Should Chris Antonetti go? Kareem Abdul-Jabbar delivers, plus Deafheaven! While We’re Waiting…

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Good morning everyone! It’s a Friday before a Browns bye week Sunday, so let’s make that old joke that’s nearly as old as quoting “so-and-so player is on pace for…” jokes on the first day of the season. The best thing about the NFL this week is that the Browns can’t possibly find a way

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Now and Later: Sorting out the Indians’ options at the plate

Zach Walters

Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Ryan Raburn, and Jason Giambi—four players who were all significant contributors on a 92-win playoff team last year that featured just twelve hitters1. This season, all four have spent time on the disabled list, and three of them have missed significant action2. So just how are the Cleveland Indians still standing and in the AL Wild

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Cut by the Tribe, Aaron Harang is dominating for Atlanta

Aaron Harang

Remember Aaron Harang? One of the journeymen starters the Tribe signed to a minor league deal this spring? After being told he would not start the season in the majors with Cleveland, Harang signed with Atlanta, jumping at a chance to round out a big league rotation. Not only has Harang filled out he Braves’

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Behold: Nyjer Morgan 2.0

In the fickle world where professional baseball players trade, Nyjer Morgan has everything going against him. He’s 33 years old. He’s on a one-year deal with the Cleveland Indians, getting his opportunity thanks to a minor league deal, ultimately obtaining a spot on the big league roster solely due to an injury to the team’s every day

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Compare and contrast: Tribe today and 365 days ago

Michael Brantley

We are getting close! I don’t know about you, but I am beyond excited for Indians baseball to begin. The pieces are starting to come together. On Wednesday, the final 25-man roster was revealed. There weren’t many surprises, but there has been some small but important tinkering. When you compare this club to the one

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Vinnie Pestano and Elliot Johnson make Tribe’s 25-man roster

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Vinnie Pestano may have spent last fall as an outsider looking in, but he will get a chance at redemption this summer as the right-handed reliever has officially made the Cleveland Indians’ 25-man roster. Pestano was told this weekend that he will be one of the arms in the Tribe’s bullpen on Opening Day—a spot

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Tribe could be headed to arbitration with Masterson

Justin Masterson

The Cleveland Indians’ arbitration-free run could soon be over. Tribe general manager Chris Antonetti believes that the team, who has managed to avoid arbitration hearings every offseason since 1991, believes it will have at least one arbitration hearing this year. This news comes in the wake of the Indians and starting pitcher Justin Masterson filing

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While We’re Waiting… Mike Brown leads Cavs turnaround

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While We’re Waiting is a space on the WaitingForNextYear website where we share links every day. We’ve been doing it for about four years or so. Denny Mayo used to be much more amusing with his intros, if you recall. You know the drill: Email us with suggestions at tips@waitingfornextyear.com. Brown deserves credit for the hot stretch:

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Outman in — Tribe bullpen takes shape before calendar turns

Josh Outman

It is not sexy. It is not a needle moving addition. But the Indians got better yesterday. A surplus of right field options has spawned a plugging of another hole. A bullpen gutted by free agent turnover looks as though it has been completely remade.  But will this group come together and be as good

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John Axford – A Calculated Risk

John Axford

Not everyone who reads this site is on Twitter. I wouldn’t even dare put a percentage of Wahoo backers who actually engage on Twitter, but it is still a good barometer on the pulse of the fan base. Over the weekend, I noticed a lot of angst amongst Tribe fans after the winter meetings ended without

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Browns screw job, hate watching The Sound of Music, Eric Wedge’s Mariners – JONCAST – WFNY Podcast – 2013-12-08

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It’s a Joncast. What else is there to say? Do the Cleveland Browns losses actually happen everywhere? The great screw job of 2013 The referee already had the flag out Should Chud have gone for two? What is a catch in the NFL and how do you decide what is or isn’t? Should the Browns

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MLB Rumors: Indians expressing interest in closers Rodney and Wilson

Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti is scheduled to talk to agent Dan Lozano about two of his clients, closers Fernando Rodney and Brian Wilson. This report comes from Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Indians released Chris Perez the day after the World Series came to a close and are reportedly considering Rookie

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MLB News: Indians manager Terry Francona named A.L. Manager of the Year

It was a good first year for Terry Francona in Cleveland. Francona guided the Tribe to the playoffs and now he’s been recognized for his success. Francona was named American League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America. CLEVELAND, OH – The Baseball Writers Association of America today announced Cleveland Indians

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Chris Antonetti talks Indians offseason on Sirius XM

Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti was on Sirius XM earlier this afternoon to talk about the team’s upcoming offseason. You can listen for yourself on this SiriusXM link for a 3.5-minute portion of the entire interview. Per Twitter, other topics mentioned: Asdrubal Cabrera’s offseason training regimen, Trevor Bauer’s rocky 2013 and Danny Salazar’s unrestricted 2014.

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The good, the bad, & the ugly – The life & times of Chris Perez in Cleveland

Chris Perez

Ah Chris Perez…..Pure Rage…..The Beard…..The Long Hair…..The games in which he fired out a raucous yell after closing out a save…… The blown saves…..the 2012 mid-season strange but sadly true statements about ownership and the lack of fan support……the Marijuana bust……the media blackout……the late season slump that nearly cost the Indians a playoff spot….. We

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Survey Says? Digging deeper into the Cleveland Indians fan survey

Lost in the kerfuffle of the Cleveland Indians allegedly polling season ticket holders about their opinion on Chief Wahoo was the fact that said inquiry was literally one of roughly three dozen questions pertaining fans and how they relate to various aspects of the team. Drowned out by all of the noise and nostalgia surrounding

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2013 Cleveland Indians Power Rankings

Michael Brantley

I wanted to take a few weeks and step back before I made this list. The Indians successful 92 win Wild Card season in Terry Francona’s first year at the helm. It left us all wanting more. There will obviously be changes to the roster, but the 2013 roster needs a final examination. I normally

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The John Hart Tree Bears Copious Amounts Of Fruit

“Closers grow on trees.” If there was one quote that former Indians General Manager John Hart was known for, it was that one. Hart had a progressive way of thinking during the time in baseball that we now refer to as the “steroid era.” He wanted to build a team that would out-slug you, then

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While We’re Waiting… Can Tribe afford 2014 improvements?

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“While We’re Waiting” serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com. Continuing the series on building a Tribe winner in 2014. As I’ve shared, the payroll math isn’t easy: “It’s all about the money. It’s

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