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Man Seeks to Tell Story of Alaska’s Glacier Pilots

May 28, 2013 |

Robert Barr grew up in the shadow of Mulcahy Stadium in Alaska.  He watched the Alaska Baseball League grow from a series of town teams to one of the best collegiate baseball leagues in the country.

And he’s trying to bring that story to a wider audience.

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Making Sense of the Hall of Fame Vote

January 13, 2013 |

By Bob Toth

There were undoubtedly some surprises that stemmed from the announcement Wednesday afternoon that no players from the ballot would be voted in as part of the 2013 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction class. It was the eighth election by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America that failed to produce a new member to the Hall, and the first such election since 1996.

This vote, unlike many others in recent history, came with its fair share of controversy. This year’s ballot marked the first appearances of tainted legends Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa. Additionally, several other former stars, including Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro, have pasts linked to performance enhancers as well.

This ballot became quite possibly the most criticized ballot of players in the history of baseball. Maybe even the most criticized in the history of sports.

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Former Indians Take the Postseason Stage

October 10, 2012 |

By Christian Petrila

For many Indians and Indians alumni, October is a time to reflect on the season that was.

However, for some Indians alumni, October doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the end of the season. Some of these ex-Tribers are finding success with teams still in the hunt.

First and foremost, there’s Jim Thome. Fan favorite-check. Plays for a team that is considered a lovable underdog-check. Would make a great story if he were to finally get that sought-after ring-check.

Thome signed with the Philadelphia Phillies before the season started with the idea that he would be used as a regular pinch-hitter. That plan didn’t go quite as planned, so Thome was dealt to Baltimore on June 30. In 28 regular season games with Baltimore, Thome hit .257 with three home runs and 10 RBI. More importantly, though, Thome was a veteran presence in a clubhouse that hardly has any postseason experience. Whether or not he contributes a whole lot, his impact in the clubhouse will definitely impact the Orioles this October.

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American League Postseason Awards

October 7, 2012 |

By Bob Toth

With the completion of the 2012 regular season, it is that time of year to reflect back on the highs and lows of another entertaining year of Major League Baseball.

The following is our ballot for five American League postseason awards as members of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. The categories include – manager of the year, rookie of the year, top reliever of the year, Cy Young winner, and MVP.

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Offseason Swap Series: Miami Marlins

February 13, 2012 | | One Comment

By Matthew Van Wormer

Well, after a long offseason, we’ve finally made it to the end of the weekly Offseason Swap Series that we started back in November.  After hitting all the American League teams, we finished off with the Tribe’s Interleague opponents and this is the last one; the newly dressed, named and sheltered, Miami Marlins.

The Marlins made quite a splash in the offseason, reeling in players like Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle to try to help them improve upon what has been a roller coaster history.  Could this be just another attempt at a purchased championship or are the Marlins looking at the long term for once?  Here is what David Gershman from MarlinsDaily.com had to say in response to the questions I asked him.

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Offseason Swap Series: Cincinnati Reds

February 6, 2012 |

By Matthew Van Wormer

Last season for the Cincinnati Reds was very much like last season for the Cleveland Indians.  The Reds hovered around .500 all year long but just couldn’t get a push of wins to put them over the hump.  Unlike the Indians, Cincy was consistent all year long and didn’t have the benefit of a hot start to give them a cushion over the rest of the competition.  I got in touch with Steve, the Senior Editor of Blog Red Machine and asked him about the Reds and what they had in 2011 and what they can look forward to in 2012.  Here’s what he had to say.

DTTWLN? #1 – In 2011 Cincinnati was hanging right around .500 all season long.  Unfortunately, other teams in the division surged ahead of them to get into the playoffs.  What were the Reds missing in 2011 to get them over the hump?

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Offseason Blog Swap: Pittsburgh Pirates

January 30, 2012 |

 

By Mike Brandyberry

It appears I have one last blog swap in me before handing the reigns back over to Matt Van Wormer for the final two before Spring Training. This week we talk with Pat Lackey who runs a Pittsburgh Pirates blog, Where Have You Gone Andy Van Slyke? Not just are the Pirates close to Cleveland in proximity, but also in comparison in baseball economics. The Pirates have developed a young core of players and now find themselves trying to compete with bigger payroll teams in their division.

DTTWLN #1-The Pirates were a lot like the Indians in 2011, contenders for a while, then fading away in August and September. What happened to the Pirates that took them from first place in July to under .500 by season’s end?

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Offseason Swap Series: Houston Astros

January 23, 2012 |

 

By Mike Brandyberry

Like a starting pitcher in a big game, I thought I was done, but Matthew Van Wormer sat at the other end of the dugout and never gave me the hook, so I’m going back out to keep throwing. This week we talk with Greg Thurston of Climbing Tal’s Hill, a blog dedicated covering the Houston Astros. The Tribe will travel to Houston in late June to face a team deep in the rebuilding process, but it will be the first of many because the Astros will become American League foes in 2013. With so many changes taking place in Houston, let’s get to Greg’s thoughts.

DTTWLN #1-Last season was another tough one for the Astros. Two years ago, Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman were traded away, and last season saw Hunter Pence dealt to Philadelphia. How are fans handling and reacting to a complete overhaul and rebuild?  

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Offseason Swap Series: St. Louis Cardinals

January 16, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

This season the Indians have five interleague opponents and we will try to get five good answers from each as we complete the final leg of our blog swap before heading into full-fledged Spring Training coverage. This week, we start with the World Series Champion, St. Louis Cardinals. You could argue that no team in baseball has made more news since the middle of September as the Cards. We caught up with blogger Daniel Shoptaw of the blog, C70 At The Bat, to talk about the Cardinals wild September and October and their offseason headlines.

DTTWLN #1-The Cardinals run to the 2011 World Series crown has to be one of the most improbable runs in baseball history, considering the September comeback, defeating the favored Phillies and the Game 6 comeback, twice. I have no idea how old you are, or when you became a Cardinals’ fan, but where in your sports life does this Cardinals run rank?

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Offseason Swap Series: Texas Rangers

January 9, 2012 |

 

By Mike Brandyberry

The Texas Rangers have made two straight trips to the World Series, only to return home with no trophy. This year, they returned to the Lonestar State without the title and one of the worst heartbreaks in baseball history. If any franchise can relate to the World Series plight of the Rangers, it might be Indians fans, who still can’t shake the visions of that tragic Sunday evening in Miami in 1997.

We were fortunate enough to catch up with Dan Edmonson of Chicken Fried Baseball, a blog covering the Texas Rangers, to talk heartbreak, Yu Darvish and moving ahead.

DTTWLN #1-How do fans perceive the disappointing World Series loss, for the second straight year? The Rangers remind me of the Indians of the mid-90s who were so close. We have Jose Mesa as a scapegoat figure. What is the feeling with the fans?

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Offseason Swap Series: Seattle Mariners

January 2, 2012 | | One Comment

 

This week we cover the Seattle Mariners, a team certainly ahead of the Oakland Athletics, but clearly chasing the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. I get to pinch hit for Matt Van Wormer this week, who is preparing some upcoming stories, and correspond with Harrison Crow of SoDo Mojo, an indepth Mariners blog. The Mariners and Indians seem to always cross paths, whether it be with managers Mike Hargrove and Eric Wedge, trades involving Shin-Soo Choo and Asdrubal Cabrera or weird rainouts and snow games. Who knows how the 2012 Mariners will intersect with the Tribe. On to the questions…

DTTWLN? #1-Last season didn’t go as planned, a 95-loss season, complete with a 17-game losing streak. Can you explain what went wrong?

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Offseason Swap Series: Oakland Athletics

December 26, 2011 | | 2 Comments

By Matthew Van Wormer

Of all the teams in Major League Baseball, one team reminds me of the Indians more than any other; the Oakland Athletics.  They put a premium on having a great farm system and building a team through the draft rather than signing high priced free agents and players with questionable character.  This, however, also puts competing at a premium and usually opens up windows for a year or two at a time.  I had the chance to ask some questions of David Wishinsky over at the Todd Van Poppel Rookie Card Retirement Plan to get his thoughts on the Indians western twin.

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