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March 31, 2010   (0 comments)
The Indians have made some roster decisions today, as they have named outfielder Michael Brantley as the starter in left field. Brantley was expected to be the everyday left fielder for most of the offseason, but the Indians always wanted to find a veteran option at first base or left field if possible in order to send him to Triple-A Columbus to start the season for more seasoning and to manage...
March 31, 2010   (0 comments)
The year is 1990.
Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry is arrested for drug posession in an FBI sting. The first McDonalds is opened in Moscow. Nelson Mandela is released from prison after 27 years behind bars. Mike Tyson is knocked out by Buster Douglas. Windows 3.0 is released. The Soviet Union begins to dissolve as Latvia, Belarus and Lithuania declare independence. East and West Germany...
March 31, 2010   (0 comments)
Spring Game Recap: 3/30
Here are the box scores from Tuesday's games against the Reds' affiliates.
- This has nothing to do with the game action on Tuesday, but I am hearing that RHP Josh Judy has been experiencing some arm issues. It is not considered serious, but the Indians are being very cautious and have supposedly shut him down for a few days. There is a possibility he could open the season in extended spring...
March 30, 2010   (0 comments)
Atkins Talks About Importance Of Single-A
Ross Atkins has been a part of the Indians organization for 16 years, five of those as a player and 11 as a part of the front office. He was drafted by the Indians as a right-handed pitcher in the 38th round of the 1995 Draft out of Wake Forest University, and in his five year professional career he reached as high as Double-A Akron compiling a 38-32 record with a 4.13 ERA in 141 games (66 starts).
March 30, 2010   (0 comments)
Spring Game Recap: 3/29
Here are the box scores from Monday morning's six inning inter-squad scrimmages. Short day on Monday, possibly to get right to staff meetings to make a few cuts before Tuesday's workouts and games.
Not much to talk about from the games, but here are some quick thoughts on how the starting rotations are starting to shape up for the Indians' full season affiliates:
- If you have been...
March 29, 2010   (0 comments)
Aguilar Gets Fresh Start With Indians
About two weeks ago, the Indians completed a minor trade where they traded left-hander Chuck Lofgren to the Milwaukee Brewers for right-hander Omar Aguilar.
Lofgren had been plucked off the Indians roster by the Brewers last December via the Rule 5 Draft, but after they had decided early in big league camp that he would not make their big league roster by rule they had to offer him back to...
March 29, 2010   (0 comments)
Spring Game Recap: 3/28
Here are the box scores from the games against the Dodgers affiliates on Sunday.
Some quick thoughts:
- Not much offense from any of the Indians affiliates yesterday. Only two players had multiple hits in their game, that being third baseman Jared Goedert who went 2-for-3 with a 2B and RBI, and outfielder Tim Fedroff who went 2-for-4 with a 2B.
- LHP Jeremy Sowers pitched...
March 28, 2010   (0 comments)
The year is 1989.
The Revolutions of 1989 begin in Poland, signifying the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union. Two Lybian MiG-23's are shot down by two U.S. F-14's. Ted Bundy is executed in Florida. The Los Angeles City Council bans the possession or sale of semi-automatic firearms; no one in LA ever carries a gun again (right?). Ayatollah Kohmeini issues a fatwa ordering Muslims to...
March 28, 2010   (0 comments)
Spring Game Recap: 3/27
Here are the box scores from Saturday's minor league games against the Brewers affiliates. Some quick notes are posted below:
- We are at the point in camp where starters are beginning to go 60-70 pitches an outing, which means you can tell who is going to make the rotation to start the year and who won't. RHP Yohan Pino threw 75 pitches yesterday going 5 innings and allowed 5 runs, 5 hits,...
March 27, 2010   (0 comments)
(I'm testing posting this as an email from my phone so I hope it works)Today the Indians released three players from their player development system: right-handed pitcher Jonathan Holt, outfielder Ryan Blair, and outfielder/first baseman John Allman.
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March 27, 2010   (0 comments)
While I am no longer in Arizona, here is a special notebook edition talking about some of the recent developments in big league and minor league camp for the Indians.
Talbot Wins Rotation Spot
It comes as no surprise that right-hander Mitch Talbot has officially won a spot in the opening day rotation. Going into spring training he was a heavy favorite to win one of the two open rotation...
March 27, 2010   (0 comments)
Spring Game Recap: 3/26
Here are the box scores from Friday's seven inning inter-squad games. Some quick thoughts:
- 2B Brian Bixler (pictured) went 2-for-4 with 2 2B at the plate, and looks to be the odds on favorite to be the utility guy in Columbus. He may even end up the starter at 2B and push Josh Rodriguez into more of a utility role.
- OF John Drennen went 2-for-3 with 2 2B and an RBI. He looks good...
March 26, 2010   (0 comments)
The year is 1988.
The Soviet Union begins leaves much to be desired. US Army Lt. Col William R. Higgins is kidnapped and killed in Lebanon. The Soviet Union commits to withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan. Enzo Ferrari dies at the age of 90. Kirk Gibson hits his game-winning HR on one leg to clinch the 1st game of the World Series for the Dodgers. George H. W. Bush is...
March 26, 2010   (0 comments)
Spring Game Recap: 3/25
Here are the box scores from Thursday's games with the Chicago White Sox and their minor league affiliates. Here are some quick observations when looking through the box scores:
- It was a case of good and bad for 3B Wes Hodges yesterday. Seeing 3 walks is very nice to see, but seeing 2 errors is not.
- OF/1B Stephen Head went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI for Columbus. It looks like he will...

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