The precipitous drop: An ode to Vinnie Pestano

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A former member of the pen was jettisoned in a move that wasn’t a shocker, but saddened many fans. Vinnie Pestano, the team’s eighth inning stud in 2011-12 was sent to Anaheim for A ball pitcher Michael Clevinger. With the glut of young arms that have passed him while sitting in AAA Columbus and 40-man roster

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Yankees 5, Indians 4: Homers and blown chances cost Tribe a W

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When you jump out ahead with three first inning runs in your home park, you are supposed to win. When your bullpen delivers seven straight scoreless innings, you are supposed to win. When you load the bases on three straight one out walks in the 10th inning, you are supposed to win. Well, that’s why

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Indians option Vinnie Pestano to Columbus, recall C.C. Lee

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Fresh off of a ninth inning that left a lot to be desired, the Cleveland Indians have optioned relief pitcher Vinnie Pestano to Columbus and recalled C.C. Lee. Pestano, who had (by all accounts) regained the velocity which had escaped him a year prior, will leave the big league club with a 13.50 ERA in three relief appearances. With

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Indians 8, Padres 6: The Murph and Plush Show overshadowed by Pestano’s struggles

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Raise your hand if you had David Murphy and Nyjer Morgan as Cleveland’s the two hottest hitters? (crickets) I will be the first to step forward and say that I wasn’t enamored by the signing of Murphy to a two-year deal this winter, especially coming off of his worst season as a regular.  He started

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Tribe Weekend Recap: Opening day fun, starting pitching concerns, Vinnie’s future, and Wahoo

If I told you the Tribe would lose two of three in Oakland to start the year and then come home to take two of three from Minnesota, I am sure many of you would have taken it. Though the opposite actually happened, the record is still the same: 3-3. The weekend series with the

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Compare and contrast: Tribe today and 365 days ago

Michael Brantley

We are getting close! I don’t know about you, but I am beyond excited for Indians baseball to begin. The pieces are starting to come together. On Wednesday, the final 25-man roster was revealed. There weren’t many surprises, but there has been some small but important tinkering. When you compare this club to the one

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Vinnie Pestano and Elliot Johnson make Tribe’s 25-man roster

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Vinnie Pestano may have spent last fall as an outsider looking in, but he will get a chance at redemption this summer as the right-handed reliever has officially made the Cleveland Indians’ 25-man roster. Pestano was told this weekend that he will be one of the arms in the Tribe’s bullpen on Opening Day—a spot

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Raburn Rocking, Bauer Rocked: Tuesday Tribe Notes

We are now two weeks into the game portion of Spring Training, so it is time to take stock of what we have learned thus far. There are plenty of intriguing battles going on. Some players have made statements, while others are still trying to make up ground. I have kept my ear to the

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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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Indians win arbitration case with reliever Vinnie Pestano

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The Cleveland Indians have won their arbitration case with relief pitcher Vinnie Pestano, reports CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. The Indians’ filing of $975,000 won out over Pestano’s offer of $1.45 million for the 2014 season. The two sides met in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Friday morning. The setup man, who turns 29 in a couple

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Indians, Justin Masterson pause extension talks, focus on one-year deal

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With their scheduled arbitration hearing approaching, the Indians and ace Justin Masterson have shelved discussions of a long-term deal and are focusing on a one-year solution. The Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes reported the update on Monday evening. Discussions are continuing between the team and Masterson’s agent Randy Rowley. The filing difference between the two parties

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Vinnie Pestano live-tweeted the purchase of a standing horse toilet paper holder and it was amazing

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Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Vinnie Pestano was picking up a few items at his neighborhood Wal Mart and stumbled upon what would ultimately be the newest addition to his home. The bonus: He took all of his Twitter followers along for the ride.

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Scott Raab on the Browns beating the Ravens, Chris Perez and Chris Grant’s future – WFNY Podcast – 2013-11-04

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Scott Raab ended this week’s podcast telling everyone to go to the dentist, don’t do drugs and stay in school. You should listen all the way to the end to see how we got there. As per usual, here’s the email I sent Scott last night. ————— They beat the Ravens. It was a “proof

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2013 Indians in Review: The Bullpen

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The Indians wild ride has come to an end. The 2013 season was one that nobody expected. A 96 loss team turned into a 92 win club that advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2007. GM Chris Antonetti and Manager Terry Francona helped changed the culture of the organization and has our

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All of the Indians tweets after the AL Wild Card loss

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Sometimes, sports are tough. A perfect example would be Wednesday’s gut-wrenching 4-0 loss by the Cleveland Indians at home in a one-game do-or-die playoff game. As we wind down the team’s incredible run to a 92-70 record, I felt it was appropriate to recap some of the team’s best tweets over the past few days

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Closer Jeopardy: Who’s the man for the Indians now?

Josmil Pinto, Chris Perez

It’s not like many fans didn’t see this coming, right? Perhaps not the 89-70 record, but maybe the Chris Perez demise? Here we are. Three games left in the regular season. The Cleveland Indians are on the verge of the playoffs and, it appears that with last night’s performance, Perez might be out of a

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Debating Chris Perez’s closer role – Cleveland Indians Roundtable

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Shortly after last night’s incredible ninth-inning comeback, former WFNY weekend man Brendan Porath nudged the WFNY staff: Let’s do a roundtable about Chris Perez. So here we are, again, talking about the controversial closer’s role for the rest of 2013. Share your takes in the comments. Brendan: So, Jason Giambi delivered one of the most

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MLB News: Indians recall four more players for stretch run

The Indians today have recalled four players with familiar names to Tribe fans. Cleveland: Recalled RHP CARLOS CARRASCO (#59), RHP C.C. LEE (#20), RHP VINNIE PESTANO (#52) and RHP JOSH TOMLIN (#43) from AAA Columbus. Carrasco, 26, begins his sixth stint in Cleveland after being optioned on Saturday, August 31st when OF Jason Kubel was

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Tribe to add 10 players in upcoming days; Designate 2 for assignment

With the September 1st roster expansion tomorrow, the Indians will use that opportunity to add a significant number of pitchers to their staff. Manager Terry Francona announced the schedule of player additions this afternoon, per Paul Hoynes. From the left side, they’ll add Nick Hagadone and Clay Rapada. From the right side, Vinnie Pestano, Preston

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Indians’ Pestano sends signed shoes, baseballs to three-year-old fan

What started out as a mere sign of appreciation ended up being one of the best feel-good stories of the 2013 Cleveland Indians season. As documented by Courtney Shilling at Tribe Vibe, Cleveland Indians set-up man Vinnie Pestano made fans for life after replying to a letter that was sent to him earlier this month.

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