February 26, 2014 (20 comments)
It may not feel like it in Cleveland, but baseball is officially back. The Indians dropped their Cactus League opener against their state rival Cincinnati Reds Wednesday afternoon, 8-3. Outscoring the Tribe 6-1 over the final four frames, Cincy cruised to the easy victory in the spring opener at Goodyear Ballpark. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz recaps the action.
February 26, 2014 (2 comments)
The Cleveland Indians opened up against the Cincinnati Reds today, officially kicking off the 2014 MLB season. The Indians 25-man roster is fairly set, with four or five spots still open should they remain healthy over the next five weeks. Jim and Tony put together another Smoke Signals podcast before the game and share some of their thoughts on some of the stories in spring training.
February 26, 2014 (3 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher T.J. House. House has made considerable strides over the last two seasons, first in 2012 to re-establish himself as a prospect in the organization, and last season to solidify himself as a true Major League starting option for the Indians. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains why House is a sleeper rotation candidate for the Indians no one is talking about, the areas he has made strides, his areas in need of improvement, and more.
February 26, 2014 (7 comments)
In the weeks leading up to Opening Day, the IBI's Michael Goodman is going to explore several Indians whose performance will be key to the Indians' success in 2014. Last year’s list was highlighted by Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez, knowing the importance those two pitchers would have on stabilizing a rotation that was full of question marks. With Jimenez off to Baltimore, Danny Salazar will step into his rotation void and spot on the 2014 Cleveland Indians Key Players list.
February 26, 2014 (10 comments)
Baseball games officially return on Wednesday - and all is right in the world once again. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the ongoing rumors of a Jeff Samardzija trade, Ervin Santana's high asking price, and more.
February 25, 2014 (18 comments)
Last season, the four primary utility players for the Tribe not only established an identity for themselves to the point where t-shirts were made and sold to the fans. They also backed it up on the field with consistent offense, versatile defense and clutch hits in some of the biggest moments of the season. Can new members carry on the success of last season? The IBI's Jake Dungan introduces the Goon Squad Shuffle.
February 25, 2014 (5 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with shortstop Ronny Rodriguez. Rodriguez took a step back in the numbers department last season, and he may be in for a position or role change this coming season. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about the changes Rodriguez implemented into his swing and approach last season, his upside with the bat, what he is working on, why he may see a position change this season, and much more.
February 25, 2014 (5 comments)
Here are the final winter ball statistics for all Cleveland Indians players that participated in fall/winter ball action out in the Arizona Fall League, Australian Baseball League, Dominican Winter League, Puerto Rico Winter League and Venezuela Winter League during the 2013-2014 offseason. There are different stats than you will see anywhere else as they include all playoff stats!
February 25, 2014 (10 comments)
The reigns are handed off to IBI's Andrew Zajac for Monday's MLB Storylines. In this MLB News and Notes segment, Andrew will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on MLB's new ban on home plate collisions, Big Papi is seeking an extension, and more.
February 24, 2014 (3 comments)
The Cleveland Indians begin playing Spring Training games this week as the Tribe will face the Reds on Wednesday. While the regular season may be right around the corner, there are still a handful of questions that surrounding this team that need to be answered. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on some players he's looking forward to following in the latest edition of the Spring Training Notebook.
February 24, 2014 (18 comments)
The Indians lost two key members of their starting rotation in the offseason in Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir, and could lose another if Justin Masterson departs as a free agent at the end of the season. In today's Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria discusses how the Indians have already taken a leap of faith that two internal starting pitching options can fill a need and that they need some luck and performance from others to maintain a good rotation. He also talks about Swisher only playing first base, McAllister's pitch mix, Nelson Cruz's contract, provides the full spring TV schedule and more.
February 24, 2014 (5 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher Shawn Morimando. Morimando had a breakthrough season last year at High-A Carolina where he really established himself as a legit starting pitching prospect for the Indians and saw some significant strides in the improvement of his stuff. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about those improvements to his stuff, the areas of focus in his development, what kind of future he has, and much more.
February 24, 2014 (10 comments)
I hope everyone enjoyed their weekends, as it will be the last weekend without baseball until November! In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Brett Gardner's new long-term deal with New York, the Angels and Mike Trout continuing to talk extension, and more.
February 23, 2014 (6 comments)
The Cleveland Indians are often judged by how many times they misfire per season, as opposed to what their chances are of actually winning the World Series. Of course, it's often the folly of the front office that leads fans there to begin with. As the Indians get set to embark upon the 2014 season, will they win the World Series? Have they built a team that can win in the near future? Will they win it before we leave this earth? Join Jim Pete as he leads you through this week's Power Poll.
February 23, 2014 (5 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with catcher Eric Haase. Haase brings a lot to the table at the catching position with significant upside thanks to a lot of tools and some strength in his bat and arm. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details on how his development as a catcher is coming along, what strides he has made at the plate, what areas of improvement are still needed, and much more.
February 23, 2014 (19 comments)
For most of the offseason, the Orioles stood pat and made only minor moves - until this past week. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Baltimore's continued spending spree, who remains in the Ervin Santana market, and more.
February 22, 2014 (0 comments)
The IBI Digest catches you up on anything you might have missed over the past week at Indians Baseball Insider and also notes some of the more popular columns posted at the major news sites and blogs.
February 22, 2014 (0 comments)
The 2014 Winter Olympics have featured the world’s greatest hockey players, including Team Canada, who defeated both women’s and men’s U.S. hockey teams on Thursday and Friday. Rob Nixon loves hockey, but it was America’s past time that led to his career in baseball with the Cleveland Indians. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently caught up with him...
February 22, 2014 (1 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher Sean Brady. Brady is a high profile pick from the 2013 Draft who had an impressive debut last season both with his stuff and performance. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at his upside, why he had so much success his first season, what he is working on, what kind of pitcher he is, and so much more.
February 22, 2014 (8 comments)
The Orioles brass said that giving up their first round pick to sign Ubaldo Jimenez makes it easier for them to deal with parting with another pick to sign another of the "qualified" group, and they seem to be sticking to that statement. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the Orioles looking to make another splash, the dimming star of Jesus Montero, and more.