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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Ball Played: Tigers continue mastery over Indians

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The missing ingredient for the Cleveland Indians offense is often said to be a right-handed power bat. Perhaps a hitter capable of knocking around 50 extra base hits while winning a Silver Slugger Award would give them the necessary boost. Of course, the 2015 Indians expected to have such a hitter in their lineup, but

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Next Up: Indians host the Tigers

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Here’s hoping all you dads had a very nice Father’s Day on Sunday. Or, as the late, great Hall of Famer, Ralph Kiner once said while announcing for the New York Mets, “On this very special Father’s Day, we’d like to wish all of you a very happy birthday.” It seems like such a short

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Next Up: Indians vs. Tampa Bay Rays

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In the four-game, couple here-couple there series against the Chicago Cubs, the Indians were finally rained out on Monday night, their first postponement of the season. In the remaining three games the Cubs outscored the Indians 20-10. But thankfully the 17-0 lambasting of the Tribe on Wednesday night counted for only one win. The Indians won

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Ball Played: Kipnis steals the Lindor show in Indians win

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National League rules are infuriating. The American and global economy have shown the value in specializing in all fields, yet MLB still requires one of the more incredibly specialized fields needing a ridiculously rare skillset (pitching) to also attempt to also professionally do another specialized job. It is akin to having a heart surgeon control

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Ball Played: Indians RISP-phobia

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The Cleveland Indians have had their share of offensive frustration in 2015. Despite a middle of the pack ranking in runs per game1 , it has often seemed like the Indians have let many run scoring opportunities go to waste. No game epitomized that frustration more than the Wednesday night’s against the Seattle Mariners, in which the

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Next Up: Seattle Mariners visit Cleveland

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When the Cleveland Indians visited Seattle just twelve days ago for a four-game series, the Indians and Mariners were both 7-3 in their previous ten games. The Tribe got the best of Seattle in that series, winning three. Granted, they accomplished that in part by avoiding Felix Hernandez, arguably the leading candidate for this season’s

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Indians embrace advanced pitching development

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The Cleveland Indians need to be bold if they are going to compete in a sports league with franchises spending twice as much on payroll, while those teams also make more profit1. With their first three selections in the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft, the Cleveland Indians made the daring decision to draft high school pitchers

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C-Cap Recap: Tribe Tops Royals, Cures Your Ills

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While the Cavs were forced to play five minutes too many, the Indians got to play one inning fewer than usual tonight, beating the Royals in the rain-shortened rubber match of a three game set in Kansas City, 6-2. Trevor Bauer was Mr. QS yet again, protecting an early 4-0 lead en route to 6.2

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The K-Team: Putting the Indians’ Staggering Strikeout Rate in Context

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In the same way you probably slept through last night’s 5-3 Indians win in Seattle (and the 13 Kluber K’s that came with it), you might also be forgivably unaware that the 2015 Tribe pitching staff is well on pace to shatter the all-time Major League record for strikeouts in a season. That’s a record,

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Jonah Keri: I think the Indians will surge back into the playoff hunt

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At least one prominent baseball mind thinks that the Cleveland Indians’ recent hot streak is a sign of more good things to come. Grantland’s Jonah Keri, a WFNY favorite who has long been bullish on this version of the Tribe — and especially on Danny Salazar — wrote that he thinks the Indians will contend for the

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C-Cap Recap: Tribe Sweeps Reds, Wins Sixth Straight

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As the Cavaliers inched one step closer to a sweep in the Eastern Conference Finals, their next-door neighbors—those pesky, Dellavedova-like Indians—had already busted out the brooms to move within one win of their own championship hardware. Sure, you may not personally value the “Ohio Cup”—the trophy handed out to the winner of the annual Indians-Reds

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