The Cleveland Indians have won the wildcard, and folks, it's time to finally talk about the postseason with a firm grasp on what the Tribe will have to do to take it to the next step. Join IBIs Michael Hattery, Steve Orbanek and Jim Pete as they talk Indians baseball, what this win means, the playoff sellout...and oh yeah...the Browns and Buckeyes won too. We may get to that as well...;) LET'S GO TRIBE!!! Tune in to C.S.I. at 9:00!!!
The Cleveland Indians will play past the final day of the regular season. In the last week of the season, manager Terry Francona "demoted" Chris Perez from the role of closer, focusing instead on a "bullpen by committee." While that seemed to answer the Perez questions in close games, what does that mean for Perez and the Indians in the immediate future? Join Jim Pete with this week's IBI Power Poll.
Join Cleveland Sports Insiders' Jim Pete and Michael Hattery as they tackle several important topics for the Cleveland Indians as the final week of the season heads into overdrive. Is Chris Perez going to be a clubhouse nuisance if he's removed as closer? Who will start the final game of the season, and who will start the playoff game, and is Michael Brantley the smartest player on the Indians' roster? Tune in to our new "podcast," and let us know what you think?
In one five minute span of baseball, the Cleveland Indians went from the high of being three outs away from winning their fifth game in a row, to giving up a ninth inning lead and watching the Astros fall behind the Rangers. Another Cleveland implosion. Then something funny happened. Jason Giambi stepped up to the plate and launched the biggest home run at Progressive Field in recent memory...and the Indians won. Join Jim Pete as he looks at the two players that put the entire town in their own personal roller coaster.
The Cleveland Indians are in a fight for their playoff lives, but now the proud holders of one of the two wildcard slots, actually control their own destiny. The Tribe is one of six teams fighting or the final two slots realistically viable in the American League, and with a remaining schedule against teams that are a combined 7-23 over their last 30 games, seemingly have destiny at their doorstep. Take a journey through the final six, and pick your two wildcard slots, as IBI's power poll returns...
The Cleveland Indians aren't glitz, and they certainly aren't glamor. This team is built around a group of players that are even-keeled, even-tempered and share similar skills and abilities. This week, Jim Pete talks about how this team is the epitome of that term, and how their win in game two showcased just how this team can look very, very good, and very very bad, all at the same time. Is it good enough to make the playoffs? Find out in this week's Corner of Carnegie and Ontario...
The Cleveland Browns have put up 16 points on the season. For those counting at home, that surely isn't a lot. While some of that can be attributed to Josh Gordon's suspension, much of that has to do with just a bad offense.Michael Hattery and Jim Pete will talk Browns football, but also dive into the Indians once again climbing from the ashes by dominating the hapless Chicago White Sox. Join Jim and Mike for your weekly dose of Cleveland Sports Talk, at 9:00!!!
The Indians may be running into a buzz saw in the form of the Kansas City Royals, who has a nice mix of solid starting pitching, a trending offense and a tough-as-nails bullpen. While many Tribe fans point to the Indians potentially catching playoff lightning in a bottle, it's the Royals who seem to be coming together at the right time. All is not lost though, as the eternal optimist, Jim Pete, takes a look through Royal blue sunglasses from his perch at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
It's been a very "developmental" year in Carolina, and while the Mudcats weren't a winning ballclub with regards to wins and losses, they sure did have a boatload of offensive talent come through Five County Stadium. Was the season a successful one? It depends on what your definition is for success? If you're an Indians fan looking for a bank of players, Carolina was the place to be. Join Jim Pete for one last fishing expedition for the 2013 season.
The Cleveland Browns are facing off against the Miami Dolphins today, but that will take a backseat to the Cleveland Indians quest to swallow up the Tampa Bay Rays in the wildcard hunt. The Indians have 22 games to go to prove themselves worthy of a playoff spot, and that starts today with Messing with Salazar, episode 7. We'll jump into the Indians quest, and talk Browns football. Call in and talk to the IBI staple, Cleveland Sports Insiders at 1-347-202-0338!
Ubaldo Jimenez. Just saying the name for me brings up a small dose of bile in my throat. You know the guy I'm talking about. He's the former Rockies' ace that threw a no-hitter, and hit 96 at will with his 12 different pitches. He's just not that guy anymore, and perhaps that's not a bad thing at all. Join Jim Pete at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario as he tries to rationalize Ubaldo Jimenez for the pitcher he is, and not the pitcher he was.
The Indians' minor league season is rolling to a close, but ATF is still going strong during the last minor league weekend of the season. Saturday's edition is loaded with some familiar names like LaPorta, Packer, Naquin and Moncrief. Who were the breakout stars on Saturday night? Join IBI's Jim Pete, as he takes his familiar stroll down ATF avenue.
The Cleveland Indians have weaved their way through the 2013 season with a MacGyver-like precision. Terry Francona has used duck-tape, chewing guy, a paperclip and a toothbrush to carry the Indians into late August with a real chance at a playoff run. With the next eight games against teams in or fighting for the playoffs, Tribe Time really is now.
Clint Frazier continued his run through the overmatched Arizona League, and even though it's an offensive league, you have to be impressed with the numbers he's been producing. Jose Ramirez, Jesus Aguilar and Dorssys Paulino also all had big nights, showcasing some of the most promising prospects in the entire system. Join Jim Pete with another edition of Around the Farm.
The 2013 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!