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.
Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda once said," Managing is like holding a dove in your hand. Squeeze too hard and you kill it; not hard enough and it flies away." Terry Francona seems to have the perfect grasp when it comes to holding the Indians together. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz discusses why Francona will once again prove to be valuable this offseason.
For a city that has endured countless pain and suffering when it comes to sports teams, Wednesday night at Progressive Field simply added more heartbreak. The Indians first trip to the postseason in six years ended before it really started, as the Tampa Bay Rays behind the arm of 25-year old right-hander Alex Cobb shutout the Tribe, 4-0 to win the one-game wild card playoff, ending Cleveland’s season.
It might as well be Game 7 of a playoff series. Matched up for the first time since June 2, Cleveland (92-70) will battle the Tampa Bay Rays (92-71) in a one-game wild card playoff Wednesday night at Progressive Field. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz takes a heavy look and previews the A.L wild card showdown between both clubs.
For the first time since 2007, Cleveland, you will have an October to remember! Winning their Major League best tenth consecutive game Sunday, it was the Indians that made quick work of the Minnesota Twins to clinch the top A.L. wild card seed and a playoff berth for the first time in six years. The IBI's Jim Berdysz joins in on the festivities and shares his second thoughts on an epic September and the Indians making the playoffs.
They started from the bottom now they’re here! The hottest team in all of baseball was at it again Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis, as the Tribe took down the Twins 5-1 to win their ninth straight. With the victory, Cleveland now sits in the driver’s seat up one game in the American League wild card race where they control their own destiny. The IBI's Jim Berdysz shares his second thoughts on the big Tribe win...
The last time Chicago beat the Tribe, Danny Salazar was in Double-A Akron. For the 14th consecutive time Tuesday night, the Indians took down Central Division rival White Sox, 7-2. Having won six straight, the team finishes with a record of 17-2 against the ChiSox tying the most victories versus an opponent in the division era. More importantly, they retained their one game lead over Texas for the final wildcard spot.
There are moments in baseball that make you believe something special is happening, especially in a pennant chase. For the Indians, their most special player just may be a 42-year old with a .181 batting average. With the Tribe trailing 4-3 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, pinch hitter Jason Giambi took White Sox closer Addison Reed deep for a game-winning walk-off homer to give the Indians a remarkable 5-4 win.
The 2014 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!