What Cleveland fan is not happy about the way 2013 turned out? Going from a 68-win mess in 2012 to a playoff-bound 92-win team in 2013 was nothing short of amazing. A series of great moves in the offseason spurred the turnaround, but with any change that big, a little luck comes into play. Last year, Jim Piascik used Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon to recap 2012. This year, he's went modern with Rolling Stone's #1 single of the year, Daft Punk's "Get Lucky."
It's a new year, a time when goals and resolutions are made. And while some are planning a new exercise and weight-loss regimen or aiming to get that big promotion at work, Terry Francona and his crew at Progressive Field are setting their sights higher as they hope to push their way to the next level as a ball-club coming off a year where they got a brief taste of postseason play. The IBI's Jake Dungan lists goals for the Tribe in 2014. Quintessential
The DWL playoffs began this past week, and to the surprise of many, the Indians' Carlos Santana was a participant. Santana had been manning the hot corner for Leones del Escogido this winter, but it now appears as if that has changed. Midway through the first playoff game, Santana was moved from third base to first base, and he has remained there ever since. Could it be that the Carlos Santana third base experiment is coming to an end? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on that and more in the latest edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
The winter leagues in the Latin American countries provide an opportunity for players to play in more games and for Latin American players to play baseball in their home country. It gives some upper level minor league players a stage to showcase their talents and other players a chance to make up lost innings or at bats. In a piece that originally posted this time two years ago, the IBI's Tony Lastoria re-posts this piece with a few updates on the Winter Ball Experience for American players.
The Cleveland Indians have been protecting Danny Salazar over the years since he has returned from Tommy John surgery. Many questioned why the Front Office has handled him with such kid gloves for such a long period, that is, until he joined the Indians in August and started throwing 100 MPH. Join Jim Pete as he tackles this week's power poll: Will Danny Salazar be a top-of-the-rotation ace, or will he regress?
Before the 2013 season, the last impact starting pitcher Cleveland's farm system produced was Roberto Hernandez way back in 2007. Every elite-level starting pitcher since then was acquired from outside of the organization. That all changed in 2013 when Danny Salazar burst onto the scene. What Salazar did in his 10 regular season starts was nothing short of amazing. Jim Piascik delves into the numbers to show you just how amazing and what to expect from the right-hander in 2014.
The action has been slow to develop in the days following Christmas, but it will surely increase in the coming weeks. 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 Mark Mulder's attempt at a comeback, AL West news, and more.
Yet another Christmas has come and gone, and the MLB Hot Stove will begin burning again. In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the beginning of the Masahiro Tanaka bidding, news on former Indians, and more.
In between shopping, cooking, baking, wrapping and spending some time with his family, Jim Pete didn't let Christmas get in the way of your weekly stroll at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario. Unfortunately for the readers here at IBI, he decided it was a grand occastion for theme week. Join Jim as he takes you through the 12 Days of a Cleveland Indians' Christmas, for the 2014 season.
So far this offseason, while the rest of baseball has been consumed with 10-year contracts, posting fees and blockbuster trades, the Indians have been hard at work finding value on the market without breaking the bank. Chris Antonetti has thus far done an adequate job at combing the available arms for starting pitching and bullpen help. Have they been blockbuster moves? No, but the IBI's Jake Dungan says not to be quick to overlook the minor league signings.
In the last day before the Christmas holiday begins, Monday was highlighted by seven waiver claims. 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 day full of waiver claims, the Dodgers add bullpen pieces, and more.
With everyone wrapping up their Christmas shopping today and tomorrow, the Indians themselves appear to have completed most of their shopping list this offseason with the pickups of David Murphy, John Axford, Josh Outman and Shaun Marcum. But the IBI's Tony Lastoria believes they have one big hole to fill and they their focus will be on looking for creative ways to fill it. He discusses that and also looks at the Outman and Marcum pickups, how Jesus Aguilar can impact the roster and more.
It was a busy week in the Caribbean winter leagues as the Dominican Winter League's regular season came to a close, and the playoffs will begin shortly. In other news, Carlos Santana continued to work on his move to third base and Joseph Colon had another brilliant outing. Plus, Tyler Sturdevant continues to turn heads as he works his way back from shoulder surgery. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on these items and more in the latest edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
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!