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Ball Played: That’s the way Cookie crumbles

Three steps backward, four steps forward, three steps back. That sequence not only describes the past 10 games for the Cleveland Indians, but it also feels like an overall summary for the season. The Indians dig themselves a hole before starting to climb out of it, only to start digging again. In the end, this team

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A look at the young position-playing stars of MLB

There has been increased attention paid upon the youthful stars dominating the current MLB season, and such dominance could be seen in the 2015 MLB All Star starting rosters. A mere five of the 17 selected starters for the 2015 game were above the age of 29. And, one of those selections was the AL

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Indians add international prospects

July 2 of each calendar year is the day that MLB holds their new crop of 16 year old international prospects from most Latin American countries. The risk can be a bit higher as these are much younger, less-developed players than are drafted through the Rule 4 MLB amateur draft, but the reward is still

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Anthems and Echoes

Find the flag, hats off, no pushing. That is the refrain that countless little league coaches utter as their team stands along the first and third base lines1 just before a YouTube version of the national anthem blares over out-dated and blown-out speakers. Most players, parents, siblings, and coaches might have their minds focused elsewhere

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Ball Played: Carrasco’s night, my kind of team

Carlos Carrasco has had one hell of a calendar year. He has had to rescessitate his career as a starter and navigate health issues while maintaining a level of excellence on the field that led to his long-term financial security. The culmination of those efforts came on Wednesday as Carlos Carrasco pitched one out away

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Ball Played: Kids in the hall with leather

Bullpens have become a popular topic in baseball circles since Tom Verducci penned a fantastic article detailing the dominance of the modern bullpen on Tuesday. In the article, Verducci details how the Houston Astros’ and the Kansas City Royals’ continual outperformance of expectations in the standings can largely be attributed to their bullpens. The Tampa

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Ball Played: Umpire cannot interfere with Indians win

Sometimes, the umpire gets the rule completely and blatantly wrong. It happens. Everyone on the field is human and prone to mistakes including those umpires who generally do a much better job than the credit they receive for it. Thankfully, a rather egregious umpire ruling in the first inning did not affect the final outcome

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Throw like a girl

Any of us that have played Little League likely remember a similar moment when a girl was either placed on your team or showed up on the opposing team. Tensions were raised and awareness was heightened as no one wanted to be the player that gave up a hit or was put out by the

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Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, we love you so

The NFL held the annual Rookie Symposium in Aurora, Ohio the week of June 22, 2015. The star of that symposium — at least in my mind as I have not been shy about my affinity for the defensive tackle — was the 2015 NFL Draft’s number 12 overall pick, Danny Shelton, who continues to balance

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SI names Indians’ Jason Kipnis AL MVP leader

Already named the AL Player of the Month for May, Jason Kipnis has kept up the torrid pace at the plate to accompany excellent defense in the field to garner more prestigious consideration than mere player of the month awards. On Thursday, Sport Illustrated‘s Cliff Corcoran updated his AL MVP Award’s Watch to list Jason

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Ball Played: Yada, yada, yada; Indians destroy Tigers

The St. Louis Cardinals are currently being investigated by the F.B.I. for hacking into the Houston Astros database known as Ground Zero. The Astros current GM, Jeff Lunhow, was hired away from those Cardinals in 2011 where he had spearheaded the creation of a similar database called Redbird. Of course, the Cleveland Indians with their

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Ball Played: Indians literally drop the ball

Sometimes, one play can summarize a larger facet of a season. No single play can ultimately change an entire season especially in the third of a six month season. One play, however, can certainly serve as a symbol for what has occurred during said season. In 2014, the defensive struggles of the entire season for the

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Ball Played: Tigers continue mastery over Indians

The missing ingredient for the Cleveland Indians offense is often said to be a right-handed power bat. Perhaps a hitter capable of knocking around 50 extra base hits while winning a Silver Slugger Award would give them the necessary boost. Of course, the 2015 Indians expected to have such a hitter in their lineup, but

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Iman Shumpert played injured, was shot up with painkillers in NBA Finals

When the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a trade on January 5 to acquire J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, initial speculation was that Shumpert was the main target while Smith and his contract were part of the cost of the completing the trade. Shumpert’s main assets were considered to be his athleticism and defensive acumen, but perhaps grit

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Francisco Lindor compares favorably to Grady Sizemore, says Fangraphs

When the Cleveland Indians Francisco Lindor made his MLB debut on Sunday and his first MLB start on Tuesday, it was only a matter of time before the statistical projection writers stated their case for what they believed was a proper outlook for the switch-hitting shortstop’s future. While such projections are not absolute indicators of what

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Ball Played: Kipnis steals the Lindor show in Indians win

National League rules are infuriating. The American and global economy have shown the value in specializing in all fields, yet MLB still requires one of the more incredibly specialized fields needing a ridiculously rare skillset (pitching) to also attempt to also professionally do another specialized job. It is akin to having a heart surgeon control

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Lindor Truffle: Master Shortstop Baseballatier

Francisco Lindor’s first MLB start may have been delayed due to the Monday night game between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs being rained out in Chicago, but the day of rest may give fans a chance to catch up on what to expect from the Indians’ most hyped prospect to come out of the

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Customer Service: Indians help out fan who caught two HR balls

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 began as a normal day for 24-year-old insurance agent Jacob McMichael. Nothing out of the ordinary foreshadowed the incredible night that was to follow. Perhaps the out of the ordinary should have been expected for Jacob, as he has attended Cleveland Indians games since 1995, when his first game coincided with Albert Belle’s

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Ball Played: Indians RISP-phobia

The Cleveland Indians have had their share of offensive frustration in 2015. Despite a middle of the pack ranking in runs per game1 , it has often seemed like the Indians have let many run scoring opportunities go to waste. No game epitomized that frustration more than the Wednesday night’s against the Seattle Mariners, in which the

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Ball Played: Sea witch Urshela makes Indians debut in 3-2 loss

Columbian born Giovanny Urshela was signed as an international free agent by the Cleveland Indians during the summer of 2008, the same summer when Lonnie Chisenhall was a first round draft pick of the Tribe. Chisenhall was coming out of college, three years older than Urshela, and had a more advanced bat, and his path to MLB

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