It's officially spring which means Opening Day is near! In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the news that Justin Masterson could be hitting free agency at season's end, the Blue Jays claiming outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo off waivers, and more.
The future is always a tough thing to predict. Sure things can become question marks just as quickly as the impossible can turn into reality. The same could be said for a new baseball season. It's the fresh start and warmer weather that seems to bring out a heavy dose of optimism in all of us. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz gives his 10 bold predictions on the 2014 Cleveland Indians.
You might wonder who came up with the idea of getting baseball teams to travel to warm climates in February, so their players can practice for six weeks to prepare for the real games that count. It’s like your employer paying you to take an extended vacation to a sunny locale. Brilliant! The IBI's DJ Sebastian shares how the Cactus League was started and takes us on a trip down memory lane with lots of good anecdotes from spring training's of the past.
The Tigers are in the market for a new shortstop, and there appear to be plenty available. 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 Diamondbacks willing to part with Didi Gregorious, Detroit's needs, and more.
It was a tale of the good, the bad and the ugly Wednesday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark. Things looked good early on for the Tribe, as Indians hitters jumped to a three run lead through the first four innings against Oakland. Despite a fast start, that would be all the scoring for the Wahoo's in this one, as the Athletics outscored the Tribe 13-0 over the final five frames to pickup an easy 13-3 win. After yielding five earned runs in the ballgame, could Carlos Carrasco now be on the outside looking in for the final spot in the Cleveland rotation? IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz shares his thoughts and recaps the action.
Welcome to Smoke Signals, as Jim Pete and Tony Lastoria talk spring training, as the Indians time in Goodyear begins to wind down. Camp is unusually quiet as most of the roster is set, but how could things change over the next two weeks? Who could be heading to Cleveland, and who could be heading to the minors or perhaps even off to other big league teams?
The fourth player on the IBI's Michael Goodman' 2014 Key Players list is John Axford. Michael believes that Axford will be the linchpin that will determine the success of the entire Indians bullpen, and he goes into detail about why Axford having success is so important, how he stabilizes the entire bullpen, and more.
Despite the 49ers scoring a touchdown (with a missed PAT), kicking a field goal and recording a safety, they were no match for the leg of Billy Cundiff, who kicked four field goals in the Browns' 12-11 win. At least that's how tonight's score could be interpreted in football terms since it doesn't make all that much more sense as a baseball score. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps Tuesday's late-night slugfest in Goodyear.
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has made it known that he loves the energy backup shortstop Freddy Galvis brings to the team, but could that be enough to earn him the starting job? 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 Jimmy Rollins' future with the Phillies, Jose Tabata on the trading block, and more.
The luck of the Irish was certainly not with Oakland on Monday. 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 key injuries to the A's starting rotation, news on the Michael Bourn injury scare, and more.
With the luck of the Irish on his sleeve, a two-run double by Reds minor leaguer Steve Selsky to the green outfield sealed the contest over the Indians Monday afternoon, 5-4. Tribe starter Corey Kluber pitched into the fifth inning, but allowed three runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. Cleveland also received injury news on Michael Bourn, leaving his Opening Day status in question. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz shares his thoughts and recaps the action.
Corey Kluber and Zach McAllister are, at first glance, quite similar pitchers. Both were acquired in a trade for a role player, neither were widely-heralded prospects, and their 2013 ERA's were almost identical. But they are actually quite different when you look at their strikeout and walk rates, and in the research that the IBI's John Grimm collected they appear to be different in not just throwing strikes but hitting the targets give by the catcher.
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!