Detroit Tigers, Ndamukong Suh, and more with Boney – WFNY Podcast – 2015-03-02

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I ran down Boney again this year to talk Detroit Tigers and the A.L. Central, but we ended up talking about lots of other things too.   Detroit Tigers and the A.L. Central Are the Tigers finally done with age? Liking Cespedes as a player International amateur free agents Collective bargaining and keeping labor peace

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Tribe comes out glowing in Grantland’s MLB preview

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Can a team that fell short of the playoffs and didn’t make many headlines in the offseason actually be among the favorites heading in to the next year? If you ask Grantland’s Jonah Keri, that answer is a resounding ‘Yes’ as the Cleveland Indians are ranked fifth in his 2015 MLB Preview. Keri makes sure

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Food, beer and a chance to win Indians Opening Day tickets—who’s in?

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With less than 40 days remaining until the Cleveland Indians’ Opening Day tilt against the Detroit Tigers, the team is giving fans a chance to win a pair of the highly coveted tickets all while incorporating some of their new, highly delicious partners. On Tuesday, March 3 fans can enter to win a chance to

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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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Cleveland Sports Championship Watch

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Sports fans and their accompanying websites become so wrapped up in the day-to-day happenings, stories, games, goings-on, quips, statements, and logo changes, that they often lose track of the big picture. It’s easy to become so focused on the details and the minutiae of the sports life cycle that the global perspective becomes lost entirely —

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Indians to offer $13 and $10 ticket options for 2015

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Though the snow is tearing through the streets of Cleveland, the Indians are making plans to incorporate their new right field amenities within their ticket sales. Though not included in Opening Day and any multi-game packages, the $13 “District Ticket” will provide fans with the experience of the two-story Right Field District at Progressive Field

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The Ten Percent That Matters: Indians Spring Training Notes

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Reams of information are digitally thrown around during Spring Training. In the end, I would estimate that only 10% of it really matters. The catch? We will not know which 10% until May (at the earliest). All Cleveland Indians fans should be informed, however, so I will post the potentially important nuggets of information and we

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Terry Francona and Nick Swisher discuss MLB’s Pace of Play rule changes

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Rob Manfred, baseball’s new commissioner, has been on the job for a short period of time, but has already shown that he is not afraid to push Major League Baseball in new directions if he believes said changes will make for a better product for the fans.1 It was during just last season that Keith Olbermann

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Charting Expectations for the Indians by Kluber’s Enthusiasm

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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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Trevor Bauer built his own drone

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In addition to spending time working on his physical mechanics and becoming a member of the top half of the Cleveland Indians rotation, Tribe starting pitcher Trevor Bauer spent a portion of his offseason building his own drone. Arriving at the team’s complex in Goodyear, Arizona on Wednesday with the rest of his pitching brethren, Bauer

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Brandon Moss and Jason Kipnis: Early storylines coming out of Goodyear

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On Wednesday, I explained some of the reasons Spring Training matters to me. In doing so, I neglected to discuss anything about the actual pitchers and catchers reporting for the Cleveland Indians. Well, the Tribe did have their official opening of Spring Training and MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports that most of the players are already in Goodyear

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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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Celebrating humanity in sport, and gearing up for Tribe season: While We’re Waiting…

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Happy it’s-how-freaking-cold-outside-again-day, Blawg Pound. If you are fortunate enough to have a car, I hope that you are also fortunate enough to have a garage. I wrote a week ago that this winter hadn’t been that bad. I retract that sentiment, and extend a solemn, respectful middle finger to Mother Nature. I would like to spend this

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AL Central is closer to baseball’s worst division than best: WFNY Stats & Info

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It’s been a busy offseason for the American League Central Division. After the Kansas City Royals advanced to the World Series, cellar-dwelling division mates Chicago and Minnesota pushed their payrolls up over $100 million with splashy free agency signings. And, of course, Detroit and Cleveland each won 85-plus games again last year. So how does

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Bob Feller museum to close in Van Meter, Iowa

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I never knew there was a Bob Feller museum in his hometown of Van Meter, Iowa, but today I found out it was closing. I also didn’t know where Van Meter, Iowa was, but it’s just over 680 miles away from the Bob Feller statue outside of Progressive Field. It’s about a 10 hour drive

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MLB News: Indians sign lefty Bruce Chen to minor league deal

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The Cleveland Indians signed veteran left-hander Bruce Chen to a minor league deal on Monday night, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. The deal is reportedly for a base of $1 million with an additional $1 million in incentives. Chen, 37, spent the last six years with the Kansas City Royals. He was released by

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Jason Giambi officially announces retirement from MLB

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After much speculation and reading of proverbial tea leaves, former Cleveland Indians DH Jason Giambi finally made it official and announced his retirement from Major League Baseball, releasing a statement to the New York Daily News. Giambi played the final two seasons of his career in Cleveland for the Indians where, despite a relative lack

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