Indians

I hope this is not good-bye

The Cleveland Indians have some difficult offseason decisions to make about their 2018 roster. The easiest one should be finding a way to keep Carlos Santana on the roster.

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Indians era comparisons: 1995 versus 2017

One team had Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome, and Kenny Lofton. The other has Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Edwin Encarnacion, and Carlos Santana. So, which team is better between the 1995 and 2017 Cleveland Indians?

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“Glory Days in Tribe Town” – A Discussion With Author Terry Pluto

Question: Among all of the beloved Cleveland Indians of the 1990s, what in particular do the following players have in common: Omar Vizquel, Manny Ramirez, and Sandy Alomar? Pause and consider if you like, but don’t worry. What follows is a clue, and then the answer. The clue is this: What Omar, Manny, and Sandy

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Multimedia, Podcast

George Pappas discusses his book about the Tribe from the 90’s – WFNY Podcast – 2014-06-12

George Pappas came on the podcast to discuss his new book, A Tribe Reborn: How the Cleveland Indians of the ’90s Went from Cellar Dwellers to Playoff Contenders (available at Amazon.) We talked about those famous teams from the 90’s from Vizquel and Thome to Albert Belle. We talked about the current Indians and also the

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“It was 20 years ago today…”

The Home Opener is hands down the biggest baseball day of the year in each Major League city. No matter the town,  the game is sold out1. It is the one time that every team play in front of a house packed full of their own fans. Bunting is all around the park. Excitement is in

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The Top Five Outfield/DH Units of the Past 20 Years

In the third of our series, we look at the best outfield/DH groupings of the past 20 years. The Jacobs/Progressive Field era has seen so many powerful bats, but easily the top of the heap came from this group. From Albert Belle to Travis Hafner, we have been blessed to see some incredible performances. But

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Podcast

Scott Raab – Browns lose, Mike Brown gets tossed, Indians idle – WFNY Podcast – 2013-12-16

Scott and I had another good chat this week running down all the Cleveland sports stories worth talking about. As usual, here’s the email I sent to Scott on Sunday night… ——————— Hope you had a nice weekend. Some thoughts this fine Sunday evening… The Browns should know conclusively that Jason Campbell is a nice

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What can the Tigers teach us about the Indians attendance numbers?

I know, right? Another attendance article about the Cleveland Indians! I can’t help it. This is what I’m thinking about right now, and I have no choice but to write about the things I’m thinking about. Hopefully this won’t continue a trend of simplistic posts that are focused on singular details. Rather, I wanted to

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Headlines

MLB News: Manny Ramirez signs with Texas Rangers

Manny Ramirez signed a minor-league contract on Wednesday to return to North America America and play for the Texas Rangers. The 41-year-old mercurial outfielder, who is one of the most prolific right-handed sluggers in MLB history, will work out for the team’s Triple-A affiliate before being activated in the next few days. Ramirez is a

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General

Building Cleveland’s Eleven

The great heist. You’ve seen the movies. An all-star cast gets together to pull off one big job. Along the way there are hi-jinx and laughs. Plot twists force our gang to change plans or everyone gets caught. It’s a great concept. So I was thinking what if we made a team with Cleveland athletes?

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General

While We’re Waiting … Buckeyes Hold On, Braxton’s Crazy Run, Scott Fujita’s Playing Time, ‘Gangnam Style’

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com. Yikes. That game wasn’t pretty at all: “This isn’t supposed to happen. Not at Ohio Stadium. Not against 17-point underdogs. But Ohio State found

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Headlines

Manny Ramirez Prepping for Return in AAA

During the MLB off-season as the Indians were trying to find a right-handed bat, I wondered what could be bad about trying to bring Manny Ramirez back. As everyone told me I was crazy and that it was a bad idea and that he had nothing left in the tank, the Indians brought back Grady

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Headlines

MLB Free Agent News: Manny Ramirez signs with Athletics

For anyone who was hoping to follow up Jim Thome’s swan song in Cleveland with one for Manny Ramirez, you can keep dreaming.  ESPN is reporting that Manny has agreed to a small deal with the Athletics that includes a spring training invitation. Sources tell (Pedro) Gomez the deal is worth about $500,000. Ramirez is

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Headlines

Report: Indians Will Not Pursue Manny Ramirez

Despite the ongoing search for a middle-of-the-order, power bat – one that is preferably right-handed – to help boost run production for the 2012 season, Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti reportedly went on record to say that the team will not look to add former Indians outfielder Manny Ramirez. Ramirez decided to walk away

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I’ve Finally Forgiven Jim Thome

As Jim Thome is on the precipice of hitting 600 home runs I have finally come to the realization that I am not angry with him anymore.  I know I am one of the later holdouts amongst Tribe fans.  I am also well aware that nobody was really waiting with baited breath for me to

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A Little Perspective on Carlos Santana

I can still remember the feeling in my gut last year when the Tribe was playing the dastardly Boston Red Sox and Carlos Santana did (what we thought at the time was) a Joe Theisman impression.  It was soul crushing because the Indians hadn’t even been all that interesting up until the point that Santana

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General

While We’re Waiting…Mangini to the Titans and Manny to the Rays

Eric Mangini may be on his way to Tennessee:  “On Thursday’s PFT Live, former Browns and Jets coach Eric Mangini said he’s “looking at a lot of different opportunities” for 2011. Although Mangini’s comments came before the news broke that Chuck Cecil will not be back as Titans’ defensive coordinator in 2011, it now appears that

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General

While We’re Waiting… Jets Arrive, Browns Book, Manny Ramirez Rumors

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something else for WWW? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com. Previewing yet another monster game: “In three weeks, the Cleveland Browns went from being among the dregs of the NFL (again), to an up-and-coming team that

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Why Care About Manny?

Manny Ramirez was in the on-deck circle last night when A.J. Pierzynski hit a bomb to nail down a victory for the Chicago White Sox.  Manny was quickly yanked off the field as he was no longer needed to deliver a hit in his first game as a member of the White Sox.  Yes, Manny

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White Sox 4, Indians 3: I’ve Seen this Movie Before (with a Masterson note!)

Stop me if you’ve heard this one.  The Indians’ offense struggles for most of the game—down three runs heading into their last at bat.  They rally to come back, but ultimately fall short, losing a game to Ozzie Guillen’s White Sox. Yes.  I’m sure I’ve read something like this before.  Like, yesterday. Let’s get to

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