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 IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down for an hour for an in-person interview with Indians 2013 first round pick outfielder Clint Frazier. In part one below, Frazier discusses in detail his experiences leading up to the draft, how he was discovered, his interactions with several Indians personnel leading up to the draft, his poor performance in front of Chris Antonetti, his relationship with Austin Meadows, how it came down to the Red Sox and Indians, and more.
Thursday was a day full of conflicting reports - which has become a theme this offseason. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichol will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on a holdup in the Matt Garza deal, Grant Balfour finding a new home, and more.
At long last, no more Masahiro Tanaka rumors! The offseason can now move on. 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 Yankees deal with Tanaka, Grady Sizemore landing a Major League deal, and more.
Carrying a very solid walk rate and an excellent line-drive tendency, the Indians are counting on Kipnis to be a cornerstone for the Indians offense in 2014 and beyond. Yet while he had a career high 17-home run season in 2013, those expecting a 2014 power surge from Jason Kipnis may be disappointed. The IBI's John Grimm explains with some stunning analysis and detail, and shows just where his true value may be as a hitter.
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has extended non-roster invitations to Major League spring training camp to shortstop Francisco Lindor, catcher Jake Lowery, outfielder Tyler Naquin, catcher Roberto Perez, infielder Joey Wendle and catcher/infielder Tony Wolters.
The Cleveland Indians have quietly treaded water this offseason, striking to sign low-cost players to fill the holes that were in their roster. The Indians are ready to head to spring training with their current roster next month, but are cautiously optimistic that another move or two could be made before the season starts in April. Join Jim Pete with this weeks Corner, as he explores a Jeff Samardzija trade, and how difficult it's going to be to get those final moves.
The Indians long-standing streak of not going to an arbitration hearing with a player may be in jeopardy. 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 lack of progress on contract talks between Masterson and the Indians, Grant Balfour deciding on his next team, and more.
This offseason's Winter Ball campaign has been an interesting and exciting one for Tribe fans for two reasons: 1) Jesus Aguilar ('nuff said!) and 2) Carlos Santana has traded the catcher's mitt for a third baseman's glove, a decision that could prove to be beneficial not only for Santana as he searches for a new permanent position, but also for the team as their versatility would only improve with the shift. The IBI's Jake Dungan explains.
About six weeks ago when it was first mentioned that Carlos Santana would try to play third base in winter ball it left a lot of people rolling their eyes. But fast forward to today and suddenly people are beginning to realize that he just might actually be able to handle the position and that he could get significant time there for the Indians in 2014 and beyond. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about what a position change does for him and the Indians and much more in his latest Tribe Happenings...
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!