Last weekend at Tribe Fest the Indians unveiled their plans for a Jim Thome statue to be placed in this ballpark and a ceremony for the unveiling on August 2nd. While Thome is one of the organization's greatest players of all time and he is a former fan favorite, this announcement is puzzling to many considering his departure from the team in 2002 and so many other former great Indians who were not given the honor. The IBI's Michael Hattery holds nothing back in his criticism of the decision.
Despite no major moves, Wednesday still had plenty of news from around the MLB. 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 Bronson Arroyo's frustration with being unemployed, Scott Baker chooses his next team, and more.
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.
Ubaldo Jimenez has never been Jim Pete's favorite player. Not even close, but as the sub-zero temperatures envelope Cleveland, Jim takes a close look at the enigmatic starter and whether or not he's worth the risk of a one-to-three year deal at $11-$13 million per year. Will the Indians sign Ubaldo and deal Masterson? Will the Indians sign Masterson and forget Ubaldo? Will the Indians sign Ubaldo and Masterson? Weave through the highs and lows at this week's Corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
Tuesday saw a surprise new name enter the free agent starting pitcher ring. 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 A.J. Burnett deciding against retiring, the shrinking contract demands of Ubaldo Jimenez, and more.
This past weekend marked the second installment of “Tribe Fest”, an Indians event intended to connect fans with Indians players, coaches, alumni, and front office staff. As Northeast Ohio endures the current arctic blast, it’s good to know warm weather and good baseball aren’t too far off at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario. For those that missed the event, here are some details on what went down.
All signs are beginning to point to 2014 being the last year of Justin Masterson pitching in an Indians uniform. 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 Masterson contract extension situation, David Ortiz's future with the Red Sox, and more.
Barring a last minute change of heart by both sides, the Indians and ace pitcher Justin Masterson appear to be heading to arbitration. But the IBI's Tony Lastoria says that finding a fair deal with the Indians on a contract extension may be a wise move for him and his agent. Tony also explains why he is becoming a believer in Carlos Santana playing third base, why Jim Thome should not be getting a statue, his thoughts on a successful Tribe Fest event and more.
With some major free agent dominoes falling lately, we may be in for a hectic week of baseball news. 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 Brewers finalizing their deal with Matt Garza, Jason Kipnis talking contract extension, and more.
Carlos Santana is the Cleveland Indians' best offensive player, but after signing Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn and David Murphy, along with the emergence of Yan Gomes, he seems to be a player without a position. With an organizational movement in full effect to move the slugger to third base, will this Santana Shift experiment be successful? Join Jim Pete with this week's power poll looking at a potential move to third base for the Indians' guitar-playing slugger...
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.
On Friday, the IBI's Tony Lastoria posted the first part of his Q&A with Clint Frazier talking about the process leading up to the draft, the Indians pursuit of him and how draft day went. Today, in the second and final part, Frazier and Tony talk about his first foray into pro ball, what he learned, what he struggled with, what adjustments he has made, how he is preparing for this season, his interactions with Francisco Lindor and more.
Now that Masahiro Tanaka has signed with the Yankees, rumors involving the remaining free agent pitchers are intensifying. 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 post-Tanaka pitching market, the Twins still looking to add impact players, and more.
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!