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McAllister Settles In to Place in Rotation

March 21, 2013 |

During Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and examine the coaches and players that make up and are vying to be part of the 2013 Cleveland Indians—A Team With A New Direction. Today, we examine one of the players that will need to take their game to the next level if the Indians plan to contend in the American League Central Division this season.

By David Roberts

When Indians Spring Training opened up it was known there would be competition for the starting rotation. Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez and Brett Myers were locks for the starting rotation leaving two spots open. Many people believed that young righty Zach McAllister was a favorite for the fourth rotation spot after a solid performance in 2012.

On March 10, the speculation was confirmed when Indians manager Terry Francona picked him for the forth slot in the rotation. “He can elevate by design and get swings and misses. He can create an angle because of his height and delivery. He’s got a lot going for him,” Francona said when he announced McAllister as a part of the rotation.

McAllister figures to be a big part of the 2013 Indians and his success is directly proportional to that of the Tribe. Although he has less than a year of major league service, Francona feels he has the makeup and qualities to be a standout in the clubhouse from both a performance and vocal standpoint.

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Designated Hitter Wraps Up The Indians All-Time Team

March 21, 2013 |

By Ronnie Tellalian

The Indians All-Time team wraps up with the designated hitter. This choice is admittedly biased since I chose my favorite player for the DH spot. To me, he was an exciting player to watch and I was glued to the screen for every plate appearance. He is arguably the best leadoff hitter in Indians history and possibly the best of the 1990’s. His return to Cleveland after a six year hiatus was a lasting memory and tribute to a true Indians great.

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What’s New This Season at Progressive Field

March 20, 2013 |

By Bob Toth

The Cleveland Indians were obviously busy in the offseason, upgrading the personnel on the field and in the dugout at manager. While the fans’ focus was on all of the new acquisitions on the field, the team was also busy making upgrades to their home.

On Wednesday afternoon, the team unveiled the new Collection Auto Club among a series of offseason changes around the ballpark, done with the intent to improve the overall fan experience at Progressive Field.

Indians Senior Vice President Bob DiBiasio opened the event with an introduction of The Collection Auto Club. The highlight of the offseason moves, the suite is a 5,000-square-foot room featuring 120 seats available only through season ticket purchase.

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McDade’s Bat Impresses Francona

March 20, 2013 | | One Comment

During Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and examine the coaches and players that make up and are vying to be part of the 2013 Cleveland Indians—A Team With A New Direction. Today, we examine one of the 15 newcomers to the 40-man roster this winter and the role they can play moving forward.

By Ronnie Tellalian

On Friday March 15th Mike McDade was optioned to Triple-A Columbus. He will likely end up spending much of the season with the Clippers, marking the first season he will start at the Triple A level. The Cleveland Indians made an attempt to add minor league depth at first base when they claimed  McDade off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays on November 29. He will turn 24 in May and will be taking the place of Russ Canzler for the Clippers. The difference being McDade is four years younger.

McDade was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth round of the 2007 amateur draft. He hit 21 home runs in 2010 and reached Double A by age 22 in 2011. He hit .281 with 16 home runs in 125 games. The next season he hit .285 in 100 games with 17 home runs before moving up to Triple-A Las Vegas for the last 18 games of the season. In 243 games between Double-A and Triple-A McDade has hit .283 with 33 home runs and 56 doubles. Read More

Some Players Running Out of Options

March 20, 2013 |

By Christian Petrila

Every team has those guys who are out of options and quickly running out of time. For the Indians, that list is made up of David Huff, Ezequiel Carrera and Chris McGuiness.

David Huff is the southpaw wild card this spring for the Indians. At 28-years-old, he’s already lost out on the fifth rotation spot. Huff was a first-round pick back in 2006 and has been with the Indians his whole career. However, it’s an uphill battle if he hopes to stay with the team a little longer.

Huff’s numbers have never been overly impressive. In his 2009 rookie campaign, he did lead the team with 11 wins. Unfortunately for him, he also had a 5.61 ERA in 128.1 innings. His 2010 season was a disaster. He was a mere 2-11 with a 6.21 ERA. The lowest point of the season was on May 29, when in a game against the New York Yankees, Alex Rodriguez drilled a line drive square off of Huff’s head. After an unspectacular 2011 season, Huff got another shot to prove his worth in the rotation as 2012 wound down. He improved his resume a little bit, going 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA.

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Super-Sub Aviles hopes to Follow Wacky Winter with a Super Summer

March 19, 2013 |

During Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and examine the coaches and players that make up and are vying to be part of the 2013 Cleveland Indians—A Team With A New Direction. Today, we examine one of the 15 newcomers to the 40-man roster this winter and the role they can play moving forward.

By Steve Eby

What a strange, wild winter Mike Aviles had.

“It was definitely weird,” Aviles said in a Michael Silverman article.

What was so strange was that Aviles became another answer to a trivia question, as he was traded on Oct. 21 from the Boston Red Sox to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for pitcher David Carpenter and the rights to speak to—and eventually hire—Manager John Farrell.

“I think it was the seventh time (a manager has been traded),” Aviles said.  “It’s definitely weird but you can also take it as an honor.  I know how much the Red Sox value his leadership, so I definitely took it as an honor.  They’re trading me for him.  I appreciate it.  Get to go in the record books for something, right?” Read More

Myers Rotation Return Should Help Provide Stability

March 18, 2013 |

During Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and examine the coaches and players that make up and are vying to be part of the 2013 Cleveland Indians—A Team With A New Direction. Today, we examine one of the 15 newcomers to the 40-man roster this winter and the role they can play moving forward.

By Steve Eby

There is no question which part of the 2012 Cleveland Indians was its Achilles’ heel.  If you ask anyone with knowledge of the 2013 Tribe, they too will agree that the starting pitching could be the weak point of the current team as well.

Top two starters Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez combined to lose 32 games last season and the other starting pitchers were nothing special.  Zach McAllister was arguably the Tribe’s most consistent starter, but even Z-Mac had a record under .500 and an ERA over 4.00.  In an attempt to fix the problem, the Indians signed free agent pitcher Brett Myers to a one year, $7 million deal with a club option for 2014.

Myers was a first round pick in 1999 for Philadelphia and made his Major League debut in 2002 with the Phillies.  After winning 14 games in just his second season, expectations were high for the young right hander.  Myers did not disappoint, posting excellent numbers in 2005 with 13 wins and a 3.72 ERA.  He was the staff ace in 2006, had some legal problems in July of that year, and then was the Opening Day starter for Philly in 2007. Read More

Swisher Excited to Lead Tribe on the Field and in the Community

March 17, 2013 |

During Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and examine the coaches and players that make up and are vying to be part of the 2013 Cleveland Indians—A Team With A New Direction. Today, we examine one of the 15 newcomers to the 40-man roster this winter and the role they can play moving forward.

By Mike Brandyberry

Nick Swisher is excited.

Swisher is excited when he hits left-handed or right-handed. Swisher is excited when he plays right field or first base. Swisher is excited to run the bases and play the game. Swisher is excited to be a father . Swisher is excited to be a leader, an Ohio State Buckeye and a Cleveland Indian.

If Swisher wasn’t in Goodyear, Ariz., preparing for the Indians’ upcoming season, he probably would be at today’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Cleveland. If he wasn’t a famous athlete, he’d still be the guy in the crowd friends would gravitate to. He’s always excited, and it’s infectious.

“As a little kid, you always dream about playing in the big leagues, but I don’t know if you ever dream about being in a situation like this,” Swisher said after his introductory press conference on Jan. 3.

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AL Preview: New Beasts in the East Edition

March 17, 2013 |

With Spring Training underway throughout baseball, we will take a look at the offseason moves made by the other American League teams. Two teams will be reviewed each Sunday until the beginning of the regular season. Previous previews include: TEX/HOU; OAK/LA; SEA/TOR; BOS/NYY

By Bob Toth

The Tampa Bay Rays and the Baltimore Orioles have easily been the surprises of the American League East division over each of the last several seasons.

The Orioles surprised the league and may have been the story of the season if not for the Oakland A’s streaking past the Texas Rangers in the final month of the year. The Orioles found a way to win without spending a lot of money, having star players, or even having a dominant rotation. They kept games close and won when they needed to, able to capitalize on big seasons by outfielder Adam Jones and closer Jim Johnson. They nearly stole the division from the New York Yankees and claimed one of the two wild card spots available.

Year in and year out, the Rays find a way to threaten and even compete in the East, despite operating with payroll expenses significantly less than that of two of its division rivals, the Boston Red Sox and Yankees. The team has earned a reputation of drafting well, often reaping the benefits of highly productive top draft picks, like David Price and Evan Longoria. While their recent drafts have not necessarily produced the results in the field yet, their pitching has remained their strength and has made up the difference.

With injuries already afflicting the Yankees, can either of the Orioles or Rays steal away the division with the odds more on their side than in years past? The time is now to make a push for either club.

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Albers Brings Consistency, Veteran Presence to Indians

March 16, 2013 |

During Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and examine the coaches and players that make up and are vying to be part of the 2013 Cleveland Indians—A Team With A New Direction. Today, we examine one of the 15 newcomers to the 40-man roster this winter and the role they can play moving forward.

By Craig Gifford

Matt Albers could probably be considered a forgotten man. In the end, he is likely ok with that because it means he does not need to sweat out whether or not he will wearing an Indians uniform when the regular season opens.

The veteran right-hander has a job in the bullpen pretty well secured. He gets little attention in Goodyear, Ariz. because the general assumption is he will be a middle reliever who will generally get the job done. Read More

Bullpen Taking Shape with Two Weeks Remaining in Camp

March 16, 2013 |

By Mike Brandyberry

The picture that is the Indians’ Opening Day 25-man roster is starting to become clearer by the day.

Friday night, WTAM’s Nick Camino tweeted that Cody Allen will open the season in the Tribe’s bullpen and that Indians’ Manager Terry Francona told him last week. Allen has had an electric spring, with Francona commenting how he came to camp with something to prove.

“He obviously knows he’s coming to camp with something to prove,” Francona said earlier this month. “He looks like he is in midseason form. You never tell a guy to back off, but it’s obvious he worked hard and prepared for Spring Training because his stuff is electric.”

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Reynolds Looks to Swing into Several Roles

March 15, 2013 |

During Spring Training the DTTWLN staff will profile and examine the coaches and players that make up and are vying to be part of the 2013 Cleveland Indians—A Team With A New Direction. Today, we examine one of the 15 newcomers to the 40-man roster this winter and the role they can play moving forward.

By Christian Petrila

When Mark Reynolds was first signed, Indians fans saw it as the type of safe signing that they were used to. Little did anyone expect that Reynolds would be the first domino to fall in what was arguably the most eventful offseason in Indians history.

Reynolds signed a one-year, $6-million contract on December 18. He was thought of as an immediate upgrade over Casey Kotchman, who struggled through 2012.

Primarily expected to be a first baseman, that all changed after the signings of Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn as well as the acquisition of Drew Stubbs. Suddenly, Reynolds was essentially converted into the team’s designated hitter.

“He’s going to DH now more than he would have before because of Bourn, but we don’t want him to be just a DH,” Manager Terry Francona said.

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