Next Up for the Cleveland Indians: Football Season

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You could say the Indians have moved up into a tie for third place in the American League Central Division. Or you could very well say they’re in a tie with the Chicago White Sox as the fifth worst team in the AL. As the late Jonathan Winters used to say, “Clean mind, clean body

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Video: Best of the Indians Week

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The Tribe produced some highlights in a rare winning week.

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Weekend Recap: Indians win “epic” series against Yankees

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It was a period of civil war. Tribe analytic versus traditional fans fighting over the reasons for a disappointing season and were about to face the evil Yankee Empire. During the initial battle, a rebel by the moniker of Little Cowboy managed to fluster the empire to earn the first win and inspire ballads that

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Ball Played: Bauer lasts less than an hour before hitting the shower

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Sigh. The day after the Cleveland Indians exploded for a strong offensive showing to complement a strong pitching performance, they fell back to scuffling on offense, while Trevor Bauer did not even last two innings. Such is the life in a season of a last place team whose pendulum comes down to match every upward swing. On Tuesday,

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Which sport sucks the most? While We’re Waiting…

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Happy Wednesday, Blawg Pound. The Cleveland Indians baseball club sure played a game last night in Boston. A day after Danny Salazar twirled seven innings of one-run ball en route to an 8-2 victory, Trevor Bauer was chased away in the second inning as the Tribe lost to the Red Sox 9-1. Eduardo Rodriguez scattered six

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Next Up: The AL East … to Boston and New York

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The Indians are working on an 11-game road trip. For the Tribe, enemy territory has been friendlier than home cooking. Their record at home is 54-62, while on the road it’s 30-28. In an Indians season full of bewildering contradictions, this away-field advantage just might beat them all. (Or is it a home field disadvantage?)

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C-Cap Recap: The Two Trevors

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Despite another noble effort with the sticks, the Cleveland Indians couldn’t overcome a rough outing from Trevor Bauer on Thursday night, dropping the finale of a three-game set with the New York Yankees, 8-6. The loss ended the Tribe’s four-game winning streak and pulled the Bombers out of their own five-game slide. It also means

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Next Up: Indians vs. Twins at Progressive Field

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Ed’s note: If you’ve not already, read up on the Indians trading Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn to the Atlanta Braves. The 2015 Major League Baseball season has been a bounty of bewildering surprises, none bigger, perhaps, than the rise of the Houston Astros, who sit atop the American League West with a 60-49 record,

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Weekend Recap: Indians split series thanks to starters and Lonnie

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The Cleveland Indians traveled westward to Oakland, California for a four-game series against the AL-worst Oakland Athletics with the hopes of continuing their momentum from a 12-run outburst against the Kansas City Royals in the last game of an otherwise miserable homestand1 . The pitching remained golden in the Golden State; however, the lineup brought

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Next Up: Oakland Athletics, the West Coast, and the End of the World

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The Martians, the Zombies and the Mindless Marauders have been defeated. We’re safe … for now. Near the beginning of the Indians game against the Royals on Wednesday, STO play-by-play man Matt Underwood asked his partner Rick Manning if, when he was still playing, an Indians losing streak was perceived as an end-of-the-world scenario as it’s portrayed

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Ball Played: Indians say Goodbye to the Good Guy (but not to losing streak)

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Good Guy David Murphy had some good times with the Cleveland Indians. He was not part of the 2013 playoff team, but he was an extremely useful platoon hitter in his 213 games with the team. He would complete his time with a .273/.327/.402 slash line and a 104 OPS+, which were all quite close

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Trevor Bauer nominated for Bob Feller Act of Valor Award

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It’s not a Cy Young, but Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer has been nominated for another award named after an all-time great hurler: the Heater from Van Meter himself, Bob Feller. Bauer is among 15 MLB players up for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, named after the Indians Hall of Famer. Three among

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Next Up: Kansas City Royals … Next Stop: Pluto

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And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a perfect illustration of why there is a Cleveland sports blog called Waiting for Next Year, for that is precisely what Indians fans find themselves doing here in late July. The Cleveland Indians, considered by the crystal-ball gazers at Sports Illustrated to be the favorites to get to the

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Ball Played: Bauer and bats sour for Indians

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The Cleveland Indians spent Thursday afternoon mired in rampant speculation and rumor about many of their players being subject to trade talks. The Indians then spent their night watching their bitter rival Chicago White Sox dominate them by a final score of 8-1. The players discussed ranged from current Triple-A Columbus Clippers Lonnie Chisenhall and

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Next Up: Indians Host the White Sox for a Four-Game Series

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The Cleveland Indians began the second half of the 2015 season by winning two of three in Cincinnati and splitting the two-game series in Milwaukee. Going 3-2 on the road isn’t ordinarily something to complain about, but those two bottom feeders of the NL Central are a combined 84-104, so, really, they shouldn’t have been

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State of the Indians: President Mark Shapiro on all things Tribe

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The Cleveland Indians are nearing the end of the mid-summer All-Star break of a relatively disappointing campaign that has seen them start the year 42-46 and in a tie for last place in the AL Central division. Indians president Mark Shapiro recently sat down with Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal to discuss the 2015

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Making sense of advanced pitching statistics

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If you missed it, we already delved into the layman definitions of advanced hitting statistics. This post is a look into the pitching side of all of those crazy abbreviations and acronyms. Corey Kluber will go into the MLB All-Star break with a 4-10 record to go along with a 3.38 ERA. Despite those mediocre

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Ball Played: Good Guy Murphy tells Astros goodnight in Indians win

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Attendance is an issue that tends to divide the fanbase, so it is a topic that I generally avoid. However, I had planned to write about the subject today even before WFNY’s TD returned to give us a season-ticket holder’s view of the current attendance issues. He did a wonderful job describing the renovations1 ,

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C-Cap Recap: Despite Good Impressions. . .

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The Cleveland Indians’ first visit to Pittsburgh in five years began with one of the most entertaining and encouraging wins of the season, but concluded on another flat note—with a pair of “woulda-coulda-shoulda” losses that left our promising char-grilled weekends slathered in Heinz 57 garbage sauce. At the official midway point of the 2015 campaign,

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Next Up: Indians vs. Orioles at Camden Yards

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Beautiful Camden Yards changed everything, and a fair share of the credit for that goes to Janet Marie Smith. Who is she, you might ask. To properly answer that, we must first look back at what came before the Orioles played in the shadow of the B&O Warehouse near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Baltimore’s history with

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