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Wahoo Watch Podcast #21, March 31, 2013

March 31, 2013 |

After a ten day layoff, Ronnie Tellalian and Bob Toth discuss the final roster, the decision to go with Scott Kazmir as the fifth starter and the new development of Tony Wolters transitioning to catcher and its effects on the … Read More

Spring Stats Stay in Arizona When Tribe Heads to Toronto

March 30, 2013 |

By Mike Brandyberry

This afternoon, the Indians conclude their Cactus League play with their final game against the Cincinnati Reds. After 47 days of Spring Training, the Indians will board a plane this evening and leave the sunshine of Arizona for Toronto, where they open Tuesday evening against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Players like Scott Kazmir and Ryan Raburn likely have played their way onto the Indians’ roster from their strong springs, while others like David Huff and Ezequiel Carrera might have played their way off the roster. However, just like leaving the sunshine behind when they board the plane, players and managers alike leave Spring Training statistics behind as well.

When the Indians open on Tuesday in Toronto, roles for players have been defined and spring statistics have little to no affect upon determining those roles. According to Indians Manager Terry Francona, Spring Training is more about the process to prepare for the season than it is putting up numbers or impressive statistics.

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Green Light a Sign of Change in Approach at the Plate

March 23, 2013 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Statistics and records don’t matter in Spring Training, but little things inside the game and how a team plays the game makes all the difference.

Thursday, the Cleveland Indians sent a subtle message to the American League they may be much more aggressive than they have been in seasons past. With two on and two out in the top of the first inning, Michael Brantley had a three ball, no strike count against the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ian Kennedy. Brantley was given the green light to swing and drove the 3-0 fastball deep into the right field lawn beyond the fence, giving the Tribe an early 3-0 lead.

Brantley admitted later the green light on a 3-0 count was surprising and something he would not have seen in previous years. However, Indians Manager Terry Francona thinks it’s an opportunity to be aggressive if used correctly.

“When you have men on base, and you have a good fastball hitter, hitting, I think it’s great,” Francona said. “The idea is to put guys in position to do some damage and you saw what he did.”

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Francona Actively Leading Indians in New Direction

February 12, 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  Terry Francona and his impact on the organization and roster.

By Bob Toth

Just four months after the hiring of their new manager, the Cleveland Indians are already reaping the benefits provided by the presence of the experienced and accomplished Terry Francona as he leads the franchise in a new direction.

If you have yet to hear Francona speak about his feelings regarding taking the manager position in Cleveland and his excitement about bringing a winner to the long-suffering city, you are missing out. Time and time again, he has shared his joy about once again working for Mark Shapiro and Chris Antonetti as a member of the Indians organization and returning to the city of Cleveland that has several times played a significant role in his life.

He certainly does not sound like a manager who is taking the reins of a team that finished 68-94 last season.

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A Team With A New Direction

February 10, 2013 |

When the Cleveland Indians’ season officially ended last October, it left the organization with more questions than answers.

What happened? Who was to blame? How did a competitive roster carried over from the 2011 season fall apart midway through the 2012 season? Why did Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez struggle throughout the year? How could the team address the deficiencies on offense against left-handed pitching? Is this core a core worth building around, or is it time for another rebuilding process? What steps would need to be taken to prevent a similar catastrophe from happening again in 2013?

All of these questions are difficult to address and even more difficult to resolve. Yet looking back on what the Indians organization has been able to do in just a few short months this offseason, it would be safe to say they have attended to some of, if not all of, the above questions. The team has retooled and now has a new brand new face to the organization. They are a team with a new direction.

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Wahoo Watch Podcast #13, February 3, 2013

February 3, 2013 |

On this week’s Wahoo Watch podcast, Ronnie Tellalian, Erik Pinkerman and Mike Brandyberry all share their thoughts on new Indians Manager Terry Francona. The trio give their thoughts on his Studio 42 interview with Bob Costas and discuss the impact … Read More

Francona Brings Hope and Excitement to Tribe Fest

January 21, 2013 |

By Steve Eby

Indians fans walked out of Progressive Field and the first ever Tribe Fest with all sorts of things.

There were bobbleheads, baseball cards, autographs and jerseys.  There were also caricatures, free haircuts, photo opportunities and memories for fans young and old—all for the reasonable price of $10.  What I walked away from Tribe Fest with, however, could not have a price tag put on it.

I walked away with hope and excitement for my Cleveland Indians. Read More

Fans Flock to Tribe Fest

January 20, 2013 |

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.

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After Arbitration Settlements, Tribe Roster Close to Taking Final Shape

January 19, 2013 |

Friday the Indians agreed to contracts with six of their seven arbitration-eligible players, leaving only Mike Aviles as the lone road block to keeping the Tribe’s record of avoiding arbitration since 1991.

Cleveland settled on one-year deals with Drew Stubbs ($2.825 million), Chris Perez ($7.3 million), Justin Masterson ($5.6875 million), Joe Smith ($3.15 million), Matt Albers ($1.75 million) and Lou Marson ($1 million). Arbitration figures were reported by Jordan Bastian of Most settlements were for slightly more than what was projected for the player by MLBTradeRumors.

After the 1 pm deadline passed the Indians and Aviles exchanged arbitration figures, with Aviles reportedly asking for $3.4 million, while the Cleveland offered $2.4 million. The two sides have until mid-February to reach a contract on their own or an independent arbiter will decide between one of the two submitted figures. Aviles hit .250 with 13 home runs, with 60 runs batted in last season in Boston. It was his best year as a big leaguer and only as a full-time starter. Cleveland plans to use him as a utility player, giving rest to Lonnie Chisenhall, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jason Kipnis.

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Wahoo Watch Podcast #9, January 6, 2013

January 6, 2013 |

On this week’s Wahoo Watch podcast, Erik Pinkerman, Ronnie Tellalian and Mike Brandyberry discuss the impact of the Brett Myers signing and where he will fit in the rotation. The crew also discusses their impressions of Nick Swisher, his press … Read More

Francona’s Influence Gives Tribe a New Feel

January 5, 2013 | | One Comment

There is a new feeling around the Cleveland Indians.

It isn’t a feeling of cockiness, but confidence. It’s a feeling of pride in what has been accomplished since the end of a 94-loss season in 2012, and also a focus on the work that is left to be done. It’s a feeling of comfort and trust, while starting so many things different and new.

However you try to describe the feeling, it is one created by new Manager Terry Francona.

Francona was hired on Oct. 6 after the end of a difficult and disappointing season for the Tribe. Cleveland’s 2012 season floundered and left a roster in despair at season’s end, but it also provided  Francona a chance to recharge after eight seasons managing the Boston Red Sox. Francona spent the 2012 season as an analyst on ESPN, a break from managing between Boston and the Philadelphia Phillies for 12 seasons, Francona was ready for a new challenge—steering the small-market, tight-budget Cleveland Indians.

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Swisher Happy for Ohio Homecoming and Signing with Tribe

January 4, 2013 |

Nick Swisher may be the happiest person ever to move to Cleveland. If the production is half as entertaining and heart-felt as the press conference, Cleveland is in for a treat.

Thursday afternoon the Cleveland Indians introduced their new right fielder to the media. Swisher agreed a four-year contract, valued at $52 million on Dec. 23 with the Tribe but passed his physical and was officially added to the roster on Wednesday. His outgoing and infectious attitude could be felt in the room the moment he walked in, creating a feel not felt around the Indians in some time.

“We are excited to introduce Nick Swisher as the newest member of the Cleveland Indians,” Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti said. “As we started our off season we wanted to fortify our lineup by bringing in an established run producer. In agreeing to terms with Nick, we’ve done exactly that. I’m not sure we could have found a more perfect compliment to our team and our organization.”

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