Time to find out if the curse is real. Sports Illustrated is featuring the Cleveland Indians on the cover of its baseball preview issue. Starting pitcher Corey Kluber and outfielder Michael Brantley are on the cover with the headline "Wait Till This Year."
The magazine is also touting the Indians as their pick to win the World Series.
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The Cleveland Indians on Friday trimmed its Major League spring training roster down to 48 players.
Outfielder Carlos Moncrief was optioned to Triple-A Columbus. Infielder Erik Gonzales was optioned to Double-A Akron. Outfielder James Ramsey and left-handed pitcher Nick Maronde were reassigned to minor league camp.
SportsTime Ohio on Thursday announced a couple of changes to its 2015 broadcast team.
Andre Knott will be joining the team as its reporter. The Beacon Journal's George Thomas has the full story on Knott here. Knott has been a regular on WTAM and with Browns coverage for quite some time in the area. He also co-hosts The A to Z Podcast with Fox Sports Ohio's Zac Jackson.
Former Indians pitcher Jensen Lewis, who last year was used for select home games as a co-host for Indians Live pre- and post-game shows, will be much more visible as an every-day analyst for all Indians Live broadcasts.To read more or comment...
If you love voting for your favorite players to be in the All-Star Game every summer, you better be at least a little tech savvy.
Major League Baseball announced that it is going to an online-only balloting system, doing away with the paper ballots available at stadiums (and the hanging chads that come with them).
Bob Bowman, MLB's president for business and media, said in a memo obtained by Bloomberg News that online voting accounted for more than 80 percent of last season’s ballots and that 16 million paper ballots went unused.
Baseball is simply following suit with the other major sports leagues in the U.S. This is just the next thing to enter the online world. Even if nostalgia, for a lot of people, is taking a hit.
AL East injuries
The American League East hasn’t had a great 48 hours in terms of injuries to some of its top players.
New York Yankees centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has an oblique injury that could keep him out of the Opening Day lineup.
Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, too, has seen his Opening Day status put into doubt. Wieters has been recovering from Tommy John Surgery and is now being held out of the lineup with elbow tendinitis. He’ll sit for a few days and will likely return as a designated hitter, but how his arm is holding up behind home plate later this month will determine when he starts the regular season.
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb won’t be ready for Opening Day, as he has tendinitis in his right forearm. Per reports, Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman is hopeful Cobb can return in mid-to-late April. Cobb was likely slated to start Opening Day.
Cleveland Indians outfielder/first baseman Nick Swisher is making progress in his rehab from surgeries on both knees.
Swisher was able to run the bases for the first time this week. Indians manager Terry Francona said it wasn't the last step, but it was a big step for Swisher.
Francona recently raved about the progress of outfielder Brandon Moss and how he was able to decelerate and run the bases. That same kind of ability to decelerate, stop and then go again is what he's looking for with Swisher.To read more or comment...
Former Cleveland Indians great Al Rosen passed away Friday night, per a release from the team.
He was 91 years old.
Rosen played all 10 years of his MLB career with the Indians from (1947-1956). He won the American League MVP, the last Indians player to do so, in 1953, hitting .336 with 43 home runs and 145 RBI. He narrowly missed the triple crown.To read more or comment...
The Cleveland Indians on Thursday announced that the new two-story bar in the Right Field District area of Progressive Field will be named "The Corner."
The name is a result of fans voting online for the past couple of weeks. "The Corner" name pays homage to Indians radio great Tom Hamilton and his signature opening line, "We're under way at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario."
It's a two-story, indoor-outdoor bar with 40 beers on tap and a fire pit on the rooftop deck. It also includes elements salvaged by Rustbelt Reclamation of the old Columbus Road Bridge in Cleveland's Flats.To read more or comment...
Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale has started the last two Opening Days, but that streak could be coming to an end, according to multiple media reports.
According to general manager Rick Hahn, Sale fractured a bone in his right foot on Feb. 27 while unloading items off of a truck to his spring training residence. Executive vice president Kenny Williams, per reports, said Wednesday that the team is taking it slow with their ace.
Due to their schedule, the White Sox would need only four starters in their first five games. Per Doug Padilla of ESPN.com, Sale's debut date could be April 12.To read more or comment...
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer gave up back-to-back-to-back home runs yesterday against the Chicago Cubs.
So today, the Goodyear Police Department made an appearance in the Indians' clubhouse today to poke a little fun—and return the baseballs.
Goodyear police stopped by the clubhouse. Seems I'm responsible for 3 broken windows outside the stadium yesterday pic.twitter.com/6KPMhkfs2jTo read more or comment...
The Cleveland Indians and starting pitcher Corey Kluber reached a one-year contract agreement Wednesday, per an announcement from the team.
Kluber was the last unsigned pre-arbitration player on the 40-man roster.
Last year, Kluber became the fourth pitcher in team history to win the Cy Young Award, posting an 18-10 record, 2.44 ERA and 269 strikeouts in 235 2/3 innings pitched. He finished the year top-3 in the American League in all of those categories. Kluber reportedly made $514,000 last season and received a $10,000 bonus for the winning the Cy Young.To read more or comment...