Ball Played: Incredible Indians bash AL-best Royals as losing streak expires

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The 2015 Cleveland Indians season has played out much like the end of the first act in the animated superhero movie The Incredibles. The 2013 and 2014 seasons were the opening demonstration of the individual powers for players on the team and included AL MVP nominations, Silver Slugger, and Cy Young Awards. However, the 2015 season

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Ball Played: Indians say Goodbye to the Good Guy (but not to losing streak)

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Good Guy David Murphy had some good times with the Cleveland Indians. He was not part of the 2013 playoff team, but he was an extremely useful platoon hitter in his 213 games with the team. He would complete his time with a .273/.327/.402 slash line and a 104 OPS+, which were all quite close

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Ball Played: A three-hour tour (Indians lost at sea and to Royals)

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Both sounded like such fine ideas. Whether a quick oceanic voyage from a tropic port or a baseball season from a highly touted team. However, such fine ideas can turn out tragic once put into practice. Sometimes, events like a bad storm can sneak up on you and force you to crash into a hopeless

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Next Up: Kansas City Royals … Next Stop: Pluto

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And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a perfect illustration of why there is a Cleveland sports blog called Waiting for Next Year, for that is precisely what Indians fans find themselves doing here in late July. The Cleveland Indians, considered by the crystal-ball gazers at Sports Illustrated to be the favorites to get to the

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C-Cap Recap: A Thoroughly Defeated Tribe

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To say that the Cleveland Indians were just “defeated” four straight times by the Chicago White Sox feels like a woefully inadequate summation of a series in which Cleveland (45-52) was outscored 26-5 on its home field and banished back to the Central Division basement. It’d be more fitting to say that Tito Francona’s club

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This is Larry Doby’s Story: Reliving Yesteryear

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With the unveiling of Larry Doby’s statue at Progressive Field on Saturday, much will be made of the indignities he suffered during his playing career for the Cleveland Indians. His feats on the field will be dutifully recited. His supporters will boast of his Hall of Fame bona fides, while noting these accomplishments were recorded

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Ball Played: Bauer and bats sour for Indians

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The Cleveland Indians spent Thursday afternoon mired in rampant speculation and rumor about many of their players being subject to trade talks. The Indians then spent their night watching their bitter rival Chicago White Sox dominate them by a final score of 8-1. The players discussed ranged from current Triple-A Columbus Clippers Lonnie Chisenhall and

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Next Up: Indians Host the White Sox for a Four-Game Series

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The Cleveland Indians began the second half of the 2015 season by winning two of three in Cincinnati and splitting the two-game series in Milwaukee. Going 3-2 on the road isn’t ordinarily something to complain about, but those two bottom feeders of the NL Central are a combined 84-104, so, really, they shouldn’t have been

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Bode Plots: Which type of contact is affecting Indians batters the most?

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With the Cleveland Indians continuing their struggles hitting with RISP1 , there has been an added emphasis among analysts and fans to uncover how much of their struggles are luck versus skill. In particular, there has been an emphasis on the amount of hard hit balls. However, there is a possibility that focus is on

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Ball Played: Dr. Smooth and the Francisco Kid defeat Anderson’s Mr. Regression

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If Tuesday night was Major League night in Milwaukee, then Wednesday’s day game must have been ’90s day. There was not an overabundance of flannel, acid-washed jeans, or Starter jackets, nor did Nirvana and the Stone Temple Pilots dominate batters’ walkup music selections. Instead, the Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers combined for 31 hits and

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CC & Bartolo: Weighing Their Careers

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Heading into this week’s mini two-game series in Milwaukee, the Cleveland Indians hadn’t beaten the Brewers since June 13, 2001—a Wednesday matinee at Jacobs Field featuring a strong start from the Tribe’s then-28-year-old ace, Bartolo Colon. In retrospect, that moment in time—the summer of ’01—could be seen as a critical pivot point in the recent

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C-Cap Recap: Out-Brewed By the Crew

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The last time the Cleveland Indians played a game in Milwaukee’s Miller Park, they were the home team—bizarrely forced to host the Angels on unfamiliar turf after an April snowmageddon had rendered Jacobs Field unreachable by land. That was 2007, and CC Sabathia got a win. The last time the Indians beat the Brewers, on

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Next Up: Indians vs. Brewers at Miller Park

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Oh, my, that trip to Cincinnati! Did it feel like a trip to the dentist, as in “scoring runs was like pulling teeth?” Well, it’s been that way pretty much all season, so why should anyone assume that a few days off for the All-Star Game would change anything? Yes, there was that one game

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On sluggers, arbitrary milestones, and Carlos Santana

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When the Cleveland Indians were at their peak from 1995-2001, they had the biggest, baddest offense in the league. It was a glorious time to love the sport of baseball in Northeast Ohio. During that seven-year stretch — the height of MLB’s steroid era — the Tribe ranked top-two in baseball in total runs, doubles, home runs,

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When Indians attendance was truly an issue: Reliving Yesteryear

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Editor’s Note: WFNY has recently spent time discussing attendance for the 2015 Cleveland Indians. TD made an appearance to give the 2015 attendance from the viewpoint of a season-ticket holder. The subject was also discussed from the standpoint of recent history in the introduction and comment section of a game recap. Today, Greg Popelka gives

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Indians could move Brandon Moss by trade deadline

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Roughly one week ago, Cleveland Indians president Mark Shapiro discussed the addition of outfielder Brandon Moss, saying that the veteran slugger has been “as productive as hoped” who is “better than we thought defensively.” Fast forward to today, and we have ourselves a bit of a contradictory report, stating that the Tribe would love to

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C-Cap Recap: Ducks on the Pond, Walk Walk Walk

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Somewhere in a Rockwellian suburbia untouched by cynicism, doe-eyed Little Leaguers still don their rally caps and sing the songs of a simpler age: “Ducks on the pond / Quack quack quack / Come on, Timmy! / Give it a whack!” What they don’t realize is that Timmy has no intention of swinging the bat.

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Next Up: The Second Half Begins in Cincinnati

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The good news coming out of the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game is that the Cleveland Indians, should they win the American League pennant this year, will have home field advantage in the World Series. The challenging part of this equation, however, is that the Indians need a significant halftime adjustment with their offense.

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Was Sandy Alomar Jr. overrated or underrated? Depends on who you ask.

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Every fan base has a special few players who are held in higher regard than their overall career statistical output might indicate. The shift to harsh quantitative analysis has led to many of these players being “outed” to disprove the former qualitative thoughts of value. Of course, what often is dismissed in these debates is that the

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On the Tribe’s “Jack and Larry,” with an Author Interview

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Recently, Major League Baseball invited fans to complete online ballots to determine each team’s “Franchise Four.” The results were revealed during the 2015 MLB All-Star festivities, with the Tribe represented by Jim Thome, Omar Vizquel, Bob Feller, and Tris Speaker. The topic is no stranger to barrooms and sports talk radio. Commonly, the “Franchise Four” is

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