Cleveland Indians: Is Reds Outfielder Billy Hamilton a Fit?


Could the Cleveland Indians make a trade for Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton to fill their need in center field? There aren’t a lot of holes on the Cleveland Indians roster at the moment but, anyone that watched the 2016 World Series would tell you that center field remains an area the team could look […]

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Cleveland Indians: At Risk of Losing Players to Rule 5 Draft?


Could the Cleveland Indians be at risk for losing any unprotected players in the Rule 5 Draft? The Cleveland Indians recently made some changes to their 40-man roster, adding a trio of players ahead of the Rule 5 Draft Roster deadline. Interesting though was that only one of the three players added, Francisco Mejia, was already […]

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All-Star Game Doubleheaders Ended With a Whimper 54 Years Ago this Week


Fifty-four years ago today, an experiment came to an end in Major League Baseball.

Starting in 1959, Major League Baseball had played two All-Star Games annually, to fund the players’ pension plan. It had started in 1947, but the league had fallen behind on some payments and concocted the two games to fund the pension plan. (It was also a sop to players who were complaining that an extended season – in negotiations at the same time and ultimately starting in 1961 – did not result in increased pay.)

The players would get 60 percent of the receipts from the two games to add to their coffers – which worked out to about $450,000 a year. The two games served their purpose, but reflected an odd set-up. In 1959, the games were almost a month apart. The following year, they were two days apart, and in each of the two years after that, they were 20 days apart.

The All-Star Game, started as an exhibition commemorating a World’s Fair in Chicago in 1933, was still a novelty in the days before interleague play, when the American and National Leagues were separate entities, but one of the concerns with the two All-Star Games was that it diluted interest in the Midsummer Classic.

In 1961, John Drebinger of the New York Times suggested that year might be the last with two All-Star Games, saying, “The public at large is finding a second all-star attraction something of an anticlimax, like playing a second World Series in Brazil.”

Finally, it had run its course, and in the winter meetings in 1962, the second All-Star Game was dropped. A story in the Plain Dealer suggested that players were willing to take the loss of one game at the time with a boost in their share of receipts (from 60 percent of two games to 95 percent of one, still representing a loss of around $50,000) rather than risk decreased attendance to the point where the game would be killed anyway. “They agreed to this cut-down rather than find themselves in the cold on the inevitable occasion when Game II died,” Bob Dolgan wrote in the Plain Dealer.

When the announcement was made that Major League Baseball would go back to one All-Star Game, the location of the next year’s Midsummer Classic hadn’t been announced, but it was speculated that it would be Minnesota. Three days later, the choice was made: It would be Cleveland, the second time in a decade that the game came to Cleveland Stadium. Twins owner Calvin Griffith was unhappy, having lobbied for the game to be in Minnesota, but the cavernous lakefront stadium was twice the capacity of the Twins’ home, Metropolitan Stadium.

But the 1963 game – which featured 22 future Hall of Famers (although Mickey Mantle and Bill Mazeroski were scratches due to injury) – drew 44,160, still the lowest-attended All-Star Game ever held in Cleveland.



Today in Tribe History: November 30, 1948


Indians shortstop and manager Lou Boudreau is named the American League’s Most Valuable Player. He becomes just the second Cleveland player to earn the honor (George Burns, 1926).

Boudreau took home 22 of the 24 first place votes for the award after the best year of his then eleven-year MLB career. He had finished third in the voting in 1947.

Boudreau finished the 1948 season with a .355 batting average (second to Boston’s Ted Williams), 18 home runs, and 106 runs batted in, all career highs. In 676 plate appearances in 152 games that season, he struck out just nine times while walking 98. His efforts on the field and in the dugout helped to lead Cleveland to their first championship since 1920.

Only one Indians player has earned the honor since Boudreau – Al Rosen in 1953.

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Cleveland Indians: Does Albert Belle Deserve Hall of Fame Induction?


Former Cleveland Indians slugger Albert Belle has a chance to be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame later this week. Another former Cleveland Indians player is on a Hall of Fame ballot, as Albert Belle will be up for induction in the 2017 Hall of Fame class. Belle is on the Today’s Game […]

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Cleveland Indians: Another Lockout Could Damage 2017 Momentum


Major League Baseball is getting dangerously close to a potential lockout, which would be horrible for the Cleveland Indians after such a successful year. The Cleveland Indians nearly won it all in 2016, making 2017 a year of redemption. At least that’s what it is supposed to be. Major League Baseball is currently in talks […]

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Will Armstrong’s Quick Cups of Coffee in Cleveland Give Him a Chance in 2017?


With overall positive marks on his stat sheet in his debut season in 2015, right-handed reliever Shawn Armstrong looked to be a potential option for the Indians bullpen for the next season. But while the Cleveland bullpen appeared at times to use a revolving door while players shuttled back and forth between Triple-A Columbus and the parent Indians roster, Armstrong did not get his first consistent taste of the Bigs again until the season’s final month.

In his fifth season in the Cleveland organization in 2015, Armstrong went 1-2 with a 2.36 ERA and 1.27 WHIP while working as a late inning option for the Clippers. He made a pair of appearances for the Indians in the first half of August that season and got a call-up for the final month when rosters expanded, finishing the season with eight games worked while failing to notch a decision for Cleveland.

The former 18th rounder out of the 2011 draft returned to Columbus to start the year after being optioned during spring training on March 19. He remained there through nearly all of the first two months of the season, working primarily as the team’s eighth inning option while saving three games in 16 appearances. Command seemed to be the glaring issue for the right-hander, who walked 17 batters in 18 innings while allowing just 12 hits (.188 batting average against). He showcased a live arm, striking out 30 in that span.

He was recalled by Cleveland on May 31 and allowed a run that day on two hits but was sent back down to Triple-A the next day as the Indians shuffled their bullpen deck repeatedly to keep the heavily used relief staff fresh.

His return to Columbus lasted two more months, where he cut back on his free passes while still proving to be a strikeout option. In 23 1/3 innings over his next 24 appearances for the Clippers, he struck out 32, walked ten, and allowed 14 hits (.173 average against) while posting a 1.93 ERA.

He was back on the Cleveland roster on August 3, working two scoreless innings while striking out two batters before he was again optioned back to Columbus after just one day in town. He wrapped up a stretch of 19 consecutive scoreless appearances with his final seven games of the Triple-A season before returning to Cleveland on August 30, when he walked a pair and gave up a hit before being optioned back to the minors again, this time taking a strange detour to Eastlake’s Class-A Lake County Captains club.

He faced seven batters with the Captains in a pair of appearances, striking out five, before returning to the Indians. He finished the year with seven appearances in September for Cleveland, giving up two runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts in seven innings of work.

The combined total of his 2016 work was a 3-1 record with nine saves, a 1.90 ERA, and a 1.14 WHIP. He struck out 84 batters in 61 2/3 innings, good for a 12.3 K/9 rate. But the benefits of his high strikeout rate were lost some with his 34 walks in that span, a rate of 4.96 per nine innings. Just seven of his strikeouts came in an Indians uniform, while he walked five in that ten and two-thirds innings stretch.

Armstrong, who turned 26 in September, has flashed the kind of stuff that made him one of the four players rumored to be heading to Milwaukee at the trade deadline in the vetoed Jonathan Lucroy trade. While he has consistently shown an ability to strike out batters while working as a reliever throughout his time in the Cleveland farm system, he will need to display an ability to limit free passes if he wants to make a more pronounced impact on the Indians roster in 2017. With several spots potentially open on the relief staff, the time for Armstrong to strike is now.

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Today in Tribe History: November 29, 1971


Cleveland and San Francisco agree to a blockbuster trade, as the Indians acquire Gaylord Perry and shortstop Frank Duffy for left-hander Sam McDowell.

McDowell, the tall and lanky lefty, was entering the prime of his career. The 29-year-old Cleveland native was named to six of the last seven All-Star teams and had led the AL in strikeouts in five of those years. He will pitch in parts of just four more Major League seasons.

The 34-year-old Perry was a two-time All-Star and two-time 20-game winner with the Giants, most recently in 1970 when he finished second in the NL Cy Young voting. He will make his first season in Cleveland memorable, becoming the first Indians player to win the Cy Young with a 24-16 season, a 1.96 ERA, and a league-high 29 complete games.

Duffy would take over the shortstop duties in Cleveland, manning the position for six years for the Indians.



Baseball Batting Tees Buyer’s Guide – Top Six Tees


All baseball players should hit off batting tees. If Major League players do, don’t you think everybody should? Of course, and it’s a critical part of your baseball training. With that in mind, here are our Top Six Batting Tees in our Baseball Tee Buying Guide.

  1. Tanner Heavy – Check prices and reviews on Amazon
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  3. Schutt Swing Rite Dual Tee – Check prices and reviews on Amazon
  4. Jugs 5-point Hitting Tee – Check prices and reviews on Amazon
  5. Rawlings Travel Tee Pro – Check prices and reviews on Amazon
  6. Original Tanner Tee – Check prices and Reviews on Amazon

In the #1 spot the Tanner Heavy Tees offer increased stability and versatility. You can easily simulate pitch-placement with this tee, which is essential for any good batting tee routine.

This tee also does not move around with each swing or “tee walk” as many do. There is no need to add extra weight to the base to keep it from inching forward.

The weather resistant batting tee also features a telescoping stem allowing for easy height adjustments. As an added bonus all Tanner Tee stems are interchangeable.

Our #2 Top Batting Tee the G Tee is well known to be a great travel tee. It also features a telescoping stem allowing for hitting at different heights. There is a notch for a barbell weight to prevent the tee from inching forward.

The #3 Top Batting Tee uniquely named the Schutt Swing Rite Dual Tee is not made for traveling due to being bulky. It is great if it will be left in one area or facility. Some of the features include 48 holes to place the tees in the base allowing for simulating inside and outside pitches.

The Jugs 5-point Hitting Tee claims the #4 spot. It is made of heavy duty rubber capable of withstanding a beating. You can simulate locations by placing the stem in one of the 5 anchors.

The #5 Top Batting Tee is the Rawlings Travel Tee Pro. This tee is very easy to travel with and is priced lower than most tees.

Finally, our Original Tanner Tee rounds out our Top 6 Batting Tees. This proven tee travels well by featuring a lightweight telescoping shaft. This tee is reasonably priced and said to be the most used batting tee in professional baseball.



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Anderson’s Role an Unknown After Rough Season and Surgery


Cleveland pitcher Cody Anderson burst on to the Major League Baseball scene in 2015 with an unexpected 7-3 record while making 15 starts, throwing one complete game, and putting up an impressive 3.05 ERA and 1.11 WHIP.

That success put him on the team’s radar for their starting rotation for 2016. Then things fell apart.

Anderson was the team’s fourth starter to begin the season, putting veteran Josh Tomlin in the fifth spot and bumping Trevor Bauer to the bullpen. He did not necessarily blow people away with his preseason numbers after allowing the second-most runs among all Cleveland pitchers in Arizona, but he had a 1.05 WHIP and .226 batting average against in 24 2/3 innings of spring training competition. He came to Arizona early, hitting the Goodyear camp at the beginning of December, and implemented a new nutrition and conditioning program. It resulted in a more athletic looking Anderson, one who also had an uptick in velocity on his pitches.

Some of the better spring numbers did not carry over to the regular season, when he quickly struggled to show the same results as he had in his debut year. After a quality six innings in a no-decision against Chicago to open the year, he allowed five runs in each of his next three starts. Walks were contained to just two over the 14 innings, but he allowed 28 hits and five damaging long balls as opposing hitters batted .424 off of him. He found himself back at Triple-A Columbus, even with the club down a starter with Carlos Carrasco landing on the 15-day disabled list two days prior to his demotion. Anderson made one start with the Clippers before returning to Cleveland.

He allowed four more runs in a five-inning defeat against Kansas City in his return outing before working three and one-third innings in relief on May 11 against Houston, giving up the game-winning two-run homer to Marwin Gonzalez. After giving up a season-high six runs in a 15-6 Cleveland win over Cincinnati on May 16, Anderson was optioned back to Columbus with a 0-3 record, a 7.99 ERA, and a 1.78 WHIP. Ten of the 51 hits he allowed over his first seven appearances left the yard.

He was back up as the 26th man on the roster for a doubleheader in Chicago on May 23 and made his best start of the season, going seven innings while allowing just one run on five hits with no walks and nine strikeouts for his first win. It also marked the first time on the year that he prevented the opposition from hitting at least one homer, but it was back to Columbus for the struggling righty.

He looked better in his second stint with the Clippers for the year, giving up one unearned run over ten innings in a pair of wins for Columbus before a spot start and loss for the Indians against Seattle on June 7. He returned to Triple-A again, but after a short outing against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on June 12 he landed on the 7-day disabled list with right elbow tightness.

He was activated on July 5 and after a pair of short starts for the Clippers, Anderson returned to the Indians as a bullpen option for the club. After two scoreless outings, he allowed two runs on three hits in two and one-third innings in each of his next two games and was back in Columbus for the Clippers playoff push, this time strictly in a relief role.

As a Triple-A reliever, he put together his most consistent play of the season in seven August outings, giving up one run on five hits with a walk and ten strikeouts in seven and one-third innings. He even earned his first career save while striking out all three Indianapolis hitters he faced as the Clippers clinched the International League West Division crown on August 24.

When rosters expanded in September, Anderson returned to Cleveland and was used sparingly down the stretch, making six appearances (four of which were two innings in length). The first four continued his season scoreless streak to ten straight appearances, but he allowed two runs in a spot start on September 24 against Chicago and three runs in an inning on September 29 in Detroit to close out his season. He did not pitch during the playoffs, despite being on the roster.

Anderson worked a total of 60 2/3 innings on the year, posting a 2-5 record with the Indians with a 6.68 ERA and 1.62 WHIP.

Following the completion of the season, Anderson underwent an arthroscopic debridement of his right elbow in Dallas, Texas. The procedure was expected to sideline him from throwing for eight weeks into early January, at which point he would be able to start a throwing program. He is expected to pitch during the spring camp and be ready for the coming season.

After a tough season on the mound that included frequent travel back and forth from Cleveland to Columbus, Anderson’s role with the Indians is uncertain for the future.

Will the team look at the briefly successful pitcher as a depth option for the starting rotation and keep him stashed and ready at Triple-A in the event of an emergency? This season proved that there is never enough starting pitching, after Anderson’s ineffectiveness, a pair of injuries to Carrasco, a late season loss of Danny Salazar, and the postseason finger injury of Bauer tapped into a dwindling pool of Major League capable rotation pieces.

Will the team eye him as a candidate for their bullpen, providing the relief corps with a possible multiple inning option in the middle and late innings of games? There could be a spot or two up for grabs, after the more experienced options in Cody Allen, Andrew Miller, Bryan Shaw, Dan Otero, Jeff Manship, and Zach McAllister.

Before the Indians can determine the best course of action, Anderson has to heal up and get back on track on the mound, giving Cleveland some consistent efforts to evaluate.

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