels for outfielder David Murphy.

Stamets, 24, was initially drafted by the Angels back in the sixth round of the 2012 amateur draft. He made his debut with the Angels Low-A affiliate in 2012 where he played in 62 games and hit .274/.323/.347. In those games, he had 20 RBI, 13 doubles, one triple, one home run, and seven stolen bases. He then followed up his solid debut season with an even better 2013 at High-A Inland Empire where he hit .281/.335/.375 and had 53 RBI, 28 doubles, four triples, four home runs, and 16 stolen bases in 126 games.

Unfortunately, his offense never seemed to blossom after that season. Read More

Looking at the Indians Roster on Opening Day

April 4, 2016 |

We’ve done it!

It’s finally here!

The winter is over (kind of)!

Despite the winter look outside, baseball season has finally begun, and we can all rejoice in greatness that is Opening Day. The one day of the year that the entire city of Cleveland puts aside the discussions of who the Browns will take in the first round of the draft, or ignore whatever drama is going on with LeBron and his Twitter account. The only thing that matters in Cleveland today is the Indians, and it’s such a wonderful thing. Read More

Francisco Lindor Versus the Sophomore Slump

March 30, 2016 |

Major League Baseball was shocked last season by the rise of a ton of young talent including Carlos Correa, Kris Bryant and Corey Seager. There’s an obvious youth movement that’s passing through the MLB, and the Indians are right in the core of it. They’ve been blessed with some quality drafting over the last four years or more. Aside from Jason Kipnis, who was drafted in 2008, their most exciting draft pick to come up through the system of late was Francisco Lindor.

Lindor, 22, took the league by storm last year when he finally broke into the majors after working on a “litany” of things in Triple-A to start the season. After he made his debut on June 14 and despite starting off slow, he went on to have a monster second half and posted a WAR of 4.6. He was runner-up as rookie of the year to Correa, and has now situated himself as one of the top shortstops in the game.

The question coming into this season though is: how much regression can we expect from Lindor? Can he survive the dreaded sophomore slump? Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 11: Jose Ramirez

March 24, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 11 days

If there is one type of player that Terry Francona loves, it’s a guy that can play a bunch of positions. As we’ve seen the last two years with Mike Aviles, Francona would put him at pretty much any position…even at places he probably shouldn’t have been (center field).

Nonetheless, if you are able to play more than one position, you’re probably on the Indians’ radar. If you’re able to play more than one position, provide plus defense at those positions, provide solid offense, and be under the age of 25, then your name is probably Jose Ramirez. Read More

Naquin’s Time In Cleveland Is Either Now or Never

March 17, 2016 |

Opportunities are funny.

They’re very similar to how the seasons in Ohio work. One day, it’s rainy and gloomy, and then all of a sudden it’s blue skies. Then you take another look outside, and it’s a snow storm. Things just come and go, but nothing seems to last forever. Opportunities are similar. At times, you think nothing is ever going to change, and you’re just going to be in the same state of living forever. Then all of a sudden, something happens, and a new door has potentially opened up for you. Do you take a leap and jump at this new found opportunity, or do you let it pass by and hope it comes back sometime soon.

This is what’s currently happening for Tyler Naquin. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 22: Jason Kipnis

March 13, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the greats who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 22 days

When it comes to the core of the Indians, second basemen Jason Kipnis sits right there in the middle of that. After debuting in 2011, Kipnis has made two All-Star appearances and has worked his way to becoming one of the more elite second basemen in major league baseball. Coming into 2016, there is no reason why we shouldn’t expect the same thing from him. Read More

Uribe Shores Up All Indians Infield Question Marks

February 28, 2016 |

Going into the season, there were two large question marks in the Indians lineup: centerfield and third base. While still unofficial, it looks like the Indians may have gotten their guy for the hot corner in Juan Uribe.

At the start of the offseason, the Indians knew they were going to need some type of upgrade at third base. Rookie Giovanny Urshela took over third after incumbent Lonnie Chisenhall was removed and relocated to right field. Urshela played well enough, especially defensively, but offensively he struggled. He was called up prematurely to replace Chisenhall, who had seen his last days at third base after struggling throughout the first half of the season. With funds being tight and the free agent class at third base not being extensively deep, the Indians had to target the guy who they thought would be the best option in their price range. Uribe ended up being that guy, and with good reason. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 41: Carlos Santana

February 23, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 41 days

The role of the cleanup hitter has been primarily centered around one single individual for the majority of the last four seasons. That player, of course, is the switch-hitting converted infielder Carlos Santana. Read More

Starting Pitching Looking to be Dominant Again in 2016

February 18, 2016 |

It’s been said time and time again that “pitching wins baseball.” You can hit as many home runs as you want, or be one of the best defensive teams on the planet, but if you don’t have a starting rotation that can get you past the fourth inning each and every night, then you’ve got yourself a huge problem. For the Indians in 2016, I don’t think that’s going to be an issue.

Going into 2015, the Indians were predicted to win the World Series by plenty of news outlets, but especially by Sports Illustrated (jixes). The reason they were predicted this way was due what their great rotation at the time, which consisted of the most recent Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber, followed by newly redefined Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Trevor Bauer, and lefty T.J. House.

Unfortunately, the Tribe didn’t even sniff the World Series, but they were able to experience something great within itself – the emergence of one of best Indians rotations in recent history. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 58: TJ House

February 6, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 58 days

If the redo button was a real thing that anyone could hit at any point in time, it would probably be very abused if we’re being honest. When it comes to 2015 though, I would bet that lefty T.J. House wishes he could take a redo on his last year. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 59: Carlos Carrasco

February 5, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 59 days

There once was a man that was a center piece of a trade, but he wasn’t the complete package type of player that you’d expect. Normally when making a trade you focus on either two things: major impact now or impact later. This guy more towards the impact later end of the spectrum, but even that came with question marks. This man had the potential to be something great, he was a second round draft pick, had a power arm, and was young enough to give the Indians major control going forward. The only issue was that this guy was injured. Shortly after the Indians acquired him, he inevitably went to the disabled list abyss and was never seen from again, aside from being shown in 17 games for Texas in 2014. That man of course is the one, the only, Jason Knapp!

Too bad Knapp wasn’t worth anything in the end, and to this day hasn’t been able to replicate what he was projected to become. There was some good that came out of the trade that brought the Indians Knapp. The good being, of course, goes by the name of Carlos Carrasco. Read More

Could Yandy Diaz Be a Future Solution at Third Base?

January 17, 2016 | | One Comment

Coming into the season, the name Yandy Diaz was not one that anyone had really heard much about. In the league for just one season, he hadn’t quite made a name for himself just yet. That might not be the case anymore, as Diaz has worked his way up the ladder and is now a legitimate option for the Indians, possibly sooner rather than later.

Diaz was signed by the Indians prior to the 2014 season. He started out that year in High-A Carolina. During his time there he only played in 76 games due an injury in his wrist. In that small sample size though, Diaz had hit .286/.396/.367 with seven doubles, five triples, and two home runs. Even in a small size such as it was in 2014, he still showed off some fantastic on-base abilities, while also hitting for average. Read More