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Old 03-13-18, 09:41 AM
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Interesting stuff going on at Tribe camp. Francisco Mejia and Bobby Bradley were both re-assigned to minor league camp. That's not really a surprise. However, Mejia is going to Columbus to learn to play the outfield. Mejia, of course, is one of baseball's top prospects as a catcher. Supposedly, Francona told Mejia that he's big-league ready as a hitter but he's still got some developing to do as a catcher.

The book on Mejia is that he's got a rocket arm as a catcher but he needed to improve such things as blocking balls in the dirt and framing pitches. The Indians have said all along that they're happy with the platoon of Roberto Perez and Yan Gomes at catcher. This proves it. We'll see how long it takes Mejia to learn the outfield. He's only 5-10, 180 pounds, so he's not a big, lumbering clod. In fact, he has decent speed and he does possess that great throwing arm.

This may also suggest that Michael Brantley may not be ready for a while, or even that the Tribe may not want to sign him to an extension next year. Mejia is also a switch hitter so if he eventually lands in right, he may supplant the Lonnie Chisenhall/Brandon Guyer platoon.

I expect to see Mejia in Cleveland by mid-summer.
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Old 03-15-18, 10:17 AM
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Tribe beat the Angels 7-0. Kluber pitched five innings of one-hit ball. McAllister had another fine relief outing; he's had a great spring. Tyler Naquin hit a homer. If Brantley isn't ready by opening day, I'd like to see Naquin win the left field job. I've always liked the way he hits.
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Old 03-19-18, 09:10 PM
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Soft-tossing lefty Merritt hanged, drawn, and quartered right on the mound today


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Ah yes, Brian's boy. Don't expect to see him around anytime soon.

Another bad outing, against the Cubbies this time, (the guys that brian was so mad that Tito didn't give him a run at in the WS, iirc ) by Ryan "No Options" Merritt.

He's not making the roster. It over.
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Old 03-21-18, 12:38 PM
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Another bad outing, against the Cubbies this time, (the guys that brian was so mad that Tito didn't give him a run at in the WS, iirc ) by Ryan "No Options" Merritt.

He's not making the roster. It over.
I still expect Merritt to make the roster. If Salazar were healthy and ready to go, it might be a different matter. The Indians need someone close by to make an emergency start in the event a starting pitcher gets injured.

If not Merritt the next man up is Adam Plutko, who is nothing better than a fair AAA pitcher. If I know that much, you can be certain Tito knows it, too. Triston McKenzie is the best young pitcher on the horizon, but he's probably a year away from being major league-ready.
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Old 03-21-18, 12:44 PM
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Another reason for the Tribe to experiment with Francisco Mejia in the outfield is the emergence of Eric Haase as a catching prospect. The Tribe loves his defense. He also has legit power and he's improved as a contact hitter.

Yan Gomes has had a great spring, by the way. I hope it's the start of a solid season for him.
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Old 03-22-18, 02:29 PM
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Davis makes the team, Nap released. Not really surprised by both moves.

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Old 03-22-18, 02:41 PM
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Michael Brantley homered in his first Cactus League game, but the Tribe lost to the Royals, 12-8. Yonder Alonso hit his sixth spring HR; Lindor hit his fifth. Carlos Carrasco pitched three shutout innings, then got lit up in the fourth and fifth. I hope that's just a hiccup, and that he's ready to go five by Opening Day.

My boy Yandy Diaz got sent down to Columbus. Not happy.
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Old 03-22-18, 03:31 PM
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Michael Brantley homered in his first Cactus League game, but the Tribe lost to the Royals, 12-8. Yonder Alonso hit his sixth spring HR; Lindor hit his fifth. Carlos Carrasco pitched three shutout innings, then got lit up in the fourth and fifth. I hope that's just a hiccup, and that he's ready to go five by Opening Day.

My boy Yandy Diaz got sent down to Columbus. Not happy.
He'll be back before you know it when someone goes down.
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Old 03-24-18, 05:31 AM
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Merritt goes on the DL with "tired arm" lol classic!

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Old 03-24-18, 07:17 PM
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How many games will the Tribe win this year?
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Old 03-25-18, 01:05 AM
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Merritt goes on the DL with "tired arm" lol classic!

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Who sez we're outta options, huh ? Amirite ?

brian has him lined up for the Cy Young......
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Old 03-25-18, 08:56 AM
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Lol hate to lose pitching but he seems like a AAAA pitcher good in patches but you can't trust him.

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Old 03-25-18, 08:56 AM
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Kind of like Brian
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Old 03-25-18, 10:47 AM
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How many games will the Tribe win this year?
If I'm taking action, I place the over/under 94.5. Central will stink and Tito could coast.

That thinking aside, I'll say officially 97, if my heart gets involved. Go Tribe!!!!




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Old 03-25-18, 12:57 PM
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90 wins I think

Nap to AAA
Brantley to start the year on the DL
Naquin makes the big league roster

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Old 03-25-18, 01:01 PM
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Brantley=Sam Bradford. So much unrealized potential, never any momentum season-to-season.
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Old 03-26-18, 07:42 AM
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Tom Hamilton just said during Saturdays broadcast "Brantley is good for opening day". WTH? I grabbed him in the 14th round of my fantasy league, thought I had a bargain. Oh well...
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Old 03-26-18, 11:51 AM
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If I'm taking action, I place the over/under 94.5. Central will stink and Tito could coast.

That thinking aside, I'll say officially 97, if my heart gets involved. Go Tribe!!!!




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Old 03-26-18, 11:59 AM
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How many wins for the Tribe? At least 100. Last year, I picked the Tribe to go 104-58 when everyone else had them winning 88 or 90. They won 102. This year, they'll win 100-plus. The only thing that could prevent that would be a long-term injury to Kluber, Carrasco or Bauer. God, what am I saying? Bite my tongue and pretend you never read that. I shouldn't mess with the mojo so soon before the start of the regular season.

Really, though, the Indians will be fine. Brantley will be back soon enough. I'm not worried about Naquin in left. I bet he hits close to .300 again. I do worry about Shaw's old spot. But if that proves to be a problem area into June, the Tribe will trade for a bullpen arm. Kipnis will have a comeback year. Gomes will hit enough to be OK. The only bat that has me concerned is Zimmer in center. But he's got oodles of talent, and I believe he'll hit eventually.
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Old 03-26-18, 12:02 PM
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Sales will be through the roof this year. As college basketball approaches its apex, major league baseball slides on in. Let's play two!
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Old 03-26-18, 03:08 PM
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I'm pretty sure at least in North East Ohio you will be able to buy caps and shirts with the logo on it. After this year they just won't be on the uniforms or anywhere on the stadium.

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Indians end spring training with a 3-3 tie vs. the Snakes. Napoli homered. Bauer pitched pretty well. Tribe finished something like 19-13 in the Cactus League.

Thursday night, season starts for real. Kluber vs. King Felix in Seattle. I believe the Tribe goes 102-60 again. I also believe that the Dolans will spring for a trade if a major need arises in season. This year the window is still wide open. Next year, Tribe loses Miller and maybe Cody Allen, with Lindor closing in on free agency. This is the year the Tribe needs to go for it with everything they've got.
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Indians end spring training with a 3-3 tie vs. the Snakes. Napoli homered. Bauer pitched pretty well. Tribe finished something like 19-13 in the Cactus League.

Thursday night, season starts for real. Kluber vs. King Felix in Seattle. I believe the Tribe goes 102-60 again. I also believe that the Dolans will spring for a trade if a major need arises in season. This year the window is still wide open. Next year, Tribe loses Miller and maybe Cody Allen, with Lindor closing in on free agency. This is the year the Tribe needs to go for it with everything they've got.
Thank you for the wonderful updates this spring,very informative.

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Indians end spring training with a 3-3 tie vs. the Snakes. Napoli homered. Bauer pitched pretty well. Tribe finished something like 19-13 in the Cactus League.

Thursday night, season starts for real. Kluber vs. King Felix in Seattle. I believe the Tribe goes 102-60 again. I also believe that the Dolans will spring for a trade if a major need arises in season. This year the window is still wide open. Next year, Tribe loses Miller and maybe Cody Allen, with Lindor closing in on free agency. This is the year the Tribe needs to go for it with everything they've got.
Lindor is 4 years from FA I believe...not time to panic yet.
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I'm pretty sure at least in North East Ohio you will be able to buy caps and shirts with the logo on it. After this year they just won't be on the uniforms or anywhere on the stadium.

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Correct. What a bunch of disingenuous nonsense. "The logo is so offensive we must remove it from the uniforms....but we will continue to profit from it."
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Reason why won't. Make playoffs a bad offense.

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Reason why won't. Make playoffs a bad offense.
Starting already, I see.
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Brian was counting on a 162-0 record for the Tribe. Now because that won't happen because of one bad pitch by Kluber, Brian has written the Tribe off.
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Old 03-30-18, 12:31 PM
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I figured the season would be over after one game

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