The Cleveland Indians used the most pitchers they have ever used in a single game last night, but it was not enough to defeat the Minnesota Twins as they fell 6-5 in 12 innings. The Indians had their chances, but more struggles with runners in scoring position and a boneheaded play at first base by Matt LaPorta did them in. Jim Piascik chimes in with his thoughts on the game.
Smoke Signals is back on the cyberwaves tonight from 10:00pm – 11:00pm EST. The Indians season is winding down, but the minor league season is already over after the regular season ended two weeks ago and the playoffs wrapped up over the weekend. Tonight, Jim and Tony step away from the big league team and recap the minor league season for all six stateside affiliates and discuss the biggest movers at each affiliate, the prospects rising and falling in value, and lots more.
Now that the 2012 Eastern League season has ended with your Akron Aeros on top, it is time to look back on the season that truly was in Akron. Join Jim Piascik and Launching Off With The Aeros one final time this year as Jim breaks down his top 20 Aeros players for the season and gives a quick write-up on the 37 other players that passed through in 2012.
In his follow up to his first piece that posted two weeks ago, Adam McGavin tries to find a light in the darkness that has been the Indians final two months of the 2012 season. Everyone knows that the Indians biggest strength lies in their bullpen, and he takes a look at some of the good arms the Indians have stockpiled there as well as some good young players at other positions.
Today, Tony continues with his third piece of his six-part series recapping all six of the Indians' stateside affiliates. In Tony's review of the Indians' rookie level affiliate the Arizona Indians, he sat down with the Indians front office over the weekend and discussed their season, the explosion onto the prospect scene of several players like Dorssys Paulino, Anthony Santander, and others, the encouraging first year for players like Mitch Brown, Dylan Baker, Kieran Lovegrove, Nelson Rodriguez, and others, and the disappointing seasons for Dillon Howard, Jairo Kelly and others.
The Indians avoided a series sweep at the hands of the hated Tigers thanks to some good ole Progressive Field late inning magic where they scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth and won 7-6 yesterday. Losses like that this late in the season can be crippling to teams fighting for a playoff spot, so even if was a meaningless win for the Indians it was still nice to see a little spark from them, and against a division rival to boot. Kevin Dean shares his thoughts on the game.
Nick Weglarz has had a long, storied career within the Cleveland Indians farm system. What was once a promising career has now become a major question mark. Does Weglarz still have a Major League future? IPI's Steve Orbanek touches on this as he looks back at the left-handed hitter's career in the first edition of Then & Now.
The Indians season is (finally) winding down as there are only two weeks left in the season. Tony checks in with his weekly Sunday notebook and explains how the Indians need to blow up the rotation this offseason and rebuild it from scratch, and how they need to make some key decisions with the lineup. He also touches on how this is the worst season in over two decades, their race for a top five pick in next year's draft, injury updates, and more.
The Akron Aeros ended ATF's regular season edition in style. The Aeros won their fourth Eastern League title, and second in four years with a 6-1 victory. Join Jim Pete as he weaves you through the final 2012 game for the Tribe's minor league affiliate in BIG GAME fashion, as a starter showed off some perfection, a former major leaguer saved his best for last, and an MVP was crowned...after the jump...
History was almost made at Progressive Field on Saturday afternoon. No, it did not involve any Indians starter or player, but rather the team’s lack of offense. Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez was dominant all game on Saturday, taking a No-hitter to the bottom of the seventh inning and defeating the Indians 5-3.
The Akron Aeros are the champions of the Eastern League for the 2012 season. On Saturday night, the Aeros completed a storybook season, and an improbable playoff resurrection, as they defeated the Trenton Thunder, 6-1, to win the EL Championship Series, three games to one. It is the fourth Eastern League pennant for the franchise since it relocated to the Akron/Canton area in 1989.
Welcome to weak...er...week 2 of the Cleveland Sports Insiders. Tonight we'll tackle the Cavaliers for a bit, as we take a look at the youth, their potential, and how the rotation may work itself out in 2012/2013. We'll talk Browns football, and what last season's game really meant as we go up against Cincy tomorrow. We'll figure out something to talk about with regards to the Indians, and close up with the Buckeyes, if we have any time...see you at 10:30!
The season is over for the Carolina Mudcats, but boy what a season it was. Five County Stadium was an exciting new ballpark in play for the Tribe's system, and it didn't disappoint. We looked at the top 12 performers this week, and wrap things up today with the pitcher, hitter and players of the year. Of course, it wouldn't be me if I didn't look ahead. Bringing the boat in, 'cuz muddin' season is over...
Fresh off of a thrilling comeback win on Thursday against the Texas Rangers, the Indians looked to keep the momentum going Friday. Only one problem. They happened to run into the Detroit Tigers and this pretty good pitcher named Justin Verlander. How'd it turn out for the Tribe? Take a look as Jim Berdysz offers his Second Thoughts.
With a nice comfortable 2-0 lead in the Eastern League Championship Series, the Akron Aeros headed to Trenton for Game 3 Friday. After brilliant starts from Paolo Espino and Danny Salazar games 1 and 2, were Carlos Carrasco and T.J. House able to keep Akron on a roll? Find out as IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
Trenton's Zoilo Almonte went 2-5 with five RBIs, including his second three-run homer of the series, as the Thunder out-slugged the Akron Aeros, 11-7, in game three of the EL Championship Series on Friday night at Waterfront Park.
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!