MLB payrolls continue to rise

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Major League Baseball continues to be the one American professional sport without a cap on payroll. As such, the spending habits of teams oftentimes inspires debate. Here at WFNY in 2015, we have already featured some ways to potentially tweak the MLB CBA in order to balance the inequities. Thursday, Jayson Stark of ESPN wrote an article

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Listen to Indians player-manager Frank Robinson’s 1975 debut

On April 8, 1975, Frank Robinson broke the color barrier for managers in MLB by becoming a player-manager for the Indians. During the game, he crushed a home run that can be heard as the youthful Herb Score and Joe Tait make the call just after the 13 minute mark during this historic game. Thanks

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Baseball is better than football

George-Carlin

I did not always feel this way. Football can be addictive. The strategies in having eleven men work together seamlessly in hopes of obtaining a goal can be beautiful to watch, and breaking down the individual components that make plays happen is satisfying to an analytical mind. However, as I have grown older, moved away

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Ball Played: Kluber outdueled by Keuchel as Indians lose on Opening Day

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One of the great things about Opening Day is that barring injury fans get to see the best pitchers from each respective team. It is arguable that the best pitching pairing of Opening Day was in Houston as Westbrookian worm-burner Dallas Keuchel took on the machine that is known as Corey Kluber. Cleveland Indians fans

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2015 Indians Season Roundtable Preview

Michael Bourn

We finally made it to Opening Day for the Cleveland Indians in Texas against the Houston Astros (not to be confused with the Home Opener on April 10). I hope that everyone has enjoyed the Cleveland Indians preview series that we have staged the last two weeks. It was great getting six different writers involved

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Killing the “Dolans are Cheap” narrative with @sportsyelling and @BrutalStephanie – WFNY Podcast – 2015-04-05

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The much-anticipated second part of the WFNY podcast with @sportsyelling and @BrutalStephanie is here. For the record, this was recorded before Corey Kluber signed an extension with the team. We talk about the Cleveland Indians and their upcoming season in-depth. The “Dolanz are Cheapz” narrative Has the “Dolans are cheap” narrative been killed off? Trying

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Indians extend Corey Kluber for up to seven years

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Earlier Saturday, the Cleveland Indians and Corey Kluber were reportedly progressing in contract negotiations just days after CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman shared that the two sides are in contact, but chances for an extension are said to be “less than great.” The slightly positive news turned extremely positive Saturday night, however, as it is now being

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Indians provide Friday funnies with the Jerry Kipnis Show

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Your browser does not support iframes. As WFNY’s Jacob Rosen and Will Gibson alluded to earlier today, the Cleveland Indians are continuing to boost their social media presence and add to their interaction with fans. Their latest attempt to add to the entertainment value of following the Indians is a supposed public access show hosted

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WFNY Stats & Info: Brandon Phillips was right about OBP (and analytics)

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Did you happen to catch Brandon Phillips’ comments about on-base percentage? If you didn’t catch the thought-provoking and forward-thinking musings of the current Red and former Tribe second baseman, he had a lot to say to USA TODAY. He took a Louisville Slugger to the advanced analytic establishment, and rightfully so, I might add! “I

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Indians’ Starting Rotation Battle Royale coming to a close

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As Palm Sunday is nearly upon us, the battle for the fourth and fifth starting positions in the Cleveland Indians pitching rotation has almost completed. So, before the announcement becomes official, let us take a look at how the pitchers have done this spring. The statistics from Spring Training are not a true measuring stick

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Indians defense no longer a comedy of errors

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In simple terms, the 2014 Cleveland Indians defense was a comedy of errors. The laughs extended to several comically range-limited defenders as well as some unfortunate injuries at key positions. The defense was so poor that the Indians ranked in last place in both Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) and in Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR). They were

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What I believe about the 2015 Cleveland Indians

Original: Chuck Crow/Plain Dealer

We have estimated in the past that only about ten percent of what we gather in Spring Training is actually useful. As such, I have been taking accounts of what I have witnessed during Spring Training. I will write what I believe, you can determine what truly matters, and I will hope to surpass the

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Carlos Carrasco is a popular breakout candidate for Indians

Carlos Carrasco

The Cleveland Indians starting rotation has been a popular topic for the sporting world as they prepare for the 2015 MLB season. Corey Kluber winning the Cy Young has been referenced by nearly everyone writing a breakout candidate column and Danny Salazar has already been named a sleeper Cy Young candidate for this season despite

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Baseball is fine, but MLB could use some tweaks (Part 3)

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Third verse, same as the first: 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

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David Schoenfield names Indians Danny Salazar sleeper Cy Young candidate

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Another day, another positive article being written about the Cleveland Indians. Apparently, David Schoenfield had drawn the Friday slot for waxing poetic about one of the Indians pitchers, but the pitcher that he wrote about may surprise you. He started off with the basic premise of attempting to identify the 2015 pitchers who might best

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Indians have injury setback; scooter is day-to-day

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The great thing about Spring Training baseball is that everyone is much more relaxed than they are during the season. Therefore, you get more stories about random occurrences from the players and managers lives. The Indians have been extra cautious with injuries this spring. The team mentioned that Gavin Floyd’s first start will be pushed

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Spring Training Notes: Tomlin, House audition for starting role with the Tribe

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The Cleveland Indians added another Spring Training contest to their 2015 resume. Here’s a look at the last 24 (or so) hours of Tribe baseball. Giddyup: Josh Tomlin got the start on Wednesday and T.J. House received his first innings of the year. Michael Bourn, Ryan Raburn, and Francisco Lindor also made their 2015 debuts. The

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Play Ball: Indians spring season begins with McAllister audition

Zack McAllister

Finally, the long winter season without baseball games has ended as the Cleveland Indians opened the Cactus League season with a game against their spring baseball partner Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday afternoon. Given that the Indians brought back nearly everyone and did not make any big moves in the offseason (with apologies to Brandon Moss),

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Baseball is fine, but MLB could use some tweaks (Part 2)

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I repeat: 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

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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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