Indians Rumors & News

  • So why did Francisco Lindor apologize for celebrating his home run in Puerto Rico? He shouldn't have to

    CBS Sports "The feel-good story of Tuesday night was Indians star Francisco Lindor. More importantly, for our purposes, he's Puerto Rican Francisco Lindor. It was Lindor's first major-league game in Puerto Rico and the first game in Puerto Rico since it was devastated by Hurrican Maria last year. The..." April 18

  • Mike Napoli suffers 'significant knee injury' in Triple-A, Terry Francona says

    Sporting News "Mike Napoli's diagnosis doesn't seem good after he fell during Triple-A Columbus' game against Pawtucket Tuesday, the Athletic reported. According to Indians manager Terry Francona, Napoli suffered "a significant knee injury" on his right leg after he tripped trying to catch a foul ball at the..." April 18

  • Indians vs. Twins to Be Played in Puerto Rico Despite Island-Wide Blackout

    Bleacher Report "Despite an island-wide blackout, the scheduled game between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins in San Juan, Puerto Rico, will be played Wednesday. According to ABC News, it is expected to take between 24 and 36 hours for power to be restored. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz tweeted..." April 18

  • Cleveland Indians donate playoff share worth nearly $37,000 to Puerto Rico relief

    CBS Sports "The Cleveland Indians, a team that took first place in the AL Central with 102 wins last season, showed some charity on Monday as they tried to do their part to provide aid for Puerto Rico, an island still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Maria. Maria ravaged Dominica and Puerto Rico for..." April 18

  • No one complained about Francisco Lindor’s celebration, but he apologized anyway

    Hardball Talk "Francisco Lindor hit a homer in the Twins-Indians game down in Puerto Rico yesterday. It was a big moment for Lindor, a Puerto Rico native, on a night when the fans at Hiram Bithorn stadium were primed to celebrate something, anything, after months and months of recovery from Hurricane..." April 18

  • MLB Shop removes hat with Chief Wahoo, Jackie Robinson Day patch following backlash

    The Score "During Chief Wahoo's final season - after being officially discontinued following the 2018 campaign because it was deemed "no longer appropriate for on-field use" by commissioner Rob Manfred - Major League Baseball wants consumers to commemorate the anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the..." April 15

  • Rain postpones Indians-Blue Jays for 2nd straight day

    MLB.com "The Indians and Blue Jays have been postponed due to inclement weather for a second straight day. Cleveland will next play on Tuesday, opening a series as the visiting team against the Twins in San Juan, Puerto Rico, while the Blue Jays return home to host the Royals on Monday. Sunday's..." April 15

  • Indians streamed game of Fortnite on scoreboard during rain delay

    Yardbarker "Even professional sports teams are now getting in on the Fortnite craze. The Cleveland Indians found their home game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday delayed by rain, so they chose a great way to spend the time … by streaming the popular video game on their scoreboard at Progressive..." April 15

  • Blue Jays-Indians game delayed due to weather

    Sportsnet "The second game of a weekend series between the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians has been delayed due to weather. The game was originally scheduled to get underway at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday. No update has been provided as to when the contest may get underway." April 14

  • Edwin Encarnacion on Jose Bautista: He doesn’t deserve that

    Sportsnet "Edwin Encarnacion doesn’t like seeing Jose Bautista available on the free agent market more than two weeks into the regular season. Encarnacion still counts Bautista as a close friend, and when the two longtime teammates spoke Wednesday, Bautista said he continues working out in the hopes of..." April 14

  • Indians prospect Francisco Mejia files lawsuit over disputed loan

    ESPN "Cleveland Indians catcher Francisco Mejia, one of baseball's top prospects, is suing a company that he claims used "unconscionable" tactics to get him to surrender a substantial stake of his future big-league earnings in exchange for an up-front loan in 2016. Mejia's suit, filed in U.S...." April 13

  • Why MLB will continue to have bench-clearing brawls

    USA Today "Major League Baseball issued suspensions and fines for Wednesday’s bench-clearing brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees, with Boston pitcher Joe Kelly and New York first baseman Tyler Austin getting banished six and five games, respectively. Soon to follow will be discipline for the Rockies vs...." April 13

  • MLB batters getting hit by pitches at a historic rate - and tensions are high

    USA Today "Major league pitchers are placing batters on notice: Beware of the inside pitch. The regular season is only two weeks old and already 149 batters -- or 0.42 per game -- have been plunked. It's certainly very early, but that rate is 17% higher than 2017's full-season rate and would be the..." April 12

  • MLB Could Be on the Verge of More Insane and Drastic Rule Changes Based on Leaked Document

    12 Up "So far, several of these have come true. So why not the rest? We've already seen Major League Baseball implement​ rule changes to better the pace-of-play, both at the big league and minor league level. There's a pitch clock in the ​minors -- and we'll probably be seeing that ​in the bigs in..." April 11

  • MLB's African-American population regains lost ground; can growth continue?

    USA Today "It’s certainly not worth celebrating, but Major League Baseball has at least made back the loss of African American players that a year ago resulted in a historic low. The African-American population increased to 7.8%, up from 7.1% a year ago, on Major League Baseball’s opening-day day rosters..." April 11

  • Baseball Team Values 2018

    Forbes.com "This is the 21st rendition of our MLB valuations. The New York Yankees have been baseball's most valuable team (worth $4.0 billion) every year. Short explanation: The Bronx Bombers generate by far the most revenue--$619 million last season. The value of the Yankees has compounded annually at..." April 11

  • Marlins, Orioles, Indians suffer awful attendance numbers

    The Score "There was a concerning number of empty seats around baseball Monday, and the Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles, and Cleveland Indians were front and center amid the poor attendance. Miami only drew 7,003 fans to Marlins Park against the New York Mets on Monday. The rebuilding Marlins, who didn't..." April 10

  • Is the expanded safety netting ruining MLB?

    Michigan Live "As MLB swings into action, expanded safety netting has greeted fans on the lower levels. A child was hospitalized last season after being struck by a line-drive foul ball, bringing about the expansion of the protective netting. Expanding the net ensures the safety of the fans. Critics think the..." April 09

  • Lonnie Chisenhall out 4-6 weeks with calf strain

    Yardbarker "Days after getting outfielder Michael Brantley back from the disabled list, the Indians have learned that they’ll be without right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall for four to six weeks. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com first tweeted the timetable, which came from the mouth of Indians manager Terry Francona...." April 08

  • Cleveland Indians' Trevor Bauer says he felt 'rushed,' takes shot at MLB's pace-of-play rules

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Trevor Bauer threw eight good innings Saturday afternoon in the cold against Kansas City. He allowed one run, a leadoff homer to Lucas Duda in the seventh inning, and it made him and the Indians a 1-0 loser. There were plenty of extenuating circumstances for both teams to deal with at..." April 08

  • Indians activate Michael Brantley; option Tyler Naquin to Class AAA Columbus

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians activated Michael Brantley from the disabled list in time for Friday's home opener against the Royals. To make room for Brantley on the 25-man roster, Tyler Naquin was optioned to Class AAA Columbus. The Tribe opened the season with a six-game West Coast trip while Brantley was..." April 06

  • There will be a “pro-Chief Wahoo” rally at the Indians home opener tomorrow

    Hardball Talk "As you no doubt know, the Cleveland Indians — with some strong nudging from Major League Baseball — finally decided earlier this year to eliminate Chief Wahoo from their uniforms, from the merchandise sold on-site at Progressive Field and from signage in and around the ballpark. The change goes..." April 05

  • Will fans embrace MLB games only available on Facebook?

    Awful Announcing "We are now in an era where Facebook gets an exclusive MLB game each week. By exclusive, it means the game won’t be on television and there will not be a local feed. Overall, 25 games will be streamed on the social media service. We discussed the development last month when the deal was..." April 05

  • Why Major League Baseball is '90% mental' now more than ever

    USA Today "They’re the ones nobody ever sees. They’re not introduced in the opening-day pageantry. They don’t wear uniforms. They don’t have lockers in the clubhouse. Some even have weird titles, just to protect their anonymity. Yet, behind the scenes, there are proving as invaluable as any staff..." April 03

  • Twitter will again stream an MLB game for free each week

    Awful Announcing "For the second straight year, Twitter will stream one Major League Baseball game per week, available for free with a Twitter login. The games will reportedly stream on weekday afternoons, beginning Thursday with Rangers-Athletics at 3:35 p.m. ET. That matchup will be followed by Rays-White Sox..." April 03

  • MLB Players Ready for Fight to Stop 'Half the League' from Not Trying to Win

    Bleacher Report "Oatmeal nearly gone, bacon in hand and another meeting stuffed with pointed questions behind him, the Apple Watch wrapping Tony Clark's wrist beeped with a message: "Time to stand." The late-morning breakfast conversation here in a booth of the swanky hotel restaurant paused as the Major League..." April 03

  • Super-sized bullpens might help teams win, but they make baseball less exciting

    Sporting News "Commissioner Rob Manfred wants baseball to be appealing to younger people. He wants the game to be brisker for a generation raised on immediacy and social media. He’s gone on a crusade to address the sport’s pace of play. Even if the game is shorter, though, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s..." April 02

  • Who's No. 1? Does it really matter between Cleveland Indians' Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Spring-training competitions, especially when announced in advance, usually produce almost exactly what the team doesn't want - poor performances. Bring in three pitchers to compete for the fifth spot in the rotation and two won't get through camp healthy, while the third is released two days..." April 02

  • Indians' Danny Salazar: Out another month

    CBS Sports "Manager Terry Francona said Salazar (shoulder) will be in Arizona for a month or so building his arm back up, Zack Meisel of The Athletic Cleveland reports. Salazar has been sidelined since mid-February with rotator cuff inflammation." March 31

  • Nationals Sign Carlos Torres

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have signed right-handed reliever Carlos Torres to a minor league contract, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation tweets. The deal includes multiple opt-out dates for Torres, Cotillo adds. The 35-year-old Torres only spent a few days on the open market after Cleveland released him Saturday...." March 29

  • Trevor Bauer: Arbitration system ‘flawed’ and ‘outdated’

    Hardball Talk "Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports wrote up a nice feature of Indians starter Trevor Bauer. As we’ve seen in the past, Bauer is quite a character, unafraid to speak his mind and go against the grain. During his arbitration process against the Indians, Bauer wanted to file for a salary of $6,900,000 — the..." March 28

  • Indians will open season without extending contracts of Francisco Lindor, Trevor Bauer

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "It does not appear that the Indians will reach contract extensions with Francisco Lindor or Trevor Bauer before the start of the regular season. There have been efforts, but so far a patch of common ground has not been found. The Indians have Lindor under contract for four more years. Bauer is..." March 28

  • Rays acquire Rob Refsnyder from Indians

    Hardball Talk "The Rays have acquired infielder Rob Refsnyder from the Indians for cash considerations, the club announced on Tuesday. Refsnyder, 27, had a rough spring, hitting .191/.298/.362 in 58 plate appearances. He hasn’t been much better over parts of three seasons in the majors with the Yankees and..." March 27

  • Report: Some players, agents 'agitating' to remove Clark as MLBPA head

    The Score "Opening Day is just around the corner, but baseball's slow offseason and stagnant free-agent market have left many players frustrated by their union. And for some, that frustration has apparently boiled over. With a number of veterans still unemployed, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic..." March 27

  • Albert Belle arrested for indecent exposure and DUI at spring training game

    Hardball Talk "Matt Rodewald of Fox 10 Phoenix reports that former Indians, White Sox and Orioles slugger Albert Belle was arrested at a spring training game in Arizona yesterday for driving under the influence and for indecent exposure. The exact circumstances of Belle’s alleged behavior and the arrest are not..." March 26

  • Indians' Carlos Torres: Will not make team

    CBS Sports "Torres failed to win an Opening Day roster spot, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports. The Indians would like to keep Torres within the organization but the club will have to figure out a new deal for the 35-year-old in order to make that happen." March 24

  • Indians tab Corey Kluber for Opening Day start

    Hardball Talk "Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The Indians named Corey Kluber their Opening Day starter. “I think he knows,” Terry Francona said Friday. This will be the ace’s fourth consecutive Opening Day appointment with the club. Kluber, 31, is returning from a Cy Young Award-winning campaign in..." March 23

  • Indians To Add Rajai Davis To MLB Roster, Release Mike Napoli

    MLB Trade Rumors "Indians skipper Terry Francona ran through a laundry list of roster moves today, as MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports in a series of tweets. Of particular note, the club intends to add outfielder Rajai Davis to the active roster for the start of the season and has released first baseman Mike..." March 22

  • Congress' 'Save America's Pastime Act' would allow teams to pay minor-leaguers less than minimum wage

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball might soon score a big win in its ongoing efforts to avoid paying minor-leaguers at a reasonable rate. Later this week, Congress is expected to vote on a new $1.3 trillion spending package to keep the government up and running. Tucked away on page 1,967 of the 2,232-page..." March 22

  • It’s time for MLB service time manipulation to go

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves are sending top prospect Ronald Acuña to Triple-A to start the 2018 baseball season. This is my shocked face. Like so many times in the past, leaving Acuña off the big league roster has less to do with talent or development than money. That needs to change. Acuña was signed..." March 22

  • How Francisco Lindor Exploded into Home Run Machine Without Getting Yoked

    Bleacher Report "From inside the Cleveland Indians' clubhouse, Jason Kipnis sometimes feels the need for shade, so often is he blinded by the sheer brilliance of superstar-in-the-making Francisco Lindor's toothpaste-perfect smile. "I hate that," Kipnis gruffly grumbles, good-naturedly. "Annoys the hell out of..." March 22

  • Indians' Carlos Carrasco struck in left foot by line drive, leaves game in 5th inning

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Carlos Carrasco, an 18-game winner for the Indians last year, limped off the field on Wednesday night after being struck in the left foot by a line drive in the fifth inning off the bat of Kansas City's Cheslor Cuthbert. Carrasco allowed six runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. Two of the hits..." March 22

  • Hall of Fame will no longer use Chief Wahoo on Hall of Fame plaques

    Hardball Talk "Last month, in the wake of his election to the Hall of Fame, Jim Thome made it clear that he wanted to be inducted as a Cleveland Indian but that he did not want to have Chief Wahoo on his plaque. His reasoning: even though that was the cap he wore for almost all of his time in Cleveland,..." March 21

  • Indians Release Melvin Upton Jr., Ryan Hanigan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians announced Monday that they have released outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. and catcher Ryan Hanigan (via Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com). Both players signed minor league contracts with the Tribe over the winter. The Indians added the 33-year-old Upton with the hope that he’d experience a..." March 19

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Indians aren’t panicking about life after their super-bullpen

    New York Post "The conclusion of Cleveland’s great end game is near. Will that mark the finish of this terrific Indians run? Cody Allen and Andrew Miller — arguably the best 1-2 closing punch in the majors since being united at the 2016 trade deadline — are both in their walk year. With where the cost of..." March 14

  • Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second

    Hardball Talk "Minor League Baseball announced several rules changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits. The changes: All extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position..." March 14

  • Nobody may want an offseason do-over more than Scott Boras

    ESPN "There is no notation on the calendar, no government declaration, but many agents treated Friday as a holiday, a time for celebration. The text messages might as well have contained ascending balloons and exploding fireworks, and the voices on the celebratory phone calls were filled with..." March 13

  • How Andrew Miller unwittingly helped turn free agency upside down

    New York Post "We are discussing causes for the free-agent slowdown and I use the term “confluence of reasons,” and Andrew Miller calls the variety of explanations “a perfect storm.” The Indians’ super reliever returns a few times to an underappreciated but vital piece of the “storm,” the sale of the Marlins..." March 12

  • MLB inks deal to air 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch

    Awful Announcing "On Friday morning, Major League Baseball announced that they would be airing 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch this season. The package of games is made up of mid-week afternoon games, and will be produced by MLB Network. The games will be available to watch through Facebook’s MLB Live..." March 09