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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!