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Longtime Indians torture victim. I like to say my favorite Indian was Mel Harder, but I never saw him play, so I'll go with Andre Thornton.

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Indians Photo Day


Here's the entire set (I believe), available without watermarks. Enjoy.

Manny Acta, Tweeter


We can now all welcome our favorite manager to the world of social media.

BIzarro League is Back!


Finally, Yahoo! has wised up and created a customizable points system that makes having a backwards baseball league actually work, and makes our own beloved former Tribesman Jhonny Peralta one the most valuable hitters available. Yes, you read that correctly. And, who doesn't want to have a one-two rotation punch of A.J. Burnett and Jeremy Guthrie? Please, join in the fun of fielding the most awful baseball team you can by clicking on the link and signing up.

Posted without comment.


Posted without comment.

Super Joe, courtesy of the SI Vault.

The tales dealt with Charboneau's prodigious strength, his imperviousness to pain and the wonderful things he could do with a beer bottle. In his wild-oats days in Santa Clara, Calif., Charboneau used to earn a little money by boxing bare-knuckled in boxcars and warehouses for gamblers. He got $25 for winning and $15 for losing, less $5 in either case to the matchmakers. "I lost more than I won," says Charboneau, who also had his nose broken three times. Once he tried to fix it himself with a pair of pliers, and another time a doctor had to remove all the cartilage in his nose. This enables Charboneau to drink beer through his schnozz, either by direct pour or with six strong sniffs through a straw. Charboneau also remembers being stabbed three times in fights with local migrant workers. He closed one of the wounds with fishing line. He once got drunk enough to have himself tattooed, on an arm, but after sobering up, he cut the tattoo out with a razor. If you don't believe it, he will show you the scar. In the minor leagues, Charboneau couldn't afford some dental work, so he cut around the offending tooth with a razor and pulled it out with a vise grip. He is so strong he can open the twist-off cap on a bottle of beer with the muscles of his left forearm.

Touchy Subject


Old Time Family Baseball recounts former Indian Kevin Rhomburg's superstitious approach to life and the game of baseball.

The Age of the Setup Man

The truth is that all the bullpen advances have had ABSOLUTELY ZERO EFFECT on how much more often teams win games they’re leading in the ninth inning. Zero. Nada. Zilch. The ol’ bagel. Teams won 95.5% of their ninth-inning leads in 2010. Teams won 95.5% of their ninth-inning leads in 1952.

Harold Reynolds, Nostradoofus.


Reynolds claims Peralta is a better shortstop in Detroit than in Cleveland. His analogy? "For him, moving to third was like having someone take your computer away from you for a while and make you write with pen and paper. When you get the computer back, you appreciate all the things it can do." Maybe I'm wrong, but this doesn't make much sense.

Feller (not dead) at 91.

"I'm no hero. Heroes don't come home from wars. Don't get this wrong: Heroes don't come home from wars, survivors come home from wars. I'm a survivor. "

And he can hunt and fish too!


Clifton could end up making less but clearing more by staying in Tejas.

Plain Dealer Profile of Antonetti

With the Expos minor league operations in West Palm Beach, Fla., in 1997, Antonetti had to room with one of the players at a Holiday Inn Express, the team hotel. To make a few bucks, he parked cars before games, earned $20 per game as official scorer and walked the stands with an ice-cream bag slung around his neck, earning an hourly wage plus 25 cents per Drumstick. Aha! Dolan has found the perfect fit: Someone willing to live on a shoestring budget!

Lake County Captains Overhaul Logo


No more cartoony Capitan. I suppose a more polished look, but still pretty standard fare for minor league baseball. H/T Uni Watch.

If payrolls decided baseball games ...


Craig Robinson "illustrates" if payroll were used to play out the 2010 schedule. The team with the higher payroll is automatically the winner. Congratulations, Jackasses!

Clemens to be indicted.


Gentlemen, start your schadenfreude engines! Via NBC Sports/Hardball Talk.

Question: Does his brain have enough space to take all those "mental notes"?


Question: Does his brain have enough space to take all those "mental notes"?

Stern fines Gilbert $100K for James comments.


Related, he said that James' actions were 'ill-advised.' Thanks, Kenesaw Mountain Stern.

Rob Oller ignores reality.


Rob Oller, he of the Columbus Dispatch, chooses DOLAN IS CHEAP over a real journalistic investigation into why the Indians are having attendance issues. (Not that it takes a lot of investigation.) Here's my email in response to him: Dear Mr. Oller- It is with great disappointment that I came to the conclusion of your recent Commentary article in the May 6 edition of The Columbus Dispatch. What troubled me so was to know I could reduce your verbose article to a mere 3 words: DOLAN IS CHEAP. This mantra, oft repeated by the community, conveniently forgets the widening financial equality gap that exists in Major League Baseball. I ask, would your audience had not been better suited to read an article with deeper insights concerning the frustrations of small to mid market teams to compete on the same level as teams who routinely spend up to $100 million more on payroll, rather than a simple reduction such as SPEND MORE MONEY? Instead of talking to your frontrunner friend Jim, perhaps you should have investigated numbers that would help illustrate a broken system which in no way assists the plight of the small market team, of which the Indians definitely are. Did you know that the Yankees' revenue stream is nearly $200 million more than their next closest competitor, the Chicago Cubs? Did you know that both the Yankees and Royals spend approximately 94% of their available revenues on player payroll? But when the Yankees have a revenue stream that dwarfs the Kansas Cities (and Clevelands) of the baseball universe, it's no wonder they can afford elite players at enormous cost. Do you honestly think the Indians can compete with the Yankees for the services of a player like C.C. Sabathia, who commanded a $160 contract on the open market? Have you not experienced the economic turmoil that plagues a city like Cleveland? The diminutive size of the Cleveland media market? Perhaps Dolan has Mike Ilitch money that he's not spending, but I doubt he has enough to build an all-star lineup top to bottom. Now, even the Yankees don't win the World Series every season, and they have in the past been 'upset' by smaller payroll teams. This is evident in the fact that short 5 or 7 game series are as unpredictable as can be. The playoffs are often considered to be a crapshoot. What the Yankees buying power does nearly guarantee is a spot in those playoffs on an annual basis. When you spend nearly twice (or more) as your rivals, you can afford to make more mistakes in player evaluation and development. The lack of a true national revenue stream (like the NFL) or a salary cap (like the NBA) keeps baseball (a monopoly and closed system!) from enjoying the type of true parity of other leagues. Frontrunners vs. Diehards becomes completely irrelevant when placed in the context of the financial irregularity that exists in the world of professional baseball. I find it a terrible choice to construct a story about the current plight of the Cleveland Indians. Can the Indians do better? Certainly. They are notoriously lousy at drafting talent, and have failed spectacularly in certain areas of player development (Sowers, Peralta, Carmona, etc.) Can they spend more? Maybe, but the rival Twins payroll is now pushing $100 million. How much more spending would bring about an instant winner? Would $20 million in additional payroll guarantee 10 more wins? Would that result in an attendance increase of 100,000 fans? How much more should be spent to be 'better'? Remember, the Indians increased payroll in 2009 only to lose money and finish with a putrid record. Isn't the money better put into long-term player development so one, as Mark Shapiro puts it "can more aggressively manage the cycle." The cycle, of course, is the bane of small to mid market teams that they have smaller competitive windows due to the current state of free agency. By trading Sabathia, Lee and Martinez, the Indians acquired a raft of potential big league talent. Growing pains, like those you see in 2010, are to be expected. Who knows, perhaps none of this talent (LaPorta, Brantley, Donald, Hagadone, Knapp, Carrasco, Santana et al) will pan out. But frankly, the Indians might be better positioned than some of their small market brethren to compete and win in 2012 and beyond — or until the next inevitable trading of stars on the cusp of free agency occurs. I feel you do Dispatch readers a disservice by discounting the realities of running small market baseball teams in 2010 in lieu of surface-level angst about "being cheap." You say all of the empty seats at Progressive Field should be saluted. If only you would give a realistic portrait to your audience of why those seats are so damned empty. Sincerely, Eric Davis Indians Fool and Torture Victim since 1975.

Enjoy a tall frosty glass of failure.


KC microbrewery is offering "Charlieweis", to 'honor' the new offensive coordinator for the Chefs.

White Boy Can Jump. Fordham's Brian Kownacki leaps the catcher to score in an incredible comeback...


White Boy Can Jump. Fordham's Brian Kownacki leaps the catcher to score in an incredible comeback win against Iona.

How Field Technology could change baseball statistics.


Technology and statistics meets 'scouting.' What does Chuck have to say?

Bizarro Baseball League


If you don't already have enough teams and leagues to satiate your unending thirst for fantasy baseball, then give this Bizarro league a try. The goal is to draft and craft the worst baseball team you possibly can. But with stat categories like Plate Appearances and Innings Pitched, you can't just load up on a bunch of really fringe players if you want to 'succeed.' it's just a little fun diversion and not too be taken too seriously. I just created it, so there's only 2 teams so far. There's a live draft scheduled in 4 days, but I am open to changing the date and time to allow for more teams. It's a Yahoo! league. The league # is 522341 and the password is bizarro.

Columbus Dispatch's Bob Hunter's "2009 Hunter Awards"


Obligatory year-ending space filler by sports columnist Bob Hunter. Some Indians-related lowlights: Manager of the Year: Torey Luvullo. (Apparently he doesn't know Mike Sarbaugh manages at Akron.) Grinder of the Year: Brian Leonard (What? Where's Jamey Carroll?) Build a Bad Team, Fire the Manager Award: Mark Shapiro (I guess Bob's okay with Ryan Garko in right.) Forgotten but not gone: Adam Miller (Who?) Worst Trade: Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco for four Phillies "prospects" (Hey Bob, Carlos Carrasco is only 23.) Overrated: Grady SIzemore (Hunter can't distinguish between mediocrity and injury, apparently.) A rabbit's foot the size of New Zealand: Manny Acta (Huh?) Limberger Cheese Cup: Cleveland Indians (Again, I have no idea what this means besides the fact that they stunk.) Overpaid: Travis Hafner (Maybe I agree?)

Hey look! Charts!


Not our usual PitchFX ones, either. Craig Robinson of FlipFlopFlyBall merges his two loves — infographics and baseball ... and the results are interesting.

Who's this 'Matt Weiters' character?


I expect to be reading these for Hector Rondon someday.

The World's Best Illusion: The Secret of the Curve Ball


The three best visual illusions in the world were chosen at a gathering last weekend of neuroscientists and psychologists at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Florida. The first illustrates how a curve ball may be harder to hit than it really is as it moves through the field of vision.

Wedge3000 is Alive!


See the horror for yourself. (I'm hoping to add some sound soon.)

It's NY Post Headline Time Again


Give it your best shot. New Yankee Stadium deserves only your most creative, awesomely-derogatory puns and wordplays.

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