Next Up: Kansas City Royals … Next Stop: Pluto

Royals GM Dayton Moore and manager Ned Yost -

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

Cleveland Indians waiting for Godot

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

Lary Doby

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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Mark Shapiro’s Indians, movies and body switch movies – WFNY Podcast – 2015-07-20

Kirk Cameron Like Father Like Son

Craig and Dave discuss a bunch of stuff that has very little to do with sports. I mean it has to do with Indians P.R. and movies and stuff. Click here to download the MP3 file directly. Podcast users are largely Apple device people Why Google makes me mad Google should put Craig and Dave

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

Ducks on the Pond for Michael Brantley

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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Fangraphs Trade Value Rankings: Four Indians make top 50

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Fangraphs released their annual trade value rankings over the All-Star break that attempts to gauge the most valuable players in MLB as a function of talent, age, and contract status. So, younger players with more team control will usually win out over older players even if the youth have statistics that lag slightly behind as

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Cavaliers, Indians, Buckeyes all up for ESPY awards

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The 2015 ESPY Awards are Wednesday night and the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indians, as well as the Ohio State Buckeyes, have plenty of chances to come away with some hardware. The nominees are… LeBron James (Best Male Athlete, Best Championship Performance, and Best NBA Player) In his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, James led the wine and gold from one

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Indians defense is best in MLB with Francisco Lindor; 28th without him

Francisco Lindor

As Michael Bode wrote today, a lot goes into a pitcher’s success beyond how well he throws the ball. The other guys playing defense have to catch the ball when a hitter smacks it their way, and their performance can drastically alter how many hits and runs the opposing team totals. Defense has been a sore

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Making sense of advanced pitching statistics

2015 July 12 Indians advanced pitching statistics (3)

If you missed it, we already delved into the layman definitions of advanced hitting statistics. This post is a look into the pitching side of all of those crazy abbreviations and acronyms. Corey Kluber will go into the MLB All-Star break with a 4-10 record to go along with a 3.38 ERA. Despite those mediocre

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C-Cap Recap: Tough Luck Illustrated


The Cleveland Indians ended the first half of the 2015 season the exact same way they started it—unable to generate any run support for Corey Kluber in a 2-0 loss. Back on April 6, it would have been silly to look at Kluber’s first unjust 2-0 setback against the lowly Astros as any sort of

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Ball Played: Brantley, Kluber’s blank expression blanks Astros

Brantley Indians July 7 2015

Corey Kluber getting left off of the American League All-Star team has left many analysts who favor advanced statistics baffled, as he is having another strong season when looking at stats like FIP, WAR, K%, SIERA, among others1 . Of course, when looking at his record (4-9 personal record or 5-13 team record when he starts)

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Talking Tribe, Dog Days, and a Risky Theme Park: While We’re Waiting…

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Happy Wednesday, Blawg Pound. It’s getting hot. It’s getting humid. Basketball is long gone; football is a ways away. The U.S. Women’s National Team brought home the World Cup from that distant, foreign land of Canada, so that’s done too. The Men’s National Team beat Honduras in the Gold Cup opener last night, but that’s slightly less

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C-Cap Recap: Bald Heads and Broomsticks

Cleveland Indians Mike Aviles

The Cleveland Indians won a ballgame with Corey Kluber on the mound for just the fourth time all season, as a Mike Aviles home run in the 10th inning secured a 5-4 triumph and a four-game sweep / public shaming of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Thursday matinee—played on a moldy green shag carpet inside

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Next Up: Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg
Shawn Everhart

After being swept by the Baltimore Orioles this past weekend, the Cleveland Indians are now 33-41, leaving them 12 games behind first place Kansas City in the AL Central. The Tribe is reeling, inviting metaphors of the staggered boxer with wobbly legs and blinking eyes or the slow motion balletic scenes of Robert De Niro

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C-Cap Recap: Two Nothin’s Is Nothin’

Tito Francona ejected Cleveland Indians doodle

Terry Francona’s ever-present windbreaker may as well be an invisibility cloak considering how little criticism he’s getting for the plodding parade of mediocrity that is the 2015 Cleveland Indians. I’m not saying he really deserves any blame, mind you. But after a potentially spirit-breaking series sweep at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles this weekend

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Kevin Love opts out, Corey Kluber just can’t win, Terrelle Pryor and Johnny Manziel – WFNY Podcast – 2015-06-27

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Note: Apologies for the buzzing sound on my mic. To download the podcast directly, here’s a link to the MP3 file Andrew was available to chat today and I have been itching to crack a mic on all the things that we seem to be talking about, that in my estimation aren’t worth talking about.

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Next Up: Indians vs. Orioles at Camden Yards

oriole park at camden yards

Beautiful Camden Yards changed everything, and a fair share of the credit for that goes to Janet Marie Smith. Who is she, you might ask. To properly answer that, we must first look back at what came before the Orioles played in the shadow of the B&O Warehouse near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Baltimore’s history with

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Tribe 101 with Prof. Rosen: Mid-Term Evaluation

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F or much of this baseball season, I have not been paying terribly close attention to the Indians. Basketball has dominated my attention for much of the past two months or so, but hoops season has come to a close, and it’s time to look to the diamond. I’ve caught some games on the radio

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Next Up: Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays


In the four-game, couple here-couple there series against the Chicago Cubs, the Indians were finally rained out on Monday night, their first postponement of the season. In the remaining three games the Cubs outscored the Indians 20-10. But thankfully the 17-0 lambasting of the Tribe on Wednesday night counted for only one win. The Indians won

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Ball Played: Sea witch Urshela makes Indians debut in 3-2 loss

at Progressive Field on June 9, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. Seattle defeated Cleveland 3-2.

Columbian born Giovanny Urshela was signed as an international free agent by the Cleveland Indians during the summer of 2008, the same summer when Lonnie Chisenhall was a first round draft pick of the Tribe. Chisenhall was coming out of college, three years older than Urshela, and had a more advanced bat, and his path to MLB

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