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.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown begins with right-handed pitcher Will Roberts. Roberts is a big, durable arm that the Indians felt made some good strides in 2013 and has been overlooked in their system. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria gives all the details about his stuff, projection and all of the things he worked on in 2013 and what he needs to improve on in 2014 and beyond to be a legit major league starting pitching option for the Indians.
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 and his Leones del Escogido teammates knotted up their series at 3-3 winning Game 6 of the Serie FInal in the Dominican Winter League. Santana has been his usual on-base machine self in the playoffs and impacted the game reaching base three times in five plate appearances. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the performance and reviews the results of all the other league championship results in winter ball.
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.
No Indians played in winter ball for the Indians on Saturday night, but the IBI's Tony Lastoria shares some interesting details on the development of Carlos Santana at third base. First, with the first visual evidence of his progression and then some direct quotes from his manager predicting just how good he can be. Also, all of the updated stats for players in the playoffs are listed.
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.
Carlos Santana reached base four times on Friday night as his team won for the second straight night to pull to within three games to two in their best of nine series. In other action, Ryan Battaglia started for Brisbane in the Australian Baseball League. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the action in all the winter leagues in another daily dose of ATF....
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!