The Top Five Tribe Bullpens of the Last 20 Years

Which, if any, late-inning units topped the Bullpen Mafia? No portion of a Major League Baseball team’s roster experiences more in the way of volatility than a bullpen. One year you think you have it perfect, the next, the same guys look like they don’t belong in the same roles. Sometimes its injury; sometimes its

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While We’re Waiting… Dion Waiters playing well early

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Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com. This fella had a very nice game on

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MLB News: Indians DFA Rafael Perez, re-instate Nick Hagadone

The Cleveland Indians announced a minor shuffling of their only true strength today, reinstating left-handed relief pitcher Nick Hagadone to the 40-man roster. To make room for the hard-throwing 26-year old, the team designated the oft-injured Rafael Perez for assignment. After appearing in 70 and 71 games, respectively through 2010 and 2011, Perez pitched in

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MLB News: Indians activate Carlos Carrasco

The Cleveland Indians announced on Friday that they have activated right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco, left-handed pitcher Rafael Perez and right-handed pitcher Josh Tomlin from the 60-day Disabled List. Also today the Indians claimed right-handed pitcher Blake Wood off outright waivers from the Kansas City Royals, bringing the total number of players under control on the 40-man roster to

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Indians Bullpen Moves: Cody Allen Up, Scott Barnes Down

The Indians announced another swap in the bullpen this afternoon, with young righty Cody Allen coming up from AAA Columbus to replace lefty Scott Barnes: RHP Cody Allen promoted from AAA Columbus. Has a 1.87 ERA in 31 games this year (43.1IP, 25H, 9ER, 9BB,53K) w/a .166 (25-151)average against — Cleveland Indians (@Indians) July 20,

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WFNY Wednesday Wahoos: Indians Minor League Weekly Review 7/18

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Each and every Wednesday, I try to bring you all of the news and notes from the Cleveland Indians minor league system. Enjoy. Last Thursday, I traveled off to Lake County to get the scoop on the Captains. Also included in this week’s edition of the Wahoos is the latest on some top prospects’ hot

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Tribe 1, Jays 0: Masterson, Relievers Dominate to Begin Second Half with a W

Justin Masterson

It was a familiar setting. A type of opening day. Save situation. Against the Toronto Blue Jays. Chris Perez had been there before in 2012, and fortunately for Indians fans, this save opportunity ended in a Cleveland victory. On Opening Day, Perez blew the save in allowing three ninth-inning runs to Toronto, eventually leading to

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Indians All-Star Break Review: The Bullpen

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As we do each summer at WFNY when the Cleveland Indians hit the All-Star break, we take a look back at the four facets of the team on the field – the starting rotation, the bullpen, the infield, and the outfield. There’s been been a lot to talk about with this club. Their 44-41 record

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While We’re Waiting… Cavs gaining ground, Duke forgetting Kyrie and more Tribe injuries

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While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com. Thanks for those that voted last week to move WFNY to the second round of Cleveland Magazine’s Nothing but Net bracket contest. We will

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Setting the Lines for the 2012 Indians

CHris Perez

I like very much when people take firm and decisive stands on things.  For example, “I don’t drink. It’s against my religion.” Or “I’m a vegetarian; it’s the only ethical stance to take.” Or “I believe that Gremlins are real and breeding in the sewers of Montreal.” I bring this up not because I am

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Indians Agree to Terms with RP Rafael Perez

The Cleveland Indians have avoided arbitration with relief pitcher Rafael Perez, agreeing to a one-year contract that will net the veteran left-hander $2.005 million with another $25,000 possible in incentives. Perez, in his seventh season, posted a record of 5-2 with an ERA of 3.00 in 71 appearances through 2011.  He had reportedly asked for

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Report: Indians Arbitration Dates Set with Cabrera, Perez

For the first time since 1991 with starting pitcher Greg Swindell and infielder Jerry Browne, the Cleveland Indians could head to arbitration after not agreeing to terms with shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera or relief pitcher Rafael Perez. The team has reportedly received their dates at which the two men could receive their final compensation totals. The

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Tribe Talk: Changes Coming in the Pen?

Ah The Bullpen Mafia…..Such a cute and fun-loving group (accept for Mr. Personality Rafael Perez of course). They were the talk of the town while the Indians were in first place for a good two-thirds of the season. This group performed on and off the field, entertaining us all the way through. As we have

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Indians At the Break: The Bullpen

The Indians head into the All-Star break a surprising 47-42 and a half game out of first place in the AL Central. Many experts think they have done it with smoke and mirrors. I believe they have gotten this far thanks to Actaball- a combination of great pitching, solid defense, and timely hitting. Regardless of

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Tribe Weekend Review: Lose Two of Three, Gain Respect

The Tribe finished up their second West Coast trip of the young season with a three-game set in Anaheim. For some odd reason, its the second time the Indians have played the Angels at The Big A (MLB’s scheduling always makes no sense) and they certainly are glad they won’t have to face them again

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Wahoo! What a Weekend

Here are the facts: 1. Your Cleveland Indians have the best record in baseball at 19-8. 2. They have the biggest lead of any division leader in baseball (along with Colorado), 4.5 games. 3. They have won a whopping 13 games in a row at Progressive Field. 4. They have 10 game leads on the

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Tribe Weekend Review: Scalding Hot

How many of you had the Indians at 7-2 after nine games? Can we all just sit back and enjoy this right now? I think we deserve it in this town. I know it’s sooooooo early in the season, but after watching Eric Wedge-managed teams stumble out of the gate year after year, winning seven

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To Contend, Its All About the Pen

I think all Indians fans are going into this season with the view of it being another rebuilding year. However, GM Chris Antonetti and Manager Manny Acta haven’t been shy this Spring with their expectations. “We expect to win” says the skipper. Good for him. I like that attitude. If indeed the Indians are going

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Vetting the Indians’ Bullpen

It seems to be fairly accepted wisdom that the Indians were not good last season.  There’s an advanced sabermetric statistic that does a nice job of conveying this. It’s called “losses”, and the Indians had 93 of them. But, for whatever reason, the Indians actually had some pretty good results out of their bullpen in

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Indians 4 Angels 3: The Shelley Show

Remember back in early January, when most teams had signed their big ticket free agents, or were at least attempting to do so? Well the Indians were bargain hunting as usual. They announced two additions on the same day – Austin Kearns and Shelley Duncan. Nobody was excited. These signings didn’t exact move the needle.

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