Indians Rumors & News

  • Schwarber helps Cubs level World Series at 1-1

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- Kyle Schwarber didn't need much time to make an impact on the Chicago Cubs' lineup. In his second game back after early-April knee surgery cost him almost the entire regular season, Schwarber helped the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 Wednesday to even the World..." October 27

  • Ken Griffey Jr. to be on the cover of MLB The Show 17

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson will be passing the mantle of MLB The Show cover athlete to one of the greatest players of all time. The creators of the video game announced on Twitter Thursday that the Kid, Ken Griffey Jr., will be on the cover for next season’s game. The Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati..." October 27

  • Kluber, Indians blank Cubs in World Series opener

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona saw Corey Kluber pitch like this before, and as usual, it meant a happy ending for Cleveland. Kluber threw six-plus stellar innings, and Cleveland's vaunted bullpen took it from there as the Indians beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 Tuesday in Game 1 of..." October 26

  • A guy gave up his airline seat to Kenny Lofton, cashes in big

    Hardball Talk "A man named Ken Kostal of Marblehead, Ohio was just trying to get home from Los Angeles yesterday morning. He looked over and saw former Indians great Kenny Lofton in the boarding area, trying to fly standby to Cleveland. Why was Lofton trying to get to Cleveland? To throw out the first pitch in..." October 26

  • Terry Francona confirms Corey Kluber will start Games 4 and 7, if necessary

    CBS Sports "Speculation and reporting around the Indians leading up to the World Series was that given their rotation injuries, ace Corey Kluber might be used in Games 1, 4 and 7. Obviously Game 7 is an if necessary situation, but that is, indeed, the plan. Manager Terry Francona confirmed it on..." October 26

  • Rob Manfred to meet with Indians over 'Chief Wahoo' logo this offseason

    CBS Sports "With the Indians currently in the World Series, more attention is being paid to the team's controversial "Chief Wahoo" logo. One activist in Canada tried to get the logo banned before ALCS games in Toronto. Prior to Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, commissioner Rob Manfred said during a..." October 26

  • MLB cancels its Dominican showcase after players protest an international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ben Badler of Baseball America Reports that Major League Baseball has cancelled its Dominican national showcase, which was scheduled for today and tomorrow. Why? Because, Badler reports, trainers and players in the Dominican Republic planned to skip the showcase in protest over Major League..." October 26

  • Cleveland Police troll Cubs after Game 1

    Larry Brown Sports "Cleveland fans are puffing their chests after winning Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. Even the city’s police are trolling the Game 1 victim Chicago Cubs. After the Indians shut out the Cubs 6-0 Tuesday, Cleveland Police sent out the following tweet trolling the Cubs. That’s some..." October 26

  • Corey Kluber’s masterful Game 1 effort shows why Indians are so dangerous

    SI "Corey Kluber smiled, which if you know even a little bit about the Indians' stoic ace is the rough equivalent of a Haley’s comet sighting, a Thomas Pynchon book tour or a Cleveland professional sports championship. But yes, there it was—a smile in the Indians' bullpen before World Series Game 1 on..." October 26

  • Start time moved up for Game 2 of World Series due to rain in forecast

    USA Today "The start time for Wednesday’s Game 2 has been moved up one hour - to 7:08 p.m. ET - due to expected rain in the Cleveland area, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday night. The chance of rain in Cleveland increases from 20% during the day Wednesday to 80% later Wednesday evening. Up to..." October 26

  • Petition calls for Bob Uecker to replace Joe Buck in Fox broadcast booth for Indians-Cubs World Series

    New York Daily News "Some people really want to bring “Major League” into this World Series. There was the push to get Charlie Sheen — aka Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn — to throw out the first pitch of Game 1 and now there’s a petition to bench Joe Buck and put Bob Uecker — aka Harry Doyle — behind the mike. This..." October 25

  • Jason Kipnis' injured ankle doesn't look good before Game 1 of World Series

    CBS Sports "As noted in this very space, Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis may be somewhat limited in Game 1 of the World Series against the Cubs on Tuesday night because of the left ankle injury he suffered while celebrating the last out of the ALCS. By way of reminder, here's how the injury occurred..." October 25

  • Baseball writer takes chilly dip after Cleveland Indians reach World Series

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "News flash. The Indians are in the World Series and one particular baseball writer is in the drink. No, not that kind of drink, we're talking about Lake Erie and Davey Jones' locker. I made a bet that if the Indians reached the World Series, I'd jump into the lake after I wrote the Indians off..." October 25

  • World Series opponents Lester, Francona have deep bond

    Today's Knuckleball "Terry Francona certainly knows who he wants to win in Game 1 of the World Series. After all, he is the Cleveland Indians manager. However, Francona admits it will be hard to separate his emotions completely when his American League champions meet the National League champion Chicago Cubs on..." October 25

  • A History Of Misery: Cubs, Indians in World Series We've All Been Waiting For

    The Comeback "The narratives are all over the place. The Indians haven’t won a World Series since 1948 and haven’t been there since 1997. The Cubs have an even longer history of non-relevance going back to their last World Series appearance in 1945 and last win in 1908. We know for sure that one of the two..." October 25

  • Terry Francona and J.R. Smith are unlikely texting buddies who hope to actually meet soon

    Akron Beacon Journal "They are slowly becoming Cleveland’s Odd Couple, the Indians’ 57-year-old manager and the Cavs’ 31-year-old shooting guard. On the surface, Terry Francona and J.R. Smith seem to have little in common. But there is an admiration and respect between them that they hope will soon blossom into more —..." October 25

  • Chicago native Jason Kipnis thinks Steve Bartman deserves 1st pitch

    ESPN "Jason Kipnis was raised on Chicago's North Side, and like so many other kids, he grew up idolizing Ryne Sandberg, watching Sammy Sosa smash home runs and listening to Harry Caray. He bled Cubs blue. And he never once blamed Steve Bartman -- they went to the same high school, by the..." October 25

  • Party at Napoli's is about more than revelry for Cleveland

    Sporting News "The story of “Party at Napoli’s” is pretty simple, at least to hear the host of Cleveland’s rockin’ shindig tell it. “I guess (it came) from my rant after the 2013 World Series,” Mike Napoli said on Monday, wearing a “Party at Napoli’s” t-shirt with his face emblazoned on the left sleeve. “But..." October 25

  • Indians confirm Danny Salazar will appear on World Series roster

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians got some welcome news on Monday with regards to their pitching staff. Pitching coach Mickey Callaway informed Salazar that he had made the World Series roster after recovering from injury." October 25

  • Lucroy: Decision to veto Indians trade 'over with and in the past'

    ESPN "As the Indians prepare for their first World Series appearance in 19 years, Jonathan Lucroy looks on from afar, with no regrets that he missed out on an opportunity to be part of the team's deep October run. Lucroy, a two-time All-Star catcher with the Milwaukee Brewers, was on the verge of..." October 24

  • Tomlin's paralyzed father to watch Game 3 start live "Josh Tomlin got the nod to start Game 3 of the World Series in Wrigley Field. His father, Jerry, got the nod to travel to Wrigley to watch his son pitch. Enter one of the great subplots of an Indians-Cubs World Series loaded with them. Last week, we told you the story about how Jerry has..." October 24

  • Many Indians season ticket holders lost out on World Series tickets after violating resale policy

    ABC Cleveland "More than a dozen Indians season ticket holders had their World Series tickets cancelled after the Indians reported they violated the resale policy on their ticket package. AJ Booth of Richmond Heights said he was stunned to learn all of his World Series tickets has been cancelled just moments..." October 24

  • Jason Kipnis has support of family despite lifelong link to Cubs

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Jason Kipnis' uncle delivered one of Ryne Sandberg's children. Kipnis grew up a little more than a half-hour north of Wrigley Field, one of baseball's most treasured sanctuaries. Kipnis lived down the street from Steve Bartman, the most infamous man in a green turtleneck, glasses and cheap..." October 24

  • Cleveland Indians' Salazar throws 3-inning simulated game; next stop World Series?

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Danny Salazar feels like he's 100 percent. If that's true, his next real game could be in the World Series. Salazar pitched a three-inning simulated game Sunday night during the Indians' workout in anticipation of playing the Cubs in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night at Progressive..." October 24

  • Indians' Jason Kipnis suffered minor 'freak' injury celebrating

    CBS Sports "The Cleveland Indians have dealt with one too many freak injuries already this postseason -- Trevor Bauer's drone mishap had the potential to reshape the American League Championship Series, after all. Fortunately for the Indians, it looks like they avoided a significant blow to second baseman..." October 24

  • Indians turn to Kluber for World Series opener

    ESPN "The Indians will give Corey Kluber the starting nod for Game 1 of the World Series when Cleveland hosts the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. Kluber has gone 2-1 with an 0.98 ERA during the postseason, including two shutout wins. On Tuesday, the Indians will announce whether Trevor Bauer or Josh..." October 24

  • Top 8 storylines for 2016 World Series

    Sportsnaut "Given how strange the year has been, it’s fitting that the 2016 World Series will feature the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. No two teams are currently experiencing longer championship droughts. In fact, no other team is terribly close. With the 2016 World Series fast approaching, what..." October 24

  • Gordon: Jose Fernandez said Cubs, Indians had best lineups

    SI "Around an hour after the Cubs clinched their first pennant since 1945, sending them into the World Series to face the Indians, Marlins shortstop Dee Gordon shared a moving anecdote about his late teammate, Jose Fernandez. Gordon—who homered in his first at bat following Fernandez’s tragic death..." October 23

  • Ticket prices for the Cubs-Indians World Series are insane

    Fox Sports "You probably could've seen this coming, but World Series ticket prices are going to be very expensive this time around. With the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians going head-to-head in the Fall Classic, we're witnessing a matchup of two historically hard-luck franchises. The Indians haven't..." October 23

  • Danny Salazar could return to rotation in World Series

    Larry Brown Sports "Fresh off winning the American League pennant, the Cleveland Indians may get another reason to celebrate. Indians manager Terry Francona said on Friday that right-hander Danny Salazar, who has been out for over a month with a forearm strain, will throw a simulated game over the weekend and..." October 22

  • Here's how the AL champion Cleveland Indians were built

    CBS Sports "For the first time since 1997, the Cleveland Indians are the American League champions. They dispatched the Blue Jays in five games in the ALCS earlier this week. The Indians are now four wins away from their first championship since 1948. They'll play the winner of the Dodgers-Cubs NLCS in the..." October 22

  • Indians should quit hedging, retire Chief Wahoo completely

    Sporting News "Progressive Field sits about a block removed from a bend in the Cuyahoga — a river name borne from a butchered Mohawk word, a river once so sullied that it could catch fire. And from those fires came a desire to be clean again. To restore the river to something closer to its natural..." October 21

  • Indians sell out World Series tickets in 15 minutes

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cleveland Indians announced Thursday that the team has sold out the remaining allotment of tickets for its home games in the 2016 World Series. A limited number of World Series tickets went on sale to the general public via at 10 a.m. on Thursday. By 10:17 the club announced..." October 21

  • Indians' 95-year-old WS winner upset club hasn't contacted him

    New York Daily News "The oldest living Yankee also happens to be the only surviving member from the last Cleveland Indians team to win a World Series title, the 1948 club that beat the Boston Braves in six games. But Eddie Robinson, 95, says he is not too pleased with his old team from northeast Ohio, mainly..." October 21

  • Charlie Sheen would like to throw out the first pitch at a World Series game

    Hardball Talk "For all of the ups and downs of his personal and professional life, Charlie Sheen is and always has been a passionate baseball fan. Sheen once bought out an entire section of bleachers for an Angels game so he could catch a home run ball (he didn’t catch a home run ball). He starred in “Eight Men..." October 21

  • Wedding crashers: Fans purchase gifts for Merritt "When one of Ryan Merritt's teammates mentioned it late Wednesday night, the rookie pitcher assumed it was a joke. When text messages began arriving, buzzing the phones belonging to Merritt and his fiancee, they realized this was not a prank. Indians fans really had found their wedding..." October 21

  • Trevor Bauer says his finger will be OK for the World Series

    Hardball Talk "Indians starter Trevor Bauer said he expects his sliced right pinkie to heal in time for the World Series. Bauer, of course, is a drone hobbyist and hurt his finger while fixing a drone. By the time he’ll have to pitch again he will have had nine days since his last, bloody start in ALCS Game..." October 20

  • Kipnis: Channing Tatum should play me in film adaptation of '16 Indians

    CBS Cleveland "When you don’t have your most consistent hitter, two of your best pitchers, experience a drone-related mishap, and a hurler with just 11 MLB innings under his belt pitches the clincher, your story is worthy of being a movie, right? Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis certainly..." October 20

  • The Indians' trust in Terry Francona has led to an unlikely World Series berth

    Fox Sports "The Francona Factor cancels out Murphy's Law. It seems like anything that could have gone wrong this postseason for the Cleveland Indians has ... but they keep winning. The Francona Factor is the main component of a team that has allowed it to overcome more adversity over the past few weeks..." October 20

  • Mike Napoli wanted Indians to celebrate by going to Las Vegas

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians are four wins away from capturing their first World Series title since 1948, but Mike Napoli doesn’t want to wait that long to go all-out with the celebration. After his team finished off the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the ALCS, Napoli wanted to take the long way home from..." October 20

  • Andrew Miller named ALCS MVP for Cleveland Indians, but says he doesn't deserve it

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Andrew Miller was named MVP of the American League Championship Series, but he said he didn't deserve the award. The Indians advanced to the World Series on Wednesday with a 3-0 victory over Toronto in Game 5 of the ALCS. Miller helped secure the win with 2 2/3 scoreless innings, which was not..." October 20

  • Indians blank Jays to book trip to World Series

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Cleveland Indians tried somebody new Wednesday, but in the end, a couple of old reliables put them in the World Series after they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 to win the American League Championship Series in five games. The newcomer was Ryan Merritt, who was making his..." October 19

  • Jose Bautista has great quote about facing Indians’ Ryan Merritt

    Larry Brown Sports "The Toronto Blue Jays may be down 3-1 in the ALCS against the Cleveland Indians, but don’t tell that to Jose Bautista. The Blue Jays outfielder remains as confident as ever heading into Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday. In fact, he thinks Indians pitcher Ryan Merritt, who is scheduled to start..." October 19

  • Bullpen brilliance gives Indians ALCS stranglehold

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Cleveland Indians looked to be in trouble when starting pitcher Trevor Bauer left the game in the first inning Monday night. Manager Terry Francona was forced to turn the game over to the bullpen. It turned out that the game was in good hands. Mike Napoli hit a..." October 18

  • Terry Francona lost a tooth while chewing tobacco before Game 3

    Larry Brown Sports "Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer was apparently not the only one who had a medical emergency at the Rogers Centre on Monday night. Not long before Bauer’s finger began gushing blood, Terry Francona lost a tooth. Francona told reporters on Tuesday that he felt something “crunchy”..." October 18

  • Donaldson homers as Jays stay alive in ALCS

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays finally got their bats working. Aaron Sanchez and the bullpen took care of the rest, and Toronto is still alive in the American League Championship Series after defeating the Cleveland Indians 5-1 Tuesday afternoon. Cleveland leads the best-of-seven..." October 18

  • Indians' Trevor Bauer suggested a gruesome solution to stop his finger from bleeding

    Fox Sports "We all saw what happened to Trevor Bauer's finger during Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday. The Indians starter was forced to leave the game in the first inning, thanks to his grotesquely injured pinkie finger. It was literally a bloody mess. But apparently it all could have been avoided, if..." October 18

  • Terry Francona: Middle finger during broadcast a 'nervous habit'

    ESPN "Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday morning that video showing him extending a middle finger to a camera during Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Monday night against the Toronto Blue Jays was a "nervous habit" and not intentional. "God, I was so embarrassed..." October 18

  • Are the Indians making the right move starting Kluber on short rest in Game 4?

    CBS Sports "On Tuesday afternoon, the Indians will look to finish off an ALCS sweep of the Blue Jays and clinch their first pennant since 1997. The first three games have been very close -- one game was decided by one run, the other two by two runs -- and all have gone Cleveland's way. The Indians will..." October 18

  • Kluber in Game 4 on short rest "There was little solace to be had at the time. Indians manager Terry Francona, with no choice but to remove his starting pitcher from the mound in the first inning Monday, as Trevor Bauer's lacerated pinkie continued dripping too much blood to conceal, began trudging back to the dugout. He had..." October 18

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