Ball Played: A three-hour tour (Indians lost at sea and to Royals)

Eric Hosmer, Cody Anderson

Both sounded like such fine ideas. Whether a quick oceanic voyage from a tropic port or a baseball season from a highly touted team. However, such fine ideas can turn out tragic once put into practice. Sometimes, events like a bad storm can sneak up on you and force you to crash into a hopeless

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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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Bode Plots: Which type of contact is affecting Indians batters the most?

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With the Cleveland Indians continuing their struggles hitting with RISP1 , there has been an added emphasis among analysts and fans to uncover how much of their struggles are luck versus skill. In particular, there has been an emphasis on the amount of hard hit balls. However, there is a possibility that focus is on

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Ball Played: Dr. Smooth and the Francisco Kid defeat Anderson’s Mr. Regression

Lindor and Brantley July 22 2015 v Brewers

If Tuesday night was Major League night in Milwaukee, then Wednesday’s day game must have been ’90s day. There was not an overabundance of flannel, acid-washed jeans, or Starter jackets, nor did Nirvana and the Stone Temple Pilots dominate batters’ walkup music selections. Instead, the Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers combined for 31 hits and

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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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Jason Kipnis strikes out, plays decent defense in All-Star Game

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Jason Kipnis didn’t start the 2015 MLB All-Star Game — he finished third among American League second basemen with about 4.7 million fan votes — but he saw a decent bit of action in the 6-3 American League victory. He entered Tuesday night’s game in the bottom of the fifth inning, replacing Houston Astros second baseman Jose

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Ball Played: That’s the way Cookie crumbles

Kipnis fails to snare grounder July 6, 2015

Three steps backward, four steps forward, three steps back. That sequence not only describes the past 10 games for the Cleveland Indians, but it also feels like an overall summary for the season. The Indians dig themselves a hole before starting to climb out of it, only to start digging again. In the end, this team

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Jason Kipnis named to the 2015 MLB All-Star Game

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After not winning the fan vote to be the starting second baseman on the American League team in the 2015 MLB All-Star Game, the Indians Jason Kipnis was named as a reserve on the AL team on Monday. Kipnis was voted in as an AL reserve by the Player Ballot. His selection to the All-Star Game is

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Indians miss out on an All-Star starter

Cleveland Indians v Seattle Mariners June 10, 2015

Whether fan voting is fair or not, the Cleveland Indians, barring injury, will not have a starter for the 2015 All Star Game. Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, who is arguably one of the best position players in baseball so far in 2015, had the best chance of being named a starter but did not

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Cleveland Indians Aim To Back Bounce In July

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If a potential trend within the first three months of the season is indeed emerging, the Cleveland Indians are in for a big month as the baseball calendar turns to July—and they sure need it. The Indians went 7-14 in April, 17-12 in May, and are a dismal 9-15 in June with one game left

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Ball Played: Umpire cannot interfere with Indians win

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Sometimes, the umpire gets the rule completely and blatantly wrong. It happens. Everyone on the field is human and prone to mistakes including those umpires who generally do a much better job than the credit they receive for it. Thankfully, a rather egregious umpire ruling in the first inning did not affect the final outcome

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Brandon Moss on Tribe fan angst: “I can’t blame them”

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Fans, the Tribe hear you loud and clear. Losing seven of their last nine games and falling 12 games behind the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals, the Indians have been in a downward spiral since the minute the Cleveland Cavaliers handed them the baton of fan attention. They have scored 66 runs in June, the fewest

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SI names Indians’ Jason Kipnis AL MVP leader

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Already named the AL Player of the Month for May, Jason Kipnis has kept up the torrid pace at the plate to accompany excellent defense in the field to garner more prestigious consideration than mere player of the month awards. On Thursday, Sport Illustrated‘s Cliff Corcoran updated his AL MVP Award’s Watch to list Jason

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Ball Played: Indians literally drop the ball

Cleveland Indians v Detroit Tigers June 23 2015 at Progressive Field

Sometimes, one play can summarize a larger facet of a season. No single play can ultimately change an entire season especially in the third of a six month season. One play, however, can certainly serve as a symbol for what has occurred during said season. In 2014, the defensive struggles of the entire season for the

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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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C-Cap Recap: Three Games, Three Runs, One Walk-Off

C-Cap Recap Indians June 21

While the Cleveland Indians spent much of the weekend celebrating the 20-year reunion of their storied 1995 roster — a team with a ridiculous .839 collective OPS — the current incarnation of the club seemed determined to show its nostalgic fan base just how rare and precious the commodity of offense has become in 2015. In a

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WFNY Stats & Info: Indians offense struggling mightily with runners on base

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Not all is completely lost for the season with the Cleveland Indians and their 31-35 record. Of course, with the team’s starting pitching, anything might be possible down the stretch of the final 96 games. But one key might just be better situational hitting. For years, folks in the sabermetric community have railed against stats

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LeBron James, David Blatt, Johnny Manziel, and the Tribe – WFNY Podcast – 2015-06-18

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I grabbed TD to help everyone get ready for the Indians now that the Cavaliers are officially done. Before we got to the Tribe though, TD and I discussed the Cavs, David Blatt and Johnny Manziel. [Click here to download this episode directly] NBA Free and LeBron James fever with the Cleveland Cavaliers How good

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Ball Played: Kipnis steals the Lindor show in Indians win

Cleveland Indians v Chicago Cubs June 16, 2015

National League rules are infuriating. The American and global economy have shown the value in specializing in all fields, yet MLB still requires one of the more incredibly specialized fields needing a ridiculously rare skillset (pitching) to also attempt to also professionally do another specialized job. It is akin to having a heart surgeon control

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Ball Played: Corey’s special Ks not enough in KC

Yan Gomes Corey Kluber Cleveland Indians

The Kansas City Royals were determined to not allow Cleveland Indians starter Corey Kluber to work them deep into counts, which inevitably seem to end in strike outs. The Royals entered Wednesday’s game still as the most difficult team to strike out in baseball, while also leading in batting average. The Royals, however, also had

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