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Tribe Happenings: Can Cleveland catch up to Detroit? (2.24.13)

With Tony on his way back from warm, sunny Hawaii, he has entrusted me to take the big boy chair and run Tribe Happenings this week. So if you find the Happenings substandard today, make sure you blame Tony. I had nothing to do with it…

With that out of the way, let’s get on to the news, notes, and thoughts from my Cleveland notebook:

Is Detroit Within Striking Distance?

Over the past week, Jake Dungan and Jim Pete have both taken good looks at where Cleveland sits amongst the competition in the AL Central. Both of them came up with favorable analyses, but for me, everything comes back to one sole question:

Can Cleveland catch Detroit? Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, February 24, 2013

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IBI Digest: 2/17/13-2/23/13 (2.23.13)

Tony may have been on vacation in Hawaii all week, but the rest of us here at IBI kept the ship running, including breaking down the return of Cleveland baseball (granted, Spring Training games, but it’s still exciting).

Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week: Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, February 23, 2013

 
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IBI’s 2013 Cleveland Indians Bullpen Preview (2.21.13)

Editor’s Note: In the interest of keeping things fresh and not bland here at IBI, Jim Piascik and Steve Orbanek decided to preview the 2013 Cleveland Indians in an unconventional way. Steve and Jim sent e-mails back in forth over the past few days — a la Bill Simmons — hashing out what they thought about the team in the upcoming season.

Up today, the bullpen. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, February 21, 2013

 
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Understanding sabermetrics (2.20.13)

The Miguel Cabrera-Mike Trout battle royal for the American League’s Most Valuable Player award captivated the baseball world in 2012, with the argument boiling down to old-school versus new-school.

Cabrera dominated the old-school, winning the Triple Crown by leading the AL in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in (RBI), while Trout dominated in new-school statistics like wins above replacement (WAR).

Both sides of the debate were often arrogant, ignorant, and frustrating. To avoid such an annoying situation in the future, the public at large could use a better understanding of sabermetrics. Read More…

From Daily Kent Stater, February 20, 2013

 
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Kent State baseball players, past and present, still feel draw of College World Series team (part 2) (2.20.13)

Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-part story about the journey of five former Kent State baseball players, who are now playing professionally, and how they remain connected to current KSU players. read part one here

David Starn, Ryan Bores, David Lyon, Jimmy Rider and Nick Hamilton are going from collegiate athletics, where they are required to go to class and the NCAA limits time spent on baseball activities, to professional baseball. Minor league baseball has one goal — create major league players — and the time investment required to create a major league player is massive.

“It’s every day from 10 [in the morning] to 11 at night,” said Starn, the Flashes’ 2012 ace and a seventh-round selection of the Atlanta Braves. “During the season, you’re at the field all day […] or you’re on the road for eight, nine days at a time.” Read More…

From Daily Kent Stater, February 20, 2013

 
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Kent State baseball players, past and present, still feel draw of College World Series team (part 1 of 2) (2.19.13)

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part story about the journey of five former Kent State baseball players, who are now playing professionally, and how they remain connected to current KSU players. Read part 2 of the story here

The Cinderella run that the Kent State baseball team made last season will go down as one of the best sports moments in school history.

Over the course of three weeks in June, the Flashes defeated Kentucky in a marathon 21-inning game in the first round, went to Eugene, Ore., and eliminated the Oregon Ducks in the Super Regional, and knocked out the top-ranked Florida Gators in the College World Series.

But what happens next, after the magic ends?

In the case of the 2012 Flashes, five players selected in the MLB Draft turned pro, going their separate ways. Yet, the bonds that tie these players back to Kent State remain strong. Read More…

From Daily Kent Stater, February 19, 2013

 
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IBI Digest: 2/9/13-2/16/13 (2.16.13)

IBI continued covering all of your baseball needs this week, keeping the Top 60 prospect countdown going along with covering the Michael Bourn signing from all angles. Make sure to keep coming to IBI throughout Spring Training to stay up-to-date on all the happenings.

Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week: Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, February 16, 2013

 
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