“Glory Days in Tribe Town” – A Discussion With Author Terry Pluto

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Question: Among all of the beloved Cleveland Indians of the 1990s, what in particular do the following players have in common: Omar Vizquel, Manny Ramirez, and Sandy Alomar? Pause and consider if you like, but don’t worry. What follows is a clue, and then the answer. The clue is this: What Omar, Manny, and Sandy

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Baseball is fine, but MLB could use some tweaks (Part 1)

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Baseball is not broken. Baseball is as beautiful a sport as it has ever been. The art of hitting a baseball with an elongated, rounded bat has amazingly persevered through the generations as something that is worth attempting. The drama that builds during crucial games is incredible as every single pitch can have more meaning

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Charting Expectations for the Indians by Kluber’s Enthusiasm

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The genesis for this article was actually spawned from one of my alltime favorite WFNY running articles (Anderson Varejao Enthusiasm Charts from Denny Mayo). He has graciously allowed me to completely mangle it by extending the concept to the Indians and the player who wears his emotions as outwardly as anyone ever has. If you

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1957: The end of an era, for catcher Jim Hegan and the Tribe

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No, honest: Spring is approaching. I know because I just followed the progress of the Tribe’s equipment trucks’ sojourn to Goodyear, much like a small child refreshing noradsanta.org to track the location of the jolly man’s sleigh. Their pitchers and catchers are already beginning supervised workouts in the warm sun of Arizona. It’s a time

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So about that open WFNY Indians writer position…

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I swear I meant to get to this sooner than the gosh-darn beginning of Spring Training, but life kept getting in the way.  Which, come to think of it, is kind of the point… When I joined WFNY five years ago (FIVE YEARS AGO), I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I mean that

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Celebrate the Indians’ Pitchers and Catchers Reporting

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I miss many things about Arizona where I spent the first four years of my professional adulthood. I miss going to Canyon Lake with my wife and dogs.1 I miss the beauty of the mountains in the distance. Or, the beauty of the mountains from their peaks at South Mountain or Top of the Rock

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Rookie Tribe Manager Frank Robinson Grants a Tryout to T.J. O’Hays

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Oh, so you’ve never heard of T.J. O’Hays? Well, until 1975, neither had new Cleveland Indians manager Frank Robinson. Over the previous six winters, the major league veteran Robinson had managed Cangrejeros de Santurce (the Santurce Crabbers) of the Puerto Rican winter league. The league consisted of six teams, and the Santurce club was its

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I’m not going to debate Wahoo again this season

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I recently saw someone on Twitter quip that it’s about that time of year where we get all hot and bothered about Chief Wahoo and whether he is racist or not or stays or goes. It is that time of year, no doubt—Wahoo debates tend to go into hibernation once the season comes to a

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I will never complain about a Corey Kluber extension

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This is me talking to myself. I have to talk to myself sometimes when it comes to sports because otherwise you forget about foresight and only look at hindsight and then you hate yourself for being so stupid and not being able to see the future. That’s why I treat myself so harshly with regard to

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Players by Trade

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Winter in Cleveland is not conducive to baseball. The unforgiving cold and unwieldy snow serve as a better backdrop to hockey or frostbite. While we shovel the driveway, Chris Antonetti and Mark Shapiro are working the phones to try and find the right players to boost the Cleveland Indians’ chances in a strong Central Division

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Paul Hoynes wrote weird words about his forgotten Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

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There are so many things weird about the latest column from Paul Hoynes on Tuesday night. Shall we count them off? 1) Paul Hoynes, long-time beat writer of the Cleveland Indians for the Akron Beacon Journal and The Plain Dealer and now the Northeast Ohio Media Group (NEOMG), forgot to vote for the Baseball Hall

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The Emergence of an Ace — WFNY’s Top 10 Cleveland Sports Stories of 2014: No. 4

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If you thought that 2013 was one crazy year in the world of Cleveland Sports, 2014 once again proved that there is rarely a dull moment. There were good times and bad, hirings and firings, wins and losses, homecomings and award winners. As the year comes to a close, like we have done the last

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Can Gavin Floyd be the 2015 Scott Kazmir?

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When Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti and his team set off for San Diego and the Winter Meetings last week, there were two things at the top of their wish list: Adding a middle-of-the-order bat and improving the pitching staff. Earlier this month, they were able to cross the first item off with the acquisition of

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Progressive Field Renovations — WFNY’s Top 10 Cleveland Sports Stories of 2014: No. 10

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If you thought that 2013 was one crazy year in the world of Cleveland Sports, 2014 once again proved that there is rarely a dull moment. There were good times and bad, hirings and firings, wins and losses, homecomings and award winners. As the year comes to a close, like we have done the last six

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Brandon Moss: Fits like a glove

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So, you all wanted more power in the lineup? Well now you’ve got it. The Cleveland Indians shipped a prospect out and brought in an All-Star. Nice to be on the other side of things for once, isn’t it? Brandon Moss, a 31-year old power hitter with two years left of team control, is your new

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MLB Winter Meetings Primer: The Indians Won’t Stand Pat

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The 2014 MLB Winter Meetings week is here! There has been lots of speculation and rumors already leading up the the convention of GMs, agents, and players looking for work that will take place at the Hilton Bayfront in beautiful San Diego, California. What, you thought it was going to be in Milwaukee? Every team comes to

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My Cleveland Sportsman of the Year: Corey Kluber

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Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year is an annual must-read. Sadly, 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 2014’s Cleveland Sportsman of the Year. Here’s one of the nominations for that honor by an WFNY writer.

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Is Carlos Santana Cleveland’s Best Twitter Account?

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If one was to rank Cleveland athletes by who would be the best to follow on Twitter—be it due to charisma, penchant for intriguing statements, or simple awesomeness—where would Indians slugger Carlos Santana rank? The Tribe’s catcher turned third baseman turned first baseman (and sometimes designated hitter) has taken his quiet in-season approach and crept

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Book Excerpt: “Glory Days in Tribe Town” by Terry Pluto and Tom Hamilton

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Editor’s Note: In the new book “Glory Days in Tribe Town” (softcover $15.95/ebook $9.99), Terry Pluto teams up with legendary broadcaster Tom Hamilton to tell the story of the Cleveland Indians of the 1990s. The 336-page book also includes personal recollections from dozens of Tribe fans. This excerpt looks at Albert Belle’s stunning career and

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Toward an Indians Off-Season Strategy

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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

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