Pitching was the name of the game for the second consecutive day Friday afternoon, as the Tribe defeated the Chicago Cubs, 7-2. Indians bats tagged Chicago starter Edwin Jackson from the very first inning and Cleveland hurlers combined for 16 strikeouts in route to their eighth straight Cactus League victory. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps and shares his thoughts on the action.
It wasn't a good start for Indians minor league right-hander Travis Banwart, but that wouldn't stop Tribe bats and bullpen from going quietly. Trailing 5-1 after six innings of play, Cleveland relievers helped the offense outscore Seattle 7-0 over the final three frames to trounce the Mariners, 8-5 for their sixth straight victory this spring.
Even a Super Bowl champ couldn't get in the way of another Tribe victory. Indians bats banged out six runs on 11 hits to edge Texas Monday afternoon, 6-5. The Rangers would cut the deficit to one run in the eighth inning, but it wasn't enough to overtake Elliot Johnson's perfect day at the plate. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps and shares his thoughts on the spring contest.
A two-run homer by Ryan Raburn was essentially all Cleveland would need Friday afternoon, as they blanked the Cincinnati Reds, 4-0. Collecting just four hits on offense, pitching was the name of the game in the rubber match against Cincy at Goodyear Ballpark. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz recaps the action.
The Indians held their annual "What's New" media event at Progressive Field on Wednesday where the team introduced new initiatives, bringing you cost savings with the notion to "buy early and save." IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz took part in the event and shares some of the new ticket options and additional promotional giveaways for the 2014 season.
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.
The 1984 Detroit Tigers did something no other team in the history of baseball has ever done. Win a World Series without a left-handed starter. And we're not talking just the Fall Classic either, but an entire regular season without one. Fast forward 30 years, and the Indians head into the 2014 season without a southpaw in their rotation. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz wonders if the team should add a lefty into the mix.
Last year, they started from the bottom. This year, we're starting from the top—at the top of the Indians lineup that is. For 56 games last year, Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher and Jason Kipnis hit one, two and three in the Tribe order respectively. They were far from the most potent bunch in baseball, but they have given Cleveland a new look and a new identity offensively. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz takes a closer look at the offensive trio.
Sometimes things come natural. For Indians legend Jim Thome, the game of baseball was just that. The left-handed slugger had the natural ability to be a presence in the batter's box, and of course, knock 'em out of the park. Cleveland announced they will unveil the new Thome statue at Progressive Field on August 2. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz caught up with Thome at TribeFest and shares his thoughts on the future ballpark fixture.
Dodging rumors from every corner of the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, it was a busy first day for the Tribe at the week long Baseball Winter Meetings. Even with newly signed first baseman David Cooper in the fold, the move won't stop GM Chris Antonetti from looking at ways to keep improving the offense. IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz takes a look at potential free agent hitters and trade targets for the Tribe.
Get out your Christmas wish lists Tribe fans. The 2014 Baseball Winter Meetings officially kickoff today, marking the beginning of a four day week fueled with a flurry of rumors and activity, both in free agency and on the trade front. IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz takes a look at potential pitching free agent and trade fits for the Tribe.
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, to give back and to come together with those around you. Or apparently, speak up and declare what side you're on. On Monday, the Indians finally made the signing of outfielder David Murphy official. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz took part in a conference call with Murphy and GM Chris Antonetti and shares what both had to say.
Late Tuesday night, sources confirmed the Indians and free agent outfielder David Murphy are finalizing a two year deal worth roughly $10 million. Murphy, 32, played in 142 games this past season with the Texas Rangers, hitting .220 with 13 homers and 45 RBI.
At this very moment last winter, Ryan Raburn was unemployed. Ending 2012 with a .171 batting average, he was cut from Detroit after playing just 66 games with the Tigers. One year later, he's revived his baseball career once again, this time some 170 miles south of Motown as a member of the Indians. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz wonders if Raburn should play every day in 2014.
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!