In 2013, Asdrubal Cabrera hit the ball extremely well. This is not a popular opinion; however, in 2013, Cabrera’s line drive rate of 23.4% was a well-above league average clip. Some have attributed Cabrera's plate discipline issues as a major factor that weighed down his BABIP last season, but the IBI's John Grimm explains that there is no evidence suggesting that plate discipline and BABIP are correlated.
The Indians held their annual "What's New" media event at Progressive Field on Wednesday where the team introduced new initiatives, bringing you cost savings with the notion to "buy early and save." IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz took part in the event and shares some of the new ticket options and additional promotional giveaways for the 2014 season.
With the start of Spring Training games on Wednesday, we can now look forward to baseball games everyday from now until November. 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 record pre-arbitration deal for Trout, the Indians drop their spring opener, and more.
It may not feel like it in Cleveland, but baseball is officially back. The Indians dropped their Cactus League opener against their state rival Cincinnati Reds Wednesday afternoon, 8-3. Outscoring the Tribe 6-1 over the final four frames, Cincy cruised to the easy victory in the spring opener at Goodyear Ballpark. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz recaps the action.
The Cleveland Indians opened up against the Cincinnati Reds today, officially kicking off the 2014 MLB season. The Indians 25-man roster is fairly set, with four or five spots still open should they remain healthy over the next five weeks. Jim and Tony put together another Smoke Signals podcast before the game and share some of their thoughts on some of the stories in spring training.
In the weeks leading up to Opening Day, the IBI's Michael Goodman is going to explore several Indians whose performance will be key to the Indians' success in 2014. Last year’s list was highlighted by Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez, knowing the importance those two pitchers would have on stabilizing a rotation that was full of question marks. With Jimenez off to Baltimore, Danny Salazar will step into his rotation void and spot on the 2014 Cleveland Indians Key Players list.
Baseball games officially return on Wednesday - and all is right in the world once again. 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 ongoing rumors of a Jeff Samardzija trade, Ervin Santana's high asking price, and more.
The reigns are handed off to IBI's Andrew Zajac for Monday's MLB Storylines. In this MLB News and Notes segment, Andrew will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on MLB's new ban on home plate collisions, Big Papi is seeking an extension, and more.
The Cleveland Indians begin playing Spring Training games this week as the Tribe will face the Reds on Wednesday. While the regular season may be right around the corner, there are still a handful of questions that surrounding this team that need to be answered. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on some players he's looking forward to following in the latest edition of the Spring Training Notebook.
The Indians lost two key members of their starting rotation in the offseason in Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir, and could lose another if Justin Masterson departs as a free agent at the end of the season. In today's Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria discusses how the Indians have already taken a leap of faith that two internal starting pitching options can fill a need and that they need some luck and performance from others to maintain a good rotation. He also talks about Swisher only playing first base, McAllister's pitch mix, Nelson Cruz's contract, provides the full spring TV schedule and more.
I hope everyone enjoyed their weekends, as it will be the last weekend without baseball until November! 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 Brett Gardner's new long-term deal with New York, the Angels and Mike Trout continuing to talk extension, and more.
The Cleveland Indians are often judged by how many times they misfire per season, as opposed to what their chances are of actually winning the World Series. Of course, it's often the folly of the front office that leads fans there to begin with. As the Indians get set to embark upon the 2014 season, will they win the World Series? Have they built a team that can win in the near future? Will they win it before we leave this earth? Join Jim Pete as he leads you through this week's Power Poll.
For most of the offseason, the Orioles stood pat and made only minor moves - until this past week. 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 Baltimore's continued spending spree, who remains in the Ervin Santana market, and more.
The Orioles brass said that giving up their first round pick to sign Ubaldo Jimenez makes it easier for them to deal with parting with another pick to sign another of the "qualified" group, and they seem to be sticking to that statement. 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 Orioles looking to make another splash, the dimming star of Jesus Montero, and more.
The 2014 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!