IPI Digest: 9/29/12-10/6/12
By Jim Piascik
October 6, 2012
The Indians may be finished playing (a merciful end, depending on your perspective), but things are not slowing down at Indians Prospect Insider.
The end of the season here means offseason instructional league baseball, with coverage you can only get here. It also means it is award season, as the annual Tony Awards began their run this week. IPI also debuted its inaugural award for AL Rookie of the Year, with more major awards to follow.
With all that and more, here are all of the pieces that went up on IPI over the past week:
Around The Farm: Instructs September 28th, 2012: Steve Orbanek covers the sixth game of the Instructional League, specifically a show of power from Jose Ramirez and Joe Wendle, a dominating performance from Jacob Lee, and much more.
Around The Farm: Instructs September 29th, 2012: Jim Pete breaks down the continuing battle of Francisco Lindor-Dorssys Paulino, with both players continuing to hit at a high level. Jim also hits on strong performances from Nelson Rodriguez, D'Vone McClure, Cody Anderson, Dylan Baker, and more.
Around The Farm: Instructs October 1, 2012: Tony Lastoria continues to give you information you can't find anywhere else, including the debut of numerous prospects (some making their first appearances stateside) at Instructs.
Around The Farm: Instructs October 2, 2012: Tony Lastoria covers game 10 in the Parallel League, including good showings from LeVon Washington, Alex Lavisky, Bryson Myles, and more.
Around The Farm: Instructs October 3, 2012: Steve Orbanek analyzes another day in the Instructional League, including a dominant outing from Jordan Cooper, impressive offensive outputs from Ronny Rodriguez and LeVon Washington, and more.
Around The Farm: Instructs October 4, 2012: Steve Orbanek recaps Jordan Smith's all-around good game, LeVon Washington's continued hot streak, Jeff Johnson's shutdown relief outing, and more.
Second Thoughts: Game #157 - Indians 8, Royals 5: Jim Berdysz discusses David Huff's continued strong showing, the Tribe's hot offense led by Cord Phelps, Lonnie Chisenhall, and Ezequiel Carrera, and Sandy Alomar Jr. getting a win in his managerial debut.
Cleveland Sports Insiders: 9/29/12: Cleveland Sports Insiders with Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek discuss the Manny Acta firing and who should replace him, the "moral victory" that was the Browns-Ravens game, and a look at the most influential athletes in Cleveland history.
Tribe Happenings: Acta fired, Antonetti survives: In his weekly Indians notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria Manny Acta being fired, what Chris Antonetti can do to fix things since he will be back next year, and wonders if the fans will hear from the Dolans about the decision to bring back Antonetti.
Second Thoughts: Game #158 - Royals 7, Indians 6: Jim Berdysz breaks down the Tribe's 14-inning loss, which featured another poor Jeanmar Gomez outing and 20 runners left on base. Jim also wonders why veterans like Casey Kotchman and Travis Hafner are taking at-bats away from younger players this late in September.
2012 Tony Awards: Rookie of the Year: Tony Lastoria hands out his first Tony Award of the season, this one for Rookie of the Year. Though players like Joe Wendle, Anthony Santander, and Mitch Brown had strong cases, one nominee was head and shoulders above the rest.
Second Thoughts: Game #159 - Indians 15, Royals 3: Jeff Ellis analyzes the Tribe's offensive explosion against the Royals, highlighted by an Asdrubal Cabrera grand slam and contributions from Jason Kipnis, Shin-Soo Choo, and Zach McAllister.
Smoke Signals 10/1: Season finale edition: Smoke Signals with Tony Lastoria and Jim Pete airs its season finale, spending the first hour recapping the 2012 season and the second hour with Steve Orbanek, discussing the upcoming offseason and the strategy the Tribe should take to turn the team around.
2012 Tony Awards: Defensive Player of the Year: Tony Lastoria continues handing out his Tony Awards, this one for Defensive Player of the Year. It is easy to look at stats and see who had a good year offensively, so this award is particularly important if you want a more in-depth look at who can handle the glove well in the Tribe's minor league system.
Second Thoughts: Game #160 - White Sox 11, Indians 0: Adam McGavin breaks down an ugly Indians loss to the White Sox, where Corey Kluber cruised then crashed, the bullpen could not get it together, and the offense was held to two hits.
Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: Francona vs. Alomar: In his weekly Indians notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete gives us the tale of the tape in the managerial Battle Royale between Terry Francona and Sandy Alomar Jr. Jim also gives his vote as to who he would like to see running the Indians next year.
Second Thoughts: Game #161 - Indians 4, White Sox 3: Steve Orbanek covers the second-to-last game of the season, a thrilling walk-off win with contributions from Justin Masterson, Jason Donald, and Travis Hafner - in what could one of his final games as an Indian.
2012 Tony Awards: Biggest Disappointment: Tony Lastoria keeps the Tony Awards rolling, this one for Biggest Disappointment. While no one wants to be on this list, with a little luck, the players here will be the frontrunners for Comeback Player of the Year next year.
Second Thoughts: Game #162 - White Sox 9, Indians 0: Adam McGavin gives the final Second Thoughts of the season, breaking down a game in which the White Sox teed off on David Huff, the offense went ice cold, and - if this truly was Travis Hafner's last game for the Tribe - the fans gave Pronk a wonderful sendoff.
2012 Tony Awards: Biggest Breakthrough: Tony Lastoria does a 180° from yesterday, awarding his Biggest Breakthrough award. This award is one that leaves you with a good taste in your mouth - something all of us need after the Indians' season...
Then & Now: Jared Goedert: Steve Orbanek breaks down Jared Goedert's career in Then & Now, looking at how injuries sidetracked his career and how a strong 2012 put him back on the map. Steve also gives his insight on where things will go from here for Goedert.
The 2012 IPI Awards: AL Rookie of the Year: Jim Piascik brings you the inaugural IPI Awards, where IPI writers vote on each of the major awards in baseball. The first one is AL Rookie of the Year, and I'll bet you can guess who won in a landslide.
Friends of the Feather
A Lazy Sunday Saying Goodbye: Paul Cousineau of the DiaTribe says goodbye to his 4,000 word diatribes, retiring from writing in a public forum about the Tribe after eight years. As someone who just recently discovered Paul's writing, I count this as a sad day. His farewell column is extremely well-written and heartfelt and is well worth your time.
Tribe rookie McAllister continues to grow on mound: Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal describes Zach McAllister's growth over the season, including quotes from Manny Acta and Sandy Alomar Jr. on his progress.
Cleveland Indians' Chris Perez fires back at Manny Acta: Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer gives numerous quotes from Chris Perez, who took plenty of shots at the recently fired Manny Acta.
Terry Francona not necessarily the right choice to be next manager of Cleveland Indians: Bill Livingston of the PD lays out the case against hiring Francona.
Sandy Alomar says getting Tribe's managerial job in 2013 'would be awesome': Paul Hoynes of the PD talks to Sandy Alomar on the prospect of becoming the Indians' manager next season.
Dan Johnson hits 3 HRs as White Sox blank Cleveland Indians in season finale: Paul Hoynes of the PD gives his thoughts on the end of a rough season and briefly begins looking ahead to 2013.
Indians try to learn from disappointing '12: Jordan Bastian of Indians.com recaps the 2012 season, including what went right for the disappointing Tribe.
Promise still there for Indians heading into '13: Jordan Bastian of Indians.com gives a preview of each position for 2013 and what the Indians may do in the offseason.
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