The Cleveland Indians announce wholesale changes to their front office with several promotions and title changes set to take place at the conclusion of the coming 2010 season.
Paul Dolan, who made the announcement for the organization, was to take …
Despite it at first seeming that this would be a season where the Indians didn’t make many major shifts, the changes have been more plentiful than many fans could have predicted. From the trading of Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher to the rotating fifth spot in the rotation, the Indians have been often unrecognizable this season. And the changes, it seems, are not slowing down.
While the largest change in the Indians roster this season has absolutely been the Bourn/Swisher trade that sent the two to the Atlanta Braves and brought Chris Johnson to Cleveland, another quite notable shift in recent weeks has been the makeup of the Indians outfield. Just this week, the outfield lineup was comprised of Lonnie Chisenhall, Jose Ramirez, and Abraham Almonte. Michael Brantley has been serving as the team’s DH since taking some time to rest with shoulder inflammation, thus necessitating his replacement in left field. With the trades of Bourn and Murphy, the rest of the outfield has opened up for other players to get a shot, despite not being players one would have expected to see there earlier this season.
Did The Tribe Win Last Night is honored to join the More Than a Fan Network in their Tribe Time Now podcasts this season. DTTWLN.com will be represented along with Everybody Hates Cleveland, Indians Baseball Insider, Burning River Baseball and …
With the off-season coming to a close, baseball fans everywhere are starting to get excited about the prospect of pitchers and catchers reporting to Arizona in less than two weeks and the prospect of prospects themselves. The offseason is a chance for players who have already “made it” to the bigs to continue to improve their stuff and maintain their dominance, and is also an opportunity for younger guys to put together the performances that will prove their worth during spring training. Whether prospects and players in the minor league ranks have invited to big league spring training or not, the Arizona pre-season is still their chance to prove where they should be in the system, and, perhaps more importantly, why they should still be there.
All organizations obviously have those players that they predict will make it far within the system. Whether it is breakout stars like Giovanny Urshela or Ryan Merritt, who recently were awarded the Lou Boudreau and Bob Feller awards, respectively, for their minor league performances, or highly-touted prospects like Francisco Lindor and Clint Frazier, there are players throughout the minor league ranks that the Indians are preparing for a career with the big league team. One such step in this preparation is the annual Winter Development Program.
In an effort to provide a different and unique fan experience, the Cleveland Indians are making changes to Progressive Field for the 2015 season.
Thursday the Indians announced a plan to make major enhancements this offseason, aimed at adapting to fans’ expectations for their ballpark experience. Enhancements will include a new two-story bar, a group seating area, new placement of the bullpens and a new open, dramatic Gate C in right field. The project, with support from Delaware North is completely privately funded.
“Fans have changed the way they interact with baseball and other forms of entertainment. As a result, we have to adapt by creating new, compelling experiences to evolve our ballpark to align with fans’ interests,” Indians President Mark Shapiro said. “We’re proud to provide targeted, new experiences that enhance the connection between Progressive Field and revitalizing city around us.”
This week the DTTWLN staff is doing an in-depth look at the Cleveland Indians attendance. While everyone knows the Indians have an attendance problem, how they necessarily got to this point appears to be an explanation with many answers including play on the field, population and economic changes and improvements in technology. Regardless of the reasons, one thing is certain, the Indians have an attendance problem. Today, we examine the historical aspect of the Indians’ attendance.
In 1946, new Indians owner Bill Veeck made a decision that in the short term helped the Tribe but in the long term almost ruined them – or forced their relocation.
Veeck headed a syndicate that bought the Indians for $2.2 million, and he took over as managing partner in June 1946. After that year, he decided that the Indians would leave League Park at East 66th and Lexington in favor of Municipal Stadium, at the end of East Ninth Street at the lakefront.
This week the DTTWLN staff is doing an in-depth look at the Cleveland Indians attendance. While everyone knows the Indians have an attendance problem, how they necessarily got to this point appears to be an explanation with many answers including play on the field, population and economic changes and improvements in technology. Regardless of the reasons, one thing is certain, the Indians have an attendance problem. Today, we look at changes in society and Cleveland since the end of the Perfect Storm.
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From the Perfect Storm to the Indians Attendance Disaster by Bob Toth
In 2013, the Cleveland Indians were 92-70, good for a tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the seventh best record in Major League Baseball.
The Indians drew 1,572,926 fans in 2013, good 29th out of 30 Major League Baseball in front of just the Tampa Bay Rays.
Those two statistics don’t add up. Especially not in Cleveland, a town that prides itself on its undying passion for their sports teams.
Time and time again throughout the 2013 season, the attendance at Progressive Field has been a topic of discussion.
After low attendance totals through the cold and windy month of April, it was said that fan participation would increase with warmer weather and the end of the school year for local students. As the season rolled on, the Indians remained in contention, and yet, the number of empty green seats always seemed to outnumber the number of fans who showed.
The excuses from the fan base continued to trickle in all year long.
“They’re not good enough to take down the Tigers.”
“They’ll just blow it just like they do every year.”
By Bob Toth
The Kansas City Royals were hitless through eight innings. Francisco Lindor had given Justin Masterson and the Cleveland Indians a 4-0 lead after sending a pair of triples into the right field corner. In control, Lindor eyed the competition, cracked a smile, and said, “bring back the kid, you can’t hit me.”
Three pitches later, a seeing-eye single just under the glove of Indians’ second baseman Jason Kipnis ended Lindor’s no hitter. A brief sigh of disappointment escaped his lungs as he let go of the controller and took a temporary step away from the Playstation 3 “MLB 12 The Show™” display at Day One of Tribe Fest, having just fallen short of virtual immortality. Lindor’s five or so young challengers, who combined to control the Royals for nine innings, were only able to muster that one lone hit.
Lindor was just one of more than a dozen attractions at Progressive Field on Saturday afternoon as the Indians played host to thousands of their fans for the first-ever Tribe Fest.
In this week’s podcast, Erik Pinkerman, Ronnie Tellalian and Mike Brandyberry have an in-depth discussion about the new Baseball Hall of Fame ballot including whether Kenny Lofton belongs in the Hall. Mike has an interview with 850-AM ESPN Cleveland’s T.J. …
Recently, Pat McManamon of FOXSportsOhio.com had a conversation with Cleveland Indians’ team president Mark Shapiro, who talked about his challenges and interests in baseball, the recent history of the team, and his vision moving forward. Following will be a series of opinions and insight about Shapiro’s responses and how they apply to where the team was, how the team got to where it is now, and most importantly, Where Do the Indians Go From Here.
By Bob Toth
Nobody enjoys losing.
When a team like the Cleveland Indians has squandered multiple opportunities in a several year span, it is difficult to not question the integrity of the system in place and the intentions and motivation of the team, its front office, and ownership.
Indians’ team president Mark Shapiro understands that with mounting losses comes room for plenty of criticism.