Offseason Rundown: Trust Us, We Know What We're Doing

On the heels of our #MysteryTrade momentum, let's get serious as the Winter Meetings wind down. At least for a few minutes.


Offseason Rundown: Mystery Team? How about #MysteryTrade!

You have to love the Winter Meetings. They produce so many unfounded rumors. It's hard to get excited about something because you don't want to buy into something that will inevitably not even true and if you do, you will be extremely let down when you find out that some rumor was just an errant rumor.


Offseason Rundown: Waltzing in a Winter Wonder-land

Reyes is a Marlin, Manny is coming back, and "Winter" meetings are going on in a place that likely doesn't know what a real winter feels like. Yup, MLB offseason.


Offseason Rundown: Sizing up Sizemore and New CBA

The semester that has engulfed my personal clock is finally coming to an end this week. Just think that at the start of it, we were discussing Indians baseball and towards the middle of this next one, we'll be discussing Indians baseball. Right now? Indians offseason, of course! I know everyone around these parts is talking Urban Meyer, but my team won on Saturday, so I'm just going to bask in that glory for the first time in eight years and go onto some Tribe talk.


Offseason Rundown: Grady Sizemore Nearing Return

Things are going to go smooth in this first edition of the Offseason Rundown and do you want to know why? I entered in my password correctly on the first try with no sort of interruption. You see my password is long, elaborate, coded with weird characters, and the title of a song from the 1990's. I know I just dropped a hint, but if someone is able to crack that and get into my blogger account, more power to them?


2011 Offseason Preview

Hey, hey, HEY! HEY! I saw what happened yesterday. So you mean to tell me that you are ready to be a baseball fan again? Awesome, great, sounds good. What perfect timing too because the General Manager meetings are starting today. Seems fitting to kick things off with the official unveiling of the offseason chart.


Season Wrap-Up 2011: End of the Year Feathers

Another year, another exhausting effort that I like to call the End of the Year Feathers.


Season Wrap-Up 2011: Columbus Clippers

Here we are again. One year later and once again, the Columbus Clippers are champions.


Season Wrap-Up 2011: Akron Aeros

Excuse me if you aren't used to this, but the Akron Aeros are in a bit of a funk. For the second straight season they missed the playoffs. It's almost as if the success this club had transferred to Columbus. The Aeros finished .500 in 2010 and in 2011, you could consider it an improvement with a 73-69 record but it's just not the same Aeros team we've become accustomed to.


Season Wrap-Up 2011: Kinston Indians

The last hurrah. The Kinston Indians are, or at least will be no more. With the Indians moving Advanced-A affiliates to new ownership, Kinston will likely be losing their ball team. The Indians will probably be changed to something else and a brand new franchise will take over the operations. If this was the last hurrah, it was a great one, although it came up just short of a title, Kinston really gave it one last run for the fans who have been loyal for years.


Season Wrap-Up 2011: Lake County Captains

For the first time in their history, the Lake County Captains did not win the Midwest League when they've had the chance. Yeah okay, so they won it for the first time they were in it in 2010, but that is a minor detail that we can overlook. It was a rough year for the Captains overall. They did not have a good second half and their first half, well, it wasn't much better.


Season Wrap-Up 2011: Mahoning Valley Scrappers

The Scrappers had horrid year last season. It was not pretty A pretty putrid offense and a pitching staff that was really, well it wasn't good but it was better than the offense. This year though, the draft brought in some quality bats and it turned into a good season all around.


Indians Trade for Derek Lowe; Decline Sizemore's Option

Not wasting any time at all. After declining the option on Grady Sizemore and picking up the one on Fausto Carmona, the Cleveland Indians struck the first deal of the Hot Stove season. A veteran pitcher is coming to Cleveland and it's now clear what mind-set the Indians are in as this offseason gets underway.

Season Wrap-Up 2011: Third Annual All-Daily Team

The official kick-off to the end of the season starts now and it starts in the most ridiculous fashion, as always. Introducing the 2011 Season Wrap-Up with the Third Annual, All-Daily Team. What? Okay, shut up already. If you still don't remember from last year, the All-Daily Team is my version of our organizational All-Stars.


The Hawkman Triumph; Fedora Voting OPEN



BBA Award Ballot - Cleveland Chapter

For the past few seasons, the Baseball Bloggers Alliance has been putting together their own version of BBWAA's end of the year awards that are officially given to MLB players. This blog has been a member of the BBA since it's inception and for the third year, I'm taking part in the voting. For the second year, I'm representing the Cleveland Chapter as the president and am posting the results of our collective poll for all awards. Our ballot counts as both of Cleveland's two votes, which basically means our winners get two votes. As always, we vote on just the American League. This year, like last, we decided to submit individual votes and take the overall point leaders of a weighted system.

I would like to thank Mike Brandyberry of Did The Tribe Win Last Night? and Mitchell Below from TribeScribe for participating this year.

The other blogs within the Cleveland chapter are The B-ListIndians Prospect Insider, and Deep Left Field, Did The Tribe Win Last Night?, and TribeScribe.


Connie Mack Award (Best Manager)

3. Manny Acta, CLE
2. Jim Leyland, DET
1. Joe Maddon, TB

Based off receiving three total votes, Jim Leyland broke a second place tie with Manny Acta. But it was Joe Maddon who reigned as our chapter's pick for top overall manager in the American League. I'm glad Manny got votes, even though one of those votes was mind. Hopefully he's well represented, because he did a heck of a job this year with a mess up of injuries and squad that wasn't supposed to contend. Maddon has done a fantastic job though and totally deserves the honor. The Rays made an incredible run to get into the postseason and he no doubt had a part in that.

Also Receiving Votes: Ron Washington, Mike Scioscia

Willie Mays Award (Best Rookie)

3. Jordan Walden, LAA
2. Jeremy Hellickson, TB
1. Eric Hosmer, KC

As the one person who did not vote for Walden or Nova, I broke a third place tie between the two. Jeremy Hellickson received a first place vote, but it wasn't quite enough to take down KC slugger Eric Hosmer, who received two first place votes. I, with absolutely no shame or bias voted for Vinnie Pestano third. Why the heck not? He was there all year and was the best rookie reliever, in my opinion. Hosmer's rookie year was quite fantastic. Hellickson put up a great campaign as well, but Hosmer stepped in and fit right into that Royals lineup.

Also Receiving Votes: Ivan Nova, Jemille Weeks, Mark Trumbo, Vinnie Pestano

Goose Gossage Award (Best Reliever)

3. Chris Perez, CLE
2. Mariano Rivera, NYY
1. Jose Valverde

This was painless and easy for everyone as the final tally was the exact ballot for each voter. Valverde was the overwhelming favorite, and he didn't blow a save. So even though he spazzes out on the mound after each one of those saves, he deserves it. Pure Rage represent!

Walter Johnson Award (Best Pitcher)

5. Josh Beckett, BOS
4. CC Sabathia, NYY
3. James Shields, TB
2. Jered Weaver, LAA
1. Justin Verlander, DET

Like his teammate, Justin Verlander was the unanimous pick for best pitcher in the American League. Jered Weaver was also a clean sweep at second place, so there was clearly no question about who the top two pitchers were. You'd be insane to think Verlander wasn't the best, seriously.

Also Receiving Votes: Jose Valverde, Doug Fister, Dan Haren

Stan Musial Award (Best Overall Player)

10. Mike Napoli, TEX
9. Dustin Pedroia, BOS
8. Robinson Cano, NYY
7. Curtis Granderson, NYY
6. Michael Young, TEX
5. Miguel Cabrera, DET
4. Jacoby Ellsbury, BOS
3. Adrian Gonzalez, BOS
2. Justin Verlander, DET
1. Jose Bautista, TOR

Close, but no cigar for Justin Verlander on sweeping the Cleveland Chapter's top two awards on the ballot. Verlander was two points shy of winner Jose Bautista. Verlander got a first and a second place vote, as did Bautista. The over-riding factor was Bautista's third place vote, of which Verlander did not get. It was a two-horse race between the two. And finally, two of us, me being one of them, included Asdrubal in our ballots. It's the tenth place vote, why wouldn't I?

Also Receiving Votes: Evan Longoria, Jose Valverde, Paul Konerko, Jered Weaver, Ben Zobrist, CC Sabathia, Asdrubal Cabrera


Manny Acta Golden Fedora of Greatness: September 2011

You may have heard the term "Golden Sombrero" used in baseball talk. It is in reference to a hitter striking out three times in a game. Well on this blog, we have the Golden Fedora, which is far better and more coveted.


One for the Road: Taking Second and Going Home

You up? Good... Time to wrap this baby up, let's go, one more time for the regular season.


Thomecoming: Tribe Win Memorable Final Homestand

We're doing things little different on the final Monday Morning Rundown of the season. Not your usual weekend's worth of game recaps.


A Healthy Core: Cabrera Sets Marks, Fukudome Leads the Way

Whoa, tell us how you really feel...


Good But Not Good Enough: Jimenez Falters Late In Loss

UUUUUUUUUUUUU... What? No? He lost? How did he lose! He was doing so good. I just wanna UUUUU, let me UUUU please!


Two Zachs, One Win: Tribe Split DH with Sox

Still with me? Season is almost over, you can make it!


After All That: Huff Roughed Up in the Rain

...Ahhh...What the heck Charlie Furbush?


Finish Strong: Tribe Sweep Twins With Big Inning

Who would have thought that the Minnesota Twins of all teams are headed toward 100 losses?


A Texas Sweep: Back to Regularly Scheduled Programming

Boy the Texas Rangers might just win the Super Bowl.


Story Time: The Soaring Hawkman

Sit down and let me tell you a story about a man and a hawk that were fused together. Combined, they became Hawkman.


Har Har HArlington: Masterson Sets Season High in Homers

When you are in Texas, even if you think it is going to be a pitcher's duel, it isn't. Just learn that lesson right now.


A September to Ubaldo: Jimenez Looking to Finish Strong

We'll friends, settle in. I'm sure the Browns turned a lot of you away, back to the Indians.


Hang Your Head High: Tribe Bullpen Running on Fumes for Fourth Straight

Whoa? Is this real? Nino? Is that you? You thought I gave up? Didn't you! Don't lie...


Giowned: Tribe Drop Quick Turnaround, Still Claim Series

Who doesn't love a good noon game to start off the month of September?


Manny Acta Golden Fedora of Greatness: August 2011

You may have heard the term "Golden Sombrero" used in baseball talk. It is in reference to a hitter striking out three times in a game. Well on this blog, we have the Golden Fedora, which is far better and more coveted.

Super Winnahan: Super Jack Has a Super Night

There is a reason we call him Super Mannahan.


File In for September: More Young Pitching Steps Up for Tribe

I don't have the urge to kiss people's feet often, but I feel like kissing Jeanmar Gomez's this morning.


Huff and Stuff: Keeping With the Tribe

That is exactly what the doctor ordered... To be cliche if I can.


A Thomecoming Weekend: Indians Staying Alive, For Now

Thome, injuries, mistakes, catching Detroit. We got a lot talk about. Let's get to it.


It Could Be Over: Tribe Tripping Up and Falling Down

Save your post mortem, I don't do that kind of stuff. Sure, things aren't looking great, but I kind of take the same approach as Manny Acta, it isn't over until it is actually over. Even though, it may be kind of over.


The Split of It All: Choo Saving the World From Doom and Disaster

I don't want to scare you, but the Cleveland Indians are 63-63 and six games back of first place. They are also a half of game ahead of Chicago. But you probably already knew that. Yesterday we had a little bit of doom, but thankfully, not quite disaster.


Falling By Four: (S)Weeping In Mo-Town

What a catastrophe that was, eh? Bare with me as we pick up the pieces of what was weekend of disaster in Detroit.


What You Need: Masterson, Fukudome Lead Big Series Win

Needed it. Needed it so bad. Series win, in Chicago. Double the win-total against the White Sox in one series. Needed it.


Finding Your Groove: Carmona Turns Tables Against Sox

My Carmona! 


Right Where We Want You: White Sox Apply Pressure to Tribe

Pesky Juan Pierre. The universe didn't plan for this. I certainly didn't. Wonder what Carmona will do tonight?


Rainy Days: Stop the Rain, But Not the Tribe

We found something to halt the Tribe and the roll they've been on other than Justin Verlander. Rain...


For Arguments Sake: Can't Beat Verlander, Even at His Worst

You win some you lose some. At the end of the day, the Indians only gained one game on the Tigers in this series. The upside? At least they didn't lose any more ground.


We Are All Kipnisses: The Kip Show, Introducing The Big U

Jason Kipnis is no longer on his way. He's here and he's here to stay. Ubaldo Jimenez is no longer just a trade acquisition. This is all becoming very real people. Get on.


Hit Me One More Time: Tribe Takes Marathon Series Opener

Wake up! WAKE UP!


Despite It All: Tribe Finish Road Trip With Fourth Heartbreaker

Just... Just... Don't talk to me right now...


Splitsville: Offense Supports Masterson for Split in Boston

I just feel like shouting names right now. Masterson! Hafner! Santana! Fukudome! LaPorta! Pestano! Parmigiana! Wait a second....


Double the Trouble: Two-Straight Walk-Offs for Red Sox

Apologies for my absence yesterday, but I'm back with a double loss in this edition of the Morning Rundown.


Beaaaaantown: Booming Bats Come Alive in Boston

Are the Windians back? The offense may be, or they just enjoyed a much-needed trip to Boston. Time will tell. But let's celebrate when we can.


Manny Acta Golden Fedora of Greatness: July 2011

You may have heard the term "Golden Sombrero" used in baseball talk. It is in reference to a hitter striking out three times in a game. Well on this blog, we have the Golden Fedora, which is far better and more coveted.

Games Are Being Played: Royals Take Series Before Tribe Road Trip

It's hard to remember, but the Indians are still playing baseball. 


Uh-oh, here comes Ubaldo: Tribe Make Blockbuster; Swap Orlando Cabrera

I had a near full charge on my battery last night when I entered Canal Park to watch Drew Pomeranz and Alex White pitch for the Akron Aeros. By the time I left, I had under 50% left. Thank goodness a foul ball wasn't hit in my direction.


Tribe Acquire OF Kosuke Fukudome from Cubs

The Cleveland Indians finally struck a deal for an outfielder, but definitely not the name anyone was expecting.

No-Hit and Five-Errored: Tribe Hit Season Low With No Hits

What's worse... Five errors or Zero hits? I'm struggling to make a decision. Thankfully, they only add up to one loss.


Stopped by the Best: Late Magic Runs Out for Tribe



Sleep Easy Cleveland: The Bright Lights of The Kip Show

Light's shine bright, the spotlight is on, time for the Kip Show to get started.


Letting it Fall: Carrera Drops Ball, Tribe Drop Two Back

Drop it because it's hot. Zeke Carrera's gonna create a new song here soon.


Two Straight for the Mafia: Doing the Splits

Know what I hate more than an Indians loss? An Indians loss that I don't get to see.


Take that Bubblegum: Roommate Walking Off and the Baby in Left

Pure...Anger... Pure...Rage! How could you not be angry?


Double Down: Tribe Sweep Twins in Twin Bill



Bullpen Switch: Orioles Turn Tables, Split with Tribe

What happened to the Orioles that we beat two days in a row and had lost nine-straight? 


Start the Second Act: Offense Comes Out Surging in Support of Masterson

All I can say is, God Bless You Baltimore!


Asdrbual Cabrera's Top 10 Plays of the First Half

Here it is... The ten best plays Asdrubal Cabrera has made this season in the first half. Does he have another half left in him? What will he do for his encore? And will he make one in the game tonight? Let's hope so!


Step Away From the Cliff: Tribe Head Into Break On Down Note

After a barrage of ninth inning power coins on Thursday, we find ourselves a little disappointed on a Monday morning having lost the final three to Toronto heading into the All-Star break. All is good though in Cleveland. Believe it.


Pronk-Off Part II: Travis Hafner Does it Again

Power Coin! Power Coin! Power Coin! POWER COIN! That last power coin was shouted with incredible emphasis, if you couldn't tell. POWER COIN!


All Hail Asdrubal: Gutty Defense, On-Point Masterson Down Yankees

I pronounce today is Asdrubal Cabrera Day. Today we celebrate everything that is good about Asdrubal Cabrera. Commence celebration. Break out the streamers, blow up the balloons. Throw out a runner at first base barehanded. Do something Asdrubal would do.


Today You're The Bug: Failed Double Play Leads to Carrasco Meltdown

Splat goes Carrasco. Instead of the Mario Power Coin, they should play the Mario Die Noise. You know that one. 


Yankee Doodle: Austin Kearns Loves America and Beating Yankees

Happy Birthday America. Austin Kearns certainly salutes you. And for one night, I salute him for his greatness. Well, maybe not his greatness, but at least the greatness of his one swing.


Mega Rundown: Tribe Survives National League Road Trip

The Indians went 11-7 in Interleague play. They nearly swept the Cincinnati Reds twice, and aside from a sweep to the World Champion San Francisco Giants, won all their series. Their biggest competition, the Detroit Tigers went 7-11. The biggest statistic is that the designated hitter is back in play Monday evening when the Indians face off against the Yankees.


Manny Acta Golden Fedora of Greatness: June 2011

You may have heard the term "Golden Sombrero" used in baseball talk. It is in reference to a hitter striking out three times in a game. Well on this blog, we have the Golden Fedora, which is far better and more coveted.

Minor Issues: Clippers continue to roll, Baby Louie Growing Up?

The Clippers rock, the Aeros are getting on track, Kinston and Lake County are off to first place starts, and Mahoning Valley is showing to be a pretty good team in the early going. Life is good for Cleveland Indians baseball.


Vote for Asdrubal - 6/30/11

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Face Busting Cabrera: Carrasco Claims Eighth Win; Crushing on Tomlin

Yesterday the Cleveland Indians defeated the Phoenix Snakes 6-2. No Zach Dukes were harmed in the process of this game, but one should have been.


Vote for Asdrubal - 6/29/11

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Wily Nooooooo: Tomlin's Big Night Not Enough

Designated Hitter? Not necessary with Josh Tomlin.


Vote for Asdrubal - 6/28/11

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Awww Chiiiiiz: Cabrera Early and Cabrera Late in Tribe Win

Well, if I'll be Cabrera.... Don't mind if I do!


Vote for Asdrubal - 6/27/11

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Struck on the Bay: Bumgarner, Affeldt Whiff Tribe

Jon Nunnally sure was the problem... How's that new voice working out?


BBA MLB All-Star Ballot 2011

The only ballot that Asdrubal Cabrera doesn't have to fight for votes in, it's the Baseball Bloggers Alliance MLB All-Star Ballot!

Vote for Asdrubal - 6/26/11

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Vote for Asdrubal - 6/25/11

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OOTP 12 Simulation: Tribe Fall Short of AL Central

Once again, The Tribe Daily is partaking in a Out of the Park Baseball Simulation.. Read On!

Vote for Asdrubal - 6/24/11

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Minor Issues: Gomez Tosses 8 Shutout Frames, Clips Win 15 of 16

You were all probably watching the Cleveland Cavaliers draft a player you knew they were going to draft. But if you weren't, you hopefully watched the first place Clippers on STO last night.


Vote for Asdrubal - 6/23/11

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No Need for Rampage: Pronk Blasts Off Before Extended Vacation

Nothing like it... Three close ball games in a series between two teams that are in definite playoff contention this season. It just feels good to get one.


Vote for Asdrubal - 6/22/11

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Tactical Report: Tribe Can't Get Ahead Late, Fall to Rockies

Last night's loss, in case you were wondering, was one of contempt.


Vote for Asdrubal - 6/21/11

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Loss of Anger: Carmona, Miscue, Blown Call...In that Order

That feeling of losing can take on different forms. There is anger, frustration, sadness, contempt, confusion, and much more. This is a loss of anger.


Vote for Asdrubal - 6/20/11

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Sweep the Decks: Indians Pull a Cord in Extras

It's starting to look a lot like the Indians are back in control. Granted, this is the Pittsburgh Pirates, but they were pretty hot before coming to Cleveland.


Vote for Asdrubal - 6/19/11

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Vote for Asdrubal - 6/18/11

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All Pronked Up: Hafner Return Sparks Win over Pirates

They say the Pirates and Indians haven't been this good at the same time in a long time. I say the Pirates haven't been this good in a long time. Stop with the foolishness.

Minor Issues: Clippers Run off 10 Straight; Valley Opens up Season

It has been awhile since we've taken a trip around the Minor Leagues. So let's catch up on the day after Mahoning Valley's Season Opener.


Vote for Asdrubal - 6/17/11

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Vote for Asdrubal - 6/16/11

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Frustration Minimization: Carmona Aided by Return of the Offense

I find that it becomes much easier to write when things go the way they did last night. So, let's go ahead and do that more often.


Vote for Asdrubal - 6/15/11

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Central Surrender: Tribe Begins Fight for First After Verlander Shutout

The Indians 68 day run in first place has come to an end. Detroit officially knocked the Tribe into second place with a demoralizing shutout.