Tribe 101 with Prof. Rosen: Hitters

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I still do not know much about the Cleveland Indians, and I want to continue to change that. Tribe season is fast approaching, and I want to be able to talk about the team without people looking at me like they looked at Donald Trump when he said he was running for president. You see, I’m awfully

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The Window Is Wide Open… Don’t Fall Out: 2015 Indians Preview

Original: Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports

Rebuilding a baseball team takes exactly six years – or at least that’s how the Cleveland Indians’ meticulous approach has generally unfolded since the Hank Peters era. The Joe Carter trade in 1989 eventually begat the 1995 AL Champs. The blowing up of that dynasty after the 2001 season built the foundation for the 2007

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Meaningless April? Not this year: 2015 Indians Preview

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On a cold, damp and dreary evening in the middle of April, 2013, Terry Francona stood in front of a high-top table that was perched in the middle of the Cleveland Indians’ room to take in questions from the local contingent. His team was 3-5, having just dropped back-to-back games to the New York Yankees,

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Indians defense no longer a comedy of errors

Original: Mike Stobe/Getty Images

In simple terms, the 2014 Cleveland Indians defense was a comedy of errors. The laughs extended to several comically range-limited defenders as well as some unfortunate injuries at key positions. The defense was so poor that the Indians ranked in last place in both Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) and in Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR). They were

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Sorting through the end of the roster: 2015 Indians Preview

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With just two weeks before the season begins in Houston, manager Terry Francona is not far from making the decisions that will shape the end of the Indians’ opening day roster. With spots up for grabs in the outfield, on the starting staff, and in the bullpen, the Tribe has some camp battles that are still

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Tribe 101 with Prof. Rosen: Pitchers

Original: Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports

I do not know much about the Cleveland Indians, and I want to change that. At some point within the past handful of years, I decided that baseball wasn’t my cup of tea anymore. The season was too long, as were the games that comprised it. I had gotten used to steroid-era stats, and couldn’t adjust to

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What I believe about the 2015 Cleveland Indians

Original: Chuck Crow/Plain Dealer

We have estimated in the past that only about ten percent of what we gather in Spring Training is actually useful. As such, I have been taking accounts of what I have witnessed during Spring Training. I will write what I believe, you can determine what truly matters, and I will hope to surpass the

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Who Believes in Jesus?

Original: AP Photo/Tony Dejak

If Francisco Lindor is the Indians’ undisputed “can’t miss” prospect and Giovanny Urshela is the thinking man’s “under the radar” favorite, Jesus Aguilar seems relegated to yet another year as the .500-slugging elephant in the room. Everybody knows he’s there, everybody has seen the numbers he’s put up, but as Aguilar approaches his 25th birthday,

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Tribe Fans Need to Know Lefty Weisman: Reliving Yesteryear

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Tris Speaker loved him. The Boston Red Sox center fielder had become one of the biggest stars in baseball in the years immediately preceding the Babe Ruth era, along with Detroit’s Ty Cobb. “Spoke” frequented the newsboy’s corner, a coveted (and fought-over) spot at Fenway Park — Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue — and was entertained by

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Baseball is fine, but MLB could use some tweaks (Part 3)

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Third verse, same as the first: 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

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Revisiting jWAR with the 2015 Tribe

Michael Brantley Cleveland Indians

Two years ago, WFNY alum Jon Steiner put a lot of work into a player dashboard, combining the stats of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs from the previous five years to come up with one win above replacement stat to rule them all, jWAR. A few weeks later, with this tool of nerd-vana now at my disposal, I

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Where Are They Now? T-Plush & the Tribe’s 2014 Spring Invitees

Cleveland Indians Tony Plush

There might not be a more conventional form of Spring Training journalism than the “diamond in the rough” piece, in which uneducated guessers like myself ask burning questions like, “Could Bruce Chen be this year’s Scott Kazmir?” Never underestimate a baseball writer’s ability to turn a two-word answer—“probably not”—into a 1,000 word thesis on why

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The Indians’ “All-Time” Spring Training Hall of Fame: Inaugural Class

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With most of the Tribe’s roster pretty well set for 2015, some fans will look at this month’s slate of Spring Training games as a mere prelude to the “ones that count,” or as an outdated, needlessly long series of stretching exercises for guys who already train year-round anyway. For these fans, March marches on

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Baseball is fine, but MLB could use some tweaks (Part 2)

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I repeat: 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

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“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

Corey Kluber Cleveland Indians

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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