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Posts By Mike Brandyberry

Fighting for Roster Spot, Kluber Looks to Improve Strikeout Rate

March 8, 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 on the 40-man roster that is in a roster battle to earn a spot on the 25-man roster.

By David Roberts

Spring Training is a time for players to get game day ready for the season and for managers to make tough decisions on roster spots. For Indians Manager Terry Francona, he has a great deal of choices to make come the end of camp and one of them is for the Indians’ fifth rotation spot.

One of the men vying for the position is 26-year-old Corey Kluber, who has only a limited track record of major league experience, but has shown the ability to be a winning pitcher throughout his minor league career.

Kluber is competing with Zach McAllister, Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer and Scott Kazmir for one of the final two roster spots, but according to Francona, he also is a consideration for a long relief bullpen spot.

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Indians Bargain Bin Shopping May Pay Off

March 8, 2013 |

By Craig Gifford

The Cleveland Indians certainly did some big-time shopping this winter. Their additions of Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn to lucrative, long-term deals and the one-year, $6 million contract given to Mark Reynolds, earned high praise during the offseason. A team known for pinching pennies opened a lot of eyes by opening the checkbook larger than ever before and took leaps and bounds toward becoming relevant again.

While those were all much-needed additions, some of the Tribe’s best values may have come out of the bargain bin. Cleveland picked up veterans Jason Giambi, Scott Kazmir, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Ryan Raburn on cheap, spring training invite deals. At the time, many fans scoffed and proclaimed this was no longer 2008. In 2012, all four players struggled with injuries, down years or being out of Major League Baseball entirely. Now it looks promising that at least three of the four could be wearing an Indians uniform on Opening Day.

Typically, a team is lucky to hit on one player who can not find work and is trying to make a comeback. The experiments, much like Johnny Damon with the Tribe last season, do not usually pan out. Giambi, Kazmir and Raburn are looking each day like keepers, while Matsuzaka may only be a victim to the numbers game. Read More

Barnes Hoping to fill Lefty Void in Tribe Bullpen

March 7, 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 on the 40-man roster that is in a roster battle to earn a spot on the 25-man roster.

By Steve Eby

When looking at the potential 2013 Cleveland Indians roster, the bullpen—which has been the strength of the team for two years—looks all right.

No, not alright—ALL RIGHT.

Chris Perez: right handed.  Vinnie Pestano: right handed.  Joe Smith: right handed.  Matt Albers: right handed.  Cody Allen: right handed.  Bryan Shaw: right handed.  Matt Capps: right handed.

Get the picture?

When former Indians Rafael Perez and Tony Sipp were jettisoned this offseason, there suddenly became a glaring hole in the Cleveland bullpen.  The Tribe still has a very solid cast with good arms in it, but all of the guys who have a solid Major League resume are all right handers. Read More

Speaker Dethrones the Georgia Peach and Earns His Place on the Indians All-Time Team

March 7, 2013 | | One Comment

By Ronnie Tellalian

Tris Speaker was one of the great players of the early 20th century. He won an MVP in 1912 and was among those enshrined to the Baseball Hall of Fame in its first year of induction in 1939. Despite his dominant fame and popularity, Speaker played his career in the shadow of the great Ty Cobb; but in one memorable season in 1916 Speaker dethroned the king and stood alone atop the American League.

Center Field: Tris Speaker

Tris Speaker began his career in 1907 with the Boston Red Sox. After nine years in Boston and one MVP award, Speaker was dealt to the Indians in 1916 in exchange for Sad Sam Jones, Fred Thomas, and $55,000, the most money ever paid for a player at the time. He instantly became the star of the team taking his place in center field. Read More

Indians have built it, but will the fans come?

March 6, 2013 | | 2 Comments

By Steve Eby

The old saying goes; ask and ye shall receive.  It appears that the Cleveland Indians understand this saying perfectly.

It is no secret that the Indians have struggled at the box office in recent years—even at times when they were not struggling on the field.

In 2005, the Indians won 93 games, contended for the division until the final weekend and for the Wild Card until the last day.  They drew just over two million fans to the ballpark that year and placed 24th out of 30 teams in attendance.  In 2007, the team won 96 games, won the Central Division title and was one win away from the World Series.  That season, they finished 21st out of 30.

Since the 2002 season ended, the Indians have not cracked the top 20 in attendance figures and hit rock bottom in 2010 when they drew 1,394,812 fans for the season and finished in last place in the attendance rankings.  Both the players and the front office took notice, but little was done to correct the problem. Read More

Herrmann’s Baseball Journey Could Take Injury-Riddled Turn in 2013

March 6, 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 players on the 40-man roster that is in a roster battle to earn a spot on the 25-man roster.

By Mike Brandyberry

Frank Herrmann is so smart, he probably could explain the Tommy John ligament surgery as well as anyone.

Unfortunately, the Tribe’s right-handed reliever could be learning more about the operation than he would like to. Herrmann suffered a right elbow ligament sprain during his last outing on Feb. 25 against Oakland. The club and Herrmann are still in the process of gathering information for the most appropriate course of action. Herrmann is currently a non-participant in workouts and there is no timetable for his return.

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What’s All the Twitter Rage Around Chris Perez?

March 6, 2013 |

By Christian Petrila

After sustaining a shoulder injury that had a good amount of dramatic build-up over Twitter, Chris Perez may now easily be the most drama-filled Indians topic on the social networking site.

Recapping the story, Perez was a late scratch from a game he was scheduled to pitch in Friday afternoon. From that point on, it was nonstop speculation. Media members and the average Indians fan all began trying to be the first to correctly guess what happened to the two-time All Star closer.

Slowly but surely, the details came out one by one. The springboard was the announcement that Perez was a late scratch. After that, Perez was seen talking to GM Chris Antonetti in the hallway of Goodyear Ballpark. Perez then left the complex, telling media, “I’m not saying nothing.” After much speculation that Perez was traded, it was discovered that Perez was a scratch due to injury. Finally, after about a half an hour of drama, it was announced that Perez had strained his throwing shoulder and would be sidelined for about a month.

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Lindor Gives a Glimpse of What Future May Hold

March 5, 2013 |

By Mike Brandyberry

It was just for a day yesterday, but it might be a one-day look into the future of the Indians and Francisco Lindor.

Monday the Indians second-rated prospect, behind only Trevor Bauer, started and played the entire nine innings against the Chicago Cubs during the Tribe’s 13-5 victory. Lindor was 2 for 4 at the plate and made several plays at shortstop, making them all look routine.

“He’s such a nice kid,” Indians Manager Terry Francona said in his daily press conference. “He’s always smiling and he has a boatload of talent. He just needs to play because he’s so young. For our staff to get to see him for nine innings is really enjoyable.”

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Phelps Likely Odd Man Out in Cleveland Infield

March 5, 2013 | | 2 Comments

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 on the 40-man roster that is in a roster battle to earn a spot on the 25-man roster.

By Craig Gifford

It was just two seasons ago that the Indians were looking for help at second base and turned to a rookie named Cord Phelps. In 2011, Phelps and Jason Kipnis were both highly regarded players at Triple-A Columbus. It was Phelps who received the first shot to play in Cleveland.

Phelps made his Indians debut on June 8, 2011. Kipnis was not promoted for more than a month while the Tribe took a look at what it had in the promising Phelps. Phelps struggled to adjust to the big leagues. Kipnis debuted on July 22, that year and has played at a near All-Star level ever since. Now, Kipnis is in camp with the second base job secured, while Phelps is just trying to find a place with the Tribe. Read More

Huff Is Running Out of Options in Cleveland

March 4, 2013 | | 2 Comments

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 on the 40-man roster that is in a roster battle to earn a spot on the 25-man roster.

By Bob Toth

Pitcher David Huff is simply running out of time and running out of options with the Cleveland Indians organization.

Huff was  selected 39th overall by the Indians back in the 2006 First Year Player Draft. By May of 2009, the young left-hander got his big league call-up and impressed over 23 starts. But in each of the last three seasons, Huff’s numbers have not been sufficient to lock down a consistent spot in the Indians rotation.

Now, with time against him, the 28-year-old could become a casualty of the numbers game in Cleveland as he fights as a long shot with several other pitchers for a position in the back end of the starting rotation or even as a long man or left-handed arm out of the bullpen. If he is unable to make the Opening Day roster, he must clear waivers before being sent to the minor leagues.

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Quick Rise to Big Leagues has Allen in Competition for Crowded Pen

March 3, 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 on the 40-man roster that is in a roster battle to earn a spot on the 25-man roster.

By David Roberts

When a young minor leaguer starts the season in High-A, visions of a major league debut don’t often cross their mind. For Cody Allen, 2012 seemed like another year for him to improve his stuff and rise through the ranks of the Indians farm system. Little did he know that his rise would be of the meteoric kind, as he found himself pitching in the big leagues in just his second professional season. Fast forward to this spring and Allen looks to be in the mix with several other arms vying for an Opening Day spot on the 2013 Indians roster.

The Cleveland Indians made Allen a 23rd selection in the 2011 draft out of High Point University in North Carolina. The young righty did not waste any time and quickly signed with the club to start getting his feet wet in professional baseball.

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AL Preview: Northern Exposure Edition

March 3, 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.

By Bob Toth

In 1977, two new franchises began play in the American League. The Mariners were the second incarnation in the city of Seattle in Major League Baseball history, as the city had lost its previous franchise – the Pilots – to Milwaukee, where they became the Brewers. The Toronto Blue Jays gave Canada their second major league franchise, joining the Montreal Expos at the time.

Their shared births into baseball are not their only similarities, as both great cities have seen significant stretches of struggles on the diamond after periods of great success throughout the 1990’s.

Will either of these previously linked franchises be able to make 2013 the year they break out and return to the postseason?

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