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Did The Tribe Win Last Night Podcast #3, November 25, 2012

November 25, 2012 |

This Sunday Erik Pinkerman and Ronnie Tellalian discusss some recent minor moves made by the Indians, the decision making process and offseason strategy by the front office and guys who were not on the 2012 Opening Day roster, but will … Read More

Did The Tribe Win Last Night Podcast #2, November 18, 2012

November 18, 2012 | | One Comment

In this week’s Did The Tribe Win Last Night’s podcast, Erik Pinkerman, Ronnie Tellalian and Mike Brandyberry discuss the Detroit Tigers signing Torii Hunterand how it will affect the American League Central Division. The podcast also features guest, Jeremy Gibson … Read More

Numbers Show No Options or Improvement For LaPorta

October 28, 2012 |

After a disappointing 2012 Cleveland Indians season the organization is at a crossroads to decide how to progress with the organization, not just for the 2013 season but several seasons to come. Decisions involve ownerships, the front office, managerial and coaching decisions and the players. For the month of October, we’ll look at how the Indians ended up in their current predicament, but most importantly, Where Do the Indians Go From Here. Today we analyze a player out of minor league options in 2013. 

Matt LaPorta has been a swing and a miss, literally, figuratively and now statistically.

LaPorta was once a top prospect and thought to be a slugger of the future. After four disappointing stints at the major league level, his time in Cleveland has been tainted, and his future is uncertain.

Out of options for 2013, LaPorta either will need to be retained on the major league roster, traded or given his outright release. In order to return to the minor leagues, LaPorta will have to clear waivers each time, and despite his struggles, some team will claim him. In 2012 for the Indians, LaPorta played 22 games, moving back and forth from the big league club to Triple-A Columbus. He batted .241, hit one home run and slugged an embarrassing .328. Things were not always this bleak for the once hot prospect.

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Canzler Has Proven All He Can at Minor League Level

October 27, 2012 |

After a disappointing 2012 Cleveland Indians season the organization is at a crossroads to decide how to progress with the organization, not just for the 2013 season but several seasons to come. Decisions involve ownerships, the front office, managerial and coaching decisions and the players. For the month of October, we’ll look at how the Indians ended up in their current predicament, but most importantly, Where Do the Indians Go From Here. Today we analyze a player that will most likely see an increased role in 2013, versus the role they had in 2012.

Better late, than never, I suppose.

Many were the voices that called for a right handed power bat in the Indians lineup in 2012, Russ Canzler could very well be that bat. He has spent very little time at the Major League level, but the time he’s spent he’s played well. 2013 might be his chance to prove what he can do with the big boys.

With the failed experiments of Shelley Duncan and Aaron Cunningham in 2012, left field has really become an open position for the Indians. The current internal options for the Indians are Canzler, Matt LaPorta and Ezequiel Carrera. LaPorta had his chances and flopped. That leaves Carrera and Canzler. Both are good hitters that have potential, but Canzler is clearly the better option of the two given the Indians current situation. Carrera is a light hitting lefty. The Indians lineup was full of light hitting lefties in 2012. What the Indians need is a hitter with some power, and a guy that can hit from the right side to counter all those lefties. Canzler is that guy.

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Chisenhall Ready to Take Control of Third Base for Tribe

October 24, 2012 |

After a disappointing 2012 Cleveland Indians season the organization is at a crossroads to decide how to progress with the organization, not just for the 2013 season but several seasons to come. Decisions involve ownerships, the front office, managerial and coaching decisions and the players. For the month of October, we’ll look at how the Indians ended up in their current predicament, but most importantly, Where Do the Indians Go From Here. Today we analyze a player that will most likely see an increased role in 2013, versus the role they had in 2012.

In 2013, Lonnie Chisenhall will have the first chance to be the Indians starting third baseman, and despite a small sample size at the big league level, the statistics say he’s ready.

Chisenhall finished his injury-shortened season with five home runs in 151 plate appearances. His .268 batting average was 13 points higher than the 2011 campaign, and he showed significant improvements in his on base percentage (.311), and slugging percentage (.430).

Chisenhall had a very short window to prove what he could do at the major league level. He began the year at Triple-A Columbus, and, after getting called up in late May, he had only 24 games under his belt before injury kept him sidelined for more than two months. Still, the 23-year old third baseman made big strides moving forward, and showed great potential looking ahead to 2013.

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Chris Perez’s Value and Comments Could Create Offseason Trade

October 14, 2012 |

After a disappointing 2012 Cleveland Indians season the organization is at a crossroads to decide how to progress with the organization, not just for the 2013 season but several seasons to come. Decisions involve ownerships, the front office, managerial and coaching decisions and the players. For the month of October, we’ll look at how the Indians ended up in their current predicament, but most importantly, Where Do the Indians Go From Here. Today we analyze a potential trade piece for the Tribe this winter.

There were few bright spots in the Indians 2012 season. One of those was All-Star closer Chris Perez. He had a very solid year that increased his value across the league, but self-inflicted drama and a questionable attitude left him with a black mark with some fans, and maybe the organization.

Perez finished a good 2012 campaign with a 0-4 record and a 3.59 ERA. His save total, however, hit a high point in his career. For a portion of the year, he held the league lead, and his stellar first half earned him a second All-Star appearance. After blowing the save in the first game of the season, Perez converted 24 consecutive saves in route to a career-high 39 saves on the year. His 9.3 K/9in was way up from the 5.9 K/9in he put up in 2011, and he posted a career high 3.69 K/BB.

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Cabrera Provides Veteran Leadership to Core Up the Middle

October 13, 2012 |

After a disappointing 2012 Cleveland Indians season the organization is at a crossroads to decide how to progress with the organization, not just for the 2013 season but several seasons to come. Decisions involve ownerships, the front office, managerial and coaching decisions and the players. For the month of October, we’ll look at how the Indians ended up in their current predicament, but most importantly, Where Do the Indians Go From Here. This week we analyze the Tribe’s young core of players moving forward. 

Much like the Cleveland Indians themselves, Asdrubal Cabrera got off to a fine start. Just like the Indians season, unfortunately, Cabrera would falter in the second half, and ultimately finish a year that didn’t quite meet expectations.

Many parallels can be made between the Indians season, and Cabrera’s offense. At the end of April, Cabrera was batting .302, and the Indians found themselves in first place in the AL Central. As May came to a close, Cabrera’s batting average had dropped just a tiny bit to .298, and the Indians had fallen just a tad in the standing to 1.5 games back; both numbers still very good, and very promising. Going into July, Cabrera was batting .297, and the Indians were still very much in the hut at 2.5 games back. Then, things took a turn for the worst. Cabrera hit just .233 over the next two months, and the Indians record would plummet from 40-38 to 56-77.

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First Full Season for Kipnis Makes Him a Core Member Moving Forward

October 9, 2012 |

After a disappointing 2012 Cleveland Indians season the organization is at a crossroads to decide how to progress with the organization, not just for the 2013 season but several seasons to come. Decisions involve ownerships, the front office, managerial and coaching decisions and the players. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians ended up in their current predicament, but most importantly, Where Do the Indians Go From Here. This week we analyze the Tribe’s young core of players moving forward. 

Tribe fans had a tough year in 2012. Expectations were high after a very promising 2011 campaign and many believed this team was ready for a playoff run. Those expectations were not met and fans were left to witness a disastrous end to a disappointing season. There were, however, a few shinning lights for Indians fans to look to in the gloomy Cleveland night.

Teams build around the middle of the field, and with Asdrubal Cabrera at shortstop, Michael Brantley in center field, and Carlos Santana behind the plate, Kipnis at second base solidifies a young and promising team that shows strength and stability up the middle. With his bat and his glove, Kipnis is turning himself into the corner stone of this team. In 2013, he will enter his second season as a starter and projects to bat in one of the top three spots in the order.

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Long Term Front Office Success Has Been Overshadowed by Short Term Failures

October 6, 2012 |

After a disappointing 2012 Cleveland Indians season the organization is at a crossroads to decide how to progress with the organization, not just for the 2013 season but several seasons to come. Decisions involve ownerships, the front office, managerial and coaching decisions and the players. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians ended up in their current predicament, but most importantly, Where Do the Indians Go From Here.

At the end of any season a team is evaluated by their wins and losses, versus the expectations set before the season. In 2012, those expectations were set high and the accomplishments were low. Whenever expectations aren’t met, there is plenty of blame to go around.

A large part of that blame rests directly at the steps Team President Mark Shapiro and General Manager Chris Antonetti. Despite support from ownership—still impressed by their long term accomplishments of building an organization—fans are frustrated with the recent decisions that helped lead to a disappointing 2012.

The 2012 campaign started with promise. The Tribe was an outside shot at the playoffs, especially with the new format of two wild card teams, and the hot start of last season was fresh in the minds of Cleveland fans. This season started off rocky, blowing an Opening Day lead in the ninth inning to the Toronto Blue Jays, but the Indians bounced back to win eleven of their next eighteen games.

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