MLB Winter Meetings Primer: The Indians Won’t Stand Pat

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The 2014 MLB Winter Meetings week is here! There has been lots of speculation and rumors already leading up the the convention of GMs, agents, and players looking for work that will take place at the Hilton Bayfront in beautiful San Diego, California. What, you thought it was going to be in Milwaukee? Every team comes to


Tribe Weekend Recap: Can it get much worse?

I really don’t even know what to say about this team right now. I have been searching for positives from this horrific weekend series where the Oakland Athletics did their best Harlem Globetrotters impression while the Cleveland Indians donned the uniforms of the Washington Generals. They didn’t hit. They committed more errors (7) than runs


Rocky start, “Smooth” ending: Tribe splits doubleheader in Oakland

Mike Aviles

There is nothing worse than fans freaking out over one game. But the first of the two in Oakland yesterday was one of those of those examples. I’m going to say this once – it’s ONE GAME. Scott Kazmir, whom the Indians let walk after resurrecting his career in Cleveland last season, spent his afternoon


Indians 2, Athletics 0: It took a while, but it was worth the wait

To borrow a phrase from the great George Costanza, I stayed up late to watch the Tribe start their season and “yada yada, I am very tired today.” It rained all day in Oakland and getting this game in looked bleak most of the day. But the baseball Gods usually arrive on Opening Day. They


MLB Trade Rumors: Indians interested in Oakland’s Brett Anderson

Though acquiring arms at a rapid pace, it appears that the Oakland Athletics are looking to trade starting pitcher Brett Anderson. Per ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Cleveland Indians are reportedly one of the few teams interested in acquiring the 25-year-old southpaw. Oakland is said to be working through Brett Anderson trade possibilities; Seattle and Cleveland


MLB News: Oakland close to signing Scott Kazmir

The Oakland Athletics are close to signing free agent lefty starter Scott Kazmir, reports Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Moments after, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported that the deal will be for two years. ESPN’s Jim Bowden later confirmed that the deal will be for $22 million. Kazmir, 29, was not extended a qualifying offer by


The Diff: Indians offseason, 2014 salary and contention windows

The Diff

The Diff is your weekly WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. This is my 41st edition of The Diff. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, I injected some stats into a Cavs rotation projection. This week, I’m writing about 2014 Indians salary issues. For many, talking about


WFNY Roundtable: Should Indians fans actually be rooting for Detroit?


Scott: With the Athletics playing the Tigers in a four-game set, who should Indians fans be rooting for? Presently, Cleveland is 5.5 games behind Detroit in the division “race”, while standing just two games behind Oakland for the second Wild Card. Theoretically, if the As sweep and the Tribe handles the Tigers, the AL Central


Tribe Weekend Recap: Missed opportunities spawn series loss in Oakland

Another week and another huge series came upon our Cleveland Indians. This time, it wasn’t a division foe, but rather one of the teams they were facing for one of the two AL Wild Card spots in the Oakland Athletics.  The A’s are a lot like the Indians in that their offense leaves a lot to be


Indians 9, Athletics 2: Kazmir Sweeps Out Oakland

The Indians just keep the train rollin’. They do it with power. They do it with some speed. They do it with solid defense. They do it with a lock down bullpen. They do it with quality starting pitching. Wait….what did I just say? Yes, that’s right, they do it with solid starting pitching. A


MLB acknowledges Angel Hernandez’ blown call, won’t change it

The Indians very well might not have been able to sweep the Oakland A’s this afternoon had Angel Hernandez and his crew of umpires made the proper call on a home run replay last night. That’s the statement from MLB and Joe Torre today. “By rule, the decision to reverse a call by use of


Indians 4, A’s 3: Its Better To Be Lucky Than Good

Bob Melvin

When this series with Oakland began, I wrote that umpire Angel Hernandez was arguably the second worst umpire in the game behind C.C. Bucknor. Tonight, the crew chief was at second base. Three nights ago he did the Tribe a favor when he didn’t toss Oakland starter Jarrod Parker for throwing at the head of Mark


Indians 1, Athletics 0: Zach Attack, We’ll Be Friends Forever

7:33 PM – A bit late getting started here, but luckily we haven’t missed much. Through two innings, both Zach McAllister and Tommy Milone are perfect. 7:35 PM – Oh look. Mike Aviles is playing left field tonight. That’s weird. I remember thinking when they traded for Aviles that it was all but certain that


Playoff Baseball and What the Indians Did Wrong


The past few nights have been tremendous fun for baseball fans around the world. Obviously, the results did not go in the underdog’s favor, but several extra-inning games and a record 4/4 five-game division series make for tons of drama. Just last season, fans would be amazed by the fact that the Washington Nationals, Baltimore


A’s 7, Indians 0 – Hmmmm… How Do I Describe Another Boring Loss?

Empty Progressive Field

I am starting to write this in the fifth inning. Why? Because I already knew the outcome. The Indians were trailing 5-0 and facing a lefty. Need I say more? Zach McAllister has been the Tribe’s best starter this season. A sad statement considering what was expected of this group in April. The A’s are


Bartolo Colon Easily Handles Tribe Bats


Some 13 years ago, I had a Nintendo 64 and “All-Star Baseball 2000″. I got my parents’ money’s worth on that game dozens of times over as my dad and I would play for hours on end. In that game, based off the 1999 roster, Bartolo Colon was the Indians’ ace. He sported a fastball,


Duncan’s Slam Wiped Out By Six Unanswered For Athletics


The Indians opened up a three-game set in Oakland last night against the relevant again Athletics. The Indians struck first in a big way, but their starting pitching failed them again as did the bullpen while the offense powered down after the fourth inning in a 6-4 loss. Zach McAllister started out strong, and for the


Manny Ramirez Prepping for Return in AAA

During the MLB off-season as the Indians were trying to find a right-handed bat, I wondered what could be bad about trying to bring Manny Ramirez back. As everyone told me I was crazy and that it was a bad idea and that he had nothing left in the tank, the Indians brought back Grady


Kipnis With Four Hits, Tribe Keeps On Rollin’


When a team is locked in offensively, even when they go quiet for a few innings, you have an overwhelming feeling that they’re just waiting for an opening to burst things wide open. The Indians had 10 hits in the first seven innings of this one with only two runs to show for it. But,


Box Score: Indians 5, Athletics 1

The Tribe offense was getting plenty of hits, but for the second straight night, they specialized in leaving guys on base. That is, until the eighth inning. The Indians broke this game open in the top of the eighth with a two-run triple by Jason Kipnis and a wild pitch which allowed him to score.