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October 6, 2012   (4 comments)
Indians hire Terry Francona
The Cleveland Indians have hired Terry Francona to be their next manager, only a day after his interview with Chris Antonetti and Mark Shapiro. The Indians will make an official announcment on Monday afternoon.
October 6, 2012   (8 comments)
Terry Francona may be a done deal
Terry Francona came into town on Friday to interview for the Cleveland Indians job. What initially seemed like a ploy for another player (or in this case, a manager) to use the Indians to get a better job and more money has turned into a legitimate opportunity for a big-time Indians hire. Is the Francona hire a formality, or will the job ultimately go to Sandy Alomar? Find out if it even matters, after the jump...
October 6, 2012   (0 comments)
IPI Digest: 9/29/12-10/6/12
The IPI Digest catches you up on anything you might have missed over the past week at Indians Prospect Insider and also notes some of the more popular columns posted at the major news sites and blogs.
October 6, 2012   (5 comments)
The 2012 IPI Awards: AL Rookie of the Year
To celebrate the conclusion of another baseball season, we here at Indians Prospect Insider have decided to give out our picks for the major awards. We kick off things today with the American League Rookie of the Year. In the coming days, IPI will be rolling out our picks for AL/NL MVP, AL/NL Cy Young Award, AL/NL Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Indian, and Least Valuable Indian.
October 5, 2012   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: Instructs October 4, 2012
The Parallel League was in action on Thursday, and IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the action and statistics from the contest. Jordan Smith continued his fall tear, and Levon Washington seems to be settling in at the plate. Plus, Jeff Johnson had an impressive outing. All this and more after the jump.
October 5, 2012   (6 comments)
2012 Tony Awards: Biggest Breakthrough
Today we continue the IPI postseason awards with the announcement of the Biggest Breakthrough. This award goes to the player who may not have been as highly touted coming into the season on prospect lists, but by the end of the season is definitely on the prospect map going into next season. In the coming days the Reliever of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year and All-Tony Team will be announced.
October 5, 2012   (3 comments)
Then & Now: Jared Goedert
Jared Goedert just recently completed a brilliant 2012 season for the Indians' minor league affiliates. However, despite his performance, Goedert never received a call-up to the Show even though many of his peers did. Just what does the future hold for Goedert? IPI's Steve Orbanek offers his take as he looks back at Goedert's career in this week's edition of Then & Now.
October 4, 2012   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: Instructs October 3, 2012
Both the Instructional League and Parallel League were in action on Wednesday, and Joe Wendle, Tyler Naquin and Ronny Rodriguez all recorded hits for the Instructional League squad. Joe Sever, Claudio Bautista, Anthony Santander and others made their fall debuts, and Jacob Lee and Jordan Cooper continue to impress with their consistent performances on the mound. The IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the action after the jump.
October 4, 2012   (14 comments)
2012 Tony Awards: Biggest Disappointment
Today we continue the IPI postseason awards with the announcement of the Biggest Disappointment, the one year end award no one wants to win. This award goes to the player who was a highly rated prospect coming into the season who performed poorly or suffered through an injury plagued season. In the coming days the Biggest Breakthrough, Reliever of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year and All-Tony Team will be announced.
October 4, 2012   (1 comments)
Second Thoughts: Game #162 White Sox 9, Indians 0
Well, it's over. The Indians finished up one of the most disappointing seasons they have had in a very long time, and Wednesday night's game was a microcosm of the entire season: inconsistent starting pitching, poor hitting, and shaky defense. Adam McGavin gives his thoughts on the game one last time this season...
October 3, 2012   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: Instructs October 2, 2012
Instructional League carries on as today ends the third week of the four week period. The Fall Instructional League players had morning practice and no game yesterday, but the Parallel League team was in action. Tony recaps the game with all the stats and highlights including a big day at the plate from catcher Alex Lavisky and another dominating relief appearance by right-hander Grant Sides.
October 3, 2012   (3 comments)
Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: Francona vs. Alomar
It's the last day of the regular season, and it's definitely time to start looking forward...instead of backwards. With that said, Terry Francona and Sandy Alomar Jr. are officially going toe-to-toe for the right to become to the brand new Indians' manager. Is Francona using the Indians to get more money from another team? Will Alomar really take a job if Toronto or Boston calls? Join Jim Pete to find out his thoughts...after the jump...
October 3, 2012   (4 comments)
Second Thoughts: Game #161 Indians 4, White Sox 3
Fresh off an 11-0 defeat to the Chicago White Sox, the Indians came out and looked considerably better on Tuesday night. Just Masterson was masterful, and the Tribe battled back to tie the game and then win it 4-3 in extras off the bat of Jason Donald. IPI's Steve Orbanek offers all his Second Thoughts after the jump.
October 2, 2012   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: Instructs October 1, 2012
Both the Fall Instructional League and Parallel League teams were in action on Monday, and Tony has all the stats and information from both games. Ronny Rodriguez had a big day as he gets ready for Arizona Fall League action and several players in both games made their fall debuts.
October 2, 2012   (8 comments)
2012 Tony Awards: Defensive Player of the Year
Today we continue with the IPI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Defensive Player of the Year, an award given to the Indians minor leaguer who had the best season defensively. Prospect standing is not considered with these awards as they are 100% awarded based on performance. In the coming days the Biggest Disappointment, Biggest Breakthrough, Reliever of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year and All-Tony Team will be announced.
October 2, 2012   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts: Game #160 White Sox 11, Indians 0
What started as a pitcher’s duel gave way to an eleven-run thumping from the White Sox last night as the Indians were shut out 11-0. There were no runs scored through five, but Corey Kluber unraveled and the Tribe ‘pen didn’t have any answers....and the recently hot Indians offense could do little against starter Hector Santiago and the Sox relief corps. Adam McGavin shares his thoughts on the game.
October 1, 2012   (8 comments)
2012 Tony Awards: Rookie of the Year
Today we kick off the IPI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Rookie of the Year, an award given to the Indians minor leaguer who had the best professional stateside debut this year. Prospect standing is not considered with these awards as they are 100% awarded based on performance. In the coming days the Defensive Player of the Year, Biggest Disappointment, Biggest Breakthrough, Reliever of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year and All-Tony Team will be announced.
October 1, 2012   (0 comments)
Smoke Signals 10/1: Season finale edition
Smoke Signals is back on the cyberwaves tonight from 9:00pm – 11:00pm EST. Tonight’s special two-hour show is hosted by Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete and is the final show of the season. This is one of the most critical offseasons for the Indians in some time, and Jim and Tony will wrap up the 2012 season discussing the firing of Acta, the the return of Antonetti, and give some final thoughts on the roster before they wrap up the show discussing the offseason and what strategy the Indians will and should use to improve and predict what the roster will look like next spring. Give then a listen!
October 1, 2012   (3 comments)
Second Thoughts: Game 159 Indians 15 Royals 3
The Indians seem to own Sundays over the past few weeks, and yesterday wasn't any different as the Indians hammered the Kansas City Royals and Luke Hochevar by a score of 15-3. As the season enters its last week, Cleveland is showing some spark under the stewardship of Sandy Alomar, and Jeff Ellis provides some of his thoughts from the game.

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