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Offseason Swap Series: Toronto Blue Jays

November 21, 2011 |

 

By Matt Van Wormer

The Toronto Blue Jays took a bit of a step backwards in their second season without ace Roy Halladay.  Playing in one of the most expensive divisions in baseball has its disadvantages but the Blue Jays are very good at playing to their strengths.  John Farrell has a great system, but not the perfect players for it, so getting the right player in place and developing the guys who are coming up through the ranks is important.  Jeremy from 500LevelFan.com answered five questions for me about his beloved Blue Jays and gave us some insight on the boys from Canada.

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Offseason Swap Series: Baltimore Orioles

November 14, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

Now that we’re done with the American League Central, let’s move on to the East which could very well be the toughest division in baseball.  The Baltimore Orioles have been a floundering organization since the Indians took them to the brink in the 1997 American League Championship Series.  I asked Lauren Tilley of BirdsWatcher.com five questions about the Orioles and she has some great insight to the Baltimore ballclub.  She has also asked me some questions about the Tribe and when I get those answered, we’ll be sure to get you connected with the link to that story.  So, on to the Q&A!

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Offseason Swap Series: Kansas City Royals

November 7, 2011 |

 

By Matt Van Wormer

The Kansas City Royals are a team much like the Cleveland Indians.  They rely on their strong farm system to develop talent while being very strategic and careful with their Free Agent signings.  While the Royals haven’t been able to produce a playoff run for quite some time, they are always offering their fans a glimmer of hope.  The 2011 season saw them come out of the gate quickly, only to fade away before the All Star break.  I was able to have some correspondence with Michael Engel at KingsOfKauffman.com and he answered five questions about his home team to give us some insight as to what is on the horizon for the boys in (Royal) blue.

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Offseason Swap Series: Detroit Tigers

November 1, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

The Detroit Tigers were the only team that stood between the Indians and the playoffs in 2011 and had a few things gone differently, it would have been the Tribe representing the Central Division in October.  After falling just short of the World Series, I was able to hook up with John Parent of MotorCityBengals.com, a blog dedicated to the Tigers.  John is not just the lead writer on the blog but he is also the Detroit Chapter President of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance so we’ve got high expectations for John’s answers!  Let’s get to them now!

Five Questions for the Detroit Tigers

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BREAKING NEWS: Indians Acquire Derek Lowe

October 31, 2011 |

By Tschanen Brandyberry

Just more than an hour after officially announcing they were picking up Fausto Carmona’s option, the Cleveland Indians reportedly are adding to their rotation by trading for Atlanta Brave starter Derek Lowe.

ESPN’s Buster Olney has confirmed the trade, and told ESPN Cleveland off air before the end of today’s The Really Big Show. It is believed the Indians are trading A-level left handed relief pitcher, Chris Jones.

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Offseason Swap Series: Minnesota Twins

October 24, 2011 | | 2 Comments

 

By Matt Van Wormer

The Twin Cities were not a happy place this season as the Twins fell to the cellar in the Central Division, one year removed from the Division title that saw them win 94 games and score 781 runs.  Injuries, injuries and, well, injuries were a thorn in the side of a team that returned most of the same guys that helped them win the division by six games in 2010.  I had some questions about the Twins and Seth Stohs of SethSpeaks.net was kind enough to give me the answers that will tell us about the future of the Twins, as well as some of his thoughts on the season past.

DTTWLN? – 1. Finishing in the cellar was definitely not Ron Gardenhire’s plan at the outset of the season.  Is he on the hot seat heading into the 2012 season?

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Offseason Swap Series: Chicago White Sox

October 17, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

As all of us baseball fans prepare to endure the inevitable off season, one way we are going to try and feed your baseball fandom is with a weekly series with another blog from around the league.  We start off with the Central Division foe, Chicago White Sox.  Big changes are taking place on the south side of the Windy City and we caught up with James Fagan, who writes the White Sox Observer and asked him some questions that will give us some insight about what to expect from the White Sox in 2012.

DTTWLN? – 1. Ozzie Guillen is out and Robin Ventura is in.  Two completely different men with what will surely be different managerial styles.  Was Robin Ventura the right choice to replace Ozzie Guillen as the manager of the White Sox?

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Former Indians Performing Well In Postseason

October 6, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

Last night, in the top of the 7th inning, Ben Francisco drilled a Jaime Garcia pitch over the left field wall at Busch Stadium giving the Philadelphia Phillies all the runs they would need, and get, in their Game 3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.  Francisco’s three run shot was just one of many great things that have happened for former Indians so far in the 2011 playoffs.
 
In the very first game of the postseason, former Indians catcher, Kelly Shoppach, went 3 for 5 with two home runs, three runs scored and five RBI as the Rays trounced the Rangers 9-0 in the series opener.  The Rangers have since gone on to take the series, but it was a great performance none the less.
 

Under .500, But Still Plenty To Smile About

October 5, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

When the 2011 baseball season started, I think most Indians fans felt the same way: Stay competitive and we will be happy.  Improve on last year and look forward to 2012.  Don’t finish in the basement.
 
All those ideas were great, until the Tribe had one of the best April’s in their history.  Our expectations went from 75-85 wins to 95-105 wins in a matter of weeks.  While it was a nice run, I think too many people, myself included, thought that it would survive.  Unfortunately, due to numerous injuries to key members of the team and a plague of inconsistencies, the large lead that the Tribe had built quickly diminished and we were left to wonder what could have been.
 
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Indians Lose Finale, Look Forward to 2012; Tigers 5, Indians 4

September 29, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

The greatest moment on the final night of the season had nothing to do with what took place between the lines. Manny Acta was ejected in the middle of the first inning for “arguing balls and strikes.” In reality, what he did was make sure that his Bench Coach, Tim Tolman, got a chance to manage a big league game.

Tolman suffers from Parkinson’s disease and will take a front office job with the Tribe in 2012. The rigors of the road have become too much for him. It was a class act by the man who is the best man for the job as Indians skipper. Acta and Home Plate ump, Dan Bellino, were all smiles during their “confrontation” that ended Acta’s night early.

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Game Preview: Cleveland (80-81) vs. Detroit (94-67)

September 28, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

One-hundred sixty-one down, one to go.  The Cleveland Indians will wrap up the 2011 campaign trying to hold second place in the division outright and finish at .500 while the Detroit Tigers will be playing as hard as they can to earn first round home field advantage in the playoffs.  The Tigers need a win and a Texas Rangers loss to host the Wild Card instead of playing the Yankees in the first round.
 
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Manny Acta and Ozzie Guillen – Opposites in Every Way

September 28, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

On Monday, the Chicago White Sox relieved manager Ozzie Guillen of his duties of leading the south side team.  This came after the loud-mouthed Guillen demanded a contract extension.  A couple things that are important to this story; First, Guillen still had a year on his current contract that would have taken him through next season.  Second, there is still one game left in the 2011 season.  Third, Guillen’s team is going to finish under .500.  Fourth, this will be the third season in a row that the White Sox are going to miss the playoffs.  Does this sound like a man that should be demanding a contract extension?
 
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