Chris Perez discusses his time in Cleveland

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Lucky’s Café in Tremont is so damn good that it’s all Chris Perez misses about his time in Cleveland. In an interview with Cleveland.com’s Zach Meisel, Perez, the former Tribe closer, discusses his life with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the way his much-discussed tenure ended with the Cleveland Indians. It ended a lot better than

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The 2013 free agent closer class and why you “don’t pay for saves”

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I am a Fantasy Baseball player. I love the game. Have been playing for 25 years. I am in two leagues (one being a daily lineup change league), read all of the articles, am dialed into all of the prospects. The more information you can consume, the better the chances you have to succeed. Heck

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The Top Five Tribe Bullpens of the Last 20 Years

Which, if any, late-inning units topped the Bullpen Mafia? No portion of a Major League Baseball team’s roster experiences more in the way of volatility than a bullpen. One year you think you have it perfect, the next, the same guys look like they don’t belong in the same roles. Sometimes its injury; sometimes its

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New Dodger Chris Perez on Indians: ‘No hard feelings’

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The biggest change for the Indians this offseason is in the bullpen, with turnover related to 45% of the team’s relief appearances from a year ago. The most recognizable departure, of course, is former closer Chris Perez. He was quickly released on Oct. 31 and was signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles

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MLB News: Chris Perez signs with Los Angeles Dodgers

Former Indians closer Chris Perez has reportedly reached a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez first reported the story late on Sunday night. Terms of the deal still have not been reported. Perez, 28, was released by the Indians back on Oct. 31. He earned $7.3 million in

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John Axford – A Calculated Risk

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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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MLB Rumors: Indians interested in closer Grant Balfour

The Cleveland Indians have talked to free agent  closer Grant Balfour, reports Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. Indians have talked with Grant Balfour, sources say. They need a closer. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 9, 2013 The Tribe recently parted ways with closer Chris Perez and has been linked to new potential closers for the 2014 season. The Austrailian

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Scott Raab on the Browns beating the Ravens, Chris Perez and Chris Grant’s future – WFNY Podcast – 2013-11-04

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Scott Raab ended this week’s podcast telling everyone to go to the dentist, don’t do drugs and stay in school. You should listen all the way to the end to see how we got there. As per usual, here’s the email I sent Scott last night. ————— They beat the Ravens. It was a “proof

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

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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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2013 Indians in Review: The Bullpen

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The Indians wild ride has come to an end. The 2013 season was one that nobody expected. A 96 loss team turned into a 92 win club that advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2007. GM Chris Antonetti and Manager Terry Francona helped changed the culture of the organization and has our

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Early thoughts on the 2014 Indians: WFNY Roundtable

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Following Wednesday’s AL Wild Card loss to Tampa Bay, the WFNY staff was still giddy about the Cleveland Indians’ 2013 season. But, some were already not as optimistic about the picture for 2014. Here’s another look inside the WFNY email thread to see what we were talking about yesterday with regards to the Tribe’s future.

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Despite the loss, this was a game Cleveland needed

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Last night’s Wild Card playoff was a game this city desperately needed. No, one game is most assuredly not “enough.” No, I’m not satisfied that the Indians peed down their leg with runners on base last night.1 All the same, last night was a game that this city needed and it was a game that

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The Diff: Playoff stats research for the Cleveland Indians

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The Diff is your weekly WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, I recapped some stats from the Indians’ turnaround 2013 regular season. Today, I’m taking stats research questions from my WFNY colleagues with the Wild Card game tonight. Kirk: “How about

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Wild Card Questions: WFNY Tribe Roundtable

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We’re just one day away from playoff baseball in Cleveland again! In light of that and the Tampa Bay Rays’ win last night, the WFNY writers discussed some of the hot button issues surrounding the roster, bullpen use, and lineups for the Indians. Assume the following players are locks: Salazar, Masterson, Smith, Shaw, Allen, Albers,

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The Cleveland Indians and Pearl Jam are bringing back my youth

(The soundtrack for this post is “Sirens” by Pearl Jam. I listened to it on repeat while writing this.)1 The way I felt yesterday watching the Indians celebrate in the guts of Target field was overwhelming. I didn’t cry, but I also wouldn’t have dared speak aloud in those moments as the Tribe were bouncing

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While We’re Waiting… Chris Perez, 2007 vs. 2013, and getting to know the Bengals

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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 attips@waitingfornextyear.com. Leading off, Anthony Castrovince tackles the Chris Perez and now open closer position issue, “Francona would be wise not to press his luck this time

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MLB news: Francona removes Chris Perez as Cleveland’s closer

It appears that Terry Francona has seen enough of Chris Perez in tight situations. Terry Francona just told Mike Trivisonno on WTAM 1100 that Chris Perez is no longer the closer for the #Indians. — Nick Camino (@NickCaminoWTAM) September 27, 2013 On the Indians’ pregame show on Fox Sports, Francona said he would use a

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Closer Jeopardy: Who’s the man for the Indians now?

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It’s not like many fans didn’t see this coming, right? Perhaps not the 89-70 record, but maybe the Chris Perez demise? Here we are. Three games left in the regular season. The Cleveland Indians are on the verge of the playoffs and, it appears that with last night’s performance, Perez might be out of a

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Chris Perez: “I don’t want to cost us games”

Indians closer Chris Perez told manager Terry Francona “I don’t want to cost us games” after nearly blowing a 6-1 lead for Cleveland on Thursday night, the manager shared during his post-game press conference. With the help of Joe Smith, the Indians barely held on for a 6-5 win over the Minnesota Twins at Target

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Debating Chris Perez’s closer role – Cleveland Indians Roundtable

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Shortly after last night’s incredible ninth-inning comeback, former WFNY weekend man Brendan Porath nudged the WFNY staff: Let’s do a roundtable about Chris Perez. So here we are, again, talking about the controversial closer’s role for the rest of 2013. Share your takes in the comments. Brendan: So, Jason Giambi delivered one of the most

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