3.31.2008

Tribe Down White Sox 10-8 in Exciting Opener

The Indians came out of the gates firing on opening day and thankfully, their fire power was enough to edge out the White Sox.

Martinez Leaves With Injury: Obviously the big story is Victor Martinez leaving his second straight home opener in a row with a hamstring injury.

Vic was advancing to 2nd on a ball that got away from White Sox Catcher A.J. Pierzynski when he pulled up lame and rolled to the ground right in front of the tag.

Word is day to day with right hamstring tightness. Kelly Shoppach should see action for the time being.

Hot Bats Carry Tribe: Before he went out with the injury, Victor got the party started in the 2nd inning with a hit. From there it was bombs away as Garko and Peralta followed up with hits. Asdrubal Cabrera avoided a double play and knocked in a run which would prove to be huge.

Gutierrez juiced one into the left field bleachers that set off the light. A few batters later Grady Sizemore sent one into right field, Jason Michaels coaxed a walk and Travis Hafner brought him in with a double. Hafner would then score on Victor's 2nd hit of the inning.

The scoring would cease till the bottom of the 8th when Vic's replacement Kelly Shoppach got on base. Peralta would follow suit, and after outs from Garko and Cabrera, Gutierrez works a walk setting the stage for a Casey Blake double.

CC Struggles: CC Showed his glimpses, but for the most part struggled in his 5 plus innings. The main culprit was Jim Thome who hit a pair of 2 run homers to keep the Sox alive. The funny thing is that Thome was career 0 for against Sabathia.

The bullpen would carry the rest of the game. Jensen Lewis came in a struck out a pair in the 5th, but ended up giving up a pair of runs in the next inning with the aid of Rafael Perez.

The Sox managed to tie it up before Betancourt came in to work 1.2 inning, and Joe Borowski of course made it interesting giving up a homer to Jermaine Dye, walking Pierzynski, but then getting Crede to pop out to end the game.

Star of the Game: Franklin Gutierrez was no doubt the big gun in this one. His three run homer energized the Tribe and put them ahead early, he had two more hits and drew a key walk to load the bases for Casey Blake's 3 run double in the 8th.

Up Next: The Tribe has an off day on Tuesday before they resume action with the White Sox on Wednesday. Fausto Carmona goes against Javier Vazquez.

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Michaels Batting 2nd Against Lefties

Since today's first game is against a left handed pitcher, we get a peak at Jason Michaels before we do David Dellucci.

And an interesting decision has come to light with that.

It turns out Eric Wedge will be going with Michaels in the 2 hole rather than Asdrubal Cabrera, who will bat in the 7th spot.

However Cabrera will still bat 2nd against right handed pitchers.

This could be because of 1 of 2 things.

They don't want to put that much pressure on the young Cabrera.

Or the Indians just like Michaels. I know I do in terms of a left handed hitting role player. Michaels is a scrappy guy and will make those small plays, a guy that will take some pitches and lay down a bunt.

Or it could be a little bit of both.

Opening Pitch is about 5 minutes away, let's go Tribe!

3.30.2008

Web Round Up: Predictions Galore

Here is one of the final web round ups with predictions and other sorts of information. Tomorrow starts the season, with that starts actual baseball talk.

The Cleveland Fan gets a round table together to predict the 2008 Season.
"Your Cleveland Indians are back! When the first pitch is thrown tomorrow around 3:12 PM, the Indians will look to get the bad taste out of their mouths from last years ALCS, and have another stiff challenge ahead of them this season. Not only will the Indians be in a war with Detroit all year to win the division title, but if they make the playoffs there will be several formidable opponents like Boston, New York, Seattle, and others. We got the Roundtable back together to get our writers thoughts on how this season would turn out for the Tribe." (The Cleveland Fan)
Season Preview From the Plain Dealer, complete with links to multiple stories from PD writers.
"A Tribe team nearly unchanged from 2007 says its focus is not on the 'next step,' but on winning the AL Central Division. With so few changes, that means some key players will have to step up." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
A New Edition of Hey Hoynsie! is up at the Plain Dealer. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Akron Beacon Journal Writer Patrick McManamon thinks the future is bright, save for the possibility of losing C.C. Sabathia in the next off-season.
"Shapiro concedes that there is a frailty to the Indians' situation every year, especially because of their financial position. The Indians are not the New York Yankees, who have led the major leagues in payroll each of the past seven years. The Indians must be more careful and judicious in the ways they spend money, making their margin of error slim and their challenge that much greater." (Ohio.com)

3.29.2008

Kobayashi: "The guys brought me 50 hot dogs"

A wonderfully humorous article about the saves king Kobayashi being confused with the competitive eating Kobayashi has surfaced.
"My second day of spring training, the guys brought me 50 hot dogs,” Kobayashi told SSNN, through an interpreter. “It was a little weird that they wanted to watch me eat them – all of them.”

Kobayashi quickly discovered that his new teammates had him confused with competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi. Initially he was offended by the mix-up.


“It hurts that they didn’t know who I am,” Kobayashi said. “They do have the internet in Cleveland, right? I was a pretty big deal in Japan – it’d be like me not knowing who Trevor Hoffman or Mariano Rivera is. Stupid Americans.”

It goes on to talk about his 30 pound weight gain being the reasons for his struggles this Spring. It's very good. But also take in mind it's very false.

That prompts us to remember that his nickname is The Hot Dog Man. If you call him anything different, you will be forced to eat 20 hot dogs.... WITH BUN

This entire story is fictional... But you can read the entire thing, here

Westbrook finishes perfect spring; Tigers pick up Fultz

Jake Westbrook has been having a pretty dynamite spring on the mound. In his last start he was perfect before giving way to the bullpen, and in his last start before the season he didn't disappoint.

Perfect Spring: Jake Westbrook ended spring training with a perfect 0.00 ERA.

He capped it off with a 4 inning, 2 hit gem. He struck out 4 batters and walked only one.

Jake has been striking out a lot more batters than usual. Could we see more of that? I personally hope not, because that's not his game.. But then again sometimes he knows what he has to do to get hitters out.

For instance last year Tampa Bay was swinging all day long at the change up, and it resulted in Jake getting a higher number of punch outs.

Jake pitched in 18 scoreless innings this spring, spreading them out over 5 starts. Let's see how much longer he can go!

Game ends in 7: Jensen Lewis and Jorge Julio followed Westbrook with two perfect innings a piece before Masahide Kobayashi came in to give up 5 runs.

Only one run was earned though, as a pair of Indians errors effectively ended the game as rain started to fall.

The runs came from the bottom of the lineup as Casey Blake, Franklin Gutierrez, and Jamey Carroll all knocked in a run.

CNN Anchor Steps up to the Plate: CNN Anchor Robin Meade, an Ohio native and former Miss Ohio took batting practice with the Tribe today in Atlanta.

[Meade] showed some skill with the bat while waiting for the Indians to finish hitting, flipping it around like a baton, leading her mentor to say, "I'll teach you how to hit if you teach me how to do that."

Meade, donning an Indians batting-practice jersey, then dug in against Willis. After fouling off a couple of pitches, Willis lost the plate. (Indians.com)

Read the whole story over at the Indians website. Meade is a Tribe fan so we like her. She took some BP from Carl Willis and Willis got razzed for the easy throwing to her. She put a ball in fair territory which is more than LeBron James could say. Mwahahaha

Manager of the Year Stays in 07: Eric Wedge is keeping that 2007 Award with 2007.

"Winning Manager of the Year doesn't mean anything to me," Wedge said prior to the Indians' 2008 Spring Training finale. "Regardless of what happens, the consistency with the players and the back-and-forth should always be the same. It's no different this year than it was last year.

"What matters to them is that we all take care of each other as teammates and play the game the right way. That's what they should worry about. If they look at me differently now than last year, then I'm doing something wrong. That's as blunt as I can put it." (Indians.com)

While it doesn't really rub me the wrong way.. Of course it means something to you Wedge. It shows that your team really came together strong. It says a lot. Everything else you said though, is right.

Fultz Signs With Tigers: After getting dropped by the Tribe, Aaron Fultz has latched on with the enemy.

He won't be there right away though. Fultz signed a minor league deal with the Tigers today and will report to Triple A Toledo. This was actually a decent signing for the Tigers considering they don't have many lefties in their pen or in their system that are close to contributing.

But then again we all know it is Aaron Fultz.

Carmona In Control; Julio Looks For Role; Marte Ready

The big parts came up big for the Tribe in their first Exhibition game at Turner field on Friday.

Fausto Dazzles: Fausto Carmona in his final tuneup before the 2008 season threw 6 solid innings of 4 hit-1 run baseball.. He struckout a pair before giving way to the three headed bullpen monster, Raffy Dos and Borowski, which combined for 3 innings, only 2 hits and 4 strikeouts.
"The powerful 24-year-old righty pitched through the sixth inning for the second straight start. He threw 99 pitches, including 59 for strikes, as he raised his spring record to 3-1. Most important, he finished the six innings at the pitch limit Wedge had set for him.

Carmona, who limited opponents to three runs or fewer in 27 of his 32 starts last season, didn't allow more than three runs in any of his five spring starts and enters the regular season with a four-start unbeaten streak. He considers the spring a success, having accomplished the goals he'd set for himself." (Indians.com)

Offense Clicking: Going into the season here the offense has been on some sort of a role.

Friday it was the big guns coming through for the Tribe.

Travis Hafner went 2-4 with a couple of RBIs, while Ryan Garko also went 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

Kelly Shoppach came in for Victor Martinez to knock in a run, and Casey Blake and Grady Sizemore both hit triples. Blake's scored 2 runs and Grady went 2-2 before being replaced by Constanza.

Marte Ready: Andy Marte got an At-Bat last night and could probably play more in the final warm up before the season starts on Monday.
"Now before questioning the wisdom of promoting Marte based solely on the .208 batting average he carried into the final two games of Spring Training, consider that his 11 hits have accounted for 28 total bases (tied with Asdrubal Cabrera for second on the club), he has a team-high-tying five home runs and drove in 13 runs (second on the team).

That productivity has hitting coach Derek Shelton convinced that Marte, although still a work in progress, definitely has been making progress." (Indians.com)

Jorge Julio Searching for a Role: Jorge Julio has made the final roster, but he is now searching for a role.

"I have no idea what my role is right now," he said. "It's the decision for the manager and pitching coach. I'm looking for any opportunity the manager gives me."

Julio, 29, doesn't know exactly where he fits because Wedge doesn't. "I think we can use him for whatever is needed -- whether it's middle or later," Wedge said. "It will depend where everyone else is and how they're doing. I don't see a specific role right now." (Plain Dealer)

It will be interesting to see how they use him. It's almost like a luxury to have such an experienced guy in the pen. Jorge will probably be mostly a situational guy or someone who comes in if a starter is getting pounded. But it's nice to have someone like him.

If someone like Betancourt needs a break, then someone as experienced as Julio could step right in for a game. This is the type of luxury the Indians didn't have last year and it might have been a reason in that ALCS that Raffy Dos looked a little shaky. They did work a lot of innings that year.

3.28.2008

Web Round Up: Tribe Eyes Fast Start; Rays Hire Brian Anderson

In the normal edition of the Web Round up, here are some interesting articles around the internet concerning the Tribe.

Anthony Castrovince gives a little bit of a season primer with his Opening Day Outlook.
"What's expected this year is a dogfight with the Tigers for AL Central superiority. An improved performance from Hafner, in particular, could go a long way toward the Indians winning that fight." (Indians.com)
Anthony Castrovince again gives his first game preview of the year with a little bit of extra flare, saying the Tribe must get off to a hot start in the division.
"The Indians will be relieved if they can even play Monday's 3:05 p.m. ET season and home opener against the White Sox at Progressive Field without the aid of snow shovels. Whoever decided to schedule an outdoor ballgame in Cleveland on the last day of March was obviously taunting Mother Nature, especially in light of the blizzard that turned last year's home opener into an aborted mess." (Indians.com)
Dennis Manoloff talks to the heads grounds keeper Brandon Koehhnke about the rain that has hit Progressive Field.
"The help must come from above. Every minute without rain or snow is cause for celebration in Koehnke's world. Unfortunately, the forecast for the days leading up to the opener call for clouds and rain, with the exception of partial sunshine on Saturday." (Indians.com)
With Thursday's visit from the Rays, it gave us the chance to see our Tribe Reporters catch up with Brian Anderson. Anderson was hired as the assistant to pitching coach with the Rays. His comeback was abruptly ended early in Spring when he re-tore the elbow in his pitching arm.
"Just as Anderson was making plans to go back to law school and work with STO again, the Rays offered him a job as an assistant to pitching coach Jim Hickey. He'll help out at Rays home games, do some scouting and video work, and, when the team is on the road, assist in the front office." (Indians.com)
I wrote an article at Bleacher Report about Anderson and his failed comeback.
"Brian Anderson never won a Cy Young Award, and didn't really win many games to begin with. But he won me over with his desire to never quit and his risky move to give it one more chance." (Bleacher Report)
Indians Prospect Guru Tony Lastoria at the Cleveland Fan says Jeff Stevens is ready to make an impact.
"Stevens has certainly found his calling as a reliever. While he has been a starter for most of his professional career, he has had some experience in college and in the pros pitching out of the bullpen." (The Cleveland Fan)

Magazine Alert: C.C. Sabathia

For all you ESPN Magazine Subscribers, C.C. Sabathia is on the cover of it's annual baseball preview issue. Go pick it up at newsstands now!

There is also a story up on the Indians website about C.C. and his motivation for 2008.
"Not that he'll discuss it much, but Sabathia has other motivation to pick up where he left off in '07, when he went 19-7 with a 3.21 ERA in 34 regular-season starts. His free-agent clock is ticking, and big bucks are looming as long as he stays healthy and keeps performing like the ace he's become." - Anthony Castrovince (Indians.com)
C.C. is going to be a big story just not within the Tribe, but on a national scale. He is not only a reigning Cy Young award winner but the biggest free agent to be for the off-season. So don't be surprised every time a series with New York rolls around there will be tons of attention on CC in the every day media.

Just in spring training there was a big deal made about him, so you can imagine a lot of eyes will be centered on C.C.

I'm on record of saying I think he returns and the Indians give him an extra year. A lot of people think I'm crazy and I might be, but if C.C. values winning, and if this team does something special, I think he is the right person to be taking winning and Cleveland over Money and his home state.

Web Round Up: Winter Haven Edition

In honor of yesterday's final game in Winter Haven and the mass amount of opinion pouring in over it, here is a Winter Haven Edition of the Indians Web Round Up.

Paul Hoynes recaps the history and gives us a few great memories, he will miss Winter Haven.
"Other than the spring of 1993, when death touched the team, Chain of Lakes Park bubbled with life. Built on the shores of Lake Lulu, the Indians spring training home for the last 16 springs was always alive and green. The lake and the ponds around it teemed with fish, alligators, turtles and bugs. All you had to do was walk by one and the surface of the water would start boiling with living things." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Anthony Castrovince has been on record of saying he won't miss it, but here he gives us a few of the opinions of some of the players.
"Yep, it was that kind of mood in the Indians' clubhouse, as bags and boxes were packed for the final time in this outdated facility. When next spring rolls around, the Indians, who spent 16 years training in Winter Haven, will report to a brand new spot in Goodyear, Ariz." (Indians.com)
Dick Scanlon gives us a little outsider info and opinion on Winter Haven.
"Next March, the little red stadium will lie silent and abandoned for the first time during spring training. That would have happened in 1993 if not for a hurricane that blew the Cleveland Indians up from South Florida." (The Ledger)
Another Ledger author says the Indians departure is leaving Winter Haven as a gold mine.
"With the departure of the Cleveland Indians, who played their last game in Winter Haven this week, the city is sitting on what could be a gold mine: 70 prime acres overlooking Lake Lulu at the southeast corner of U.S. 17 and Cypress Gardens Boulevard. Sixty-two of those acres are developable." (HeraldTribune/The Ledger)
My Fox Tampa has some fan opinions from the locals
"It's like losing part of your family, " said Terry Frazee, a big fan of the team. "When they're gone, you'll never be able to say 'I love you Indians,' never." (My Fox Tampa Bay)
Rick Rousos is back with news that city officials tried to keep the team there.
"City officials are smarting from what they say is unwarranted criticism that they didn't do all they could to keep the Indians." (The Ledger)
My opinion? I don't have one because I've never been there. But reading about it from people who've been there for years and years, the site is a dump and the team and fans attending the games deserve better.

They aren't willing to keep the Tribe though, so off to Arizona. In the long run it is a way better opportunity though. I know our Florida friends will be upset, but it's time to move on.

3.27.2008

Indians Ask About Garcia; Salcedo's Age In Question?

Freddy Garcia: MLBTradeRumors linked a story to SI.com that says the Indians have asked about free agent starter Freddy Garcia.
"The Indians are the latest to inquire about Freddy Garcia, who will wait until he regains full health before deciding where to pitch. By the time he's ready -- perhaps June -- just about anyone will be able to use him." - Jon Heyman (SI.com)
That's real interesting. Perhaps if Lee isn't cutting the mustard down the road and everyone else doesn't look appealing, they bring in an absolute horse of a pitcher for the second half? Everyone who remembers him from when he was with the Sox remembers he can do some damage.

Edward Salcedo: The Indians are considered the leaders in the race to sign 16 year old dominican prospect Edward Salcedo.

But also from MLBTradeRumors, it turns out that there is some questions concerning his real age. What the heck is this guy younger than 16? How do we know how good he is?

CC Goes 7; Bats Heating Up

CC Sabathia and the Indians went to work on Wednesday in their second to last spring training game in the state of Florida. They defeated the Astros 7-6.

CC Goes 7, K's 6: CC Sabathia in his final outing before opening day on Monday had the strikeout pitch working.

Carsten struck out 6 in 7 innings whil giving up 3 Earned Runs and earning a victory.

The good news is he walked no one, like he usually does, which hints that his control should be in good shape for the opener.

Vic Leads Charge: Last year's team offensive MVP Victor Martinez was once again leading the pack. Vic went 2 for 5 in the game, bringin his average to .345.

But he also knocked in 3 runs, bringing his spring total to 7.

Dellucci went 3-5 with a couple of runs scored and batted in.

Franklin Gutierrez the Indians Spring leader in Average(aside from a few others who are no longer on the team), collected two more hits in the leadoff spot, as did Asdrubal Cabrera who also went deep.

Ryan Garko also added two hits and a run batted in.

Speaking of Guit: Guit was the center of a Terry Pluto article.

Guit has been the quiet star of the Indians this spring. Fully supporting my claim that he is going to "Break the hell out" this year.
"It was four years ago at this Osceola County Stadium that Milton
Bradley exploded and out of the rubble came Franklin Gutierrez. Bradley didn't
run out a pop-up, and manager Eric Wedge mentioned it. He was not happy. Bradley
was furious, believing he was being picked on. He stormed off the field, changed
his clothes and took a cab ($64) back to the Tribe's spring base in Winter
Haven, Fla. "- Terry Pluto
(CPD)

Ben Francisco Optioned

Ben Francisco was optioned to Triple A Buffalo today.

Francisco had an outstanding Spring and now has many clamoring for him to take over in left field for David Dellucci.

The option has ended speculation about Dellucci going on the DL after he returned to action on Tuesday, and then followed up on Wednesday and showed that he was in fact, healthy.

Dellucci went 3-5 with 2 runs scored, 2 RBI and a triple and a double to his credit against the Astros.

Jay will start the year in left field platooning with Jason Michaels. But out of all the Indians starters, he is probably the one with the shortest leash.

Francisco's spring set everyone on notice that he shouldn't be diddling around in the minors for too much longer. The kid can hit and he's proved time and time again he is ready to do so for a Major League team.

Out of players that got at least 15 ABs this spring, Francisco was second in Batting Average with .362, only trailing Franklin Gutierrez who hit .395 but had 4 less ABs.

He also hit 3 homeruns and knocked in 9 runners.

Francisco should start the year in the outfield starting for Buffalo. Shin-Soo Choo who will be placed on the DL is out of options so unless something happens before he comes back, Francisco might not get a chance for awhile.

3.26.2008

Mastny Optioned; Dellucci/Francisco Decision Coming Soon

The saga of the Indians 2008 starting bullpen is finally over. With one spot up for grabs to start the spring, we have two new faces joining a third.

Breslow Gets Final Slot: After last year's stellar bullpen performance, Mark Shapiro wasn't about to stand pat.

While most say this team hasn't really changed from last year, it's obvious to see it has.

With Tom Mastny being optioned to Triple A Buffalo, that gives the Indians' bullpen three new pitchers it didn't have in 2007.

All the big time players are back in Perez, Betancourt, Lewis, and Borowski.

But in come Craig Breslow replacing Aaron Fultz, Jorge Julio replacing Tom Mastny, and Masahide Kobayashi replacing a spot that was batted around by a few different pitchers.

Aaron Fultz threw away his chances with a dismal spring. Add on to the fact the Indians have had their eye on Breslow for some time now and they feel he can be more than just a situational lefty, like Fultz was.

Jorge Julio beat out Tom Mastny and Scott Elarton for a spot in the pen. Julio comes over from Colorado where he spent the better half of the year helping the Rockies reach the post-season. Jorge was an important arm down the stretch for Colorado and Wedge liked his consistency this spring.

Masahide Kobyashi is coming over from Japan where he was considered one of the best closers of all time. The Indians think he can be their Hideki Okajima of sorts with his fresh style and experience in big games at a different level.

Dellucci/Francisco Decision Coming Soon: With the Indians nearing the deadline to set their roster, a decision has to be made concerning David Dellucci.

Dellucci has said for the past two weeks that his sore forearms are okay and if it was the regular season he'd be playing.

Francisco still remains on the roster though and rightfully so, he's hit the ball well this spring. Plus they want to see if they do have to put Dellucci on the 15 Day DL to start the year.

All signs pointing to Dellucci being ready to go and Ben Francisco getting optioned sometime before the Tribe leave Winter Haven for Atlanta.

Choo to the DL: The other outfielder in the mix for playing time at the big league level this year is Shin-Soo Choo. Choo is recovering from Tommy John so he will start the year out on the DL.

Meanwhile though Choo saw live game action for the first time as he DHed for a minor league game.

Other Options: Mastny wasn't the only one sent down.

The Indians reassigned outfielder Jason Tyner, Infielder Andy Gonzalez, catcher Yamid Haad and pitcher Brendan Donnelly to minor league camp.

Tyner was signed by the Indians earlier this spring after spending some time in the Twins organization. He could go to Buffalo and be a deep utility option should the need arise.

Gonzalez is another option if no team is interested. Gonzalez hit 4 homeruns this spring for the Tribe but with no spots left on the roster, it won't really do him good.

Most of these guys are vets just looking to catch on. Donnelly will be around rehabbing his shoulder and won't be ready till later this year.

3.25.2008

Jorge Julio Prevails; Elarton, Barfield Optioned

It looks like the Indians have made their decision on the final spots on the roster.

Although they aren't ready to decide if the last spot in the pen will go to Craig Breslow or Tom Mastny, they have made a decision on the other spot.

Elarton Option, Julio Added: Elarton was optioned to Triple A Buffalo where he will start the year. He is a great depth option if you ask me.

With the release of Aaron Fultz it added a 40 man roster spot, to which Jorge Julio will occupy, which basically says he will be starting the year in the Tribe bullpen.

Now Tom Mastny is still around and that is because it's now a two horse race for the last spot.

While it appears Craig Breslow will waltz right in and win it, the Tribe does want to see him in action. He pitched a perfect inning today with two strikeouts and earned a save. Wedge said he should pitch one more game before they break Thursday.

Scott Elarton's contract has a clause that will let him look elsewhere if he isn't on the big league roster by June 30th. But If things go well and some teams poke in interest, I don't think the Tribe would hold him around, they are pretty good about that.

Mastny although I think it's getting to him. The pressure that is. If that's the case they made the right choice.
"No offense, but I'm sick of talking about it." - Tom Mastny (Indians.com)
Barfield Optioned: Another job was settled as the Tribe demoted Josh Barfield to Triple A Buffalo.

Barfield will play second base every day at Buffalo, which is a plus. But I'm on the record of saying he is going to end the year as the Tribe's second baseman.

Barfield lost out to Andy Marte. Who went deep again in the game against the Yankees. The downside though is he made his 5th and 6th errors of the spring. It's gonna be an interesting ride for Marte this year.

Fultz Designated: The official word on Fultz is Designated for Assignment. Which means they have 10 days to trade or release him.

We'll see what happens. If they do trade him it would be for a famous PTBNL and probably they would end up eating his entire $1.5 million salary this year.

Westbrook Goes Perfect: Donnelly Joins Camp

In his final start during Spring Training, Jake Westbrook was perfect.

Westbrook goes 6: Not only was he perfect but he was downright dominant.

Jake pitched in 6 innings and there isn't much to tell you. He didn't give up a damn thing. He did strike out 8 batters though. Which is higher than the norm for someone like Jake, especially in a 6 inning outing.

I caught some of the game and he definitely had some help. Franklin Gutierrez made a nice catch in the outfield to preserve the game.

Julio Making Bid: With only a few more days left before the Tribe leave for Turner field for some exhibition time against the Braves, Jorge Julio is making a late push.

Paul Hoynes and Anthony Castrovince both very close to the team as guys around them a lot say the Indians like Julio.

With Thursday as the target date to name the last two in the bullpen, Julio might have an edge. He pitched one inning gave up a hit and struck out two. His ERA was lowered to 1.64.

Kobayashi and Raffy Right also pitched scoreless innings apiece.

Peralta and Guit Doublin: Jhonny Peralta and Franklin Gutierrez were the source of run production in this one, although the Tribe didn't need much of it. Guit and P-Gun both had doubles and knocked in a run.

Guit had 3 hits in the game while Peralta had two.

However, Kelly Shoppach was the big bat going 2-3 with a couple of RBIs. Casey Blake also knocked in a run.

Donnelly Joins Team: Minor League signee Brendan Donnelly has reported to Indians camp.

Donnelly had Tommy John back in August and is only in Winter Haven to rehab and stay for extended Spring Training.
"It's nice to be in a clubhouse, as opposed to a rehab." - Brendan Donnelly (Indians.com)
Donnelly will start throwing bullpen sessions by Mid-April. He isn't expected to be ready for Major League action till towards the end of the year. But if he gets back he could be a fresh arm for the stretch run.

Tribe Around the Web

Here are some interesting links from around the web about the Tribe from the past two days.

Terry Pluto says Andy Marte will make the roster in spite of his struggles.
"The reason Andy Marte is expected to make the Tribe's opening day roster is the same reason they traded for him after the 2005 season -- the Indians still don't have a long-term third baseman and he is out of minor league options." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Paul Cousineau discusses why the Indians might be toying with the #2 spot.
"One of the more interesting developments in Winter Haven is Eric Wedge's announcement that Asdrubal Cabrera is not necessarily slated to fill the #2 spot in the lineup out of spring training, despite the fact the team went 24-6 over the final 30 games of the 2007 season with Asdrubal hitting behind Grady." (The Cleveland Fan)
Bill Lubingill talks about the final week for the Indians at Winter Haven.
"In 1993, after nearly 50 years in Arizona, the Indians were bound for a brand new spring-training site in Homestead, Fla., until Hurricane Andrew shattered the ballpark and their plans." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Anthony Castrovince discusses the possibility that rain could hurt next Monday's opener.
"The most recent Weather.com report for Monday's regular-season opener against the White Sox at Progressive Field calls for a high of 47 degrees, a low of 38 and a 60 percent chance of showers." (Indians.com)
Paul Hoynes discusses Craig Breslow and a few other notes.
"The Indians haven't told left-hander Craig Breslow anything, but this guy must be pretty good at deduction since he has a degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Pictures of the sign debut of Progressive Field.
(Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Two different Cleveland Indians previews from around the web.

Mike Castiglione of The Sports Network
Griffin Shibley of Bleacher Report

3.24.2008

New Player Profile: Craig Breslow

Craig Breslow, 6'1", 185 lbs
Acquired From: Boston Red Sox Via Waivers
Past Teams: Boston, San Diego, Milwaukee(Drafted 26th Round in 2002)
Throws: Left
College: Yale
Age: 27
Career: 0-2 28.3 IP 26 K 2.86 ERA(BOS/SD)
Pitches: High 80's to Low 90's Fastball, Curve, Change, Sluve, Cut-Fastball
Breslow made the IL All Star team last year for the 2nd year in a row and the previous year was the Pawtucket Pitcher of the Year. Breslow attended college at Yale and studied molecular biophysics.
Useful Links
Craig Breslow on SoxProspects.com - Great Scouting Report
Baseball-Reference Statistics on Breslow

Fultz To Be Released; Laffey and Sowers Optioned

Paul Hoynes has learned that the Indian's intend to release Aaron Fultz after claiming reliever Craig Breslow of waivers from the Red Sox.

I posted the news about Breslow just awhile ago, and I said it was interesting to see what would happen. I certainly didn't expect this to happen and to happen this quickly.
"We try not to make decisions just based upon spring training," said Mark Shapiro. "Aaron is a guy prior to his injury last year pitched very effectively for us. He never got back to that form after that. I'm sure he can still help someone in the big leagues. Our desire was to take that spot in the bullpen, try to upgrade and continue to get better." - Mark Shapiro (CPD)
So this is very interesting. The Indians will go into the year with Craig Breslow? Maybe they give Breslow a little bit of an audition, use Jorge Julio to start the year, and if things don't work out recall Tom Mastny.

Certainly this changes the bullpen in a big way. The top of it is solidified and it is the last two spots of a very deep pen. But all pieces matter. We'll see what happens in the coming week.
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Lee Wins: It's official now. Cliff Lee has the final spot as Jeremy Sowers and Aaron Laffey have been optioned to Triple A Buffalo.

Indians Claim Breslow; Fultz In Limbo

The Indians have made a roster move and have claimed Craig Breslow off waivers from the Boston Red Sox.

I'll post a profile on Breslow later to give you an idea what to expect.

But this is an interesting move by the Tribe and it comes real soon. You can tell they are concerned about Aaron Fultz.

Fultz has a 11.88 ERA this spring and there are some telling stats to look at.
"But Fultz has had one of the rougher spring seasons of anyone on the Tribe roster. In 8 1/3 innings over seven appearances, he has put up an 11.88 ERA. He gave up seven earned runs on nine hits on just 16 pitches against the Braves on March 12." -Anthony Castrovince (Indians.com)
Add on the bad start in a Double A Akron intrasquad game and Fultz is having a very eventful spring. 16 pitches in a game and he gives up 9 hits? That's a disaster.

I'm no the biggest Fultz fan. I don't like guys who can come into a game and be good for one left-handed hitter and be done. It's a reason I think someone like Adam Miller or Jeff Stevens is going to finish the year in the pen and Fultz will be gone.

Breslow is an interesting option. He's only 27 and really there is no room on the Red Sox for him. The left hander had a 4.06 ERA at Pawtucket last year. More on Breslow later today.

Lee Solidifies 5th Spot; Francisco Keeps Firing

Lee Locks up 5: Last Saturday Cliff Lee pretty much ended the competition for the last rotation spot.

Lee pitched 5 innings of 4 hit ball with 5 punch outs. This combined with the somewhat disastrous springs of Jeremy Sowers and Aaron Laffey have basically led everyone to believe that Cliff Lee is the man to start the year in the 5th spot.

I think Cliff is capable of bouncing back. We'll find out soon enough if Cliff can rebound, he won't have pressure on him like he's had in past years. The main thing with Lee is keeping his focus and not getting unraveled when he makes a mistake.

In the past Cliff would be pitching well and then hit a wall. He'd give up a hit and all of a sudden a few more would follow, maybe a big homerun. Cliff has to stay true and stop beating himself when he makes little mistakes.

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Francisco Watch: Offensively on Saturday Casey Blake and Victor Martinez did the damage to help the Indians topple the Mets. But our favorite son has done it again.

Ben Francisco went 2-3 with a homerun to bump his average up to .378.

Keep watching! The watch on the right side of the site won't be updated because of my hands being tied. But get a good look at Francisco while you can, because he's destined for Triple A for the time being.

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Hafner Goes Deep: Sunday's action saw the Tribe and Central Division rivals Detroit face off. Travis Hafner went deep and Jhonny Peralta contributed with a two run triple.

I've been on record of saying Travis is going to bounce back in a huge way. I think he can hit 35 homeruns this year, but I think the biggest thing we will see is a high average. Beating the shift and taking what pitchers give him is the entire key to that. I think Travis realizes that and will do what he has to do and just wait for those juicy inside pitches to come when they come.

3.22.2008

Matt Whitney Returns to the Indians

Rule 5 selection Matt Whitney was returned to the Tribe today in exchange for half of the $50,000 they originally gained when the Nationals picked him.

Whitney one of two rule 5 players lost by the Tribe had to make the National's 25 man roster and stick on it for the entire year.

His competition was rather stiff though as a corner infielder playing on a team with it's starting third baseman as arguably it's best player and two proven first basemen battling it out for a starting spot.

Whitney only had three hits in 28 plate appearances for the Nats. He'll start the year at Akron splitting time with Michael Aubrey at different positions and play some third base.
"Obviously, we're very pleased to get him back, he's a right-handed power bat, and we feel his ceiling is still very high." - Ross Atkins (Indian's Farm Director).

3.21.2008

Tribe Down Braves; Mastny/Julio Pitch

Sabathia Starts: Once again the season nears so pitchers are starting to take on more work. C.C. Sabathia pitched 6 innings of 3 run ball against the Braves today.

He gave up 8 hits and struck out three.

Regular Lineup: It was pretty much a regular game for the Tribe. They only used two subs and the only regular not playing was Travis Hafner. Garko was the DH while Victor played 1st and Shoppach did the catching. Jason Michaels played in left.

Offensively Asdrubal Cabrera was on base 4 times. He had two hits and two walks.

Peralta had a big two run double. Gutierrez, Garko, Michaels and Blake all knocked in runs.

Julio and Mastny: Everyone meanwhile had their eyes on the battle between Jorge Julio and Tom Mastny.

Mastny pitched in the last game but also in the one this afternoon.

Julio was the first one in and he pitched 2 innings of 1 hit baseball. He walked a few more but struck out three.

Mastny on the other hand worked only one inning. While he did earn the save he gave up a run. It brings his Spring ERA to 6.75, while Julio's stands at 1.80.

Let's not forget Scott Elarton who is in the mix. Eric Wedge said he expects to make a decision by Thursday before the Indians leave for an exhibition game in Atlanta.

Miller Makes Debut: Adam Miller made his debut this year. He pitched in a minor league intrasquad game.

Hafner won't play first base until Interleague

Eric Wedge has put the questions of Travis Hafner playing any first base to rest.

"Basically, you start all over again in a couple months," Wedge reasoned. "So we're just going to ramp him up closer to Interleague Play." - Eric Wedge (Indians.com)

Last year they gave him some time there to initially keep him and Victor in the lineup when they needed to give him a break catching.

But past the point where they had Garko and Vic playing first they didn't really use him.

So really what's the point this year. With that being Vic's spot when he doesn't catch, Garko starting full-time and Andy Marte taking reps at first, why bother?

Travis won't play first still Interleague starts up, after that he won't at all.

Minaya and Shapiro Meet

"Shapiro and Mets GM Omar Minaya, who talk on the phone frequently, met before Wednesday night's game." - Paul Hoynes (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
That certainly is interesting. Considering the Mets are interesting in finding a 3rd outfielder due to the injury of Moises Alou. According to MLB Trade Rumors they are also interested in finding another starter.

Obviously not right now because he is still recovering from his Tommy John surgery but Shin-Soo Choo might be a candidate. If they want a more proven guy then obviously David Dellucci or Jason Michaels would be the candidates(but as mentioned yesterday Michaels might not be an option to trade).

While on the subject of Choo, that very post at MLB Trade Rumros caught my eye. Turns out Shin-Soo Choo is obligated to spend 24-28 months in the South Korean military before the age of 30.

Let's not get into the debate of foreign countries military policies but there are two ways for Choo to avoid it.

Become an American citizen. Or get an exemption from the Korean government if he helps them win a gold medal in the 2010 Asian Games.

That's settling. Choo isn't thinking about the citizenship and he doesn't think winning a gold medal will be as easy as it was for two previous Koreans, Chan Ho Park and Byung-Hyun Kim.

That's just a cruddy thing for a guy who could have a promising career in the bigs. Obviously he's only 25 right now, he has 4 and years and a few months to go before he hits 30. So he has a year or two to see where he stands and the Asian Games before he has to make a decision.

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3.20.2008

Elarton/Mastny Battle Heats Up; A Vote for Francisco

Paul Byrd went 6 innings today against Tampa Bay. He probably has at least another start left before the regular season so obviously the work load is increasing. He gave up 4 runs off 8 hits and a walk.

However the focus is on two of the guys who pitched after Byrd in this game. Scott Elarton relieved Byrd in the 7th and went 8th giving up only two hits and a walk. The tie enabled Tom Mastny to get an inning in to do much of the same.

This Elarton/Mastny Battle might be closer than we think.

Offensive Notes:

Josh Barfield walked twice.

Andy Gonzalez hit his 4th home run of the Spring.

George Constanza played center field and collected two hits.

Did I say George? I meant Jose... Plus there is a 'n' slipped in there.

Andy Marte threw up another goose egg and struck out once again.

Francisco Watch: Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer said Ben Francisco deserves to be on the roster.

"Question: Does the 2007 Class AAA International League batting champion make the Tribe's final roster?

Answer: Should he, or will he?

Q: OK, should he?

A: Of course. Francisco is 26, has 908 official at-bats in Buffalo where he is a .298 hitter. Last season, it was .318 with 22 stolen bases and a .496 slugging percentage. It makes absolutely no sense to send him back to Buffalo." - Terry Pluto(Plain Dealer)

Well Of course.. It doesn't make sense. But until David Dellucci does so awful they have no choice or they trade him, Francisco is going to have to go down to Buffalo for a bit.

There has been interest in the Indians' outfielders. Teams have come calling about Jason Michaels and you guessed it Ben Francisco, but the Indians aren't interesting in trading those guys.

I say if you can get even a bag of donuts for Dellucci, you do the deal. Hell pay his salary this year, you will have to anyway.

Latest on Laffey: Carl Willis had good things to say about Aaron Laffey's performance yesterday.
"'He said I looked like the Aaron Laffey he watched pitch last year," said Laffey." (Plain Dealer)
It's a shame Cliff Lee has won the spot though. Oh Well

Indians Trim Roster to 36

The Indians are dwindling the roster even more and now the competitions have become a little more clear.

OF Brad Snyder was optioned to Triple A Buffalo

Pitchers Matt Ginter, Jeff Harris and Rich Rundles; Catchers Armando Camacaro and David Wallace; and Infielders Danny Sandoval and Aaron Herr were all re-assigned to the minor league camps.

With Ginter and Harris gone, It's Tom Mastny, Scott Elarton and Jorge Julio battling it out. Let's get it on!

How Long Before Dellucci Gets the Boot?

How long is it going to take for Eric Wedge to make a move with David Dellucci in left field?

Dellucci rested again on Wednesday. He claims his forearms are sore. But he also says he will be ready to go in a week or so.

He is hitting a dismal. .129 this spring and really with guys like Ben Francisco chomping at the bit, how long will Wedge put up with Jay before he makes a move?

Last year he didn't get the job done before injuring himself. He hasn't lived up to this contract they gave him. This year it's not looking any better.

Jason Michaels is strictly a left handed hitter. That experiment is over and done with so we know his role. All Dellucci has to do is focus on playing most of the week against righties and play decent defense.

If he doesn't do that..

Let the Ben Francisco watch being.

Ben Francisco Watch: He continued his awesome spring last night with ANOTHER hit. He is a machine!

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On the subject of outfielders.

Brian Barton doesn't look to be coming back to the Indians right away.

He still has to remain on the Cardinals roster the entire year in order for the Cards to keep him.

But right now it looks as if he has beaten out Juan Gonzalez(really how hard is that though), to secure a spot in the St. Louis outfield.

On the other side Matt Whitney with the Nationals will probably be on his way back soon. The Nat's have a ton of infielders that are either Ryan Zimmerman or MLB worthy vets(Nick Johnson, Dmitri Young and Aaron Freaking Boone).

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Also on the subject of left fielders.

Our old friend Jody Gerut has just about won a spot in left field for the Padres!

Back to the Jody Gerut of old according to scouts of Pads GM Kevin Towers.

This is exciting. If you know me I'm a big fan of Jody. Even though he is a Padre expect us to cover him over here at TTTR.

Laffey Making Late Charge

In a rare spring training game under the lights, Aaron Laffey who has struggled this spring threw his name back into the competition.

On the other end of the spectrum, Jeremy Sowers probably axed his chances.

Laffey has given up a lot of runs in short outings all spring. Last night was his best start as he went five innings and gave up only 1 run on 5 hits.

Combined with Cliff Lee's last mediocre start, there is still a sliver of hope for Laffey to claim that last rotation spot, but it's going to take another good outing like this one to bring himself closer. With time running out and Cliff Lee's contract working against him, I don't think it will happen.

Jeremy Sowers is effectively out of the race. He too only gave up one earned run but did so in 3 innings. Combined with a few disastrous appearances prior to last night, his hopes are all but about over.

Marte Watch: Andy Marte's quest to make the roster was as high as ever since last Saturday with his 3 homers in 2 games and his soaring RBI total.

However last night he took an 0-4 with 3 whiffs. Not promising. If there is one thing that is consistent about Andy it's the fact that he is inconsistent. He may very well go out and hit 2 home runs next game for all we know.

The rest of the team pretty much played the entire game. Asdrubal Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Ryan Garko all had 2 hits each and Jason Michaels added the lone Indian run with a solo homerun.

Cabrera's struggles on defense continue. The usual slick fielding infielder made his 4th error of spring.

The position battle will change focus to the last bullpen spot today. Jorge Julio and Tom Mastny are slated to pitch. Mastny is the leader as of right now while Julio is trying to rebound from a blister.

3.19.2008

TTTR Officially Launched Today!

I'm pleased to announce that today is the official launching of The Tribe Time Report to the public!

I've been working hard over the past few months, bit by bit to bring this all together and I hope it is successful.

If you want to know a little bit more about the origins of this site scroll down to the bottom of the page where you can find a good batch of links and information on this site, and a few others that I will be frequently gathering my news and ideas from.

I will still be frequently posting on TSN in my blog about not only the Indians but other spots, and I'll even be contributing to Bleacher Report even more. I love all those sites as they have helped me hone my writing and have actually given me tons and tons of knowledge to launch this exciting venture.

Also if you are a big football fan that happens to be reading this, make sure you also stop by Pigskinheaven. It's still the best football site on the website. You can find me there too. The link is over on the side under partners.

Tomorrow starts the first day of daily updates from the Tribe. Spring Training is almost over and there is news and thoughts flying around that I am very anxious to cover.

Please if you enjoy what I've done in the past, are a big Tribe fan, or just want to help me out. Show this site to anyone, submit it anywhere, or just give it a mention. Start throwing it's name around. I've built up somewhat of an audience through sites like Bleacher Report and Sporting News, but those sites are sites in itself and none of them are focused on one thing, like TTTR is.

If you stumble upon us and want to share links, contact me, you can use the comment link at the bottom. I'm always looking for new opportunities with out sites to get the word out.

Most of all, thank you to anyone who reads this. I've wanted to do this for awhile but never really could. I probably won't be getting a lot of traffic from the start, but this is something I enjoy and it will be something I continue to work hard at. Also don't forget, GO TRIBE!

3.18.2008

Prospect Notebook: Jeff Stevens

Jeff Stevens: RHP Age: 24
Pitcher:
Reliever
Acquired: From CIN for INF Brandon Philips
2007 Kinston/Akron: 6-3, 83.1 Innings, 2.81 ERA, 102 Strikeouts, 2 SV
2008 Team: Buffalo
ETA: 2008 Sept Call-up/2009

Low to mid-90s fast ball, Change, Un-known Breaking Ball

Strength is throwing his fastball down in the zone. He strikes a lot of people out and his strikeout to walk ratio is fantastic. He throws strikes and isn’t afraid to challenge a hitter and make them hit his pitch.

Stevens sudden emergence after moving to the bullpen has him on the fast-track to the major leagues. Like Mujica he has a chance to figure into the bullpen equation if spots open up, He will start the year at Buffalo and could earn a late season call-up and be a really deep bullpen option this year. His improvement has been a steady upward movement since the beginning of 2007.

Notes: The Player to Be Named Later in the Brandon Philips Deal, Pitched for Team USA in Fall of 2007 and saved the title clinching game, Starter 07 at Kinston in the bullpen after starting in Spring Training

Prospect Notebook: Ben Francisco

Ben Francisco: Outfielder Age: 26
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Acquired: Drafted 5th Round in 2002
2007 Buffalo: .318 AVG, 12 HR, 51 RBI, 28 SB, 22 SB, 60 R
2008 Team: Buffalo
ETA: 2008 5th Outfielder

Ben Francisco’s swing is short and quick and it’s filled with a lot of power. He isn’t a homerun hitter but he does have good power. He hits for average and doesn’t try to do too much with a pitch. His 2007 IL Batting Title is great evidence for all this. Defensively he can play any spot in the outfield, but because of Grady Sizemore in center and the arm of Franklin Gutierrez, Ben Francisco probably fits best in left field. Francisco probably shouldn’t be at Buffalo, but with the outfield situation as it is now, that is where he will start. He is as ready as you are going to get so don’t think he will spend the whole year at Buffalo. He can be one of those players in 2008 that the Indians had in 2007 that sparked the team. If Dellucci doesn’t demonstrate the consistency the Tribe is looking for, Ben will be the first guy up and ready to have his hand at it. Don’t think for a second either that he won’t deliver; Francisco is itching at the chance to play in the majors after multiple seasons at Buffalo.

Notes: IL(AAA) Post-Season All Star and IL Batting Champion in 2007, Hit walk-off home run in first Major League Start with the Indians, Teammate of Ryan Garko at Servite High School

Prospect Notebook: Edward Mujica

Edwin Mujica: RHP Age: 23
Pitcher: Releiver
Acquired: Free Agent(VENEZUELA '01)
2007 Cleveland/Buffalo: 2-1, 50 Innings, 5.86 ERA, 51 Strikeouts, 14 SV
2008 Team: Buffalo
ETA: 2008 Depth

Mid 90's Fastball, Slider, Split Finger Fastball. Great command and trust in his stuff.

Bulldog mentality that is perfect as a reliever.

Ed Mujica was the first guy on the bus to Cleveland whenever the Tribe had a bullpen injury last year. Expect more of the same. Mujica is still young though and really it's just a waiting game. If Joe Borowski and Aaron Fultz are no longer on the team next year that opens up a great possibility for two slots to be open which would make Mujica probably the first in line to take the spot. He just has to continue to work hard and be a depth option for the big league team. Sooner or later there will be no keeping him off the Active Roster. It was reported he came in to Indians Camp in 2008 in better shape with noticeable weight loss which is good because he looked a little big in previous years.

Notes: Former Starter

Prospect Notebook

This is the prospect notebook. I will make posts from time to time with the down-low about prospects in the Indian's organization. I gather all my information from different sources on the web and add in what I know based on seeing them from time to time. Obviously I won't see Joshua Rodriguez play much, so I have to go based on what scouts and other sources say. This is basically a summarization of what everyone says and it's here for people who might not want to search or read the multiple things out there.

These are also the Indians most prominent prospects. Guys who are closest to the big leagues. There are prospects better than some, but they are too far away for me to put up.

This is an achieved post, you can access it from the home page, it will include links to every prospect post.

2007 Statistics are compiled for all teams played for in total.
ETA = Estimated Time of Arrival
Age is from the start of the season

Ed Mujica - RP
Jeff Stevens - RP
Ben Francisco - OF
Aaron Laffey - SP
#Michael Aubrey - 1B

#LATEST UPDATE: 5-15-08

*All Prospect Information Gathered from the following sources
Tony Lastoria - The Cleveland Fan: Indians Top 50 Prospects
Anthony Castrovince - Indians Beatwriter
Tribe Time Report

3.08.2008

Nickname Database

Here is the database of nicknames that I frequently use for all the players. I add more as time goes on and we have a grave-yard for all the players that have come and gone. I can be democratic about this process and always looking for new suggestions. Josh Barfield was always one that stumped me for some time and he eventually left without a nickname. Some of these aren't used on a regular basis, if at all, but they are just fun to say.

Current Roster
Lou Marson: #LouMar
Carlos Santana: Sweet Sounds
Matt LaPorta: MaTola (Thanks Ozzie!)
Travis Hafner: Pronk, Pronky, Pronkster, Le Grone Pronke (For Games in Toronto Only)
Asdrubal Cabrera: Drubs, A-Cabs
Lonnie Chisenhall: The Chiz
Jason Donald: JD
Jack Hannahan: Super Mannahan, Jack the Mannahan
Shelley Duncan: Hawkman
Grady Sizemore: Grizzle
Michael Brantley: Mikey B
Fausto Carmona: The Bug Tamer
Carlos Carrasco: Car²
Justin Masterson: The Mastard
David Huff: Huffy
Joe Smith: Smitty
Vinnie Pestano: Vinnie the Gangster
Chris Perez: Benz, C FN P, CFP, Perez Right, PURE RAGE
Rafael Perez: Raffy Left, Perez Left
Manny Acta: Actavision, The Fedora

Catchphrases
Shelley Duncan RBI: "A dose of #HawkBlood" or "CAW"
Matt LaPorta Home Run: "MATOLA SMASH!" 
Justin Masterson Strikeout: "Taste the Mastard Sauce!"
Tony Sipp Strikeout: "Sipp on this!"
Carlos Santana: Ayeee Carlos, VAMANOS!
No Longer in Use
A Mike Redmond Clutch Hit: "NAKED (insert type of hit here, EX. NAKED DOUBLES!)"
Andy Marte Home Run: "PARTY TIME!"
Ben Francisco Home Run: "The Ben Francisco Treat!" 
Austin Kearns Home Run: "Salute The Kearnal!"

Minor Leaguers
Nick Weglarz: Big Red, The Ox, Wegz
Nick Bartolone: Rango, Italian Stallions Little Prodigy

Grave Yard
Joe Borowski: Jumpin' Joe, Blowin' Borowski, Marlborowski
Sal Fasano: Big Sal, The Big Mustache
David Dellucci: Crap
Franklin Gutierrez: Frankie G, Guit
Tom Mastny: McNasty
Mark DeRosa: Dero
Rafael Betancourt: The Gavel, Raffy Right
Victor Martinez: V-Mart, Vic
Ryan Garko: Garko, Shark, The Object of Wedge's Hatred
Cliff Lee: Clifford The Big Red Razorback
Jake Westbrook: Jack, Westy
Ben Francisco: Benny Fresh, The Frisco Kid
Kelly Shoppach: Shop, Shoppy
Jhonny Peralta: JP, P-Gun, JOANIE
Vinnie Chulk: Chulkamania
Mike Redmond: Naked Man
Andy Marte: Marty The One Man Party, Marty
Mark Grudzielanek: Grudz, Grundle
Jayson Nix: The Rectangle (For his rectangular head)
Chris Gimenez: Gem, Gimi
Nate Recknagel: The Recking Ball
Russell Branyan: The Muscle, Rusticle
Jeremy Sowers: The Sour Pitch Kid
Aaron Laffey: Laffey Taffey, The Joker
Eric Wedge: 'Ole Blinky
Carl Willis: C-Train
Jeff Datz: Datzy
Joel Skinner: Windmill
Gutierrez/Choo: Chootierrez
Shoppach/Garko: Sharko
Marte/Carroll: Marroll/Carte'
Nix/Marte.Valbuena: Nimartuena, The Three Headed Monster (Emphasis on Monster)

Luis Valbuena: Baby Louie, Louie V
Orlando Cabrera: Uncle Orlando, O-Cabs
Beau Mills: Big Bad Beau
Austin Kearns: The Kearnal
Jensen Lewis: J-Lew, J-Rod, Jenny LEw


Platoons
Sipp/Smith: Smipp
Germano and Pestano: The Bullpen Mafia