This is the first off-season I can remember in quite a while that doesn’t seem to carry with it a somewhat obvious imperative for the Cleveland Indians front office. Typically, it feels like we enter the winter with a hole that requires filling. Last year, for instance, the team had to address right field, as Nick
Behold: Jon Steiner’s first ever WWW!
The Dolans might be “cheap” but the Cleveland Indians front office deserves to be praised, not crucified.
I hate to be this guy, but I cannot wait to watch this pitching staff next season.
Danny Salazar gives the Indians a much-needed lift against the Tigers. We live-blogged it.
8:06 PM – I crunched some numbers earlier today that suggested the Indians need to shoot for at least 90 wins if they want to make the playoffs. I don’t know why I did that work, because you could probably just have hit a corpse on the nose with a ball-peen hammer before the
The Indians lost three of four to the Royals this weekend, which is the bad news. Carlos Santana is doing this to baseballs though, which is the good news. That would be five home runs in three games–the first two off fire-baller Yordano Ventura. Santana now leads the team with 20 home runs. Despite
Jon is in a bit of a writing rut, so he’s asking the WFNY gang to help him get out of it. After circulating some juicy topics around WFNY Headquarters, Craig said he was interested in talking Trevor Bauer, Nick Swisher, Travis Hafner, and what it means to like some players more than others. So we did
8:29 PM – We join our heroes in Minneapolis, during the top of the second inning after an uneventful first. Much has been made in the booth of the fact that this is the Indians’ first trip back to Target Field since clinching their 2013 playoff spot. That is somewhat hard to believe. I find
The waiting game is over: LeBron James made his announcement to Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins that he’ll be rejoining the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2014-2015 NBA season. The letter is simply wonderful: Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio. It’s where I walked. It’s where I
Corey Kluber is among the five finalists to be added to the AL All-Star roster via fan vote, but so far things aren’t looking great, despite Terry Francona’s best efforts. Terry Francona sat at computer from 10:30am-4pm (with some interruptions) to vote for Corey Kluber for All-Star Game. "I voted my ass off." — Zack
I try to avoid declaring any one person unique, as such declarations imply there are non-unique people—boring and generic caricatures, leading rote and empty lives. This feels like a nasty thing to say, even only as an implication. But Josh Tomlin is unique and you are leading a rote and empty life. Let’s begin with
7:00 PM – My daughter is not happy that I’ve chosen to live recap the Indians game rather than Wheel of Fortune, but I’m bigger than her and a little richer so I get to decide. I’M A MAN. I’M FORTY! (But not really.) That said, diapers, baths and bedtime stories are likely to interfere
This is probably an over-simplification, but I generally put pitchers into something like three categories: (1) I trust that guy; (2) that guy is moderately pitchable and occasionally good, though his flaws can scare me; and (3) that guy is utterly unpitchable in any situation that may determine the outcome of the game. The trick,
Yesterday the Browns and WKYC announced that Bernie Kosar would no longer be the color commentator for Browns preseason games on WKYC. Today, Kosar–by way of Mary Hipp at ThinkMediaStudios–responded. They’re none too happy, it would seem. I’ll let him tell you: I was informed yesterday by the Cleveland Browns and WKYC that I have
As I have discussed in this space before, my estimation of Michael Brantley has not often aligned with those around me. Where I saw a player failing to live up to his on-base pedigree, others saw someone with innate clutchiness.1 Where I saw a player who seemed to lose his base-stealing ability upon meeting better
Have you heard that it’s early yet and you shouldn’t make too much of small sample sizes? Well, it is! And you shouldn’t! But not making a big deal out of stuff doesn’t pay the bills around here, so we’re going to do it anyway, suckers. The Indians rotation has been, for lack of better
It’s that time of year again! The time when Jon makes up fake gambling lines for the upcoming Indians season and then makes foolish fake prop bets on them. As a reminder, I make stuff up, then make up more stuff, then after the season we see how I did at making stuff up. Waste
Someday it will stop snowing, and someday Mike Ilitch will die. But until then, the Detroit Tigers are going to spend money without regard to their (or anyone else’s) reality. After failing to extend Max Scherzer last week, the AL Central rival Tigers decided to make two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera the highest paid player in
I’ve long been an advocate of the offensively inclined catcher. This, I tend to think, is not the most radical stance I’ve ever taken. Those who disagree find themselves in the awkward position of saying they’d rather not field a catcher capable of an .850 OPS who can hit 25 home runs a year. That’s