A Governor's Cup For Ohio's State Capital

The Cleveland Indians Triple-A affiliate, the Columbus Clippers, did exactly what an organization wants from it’s top level farm club.  The Clippers provided a season starting point for a load of big league level talent, utilized a great coaching staff to deal with the constant player movement, and played their way into a league championship.

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Down On The Farm: Meet Alex White

Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects list is out and the Cleveland Indians are one of ten organizations in baseball to have four players on the list.  Lonnie Chisenhall, Jason Kipnis and Drew Pomeranz are three prospects that have already graced the 90 Feet And Running headline list.  The fourth player from the Indians that is on the list is right handed starter Alex White.

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#5: All Eyes On Michael Brantley

Continuing the series: The Top 10 Things Tribe Fans Should Watch in 2011″

Not many people remember the name Michael Brantley in connection with the CC Sabathia trade. Brantley was the “Player to be Named Later” in the trade of  the former Tribe Cy Young award winner and is often the name that is forgotten because of the spotlight on a struggling Matt LaPorta. 

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Justine Siegal Makes MLB History in Goodyear

Justine Siegal has been playing baseball since the age of five and grew up cheering fοr hеr home town team, the Cleveland Indians.  On Monday, Siegel, a 36 year old Cleveland native, became the first woman to pitch to major league hitters in batting practice in a spring training camp thanks to the Indians.  After pitching to five of the Tribe’s minor leaguers, Siegal threw batting practice to catchers, Lou Marson, Paul Phillips and Juan Apodaca.

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Some Good News Out Of Akron, Too

First thing’s first, thank God this is a baseball site and I get to write about the positive news coming out of Akron, OH.  There’s no doubt that 2010 was a trying time for the relationship between Cleveland and her sister city to the south, but the Akron Aeros did lots of those little things that are important to relationships.

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#6: Building Through The 2010 Draft

Continuing the series: “The Top 10 Things Tribe Fans Should Watch in 2011″

Given the obvious fact that the 2011 Cleveland Indians are still in the infamous “rebuilding mode”, and have been for at least my last three weight loss programs, the 2010 draft carried significant pressure with it for the organization to make the right decisions.  The issue with the MLB draft is that making the right decision is a lot harder than it looks.  The Indians picked 50 players in 2010.  Of the 50 players picked, only 24 players have signed with the club to play professionally in 2011.  That’s less than half of the draft haul, spread out among all the organization’s levels.  And it’s not even the top 24, it’s just 24 of the 50.  Yikes.

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Down On The Farm: Meet Chun-Hsiu Chen

The Indians announced yesterday that catcher Chun-Hsiu Chen will be a non roster invite to major league camp.  It may seem a little odd to get excited about a player that shares a position with our most exciting young talent in Carlos Santana, Chen spent last season in Lake County and Kinston giving us a reason.

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If You're St. Louis, Do You Pay the Man?

This morning, my Twitter feed was all Albert Pujols – angry Tweeters who wanted to know why he wasn’t signing. One Tweep even called him a “big baby” for not signing the Cardinals offer.

But is he?

The baseball fan in me agrees with the angry Tweeters. I have a bucket list bond with Pujols after catching one of his many home run balls at Busch Stadium a few years back. (one bounce and I never spilled any of my beer although I may have run over a kid or two in the process). I want him to be loyal to the St. Louis fans that have been so good to him over the years. My heart says he belongs in a Cardinals uniform when he retires and I think the fans deserve to be able to cheer him out the door to a new life when he finally walks away from the sport.

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