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December 31, 2013   (0 comments)
Tribe Madness: Progressive Field & Jacobs Field Region finals
The IBI Tribe Madness tournament pitting the 128 greatest Indians players of all time against one another in an NCAA basketball-like tournament continues with the results from the matchups in the region finals in the Progressive Field Region and the Jacobs Field Region. With two matchups involving four players, two will move into the Elite 8 and two will go home. The matchups feature Sudden Sam McDowell up against Shoeless Joe Jackson and George Uhle against Lou Boudreau.
December 31, 2013   (14 comments)
Swinging for the Fences: New Year's resolutions
It's a new year, a time when goals and resolutions are made. And while some are planning a new exercise and weight-loss regimen or aiming to get that big promotion at work, Terry Francona and his crew at Progressive Field are setting their sights higher as they hope to push their way to the next level as a ball-club coming off a year where they got a brief taste of postseason play. The IBI's Jake Dungan lists goals for the Tribe in 2014. Quintessential
December 31, 2013   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: December 30, 2013
The Dominican Winter League carried on with its playoffs on Monday night and Carlos Santana made an impact with the bat and also made an appearance at third base. The Venezuela Winter League regular season also came to a close on Monday night, which is also the end of Jesus Aguilar's impressive winter campaign as he will not be playing for his team in the playoffs.
December 30, 2013   (0 comments)
Winter Ball Notebook: Is the Santana third base experiment over?
The DWL playoffs began this past week, and to the surprise of many, the Indians' Carlos Santana was a participant. Santana had been manning the hot corner for Leones del Escogido this winter, but it now appears as if that has changed. Midway through the first playoff game, Santana was moved from third base to first base, and he has remained there ever since. Could it be that the Carlos Santana third base experiment is coming to an end? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on that and more in the latest edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
December 30, 2013   (0 comments)
The Winter Ball Experience
The winter leagues in the Latin American countries provide an opportunity for players to play in more games and for Latin American players to play baseball in their home country. It gives some upper level minor league players a stage to showcase their talents and other players a chance to make up lost innings or at bats. In a piece that originally posted this time two years ago, the IBI's Tony Lastoria re-posts this piece with a few updates on the Winter Ball Experience for American players.
December 30, 2013   (4 comments)
Around the Farm: December 29, 2013
Day three of the Dominican Winter League playoffs continued on Sunday while the Venezuela Winter League and Puerto Rico Winter League wrapped up their regular seasons. Carlos Santana continues to impact the lineup of his Dominican team and it appears the experiment at third base this winter is over.
December 29, 2013   (6 comments)
Tribe Madness: Quicken Loans and First Energy Region finals
The IBI Tribe Madness tournament pitting the 128 greatest Indians players of all time against one another in an NCAA basketball-like tournament continues with the results from the matchups in the region finals in the Quicken Loans Region and the First Energy Region. With two matchups involving four players, two will move into the Elite 8 and two will go home. The matchups feature Mike Garcia up against Addie Joss and Tito Francona up against Al Rosen - and an outcome which may surprise many.
December 29, 2013   (14 comments)
IBI Power Poll: Is Danny Salazar elite?
The Cleveland Indians have been protecting Danny Salazar over the years since he has returned from Tommy John surgery. Many questioned why the Front Office has handled him with such kid gloves for such a long period, that is, until he joined the Indians in August and started throwing 100 MPH. Join Jim Pete as he tackles this week's power poll: Will Danny Salazar be a top-of-the-rotation ace, or will he regress?
December 29, 2013   (3 comments)
Around the Farm: December 28, 2013
Two of the Indians big guns were in action in winter ball on Saturday night as both Carlos Santana and Jesus Aguilar played for their teams. Now that the playoffs have begun Santana is starting to be used less at third base and Aguilar continues to tear up the Dominican League in every way possible.
December 28, 2013   (0 comments)
IBI Digest: 12/22/13 - 12/28/13
The IBI Digest catches you up on anything you might have missed over the past week at Indians Baseball Insider and also notes some of the more popular columns posted at the major news sites and blogs.
December 28, 2013   (6 comments)
Looking at Danny Salazar's historical season
Before the 2013 season, the last impact starting pitcher Cleveland's farm system produced was Roberto Hernandez way back in 2007. Every elite-level starting pitcher since then was acquired from outside of the organization. That all changed in 2013 when Danny Salazar burst onto the scene. What Salazar did in his 10 regular season starts was nothing short of amazing. Jim Piascik delves into the numbers to show you just how amazing and what to expect from the right-hander in 2014.
December 28, 2013   (5 comments)
MLB News and Notes: Mulder drawing interest in comeback
The action has been slow to develop in the days following Christmas, but it will surely increase in the coming weeks. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Mark Mulder's attempt at a comeback, AL West news, and more.
December 28, 2013   (0 comments)
Around The Farm:  December 27, 2013
As the Dominican Winter League has begun their playoff campaign, Carlos Santana and his Leones ball club are among this year's playoff teams. For Santana, the offensive stats continue to improve, but his defense at third base still leaves something to be desired. In Venezuela, Jesus Aguilar appears to have fallen into another slump. How long will this one last? The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps all the day's action.
December 27, 2013   (0 comments)
Toole's new "9 in 9" book serves as an inspiration to all
There are more than two million Little League baseball players in the United States. Of that two million, 25,000 will play at the collegiate level and 1,500 will be drafted. The odds of breaking into professional ball are slim. The odds of becoming a professional ballplayer and a published author are even slimmer. Somehow, Justin Toole has managed both before the age of 30. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently sat down with the Indians prospect to get his thoughts on his new book and his 2013 season.
December 27, 2013   (0 comments)
Coach's Corner '13: Greg Hibbard part 2
Today, we continue our offseason Coach's Corner series with part two of Tony Lastoria's long interview with former Double-A Akron pitching coach and new short season Single-A Mahoning Valley pitching coach Greg Hibbard. Tony recently had a chance to sit down with Hibbard and in part two of this piece they talked about the return of Austin Adams, what is missing for Trey Haley, the struggles Shawn Armstrong encountered this season, the continued rise of Jeff Johnson as a legit relief pitching prospect, the resurgence of Bryan Price, the organization’s cohesive pitching philosophy and much more.
December 27, 2013   (8 comments)
MLB News and Notes: The Tanaka sweepstakes begin
Yet another Christmas has come and gone, and the MLB Hot Stove will begin burning again. In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the beginning of the Masahiro Tanaka bidding, news on former Indians, and more.
December 27, 2013   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: December 26, 2013
Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of the daily performances by Indians players throughout the organization. The winter ball season is dying down as the Dominican Winter League ended play already and the Puerto Rico and Venezuela leagues will close things out this weekend and then start the playoffs.
December 26, 2013   (1 comments)
Coach's Corner '13: Greg Hibbard part 1
Today, we continue our offseason Coach's Corner series with an interview with former Double-A Akron pitching coach and new short season Single-A Mahoning Valley pitching coach Greg Hibbard. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down with Hibbard and they talked in great detail about a lot of those exciting arms that finished in Akron or passed through there earlier in the season, including Matt Packer, Will Roberts, Enosil Tejeda, Kyle Crockett, Danny Salazar, T.J. House, and so much more.
December 26, 2013   (1 comments)
Tribe Madness: League Park and Dunn Field Regional finals
The IBI Tribe Madness tournament pitting the 128 greatest Indians players of all time against one another in an NCAA basketball-like tournament continues with the results from the matchups in the region finals in the League Park Region and the Dunn Field Region. With two matchups involving four players, two will move into the Elite 8 and two will go home. The matchups feature a classic clash between Jim Thome and Nap Lajoie and a matchup between Willie Mitchell and Bob Feller that went right down to the final game.
December 25, 2013   (10 comments)
Former Indians broadcaster Mike Hegan passes away
The Cleveland Indians lost one of their own on Christmas with the passing of former broadcaster Mike Hegan. He passed away from heart failure with his family by his side in Hilton Head, SC.

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