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Former Indians abound on ESPN broadcasts

By sstorm Published: January 28, 2011

According to the Associated Press, Nomar Garciaparra will become the analyst for ESPN's Wednesday night baseball telecasts this season. Dave O'Brien will join him as the play-by-play voice.

Former Indians third baseman Aaron Boone and pitcher Rick Sutcliffe will be the analysts for the network's Monday night broadcasts. Sean McDonough will do the play-by-play.

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ESPN's Keith Law ranks the Tribe's Top Ten Prospects

By sstorm Published: January 27, 2011

Keith Law of ESPN ranked the top 10 prospects in the Tribe organization, three are in his top 100 overall.

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Indians players and manager coming to Monsters hockey game

By sstorm Published: January 27, 2011

Cleveland sports fans can check out Tribe manager Manny Acta and a handful of players who will participate in an autograph session and pre-game ceremonies at the Lake Erie Monsters game Jan. 29th. In addition, mascots Slider and the Hot Dogs will add to the fanfare of game from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturay night.

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 29th from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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Tribe broadcast schedules for spring training and regular season

By sstorm Published: January 24, 2011

With just 67 days and counting until the Indians 2011 home opener on April 1st (versus the Chicago White Sox), the Indians released their 2011 Spring and Regular Season Broadcast Schedules.

* The Cleveland Indians Radio Network, with flagship station WTAM News Radio 1100AM and WMMS 100.7FM, will broadcast 20 exhibition games this spring featuring “Voice of the Indians” Tom Hamilton, Mike Hegan and Jim Rosenhaus. The Indians Radio Network and will broadcast all 20 games live, while WTAM or WMMS will broadcast 11 of those games live and nine games digitally delayed. In addition to the 20 IRN broadcasts, 10 other games will be available live on (live streaming audio only) with Rosenhaus calling the play-by-play action.

* SportsTime Ohio, with Matt Underwood and Rick Manning, will air six telecasts from Spring Training (March 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15). STO and (live streaming audio only) will also broadcast one additional game from Huntington Park when the Cleveland Indians visit the home of their minor league affiliate, the 2010 Triple-A national champion Columbus Clippers on March 30. Spring Training Daily will broadcast shows at 9:30pm EST nightly from February 21-25 featuring Manning and Underwood. Bruce Drennan’s All Bets Are Off Show will be live from February 27- March 4.

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Indians to host town hall meeting Jan. 27 before hitting the malls

By sstorm Published: January 21, 2011

The Indians will host a Town Hall Meeting featuring manager Manny Acta and general manager Chris Antonetti Jan. 27 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. to kick off the “Tribe on Tour” weekend.

The town hall meeting will be held in downtown Cleveland at Idea Center (PBS/WVIZ-1375 Euclid Ave.) and will be moderated by SportsTime Ohio announcer Matt Underwood.

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Check out two new items at Aeros

By sstorm Published: January 20, 2011

The Akron Aeros made news this week thanks to a new burger and a redesigned website.

First the food, because honestly, who doesn't go to a ballpark to eat? After years of mostly-bland ballpark fare, the 2011 season will feature the team's newest food item called the Nice 2 Meat You Burger. This two-pound colossal creation includes a pound and a fourth of hamburger outer shell with a half pound of hot dog and a fourth pound of bacon, cheese and onions stuffed inside.

Also this week, the team unveiled a revamped website at The redesign is touted by the team to be "more appealing with an easy to navigate site layout."

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Choo and Perez last of arbitration eligble Inidans to sign one-year deals

By sstorm Published: January 18, 2011

Tuesday afternoon the Indians wraped up negotiations with their remaining arbitration-eligible players by signing OF Shin Soo Choo and LHP Rafael Perez to one-year Major League contract for the 2011 season.

Choo, 28, hit .300 with 31 doubles, two triples, 22 home runs, 81 runs scored, 22 steals and 90 RBI in 144 games last season, becoming the first Indians batter in franchise history to hit .300 with 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in consecutive seasons.

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Hargrove rejoins Tribe as a special advisor for 2011

By sstorm Published: January 18, 2011

The Indians appointed former Tribe Player and Manager Mike Hargrove as a Special Advisor for the 2011 season Tuesday.

The Indians Hall of Famer will assist the organization in a variety of roles including assisting Manager Manny Acta’s coaching staff in spring training, joining the STO broadcast team on select telecasts and serving as a resource for the many business, community and charitable endeavors of the franchise.

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Perez back on board with one-year deal

By sstorm Published: January 18, 2011

A day after signing shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year deal, the indians continued the trend by signing closer Chris Perez also to a one-year Major League contract for the 2011 season. The deals kept both players out of arbitration.

With veteran Kerry Wood on the disabled list last season, Perez emerged as the Tribe's closer of the future. He went 2-2 with a 1.71 ERA. In 63 relief innings, Perez limited opponnets to 12 earned runs while striking out 61 batters and issuing 28 walks for a .182 average against), notching a team-best 23 saves in 27 chances. He ended the season with a consecutive save streak of 10 from Aug. 16th through the end of the season and saved 18 of his last 19 chances. His 1.71 ERA was the second lowest relief ERA in the American League as he recorded an ERA of 0.53 after June 27th.

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Cabrera signs one-year deal with Tribe

By sstorm Published: January 18, 2011

Late Monday night, the Indians signed shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year Major League contract for the 2011 season, avoiding arbitration.

Last year, the 25-year old batted .276 with 16 doubles, a triple, three home runs and 29 RBI in 97 games despite missing nearly two months with a broken left forearm. In 94 starts at shortstop, Cabrera compiled a fielding percentage of .972 (11 errors with 431 total chances for the season.

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Indians invite 10 minor leaguers to spring training

By sstorm Published: January 17, 2011

The Indians recently extended 10 invitations to its minor leaguers to attend Major League camp, bringing the total to 18 non-roster invitees - including seven players who have been drafted since 2008.

In all, the 18 players include: RHP Justin Germano, RHP Doug Mathis, RHP Yohan Pino, LHP Drew Pomeranz, RHP Zach Putnam, RHP Anthony Reyes, RHP Bryce Stowell, RHP Alex White, C Juan Apodaca, C Luke Carlin, C Paul Phillips, 3B Lonnis Chisenhall, INF Adam Everett, INF Jack Hannahan, INF Jason Kipnis, INF Cord Phelps, OF Travis Buck and OF Chad Huffman.

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Indians release on new Tribe Hall of Famers Blyleven & Alomar

By sstorm Published: January 5, 2011

Good information from an Indians press release Wednesday:

The Cleveland Indians organization congratulates former Indians RHP Bert Blyleven and 2B Roberto Alomar, each of whom was elected today to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Tribe adds two more potential players to 2011 mix

By sstorm Published: January 5, 2011

* The Indians signed RHP Doug Mathis to a free agent minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp. The 27-year old split the 2010 season between the Texas Rangers and Triple-A Oklahoma, going 1-1 with a 6.04 ERA in 13 Major League relief appearances.

* The Tribe acquired RHP Joe Martinez from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named or cash considerations. The 27-year old split last season between the Triple-A and Major League levels in the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants organizations. Martinez was San Francisco’s 12th-round selection in the 2005 draft out of Boston College.

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