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December 5, 2013   (3 comments)
Tribe Madness: Stadium Region semi-finals results
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 semi-final round of the Stadium Region. With two matchups involving four players, two will move into the Region Finals and two will go home. The region features Charlie Hickman up against Luis Tiant in one matchup and Mel Harder against Terry Turner in the other.
December 5, 2013   (5 comments)
Coach's Corner '13: Mahoning Valley hitting coach Shaun Larkin
Today, we continue our offseason Coach's Corner series with an interview with short season Single-A Mahoning Valley hitting coach Shaun Larkin. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down with Larkin and talked about several of the hitters he worked with this season at Mahoning Valley. They discussed the strides that Nellie Rodriguez made from his early season struggles, the improvements Claudio Bautista and Josh McAdams continue to make, getting Robel Garcia to trust his abilities, the excitement that Joel Mejia brings as a prospect, and more.
December 5, 2013   (21 comments)
MLB News and Rumors: Cano meets with the Mariners
Wednesday was a much lighter day than Monday and Tuesday in terms of news. 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 a Cano-Seattle connection, Curtis Granderson and the Mets, and more.
December 5, 2013   (0 comments)
Around The Farm: December 4, 2013
It was a fairly quiet night around the winter ball leagues as Jesus Aguilar and Erik Gonzalez were the only current Tribe prospects who saw action on Wednesday. So the IBI's Michael Goodman thought he'd also check in on some old friends and see how they were doing this offseason. Check it all out as he takes a trip around the farm...
December 4, 2013   (0 comments)
Tribe Madness: Municipal Stadium Region semi-finals results
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 semi-final round of the Municipal Stadium Region. With two matchups involving four players, two will move into the Region Finals and two will go home. The region features Jimmy Piersall up against Otto Hess in one matchup and Larry Doby against Gaylord Perry in the other.
December 4, 2013   (5 comments)
The Rule 5 Draft: A 10 year look back
The Rule 5 Draft commences a week from tomorrow out in Orlando, Florida at the tail end of the Winter Meetings. What kind of players are typically drafted and what levels do they come from? What positions are the primary focus of the draft, and what positions rarely get selected? The IBI's Jeff Ellis chimes in with his yearly Rule 5 Draft review where he analyzes all that and more...
December 4, 2013   (21 comments)
MLB News and Rumors: Ellsbury leaves Boston for Yankees
Are we absolutely sure the Winter Meetings haven't already started? Tuesday was yet another day full of big news and rumors. 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 the Ellsbury signing, Joe Nathan, A.J. Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamachia finding new homes, and much, much more.
December 4, 2013   (0 comments)
Around The Farm:  December 3, 2013
Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of the daily performances by Indians prospects. In this special fall and winter ball version of ATF, the IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the action on Tuesday night in winter ball action and provides the details on another good game from Erik Gonzalez and word that Carlos Santana is about to spring into action soon.
December 3, 2013   (0 comments)
Winter Ball Notebook: Ramirez's winter season looks to be over
With regular Winter Ball Notebook contributor Steve Orbanek temporarily away, the IBI's Tony Lastoria steps in with lots of interesting news and notes from the happenings for Indians players in the winter leagues. He talks about a recent injury to Jose Ramirez which appears to have prematurely ended his winter ball campaign, the insertion of Elvis Araujo into the rotation, and much more.
December 3, 2013   (34 comments)
MLB News and Rumors: Kazmir heads west to Oakland
Monday was a busy day, with lots of news and rumors. 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 Scott Kazmir signing with Oakland, the Indians non-tender moves, and Doug Fister traded to Washington, and much more.
December 3, 2013   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: December 2, 2013
It was a quiet night for Indians players in winter ball action as only one player, Erik Gonzalez, was in action. Join the IBI's Michael Hattery for another edition of Around the Farm as he recaps another solid performance from the young, talented middle infielder.
December 2, 2013   (0 comments)
Tribe Madness: Jacobs Field Region Round 2 results
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 round two of the Jacobs Field Region. With four matchups involving eight players, four will move into the Region Semi-finals and four will go home. Some of the remaining names in this region include Tribe favorites such as Earl Averill, Ken Keltner, Greg Swindell, Lou Boudreau and others.
December 2, 2013   (5 comments)
Indians nontender Marson, make other roster moves
The Indians today announced that they tendered contracts to outfielder Michael Brantley, right-handed starting pitcher Justin Masterson, right-handed reliever Vinnie Pestano, left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski, outfielder Drew Stubbs and right-handed starting pitcher Josh Tomlin. They did not tender a contract to catcher Lou Marson.
December 2, 2013   (0 comments)
Isom leaves the Crushers to manage closer to home
Lake Erie Crushers manager Jeff Isom has left the organization to take on the managerial reigns for the Joliet Slammers so be can be closer to home. The IBI's Kyle Ferrara recently spoke with Isom about the decision.
December 2, 2013   (28 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Is there a chance Jimenez resigns?
In its new Monday slot, the IBI's Tony Lastoria checks in with a lot of things in Tribe Happenings. He looks at the starting pitching market and why there may be an outside shot that the Indians can resign free agent Ubaldo Jimenez. He also discusses the many question marks the team has going into next season, the amount of depth they have built on the field, the experiment of Carlos Santana at third base, today's tender deadline, and more.
December 2, 2013   (12 comments)
MLB News and Rumors: Stubbs expected to be tendered
Rumors are swirling with Monday's non-tender deadline fast approaching. 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 the Indians likely tendering a contract to Drew Stubbs, and could Homer Bailey be a fit in Cleveland?
December 2, 2013   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: December 1, 2013
We are coming down the home stretch of winter ball as the calendar has flipped to December and several of the Caribbean Leagues will be wrapping up over the next few weeks to get ready for the playoffs and the popular Caribbean Series. The IBI's Arthur Kinney checks in with an updated on how several Indians players did around the various leagues on Sunday.
December 1, 2013   (20 comments)
Is there a closer at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario?
The Cleveland Indians have a substantial hole at the back-end of their bullpen, thanks to the non-tendering of Chris Perez, and the faltering of Vinnie Pestano in 2013. With Joe Smith signing with the Angels, the Indians have to fill three spots in their pen, and in key spots. Jim Pete finds himself at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario for a special edition, looking at past closer tendencies, and how it could effect the Indians in 2014.
December 1, 2013   (1 comments)
MLB News and Rumors: Twins add more pitching
The Winter Meetings are fast approaching and the rumors are swirling. 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 a Phil Hughes signing headlining a busy day of news for the Twins.
December 1, 2013   (2 comments)
Around the Farm: November 30, 2013
It was a wild Saturday in college football filled with amazing games, pressure packed situations, and memorable plays.....but outside of the United States it was another day of winter baseball. The Indians had several players in action, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps how they did.

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