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Francona ESPN chat

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A few Indians tidbits -- Masterson oppo shoulder injury affected him more than people realize last year; Chisenhall going to get majority of PT at 3B; Bauer and other rooks have chance to win starting job in spring training.

A fastball near the speed of light

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Not Indians-related (although Eric Wedge would approve of the end result), but a fun read on an otherwise quiet few days as far as baseball is concerned.

We put the Braves in the red

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Ah, the follies of being owned by a publicly traded corporation. In its annual report, Liberty Media disclosed that the $10 million the Braves sent the Tribe last year to help pay for Derek Lowe's salary helped push the club to a $6 million operating loss. "This one transaction had the impact of swinging [the Braves’] adjusted OIBDA from earnings to a loss," Liberty stated in its annual report.

Aribtration guesses

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MLB Trade Rumors did something right, providing educated guesses for arbitration figures for Indians and others. I plugged in their guesses to info at Cot's, and if they're right then our payroll would be at about $62 million, which would give us ample room for a big-name signing.

White Sox start rebuilding process

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Konerko ($12 million in '12, $13.5 million in '13) would fit a need for the Tribe. Quentin (free agent next year, about to get an arb raise from $5 million) would, too. Would the Tribe need the ChiSox to kick in money to make it work? How much should Antonetti give up for either?

And, finally, round it out with a picture of him in a Cleveland Indians uniform, with the number...

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And, finally, round it out with a picture of him in a Cleveland Indians uniform, with the number 16, because that was the year he missed the first two months of the season, then hurt himself running to first base in his very first at-bat, and never played again. Oh, yeah. That’ll tell the Juan Gonzalez story.

This Sam Miller piece about Juan Gonzalez's Hall of Fame brochure really doesn't have anything to do with the Indians outside of that one mention, but it is absolutely hilarious and worth the 10 minutes it will take to read.

40-man thread?

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The current 40-man roster is here (with 38 guys on it). The list of Rule 5 eligible players is here. We've got an hour or so before the deadline to add players or risk losing them. Anyone have any guesses as to what happens? I think they cut Valbuena and add Barnes, Bryson and Stowell.

Masterson brings up a good point. One thing he is definitely doing differently is throwing more...

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Masterson brings up a good point. One thing he is definitely doing differently is throwing more four-seam fastballs this year to mix in with the two-seamer. If pitching is about disrupting a hitter's timing, Masterson is doing it with a harder four-seam fastball with less movement to play off his sinker rather than using a changeup, and the addition of more four-seamers has made him more consistently effective thus far. So he is changing speeds more this year, just in a different way than expected.

A Jason Grey piece over at ESPN (Insider, I think) about the Big Masty's success this year.

Let the Mike Cameron sweepstakes begin

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On the one hand, he's 38 and he stinks this year. On the other hand, he's got a much better track record than Kearns, and we could get Cameron without giving up any prospects.

Capacity for Progressive Field is 43,545. The announced attendance was 40,631, or 2,914 short of...

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Capacity for Progressive Field is 43,545. The announced attendance was 40,631, or 2,914 short of capacity. Sellout? In speaking with the Indians, they explained part of the difference by saying their sellout threshold varies, but 41,721 is a good barometer, getting us to 1.090 shy of a sellout, but not to capacity. Why the difference? According to the Indians, that threshold was broken with comps related to several factors including rainout exchanges, Club Seat benefit for season ticket holders, group leader tickets, fan appreciation coupons from last Sept, etc.

A Forbes article looks at the way sports teams fudge attendance numbers. Kinda interesting. With all the crap Cleveland fans took for low attendance in the beginning of the year, I wouldn't be surprised if the FO decided to round up for a PR win.
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Rolaids spells regression?

The bullpen has been awesome so far, but how much do you trust them? Chris Perez is probably going to the All-Star game, but I freak out every time he's in the game with a one-run lead. In...

During a question-and-answer, he said the Indians have their eye on two former players to come back...

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During a question-and-answer, he said the Indians have their eye on two former players to come back and coach -- once they're out of uniform. The two: Omar Vizquel and Jim Thome.

From an article about a speech given by Bob DiBiasio that Vince Grzegorek linked to. Also a funny bit in here about Charlie Sheen trying to throw out the first pitch on opening day.
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Josh Tomlin: Reason for hope?

After reading Jordan Bastian's nice profile of Josh Tomlin, I find myself really rooting for the guy to succeed. Not that I wished him ill before, but my feelings were more that I would like him...

Another pro-long toss article (Insider)

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Tim Keown with another piece extolling the Rangers adoption of long toss. He compares their regimen, with guys throwing 350 feet, to that used by the Brewers and Pirates, where pitchers throw from no more than 120 feet. It's all anecdotal, but still interesting. Has anyone seen anyone from the Indians talk about pitcher training methods? The 120 program is more structured at the minor league level than in the big leagues, and one of its supposed benefits is to preserve the health of valuable young arms. In the Pirates' case, it appears to have had paradoxical effects. In a nine-year span (1999 to 2007) the club selected seven pitchers in the first round, and five of them suffered major arm injuries. In contrast, the Rangers are on record as saying their injuries are down since they adopted Jaeger's program.

Cleveland Indians outfielder Manny Ramirez startled the fans at Jacobs Field in the first game of a...

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Cleveland Indians outfielder Manny Ramirez startled the fans at Jacobs Field in the first game of a double-header played last August 13 between the Tigers and Indians when it appeared he was trying to steal first base. Here is what happened. In the bottom of the eighth inning Ramirez singled, scoring Omar Vizquel from second base. Manny proceeded to advance to second on defensive indifference. Then suddenly, and to the amazement of everyone, he ran back towards first. Ramirez was en route when Detroit pitcher Willie Blair fired the ball to shortstop Deivi Cruz who applied the tag on Ramirez.

Rich Marazzi, Baseball Digest, December 1997. Found this after @hoynsie tweeted about it earlier today. Updated with the game's box score.

Bryce Stowell missed Sept. callup because of strained r elbow. Rehabbed in Ariz. Name to remember....

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Bryce Stowell missed Sept. callup because of strained r elbow. Rehabbed in Ariz. Name to remember. Hit 100 mph last season.

Paul Hoynes one twitter. That means Stowell was an elbow away from jumping from A+ to MLB in one year. Sick. Also, I wonder if this means he's got a leg up on a bullpen spot going into Spring Training.

Yay? Sizemore's comeback progressing

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Buster Olney offers some more details about Sizermore's rehab program, and then offers this less than enticing "what if" scenario if Sizemore does get healthy: If Sizemore comes back and is a star again, a whole lot of logical questions will follow: Because Sizemore's current contract has a 2012 option for $8.5 million, would it make sense for the Indians to pick up the option? Would it make sense for them to trade him, in their effort to rebuild their pitching?

2B prospect value

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The Brewers were able to get Shaun Marcum, a pretty outstanding young pitcher with some injury history, for their top prospect, Brett Lawrie, a 20-year-old second baseman who OPSed 797 in AA last year. Lawrie is a better prospect than Kipnis or Phelps, but I wonder what their trade value is.

I loved fly balls in the outfield...They never take any bad hops!

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I loved fly balls in the outfield...They never take any bad hops!

Jason Kipnis on his transition from outfield to second base in his new Arizona Fall League blog "Kip's Korner." He said he was opposed to the idea at first, but now is on board as he realizes it means a faster path to the big league team. He also mentions he thinks he'll see some time at third, and that playing with top prospects like Dustin Ackley is motivating him to practice harder.

Ned, Any interest in westbrook? Thanks Paul Hoynes

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Ned, Any interest in westbrook? Thanks Paul Hoynes

@hoynsie At least he has a sense of humor about himself.

The pieces are always there, but they're never there at the right times, at the same time. When...

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The pieces are always there, but they're never there at the right times, at the same time. When everyone's hitting, the young pitchers collapse. When the pitching is stacked, all the sluggers fall apart. In Cleveland, Mercury is always in retrograde.

Will Leitch with a well-written, if not particularly informative, season preview of the Tribe at deadspin.

Casey Blake shaved his beard

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The ramifications of Wedge's firing are being felt league-wide.

One suck rookie involved in the Tribe's adjustment process is Friday starter David Huff ...

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One suck rookie involved in the Tribe's adjustment process is Friday starter David Huff ...

I know Huff has been a relative disappointment, but this sic from mlb.com just seems cruel.

came up with the word to describe Cleveland's bullpen: Zantacular

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came up with the word to describe Cleveland's bullpen: Zantacular

Keith Law's Twitter page

"The last thing I want to hear is that we have great players in the Minor Leagues. I don't care....

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"The last thing I want to hear is that we have great players in the Minor Leagues. I don't care. How about some great ones, right now, winning a ballgame?"

Bob Feller

Luckily for me, no matter what happens on the field, I have guys like Jeff Stevens and TJ Burton...

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Luckily for me, no matter what happens on the field, I have guys like Jeff Stevens and TJ Burton who helped me not only enjoy the time I spent in the minors but to make the most of it. I also can’t wait for the day where we can meet back up and discuss which Big League road city is the best.

Randy Newsom on personal relationships that are spawned by professional relationships.

KLaw's Top 100 Prospects

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Most of this is in Insider, but here's a short synopsis of the Cleveland players who made the list. 13. Carlos Santana: "Given his tremendous control of the strike zone and above-average power, he has very little to do to turn into an average big league catcher, but there's a high probability that he develops into much more." 27. Matt LaPorta: "LaPorta is what he is (or what you thought he was, if you thought about him at all before this sentence): a slow, patient slugger, stuck at first base, whose power and on-base skills will make him a productive middle-of-the-order hitter and who is ready for the majors now." 58. Adam Miller: "At this point, he just needs to stay healthy for a full year, and if the way to do that is in one- and two-innings bursts three times a week, so be it." 61. Nick Weglarz: "Weglarz is one of the most disciplined hitters in the minors -- he's drawn three fewer walks than Lars Anderson the past two years in more than 100 fewer plate appearances -- and only his uncertain power potential keeps him out of the top quarter of this list." 66. David Huff: "Huff will sit 89-92 now and touch 94, and he still has an excellent changeup. He throws both a slider and a curve, with the slider now showing solid-average, but the curveball has a chance to become at least fringe-average although its slow rotation means it probably won't be plus."

If Brewers make the playoffs, Tribe chooses PTBNL

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If the Brewers make the playoffs, the Indians get to choose the "player to be named" to complete the Sabathia deal. If the Brewers don't make the postseason, they get to choose the player they'll send the Indians. ... The player to be named could come from a list of four players. Outfielder Michael Brantley and third baseman Taylor Green are the most talented players on the list.

Most depressing sentence of the day?

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Jensen Lewis pitched the ninth for his fourth consecutive save. It's the most consecutive saves by a Tribe reliever this year.

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