Setting the lines on the 2014 Indians

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

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Tigers sign Miguel Cabrera to record-setting contract extension

Miguel Cabrera

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

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Framing the Debate: Moving Carlos Santana off Catcher


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

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Picture: Grady Sizemore flashback


Maybe you got rich betting against Grady Sizemore’s comeback these last few years. I just got sad. But a reinvigorated Sizemore is battling for the centerfield vacancy in Boston with Jackie Bradley Jr. Apparently, he’s making an impression on Red Sox skipper (and Cleveland aficionado!) John Farrell: Farrell on Sizemore today: Maybe a little flashback

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The Plexiglas Principle and the 2014 Indians


What does 2014 have in store for the Tribe? Measuring the degree of one’s own homerism is a difficult and never-ending task.  You never quite know whether what you believe about your favorite team is being overly colored by your desire to actually believe it, especially in the midst of never-ending winter.  And yet I feel

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Michael Brantley’s Contract Extension: A Good Man is Hard to Find

Brantley Homer

I am known throughout my office as the guy who doesn’t like Michael Brantley. This despite the fact that I TOTALLY LIKE MICHAEL BRANTLEY.  I was ecstatic when he was included in the CC Sabathia trade, and I followed his rise through the minors as closely as any Indian I can recall.  His ceiling—a plus

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My Cleveland Sportsman of 2013: Mickey Callaway

Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year is an annual must-read. Given that the national recognition rarely has anything to do with the teams or individuals whom we cover. In turn, WFNY will soon announce its choice for 2013′s Cleveland Sportsman of the Year. Here’s one of the nominations for that honor by an WFNY writer.

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Tribe Makes the Playoffs on a 10-Game Winning Streak — WFNY Top 10 Cleveland Sports Stories: No 1


If you thought that 2012 was one crazy year in the world of Cleveland Sports, 2013 proved that there is rarely a dull moment. There were good times and bad, hirings and firings, wins and losses, and appearances in postseasons and courtrooms. As the year comes to a close, like we have done the last

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MLB Rumors: Indians possible destination for Joaquin Benoit and Shawn Marcum

As MLB’s Winter Meetings wind down, the Indians have been mentioned as possible landing spots for two free agent pitchers. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Cleveland is one of five teams likely to land reliever Joaquin Benoit, whose closer role in Detroit will likely be subsumed by Joe Nathan in 2014. Sources: Teams

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MLB News: Tigers, Rangers Swap All-Stars – Fielder for Kinsler

The AL Central Champion Detroit Tigers made waves in the baseball world tonight by sending Prince Fielder and $30 million to the Texas Rangers in exchange for All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler.  Heyman had it first, but the details trickled in from everywhere after that. Fielder for Kinsler trade has been agreed to. —

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MLB News: Jimenez rejects offer, Indians likely to receive compensatory pick

As expected, Ubaldo Jimenez did not accept the Indians’ qualifying offer of $14.1 million for the 2014 season.  He had until today at 5 p.m. EST to accept the offer, and he will now become a free agent. Free-agent right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez has declined the $14.1M qualifying offer from the Indians. More soon on —

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Ubaldo Jimenez voids 2014 option, becomes free agent

According to the Cleveland Indians, the team exercised their $8 million 2014 club option on starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. Having the right to void, Jimenez did such and is now a free agent. Jimenez’s contract, acquired from the Colorado Rockies in a July 2011 trade, initially outlined the 2014 year as a club option, meaning

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Revisiting Preseason Predictions for the 2013 Indians

Before every baseball season I like to make a bunch of predictions and fake prop bets about the upcoming year, and after each year ends, I like to circle back around and check on how I did. This is a somewhat excruciating exercise for at least two reasons.  First, I’m not very good at gambling,

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Preparing Myself for Playoff Baseball

I’ve joked throughout the year that Cleveland’s luck would be to field a great, fun, competitive baseball team that even went so far as to make the AL Wild Card game, only to come up agonizingly short.  Following a script we’ve all read before, they’d lose the play-in game in some nut-punching fashion, fans would

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Indians Clinch 1st AL Wild Card, Win 10th Straight

92 Wins, just like we all predicted. The Cleveland Indians won their last 10 games of the season to finish the season 92-70 and clinch the first AL Wild Card spot.  They finish one game back of the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central. The Indians will host either the Tampa Bay Rays or the

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Indians 7, White Sox 2: On Believing, Not Stopping

7:07 PM – Last night I joked on Twitter that while I’ve been pining for meaningful September baseball for five solid years, I wasn’t sure I was ready for baseball quite that meaningful. And yet I spent the entire day waiting for this game to start, nervously turning over the word “playoffs” in my mind.

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Royals 7, Indians 1: On and On it Goes, Chances Everywhere


8:18 PM – It’s been about two weeks since I wrote my post mortem on the Indians 2013 season—about how they always come up short and how I should’ve seen it coming.  Since then, of course, the North Shore Kids have put together a nice stretch of baseball while the two teams ahead of them

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Indians 4, Orioles 3: On the Verge of Losing It

Ubaldo Jimenez

8:06 PM – We pick this one up in the bottom of the fourth, because that’s what time my daughter goes to sleep now.  She usually wakes up in the thirteenth inning or so, so let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. Anyway, the game is scoreless, as both Ubaldo and the Orioles’ starter Chris

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Among the Ruins: The Indians’ Collapse and Looking Forward

It’s a cliché largely because it’s so true: baseball is a game of failure. Even the best hitters make outs sixty percent of the time. Pitcher skill is approximated by measuring degrees of incompetence (earned runs allowed). All but one team goes home a loser each year. The game is designed to hurt us, and

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Searching for perspective on the 2013 Indians


For all the bluster in Cleveland about stick-to-it-ive perseverance, we’ve become fairly adept at pre-baking narratives of defeat into our sports fandom. Each year, and in every sport, we eventually get ourselves to the same point: The recognition that the team we are watching is not good enough, and that we should’ve seen it sooner

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