Judging the 2014 Cleveland Indians season – WFNY Podcast – 2014-09-27

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I welcomed back my friend Joe Petrich from the Cleveland band Something Involving a Monkey to discuss the 2014 Cleveland Indians. Joe is a brilliant guitarist and musician, but he also is about as knowledgable a Cleveland Indians fan that I know. We discussed the following… Chris Antonetti and his future with the Indians Expectations

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Hating Derek Jeter’s retirement party, Josh Gordon’s maturation, Coinmonster and Pabstolutely

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I’ve been a hater before. It’s true. I was in a lonely chorus of folks who decided not to be all that impressed by Cal Ripken on his retirement tour. I hated all the self-important pomp and circumstance surrounding the end of his “iron man” streak of games. I’m not an overly sentimental person, so

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Tribe Weekend Recap: Consistently Inconsistent play, King Kluber and the rebirth of Carrasco

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Win four straight. Lose four straight. Get everyone thinking that, once again, you are sunk. Lose two more veterans to the disabled list. Go to New York and visit Yankee Stadium, your personal house of horrors, and take the series for the first time since 2008 while throwing 20 straight scoreless innings. Yep, just your

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Indians 5, Yankees 3: Bauer and the long ball do in Bombers

So let me get this straight. The Indians can get completely shut down by rookie Shane Greene one night, then beat down arguably the best pitcher in the American League this season in Masahiro Tanaka the next? Sounds about right. These, ladies and gentlemen, are your 2014 Cleveland Indians in a nutshell. I mean seriously,

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Yankees 5, Indians 3: The Justin Masterson Conundrum

Justin Masterson is an absolute mess. The Indians can tell us all they want that nothing is wrong with him physically, but something is clearly off. Mentally, we know he is in a bad place. His command is not just bad, its brutal. Even pitching coach Mickey Callaway, the genius who turned Ubaldo Jimenez from a

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Notre Dame College adds Travis Hafner to baseball staff

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Former Cleveland Indians slugger Travis Hafner will be joining the Notre Dame College baseball staff this coming season. Hafner, 36, had been rumored to take the assistant coaching position under head coach Len Barker if he was unable to find an MLB job for the 2014 season. His wife, Amy, is a cheerleading coach at

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MLB News: Shin-Soo Choo turns down $140 million from Yankees

The Cleveland Indians’ track record is far from perfect, but it appears they were right on the mark with regard to Shin-Soo Choo. Choo was an absolute steal when the Indians traded Ben Broussard for him before the 2006 MLB season. The team also sold pretty high on him when they traded him to the

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The requisite Jacoby Ellsbury and Michael Bourn contract comparison

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The Internet was buzzing yesterday with news of the latest baseball mega-deal: Centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury agreed to a seven-year $153 million deal with the New York Yankees. The numbers are staggering. The contract is among the largest of all time. Ellsbury, who just completed his age-30 season, bears some resemblance to a speedy outfielder that

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The Boots: Expressing hope for the Indians’ playoff chase

In my usual half-rapid fire, half-prose form, I’m back with another edition of The Boots. For those unfamiliar with this feature, I assign loosely defined “Boot Up” or “Boot Down” votes to trending sports topics. Today, I’m all about Indians optimism. Boot Up: Wild Card odds – With a record 11th straight win over the

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22 to go: Analyzing the Indians’ still-remaining Wild Card hopes

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“Team Streak”, the apropos nickname for the 2013 Cleveland Indians, has managed to keep staying alive in the playoff race, somehow and someway. After a third straight victory, this time an 8-1 win over the New York Mets, the 75-65 Tribe is now only two games out of an AL Wild Card spot. Their playoff

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MLB News: Mark Reynolds signs with the New York Yankees

Former Cleveland Indians first baseman/third baseman Mark Reynolds has reportedly signed with the New York Yankees. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Reynolds chose the pinstripes over three other teams. Reynolds has hit 14 home runs against the Yankeees in 165 at-bats, the most vs any American League team. His 10 home runs against the Red

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Andrew Ginsburg talks PEDs, Comedy, SNL and more – WFNY Podcast – 2013-07-25

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One of my buddies from college is a comedian, actor and personal trainer in New York City. He’s headlined Caroline’s Comedy club a number of times, been in Saturday Night Live sketches and has also been one of a minuscule number of clean bodybuilders in the world. I’ve been looking for a reason to talk

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MLB Rumors: Cardinals, Indians talking Adrubal Cabrera deal

In his latest column today, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney begins with a trade idea that might not be too heart-warming for Cleveland Indians fans. According to his report, the St. Louis Cardinals have continued discussions with the Tribe in regards to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. The article states that the two teams discussed such a deal during

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Yankees 6 Indians 4: Pronk and CC help sweep Tribe out of the Bronx

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Seth Greenberg, former head basketball coach at Virginia Tech, now an analyst on ESPN once said after a blowout loss “sometimes you’re the dog….sometimes you’re the tree.” Well your Cleveland Indians were the tree all week as the Yankees took turns battering the Wahoos into submission. The Indians had hoped to stop their 4-11 skid

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WFNY Stats & Info: Indians’ struggles against Yankees

As today’s game looks woeful at the start, I felt it was appropriate to look into the Cleveland Indians’ recent record against the New York Yankees. Heck, TD practically begged me to do this research with his recap this morning. So here are the results over the last 20 regular seasons since 1994, the opening

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Yankees 4 Indians 3: “One day we will figure out how to beat those guys”

Mike Aviles

I don’t know what it is. The mystique of the pinstripes. The overwhelming feeling of playing in the Bronx. The 26 World Series flags that fly. Whatever the case may be, the Indians have always seemed to struggle against the New York Yankees. Last night was no different. I think Lou Brown put it best

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Asdrubal injured; Masterson roughed up in 7-4 loss in New York

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This one wasn’t pretty. There are really two stories coming out of Cleveland’s 7-4 loss against the Yankees. The biggest will likely be the sprained quad suffered by Asdrubal Cabrera running to first in the fifth inning. Asdrubal has been nursing a sore right quad for weeks, choosing to try and play through the discomfort.

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Tribe splits with Yanks in front of larger-than-expected crowd

Justin Masterson

I attended last Thursday afternoon’s 9-2 Indians win over Oakland at Progressive Field. It was an absolutely perfect day; mid-70’s and sunny. We are talking shorts and t-shirt weather. Fast forward four days and I was breaking out the winter coat and gloves that I had put away about three weeks ago as the Indians and the

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Justin Masterson shuts out the Yankees in game one of Tribe double-header

How do you save a pitching staff from getting overworked? Throwing a complete game shutout in game one of a double-header sure helps. That’s exactly what Justin Masterson (6-2) did this afternoon. The Indians right-hander made a Jason Kipnis solo home run stand up for his second one to nothing shutout of the season. The

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