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Shawn Morimando is our No. 17 Cleveland Indians prospect. Who should be No. 18?

Morimando is hoping to expand a 2016 campaign which saw him briefly reach the majors Shawn Morimando joins the growing list of talented Cleveland Indians left-handed pitching prospects alongside Brady Aiken, Rob Kaminsky, Juan Hillman and Ryan Merritt. He beat out Nellie Rodriguez and Tyler Krieger to enter our LGT Prospect rankings for 2017. A 19th round pick out of high school...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 71 – Johnny Hodapp

Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to Opening Day! Countdown to Opening Day – 71 days The link between the Cleveland Indians organization and uniform numbers is a strong one, dating all the way back to June 26, 1916. At that time, they became the first Major League team to put numbers on their uniforms when they placed numbers on the left sleeves of the jerseys...

Former Indians infielder Marte dies at 33

Former Major League infielder Andy Marte died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33 years old.
Via Indians.com
20 hours ago

Thome, Vizquel Have Strong Cases For First-Ballot Hall Induction in 2018

The latter half of the 1990s were certainly a fun time to be a baseball fan in Cleveland. The Indians were a consistent championship contender for eight straight seasons. The league had numerous players breaking records and doing things never before done. Baseball hit something of a peak, both nationally and locally during that time. Now, fans are being reminded about all that was...

Lindor happy to pitch in for Play Ball Event

Last year, Francisco Lindor began talking to the people from Major League Baseball who stage Play Ball events and expressed an interest in hosting an event at Montverde Academy, where he attended high school after arriving to the United states from Puerto Rico.
Via Indians.com
1 day ago

Korea’s NC Dinos Sign Jeff Manship

NC Dinos of the KBO League have signed right-hander Jeff Manship, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports (via Twitter).  Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net reported earlier this week that the two sides were in the process of working out a deal.  Terms of the contract weren’t announced.  Manship is represented by the Boras Corporation. Manship posted a 3.12 ERA, 7.5 K/9, 51.1% grounder rate...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
1 day ago

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 72 – Jason Giambi

Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to Opening Day! Countdown to Opening Day – 72 days The origins of the number 72 in Cleveland Indians history are unique, not in how it was worn on the field by its lone wearer, Jason Giambi, but in the circumstances that led to Giambi switching to the number late in the 2014 season. On Saturday, August 2, 2014, legendary Indians...

Yandy Diaz, Bradley Zimmer among eight prospects invited to Indians spring training

Non-roster spring training invites are for more than just relievers. The Cleveland Indians have invited eight internal players to spring training as non-roster invites, per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian. Third baseman Yandy Diaz, first baseman Nellie Rodriguez, outfielders Greg Allen and Bradley Zimmer, infielders Eric Stamets and Ronny Rodriguez, and pitchers Josh Martin and Tyler...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Top prospect Zimmer headlines spring non-roster invites

A handful of jewels from within the Indians' farm system will be in camp with the big league club when the reigning American League champions report to Spring Training. Outfielder Bradley Zimmer, Cleveland's top prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, will be among them.
Via Indians.com
2 days ago

How will Michael Brantley’s return impact the Cleveland Indians?

Although the Cleveland Indians came within two runs of winning their first championship since 1948, many did not expect the team to even make it to the World Series. While the team ultimately lost in extra innings of Game 7 to the Chicago Cubs, who ended their 108-year title drought, the Tribe still had an unforgettable season. The Indians finished their regular season with a record...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Terry Francona cracks funny Chris Sale joke

Boston’s addition of Chris Sale is bad news to the AL East, but good news for teams in the AL Central. Terry Francona knows that. The Cleveland Indians manager attended a Boston writers dinner on Thursday night and cracked a funny joke about Sale. Terry Francona, at Boston writers dinner, thanks Dave Dombrowski for getting Chris Sale "the hell out of the Central." Gets standing...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona on Encarnacion: I didn't think there was a chance

BOSTON (AP) When Edwin Encarnacion became a free agent this offseason, Indians manager Terry Francona didn't allow himself to daydream about adding the former Blue Jays slugger to his roster. ''I didn't think there was a chance to even talk to Edwin,'' Francona said on Thursday in his first comments since the AL champs signed Encarnacion to a three-year, $65 million deal this...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Outfielder Guyer agrees to $5M, 2-year deal with Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) Outfielder Brandon Guyer has agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract with the Cleveland Indians. Guyer gets $2 million this year and $2.75 million in 2018, and Cleveland has a $3 million option for 2019 with a $250,000 buyout. Guyer was acquired from Tampa Bay on Aug. 1 and he provided offensive punch and defensive depth down the stretch as the Indians won the...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Erik Gonzalez is our No. 14 Cleveland Indians prospect. Who should be No. 15?

Gonzalez has little left to prove in AAA yet nowhere to go in Cleveland. Erik Gonzalez found his way to Cleveland in 2016 and made his MLB debut on July 16 against the Minnesota Twins. He pinch hit late in the game and promptly struck out. His first MLB hit would come 3 days later against the Royals, and his next hit wouldn't come until September 27 where he went 3-for-3 against...
Via Let's Go Tribe!
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Jose Bautista nearing deal to return to Blue Jays

Jose Bautista appears to be on the verge of returning to Toronto. According to a report by Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com on Sunday, the Blue Jays have emerged as the front-runner for the six-time All-Star slugger with the two sides said to be nearing a deal. Source: #BlueJays have emerged as the front-runner for Jose Bautista. He's nearing a deal with the club. #Toronto @mlb —...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cleveland Indians are capitalizing on their opportunity

This week, Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network ranked the Cleveland Indians atop his early 2017 MLB power rankings after the signing of slugger Edwin Encarnacion. On Saturday, he tweeted that the Indians may not be finished signing big named players this offseason. According to Rosenthal, the Indians are “staying in touch” with free agents, including Jose Bautista if his “price drops...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Edwin Encarnacion has attendance bonuses in his new Indians contract

Professional sports contracts have all sorts of different bonuses, including for difference performance related items, being on the roster on a certain date, etc. But for new Cleveland Indians slugger Edwin Encarnacion, he has a bonus in his contract which isn’t necessarily new, but is quite unique in today’s sports world. Encarnacion’s three-year, $60 million contract has...
Via The Comeback
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Trevor Bauer asked a Twitter user for an adhesive substance, and the response was hilarious

The baseball offseason can be a short one for pitchers and catchers, who will be reporting for spring training sooner than you think. The offseason is even shorter when your team makes a deep playoff run that goes all the way to extra innings of Game 7 of the World Series. With time already running short, Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer appears to be doing some homework to...
Via The Comeback
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Mike Napoli market has ‘intensified’

Free agent first baseman Mike Napoli might be inching closer to a destination. According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, Napoli has seen his market intensify since Edwin Encarnacion signed with Cleveland, though nothing is close yet. Mike Napoli's marketplace has intensified since the Encarnacion signing; #Rangers one of multiple teams involved, no deal imminent yet. @MLB — Jon...
Via Larry Brown Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Edwin Encarnación Finds a Home in Cleveland

Cleveland would come within one game of winning the 2016 World Series. They would do so despite not having Danny Salazar or Carlos Carrasco starting their postseason games. Against the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago Cubs, that’s no small feat. Oh, and remember Michael Brantley? The outfielder would put up MVP-like numbers in 2014, and follow-up with a very similar...
Via The Sports Post
27 days ago  |  Discuss
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