Francisco Lindor on Terry Francona: “I’m blessed to play for him”

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Tito and Frankie: A budding bromance

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Francona: Umpire’s explanation was “atrocious” (Video)

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Midway through Saturday’s tilt between the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees, Tribe manager Terry Francona was shown the door for arguing a call that, after the fact, appeared to be pretty clear cut. In the top of the fifth inning, with the Yankees leading 5-1 and Tribe runners on the corners, New York Shortstop

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Ball Played: Sorry, but I still love these guys

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Terry Francona spent Tuesday with his good friend John Farrell1. The two began a friendship in 1988 as members of the Cleveland Indians, one which has continued over the years. So, when John Farrell, now the manager of the Boston Red Sox, was diagnosed with Stage 1 lymphoma and his first chemotherapy session happened to coincide with

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Ball Played: Incredible Indians bash AL-best Royals as losing streak expires

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The 2015 Cleveland Indians season has played out much like the end of the first act in the animated superhero movie The Incredibles. The 2013 and 2014 seasons were the opening demonstration of the individual powers for players on the team and included AL MVP nominations, Silver Slugger, and Cy Young Awards. However, the 2015 season

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C-Cap Recap: Two Nothin’s Is Nothin’

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Terry Francona’s ever-present windbreaker may as well be an invisibility cloak considering how little criticism he’s getting for the plodding parade of mediocrity that is the 2015 Cleveland Indians. I’m not saying he really deserves any blame, mind you. But after a potentially spirit-breaking series sweep at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles this weekend

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Bruce Chen to start for Indians on Saturday, Anthony Swarzak designated for assignment

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The Indians officially announced on Saturday that they had called up pitcher Bruce Chen from Columbus and that pitcher Anthony Swarzak has been designated for assignment. The Indians announced this past week that Bruce Chen would be called-up from Triple-A Columbus and that he would be on the hill to start on Saturday against the Twins. The

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Indians Series Summary No.8: Backs against the wall

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Ordinarily it would be a difficult case to make that a major league baseball team is playing with its back against the wall on May 3. But on Sunday, in the fourth inning, already having lost two of three in a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Cleveland Indians were doing just that.

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Michael Bourn moved to ninth spot in the lineup on Sunday

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For the first time since being signed by the Cleveland Indians, Michael Bourn will start a game lower in the lineup instead of the leadoff spot. Instead of batting first, Terry Francona has decided to drop him to the bottom of the order and bat him ninth versus Detroit. Bourn understood the decision saying, “Sometimes you just catch yourself in

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Cleveland Indians’ defense: Still abysmal

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In 2014, the Cleveland Indians missed out on the postseason in part to a surging Kansas City Royals team. But—as we discussed several times—several losses throughout the course of the year were due largely to their dreadful defense—or more specifically, run prevention, an area where they were the worst in all of baseball. Had last season’s

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Indians Series Summary No. 5: Oh, man, that was cold

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Except for Carlos Carrasco’s happy reunion with the mound on Tuesday night, there were no warm and fuzzy feelings produced by this fifth series of the season for the Cleveland Indians. This was their second consecutive Lost-Won-Lost series and all three games were played in mid-40s temperatures with wind-chill factors that made one glad to

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Are the Indians dead yet? TD calms fears – WFNY Podcast – 2015-04-23

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The Indians are off to a really rough start, so I called TD to help calm me down. Jerry Sands is LeBron James 2013 Cleveland Indians started 5-10 before figuring it out Can’t hit the panic button, but the roster is in disarray There’s no calling card to bring about change Is the left-handed lineup

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Déjà Broom: 4 Years, 9 Tiger Sweeps, 15 Tribe Reactions

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To the all the fairweather “woe-is-me” Tribe fans out there, it probably feels like the Detroit Tigers have come in and swept nearly every high-profile series between these two clubs over the past four years. That’s ridiculous, of course… Except for it being kind of true. After Sunday’s eerily familiar 8-5 Tiger win at Progressive

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Tribe 101 with Prof. Jacob: Start the season already!

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I am starting to learn a thing or two the Cleveland Indians, and I want to keep that going. I have decided that 2015 is the year in which I will dive back into baseball after years of being only mildly familiar with the sport, and my anticipation for Opening Day is starting to boil over. I have missed

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Meaningless April? Not this year: 2015 Indians Preview

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On a cold, damp and dreary evening in the middle of April, 2013, Terry Francona stood in front of a high-top table that was perched in the middle of the Cleveland Indians’ room to take in questions from the local contingent. His team was 3-5, having just dropped back-to-back games to the New York Yankees,

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What I believe about the 2015 Cleveland Indians

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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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“I guarantee every team in the league would take his defense and be thrilled.”

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The way defensive metrics rate Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley has officially perplexed Terry Francona. In an interview conducted a few days back in Goodyear, Arizona, Francona admitted that, while he has been in the game for quite some time, he has no idea why advanced analytics rate the MVP candidate so poorly. “I have no

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Terry Francona focused on improving abysmal Indians defense

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The Cleveland Indians defense in 2014 was unacceptable. Pick any metric—advanced or arcane—and the Tribe, a season ago, may as well have had cinderblocks bound to their cleats and their gloves on the opposite hands. Considering that their poor defense was addressed ad nauseum throughout the entire season, and more so when the AL Central was

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Could Joba Chamberlain be a fit for the Indians bullpen?

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Last week, rumors circulated that the Indians were still interested in adding one more legitimate late-inning reliever to their bullpen. The options are winding down, so one particular name caught my eye over the weekend. ESPN’s Jim Bowden — yes, that same Jim Bowden who imploded during the trade deadline season — wrote an article

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Cleveland Indians reportedly in market for upgrade at closer

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Earlier on Friday, the Cleveland Indians reached agreements with their three final arbitration-eligible players. Everyone on the roster was now signed for the 2015 season. It seemed the team would be mostly done with any other acquisitions besides the usual spring training invites. But alas, Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi reported on Friday afternoon that the

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Indians hire Jason Bere to replace Kevin Cash

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When Kevin Cash was hired by the Tampa Bay Rays to be manager, it left a hole on the Indians’ staff. The team announced that they’ve hired Jason Bere as bullpen coach. Bere, 43, has been a Special Assistant to the Baseball Operations Department since retiring as a player in 2005. In that role Jason

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