Indians, WWW

Anti-information coverage and the Response it Engenders

Those with huge platforms in the sports media world should do more to bring traditional and stat-friendly fans together rather than attempt to tear them apart for attention.

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WWW

Conflict can be good: While We’re Waiting

Conflict seems to rule the world, but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

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Indians

Some Final Thoughts on the Indians’ Opening Day Roster

Now that the dust has settled on the Indians’ opening day roster, we can finally spend some time combing through the decisions the Indians made this week.  Let’s take a look at the various groups to see if we can divine any of the motivations, upside and consequences of the first iteration of the 2011

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Indians

Waiving Goodbye to Jensen Lewis?

I’m sure some of you will be terribly offended by this post, since you already know MLB’s waiver rules like the back of your hand.  If that’s the case, by all means, accept my profoundest apologies.  But for the rest of us who need a little schoolin’ on some of the finer points of MLB’s

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Indians

Vetting the Indians’ Bullpen

It seems to be fairly accepted wisdom that the Indians were not good last season.  There’s an advanced sabermetric statistic that does a nice job of conveying this. It’s called “losses”, and the Indians had 93 of them. But, for whatever reason, the Indians actually had some pretty good results out of their bullpen in

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Indians

Red Sox 3 Indians 1: Shelley Duncan is My Hero

Let me just say that there is nobody in Major League Baseball who you would rather have on your side during a fracas than Shelley Duncan. Sure, his career is nothing to write home about. For the most part he has been a journeyman who has shuttled between AAA and the majors with the Yankees

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Indians

Tribe Snaps Losing Streak & Good Riddance to Kerry Wood

For the second time in five days, Josh Tomlin stepped up for Manny Acta and the Indians pitching staff.  Pitching on three days rest, Tomlin got the nod at the last minute as Jake Westbrook was scratched from the lineup with a trade to St. Louis falling into place.  Tomlin, once again, filled in extremely

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Indians

SABR-Toothed Triber: Options, Bad & Worse

With Kerry Wood’s return, Jon Steiner is back to tell us why the Indians opted to send down Jensen Lewis and if it will ultimately prove to be the right decision.  I’ll give you all two guesses to that answer.  This one is light on math, but still heavy on science.  Enjoy. I know this

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General

While We’re Waiting… Cavs/Celtics Game 3, Cleveland Football, Wood Promoted

While We’re Waiting serves up an breakfast buffet of WFNY-esque goodies for your daily viewing pleasure (on weekends too!!) Have something else you think we should see? Send it to our fancy tips email address at tips@waitingfornextyear.com. Starting off with one of my favorite sites, take it away Johnny: “On Friday night, LeBron and the

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Indians

White Sox 6, Indians 0: At Least the Weather Was Nice

For your 2010 Cleveland Indians, it was go time. Hope springs eternal. All teams are 0-0, and optimism reigns. I’ve been drnking the Manny Acta Kool-Aid for the last month and a half. Tribe fans like me couldn’t wait to see the start of something new for the first time since 2002. To say the

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Indians

So Boring, Even the Owner Falls Asleep

Lost in my euphoric look into the future yesterday (ha ha) is the fact that the current version of the Indians is still a very flawed collection of players. I know it worked for one night last week, but when an opposing pitcher looks at the Tribe lineup and sees a 6-9 of Chris Gimenez,

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Indians

All-Star Break Analysis: The Indians Bullpen

Next to the job status of everyone’s favorite Grinder, Eric Wedge, you’d have to say the bad, bad, Cleveland Indians bullpen is the favorite topic of Tribe fans all over this great land of ours. For those of you who still are interested, the 2009 Indians bullpen is reaching legendary status in terms of its

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Clippers, Indians

Jensen Lewis Makes Annual Visit to Triple-A

We will likely never know the answer, but if the decision to send Jensen Lewis to Columbus was made before yesterday, he surely didn’t help his case very much by walking the first two batters he faced in yesterday’s 9-2 win over Cincinnati. Lewis (2-3, 5.03 ERA) will head down Rt. 71 to make room

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Indians

Indians Sweeps Rays, Pull Within Seven Games

Sure, the title above may sound a lot better than it really is.  In all actuality, the Indians are still seven games under .500, and are still in last place within the Central Division.  But thanks to having played more games than every division rival (save for Minnesota), math is currently our friend as we

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General

Changing The Ink in the Pen

Pretty amazing that we are a month into the season, and what we thought would be the strength of the team has now become its biggest problem. I’m of course talking about the Indians bullpen. Back in February I wrote “The bullpen could be the best the Tribe has had since the 2005 lock-down crew

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Indians

Sinking To New Lows

This one was bad, even by the 2004 Bullpen From Hell – Part Deux standards. You remember that year don’t you? When the Wahoos went into the season with Jose Jimenez, Scott Stewart, and Rick White as the back-end of the pen to start the season? Change the names on the back of the jerseys

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Tribe Recap: Indians BLOW (another late inning lead)

Its been said a lot lately; the sign of a bad team is one that can’t seem to do everything it takes to win on the same night. Examine if you will the three game series the Cleveland Indians just concluded with the Boston Red Sox. In game one, Cliff Lee pitched eight scoreless innings,

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General, Indians

Yankees Top Tribe 7-3: Umpires Bad, Bullpen Worse

I don’t even know where to start with this one. The suspect umpiring crew all weekend long coming to a head in the bottom of the 7th? That absolute joke of a stadium with a right field porch so short Duane Kuiper could hit 20 homers in a season? A spectacular pitching performance ruined by

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Indians

What’s Wrong with Rafael Perez?

During the recap yesterday, I started going off on a tangent about Rafael Perez.  However, after a few paragraphs that dove into different aspects of his game, I opted to edit it out and stick only to things that had an impact on the final score in general instead of going pitch by pitch.  But

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Indians

Hallelujah! Pitchers and Catchers Report Today

Today is the day Tribe fans. Your 2009 Cleveland Indians embark on their long journey back to the top of the AL Central division in sunny, beautiful, Goodyear, Arizona. The Indians new Spring Training facilities are the envy of all other Cactus League teams. You can call the Dolan’s cheap all you want, but this

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