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October 18, 2014   (8 comments)
Evaluating the opposition: The 2015 Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers were eliminated from the playoffs for the fourth straight year without a championship, as one of the clearest teams in win-now mode fell short yet again. Now, with Max Scherzer and Victor Martinez headed for free agency and the Kansas City Royals playing deep into the playoffs, there seems to be a train of thought emerging that the Tigers' window is closing. Such an event would be welcome news for Cleveland, but Jim Piascik does not think it is true. Join Jim to find out why after the jump.
October 17, 2014   (15 comments)
Around the Farm: October 16, 2014
We have no way of knowing the future, but right now, it looks like the 2014 season may become known among Cleveland fans as the year Giovanny Urshela solidified himself as a major league option and long-term solution for the organization. The third baseman started that process during the regular season, but he has not let up on it in winter ball. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Urshela’s night and the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
October 16, 2014   (7 comments)
Around the Farm: October 15, 2014
Baseball in the offseason leagues kept chugging along Wednesday night, with most of the familiar faces from the past week or so in action. Though there were no truly standout performances, the theme of the night was redemption, with a pair of Arizona Fall League pitchers rebounding from rough outings. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps all the action from across the globe and takes you Around the Farm.
October 13, 2014   (6 comments)
The 2014 IBI Awards: Most Outstanding Minor Leaguer
Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the eighth and final installment of the IBI Awards, the Most Outstanding Minor Leaguer. Join Jim Piascik and the rest of IBI to find out which minor leaguers caught their eyes and who came out on top.
October 12, 2014   (2 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 Akron hitters season in review
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Akron RubberDucks. This week we focus on the hitters, with Jim Piascik breaking down the solid seasons of Francisco Lindor, Tyler Naquin, and Joey Wendle, and much more as he takes you into The WAR Room.
October 12, 2014   (6 comments)
The 2014 IBI Awards: Best New Addition
Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the seventh installment of the IBI Awards, the Best New Addition. Cleveland was hurt in 2014 by drop-offs from quite a few established players but one thing that kept the team in the race throughout the season were the new additions to the team. Join Jim Piascik and the rest of IBI to find out who IBI rated as the best of this bunch of new faces.
October 11, 2014   (2 comments)
The 2014 IBI Awards: Most Surprising Player
Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the sixth installment of the IBI Awards, the Most Surprising Player. Join Jim Piascik and the rest of IBI to see which surprises (both positive and negative) impressed them in 2014.
October 10, 2014   (5 comments)
The 2014 IBI Awards: Most Valuable Reliever
Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the fifth installment of the IBI Awards, the Most Valuable Reliever. Join Jim Piascik and the rest of IBI to see how the voting on the bullpen shaped up after the jump.
October 10, 2014   (3 comments)
Around the Farm: October 9, 2014
The Venezuelan Winter League got underway last night, the first international winter ball league in action. A few Cleveland players (past and present) were in action, but none topped what Francisco Lindor did in the Arizona Fall League, as the shortstop put on a show. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps all the action from across the globe on Thursday and takes you Around the Farm.
October 9, 2014   (20 comments)
The 2014 IBI Awards: Least Valuable Pitcher
Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the fourth installment of the IBI Awards, the Least Valuable Pitcher. There was some debate at the top of the list, but in the end, one pitcher stood alone. Join Jim Piascik and the rest of IBI to see the results after the jump.
October 9, 2014   (3 comments)
Around the Farm: October 8, 2014
Night two in the Arizona Fall League lost a bit of its glamour with Francisco Lindor sitting on the bench, but that did not mean the night was boring. We all know Jordan Smith’s previous problems with power, but that was not present Wednesday. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Smith’s power outburst and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
October 8, 2014   (9 comments)
The 2014 IBI Awards: Least Valuable Hitter
Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the third installment of the IBI Awards, the Least Valuable Hitter. Unlike in the voting for Most Valuable Hitter and Most Valuable Pitcher, the vote was not unanimous, so join Jim Piascik and the rest of IBI to see the results after the jump.
October 7, 2014   (10 comments)
The 2014 IBI Awards: Most Valuable Pitcher
Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the second installment of the IBI Awards, the Most Valuable Pitcher. Just like in the Most Valuable Hitter, a singular name stood out. To see where everyone not named Corey Kluber ranked, join Jim Piascik and the rest of IBI after the jump.
October 6, 2014   (5 comments)
The 2014 IBI Awards: Most Valuable Hitter
Welcome to the third installment of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the first installment of the IBI Awards, the Most Valuable Hitter. Unsurprisingly, one name stood above the rest, but to see how the rest of the votes fell out, join Jim Piascik and the rest of IBI after the jump.
October 5, 2014   (7 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 Akron pitchers season in review
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Akron RubberDucks. This week we focus on the pitchers, with Jim Piascik breaking down the solid seasons of Joe Colon and Will Roberts, the dominant relief pitching of Shawn Armstrong and Giovanni Soto, and much more.
October 3, 2014   (28 comments)
Ranking the 2014 year-end roster: Part two
The 2014 season may have ended with some disappointment with Cleveland missing the playoffs, but finishing with an 85-77 record and being in contention until the last weekend of the season is not all that bad. Before looking forward to 2015, first IBI is going to look back on 2014. Join Jim Piascik as he brings you part two of his roster rankings, running down every player who played on the major league team from #46 to #1.
October 1, 2014   (10 comments)
Ranking the 2014 year-end roster: Part one
The 2014 season may have ended with some disappointment with Cleveland missing the playoffs, but finishing with an 85-77 record and being in contention until the last weekend of the season is not all that bad. Before looking forward to 2015, first IBI is going to look back on 2014. Join Jim Piascik as he brings you part one of his roster rankings, running down every player who played on the major league team from #46 to #1.
September 30, 2014   (13 comments)
Analyzing Cleveland’s draft history: Sipp saves 2004
An often repeated phrase surrounding Cleveland baseball over the past two decades regards how poor the organization has fared in the draft. But exactly how bad has Cleveland been? And how do they stack up against the rest of baseball? With this new series, Jim Piascik sets out to answer that question, starting with the 2004 draft. Join Jim as he breaks down Cleveland’s choices, how they stack up to the rest of Major League Baseball, and much more.
September 28, 2014   (3 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 Lake County hitters season in review
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Lake County Captains. After focusing on the Captains' pitchers last week, join Jim Piascik as this week he focuses on their hitters, including Eric Haase, Nellie Rodriguez, and Clint Frazier.
September 21, 2014   (3 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 Lake County pitchers season in review
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Lake County Captains. This week Jim Piascik focuses on the Captains' pitchers, including their strong trio of starting pitchers in Mitch Brown, Adam Plutko, and Luis Lugo. Join Jim as he recaps the 2014 Captains pitchers and takes you into The WAR Room.

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