Lonnie Chisenhall’s improved defense
Lineup changes and their effects on Jason Kipnis and Michael Bourn and;
Tyler Holt’s call-up & Proper position
Be sure to tune into Tribe Time Now’s Minor League Report on Tuesdays; this week featuring Host Kevin Gall (Burning River Baseball), Dave Scott (It’s Pronounced Lajaway), and Rod McLamb (Indians Baseball Insider).
Also be sure to check out the Tribe Time Now podcast in its new time slot on Thursday! This week, host Ryan Thompson (MTAF: Cleveland) will be joined by Owner & Editor-in-Chief of Indians Baseball Insider, Tony Lastoria!
You can check out all of the action and past podcasts at the new tribetimenow.com and be sure to listen live to all of our podcasts at tribetimenow.com/live or radio.mtaf.tv!
by Ryan Isley
The Cleveland Indians are sitting atop the American League Central Division but might soon be stuck in an internal debate when it comes to personnel. The position that they might soon be forced to make a decision about is first base – do they go offense or do they go defense?
The answer to the defensive side of the equation is already in Cleveland, as off-season acquisition Casey Kotchman is as good with the glove as any Indians first baseman in recent memory. The issue with Kotchman is that he is hitting just .182 on the season.
The other side of that coin is down in Triple-A Columbus as Matt LaPorta has been tearing up the International League since the start of the season.
I know what you are thinking – “NOT Matt LaPorta!!!!!!”
Just hear me out.
Continue reading It Might be Time for Indians to Give LaPorta a Shot
By Ryan Isley
It’s Miller Time:
When the Ohio State Buckeyes almost lost to Toledo two weeks ago, head coach Luke Fickell started Joe Bauserman at quarterback and never inserted Braxton Miller into the game. This past weekend when the Buckeyes lost to Miami, Bauserman again started, but Miller did get some playing time.
This weekend when the Buckeyes play Colorado, it needs to be Miller trotting onto the field for the first Ohio State possession. This is not to suggest that Miller needs to play the entire game, but he needs to see at least 65% of the snaps.
It is pretty simple – Miller is the future and Bauserman was the player there to hold the spot down until it was time for Miller to take over.
Continue reading MTAF Daily – Braxton Needs to Play, Clippers Dominate Triple-A and Prayers for the Nowkhahs
I normally save all of this for the MTAF Grand Slam of Baseball News that I do on Mondays but with all of the crazy baseball last night, I just couldn’t leave it until then.
We Can’t Even Blame the Republicans for This Blown Call
After a game that went 19 innings, lasted 6 hours and 39 minutes and sent 15 pitchers to the mound, the Atlanta Braves win over the Pittsburgh Pirates was finally decided by a blown call by the plate umpire. Even the women of The View were furious this morning.
Hey I work from home….I watch TV while I work. Let my choice of shows GO.
Continue reading It Was One Crazy Night of Baseball
Last season when the Indians were struggling and the fans were all calling for them to promote catcher Carlos Santana from AAA-Columbus, I was right out front of the parade banging the drum, even writing about it at the time.
While I still believe that Santana could be a good Major League catcher, I think it is time for him to take a week off from Cleveland and rejoin the Clippers in Columbus as this season has been mostly a struggle for the 5-foot-11, 190-pound catcher offensively and defensively.
Continue reading A Trip To Columbus Might Do Santana Good
June 13, 2008
Do you know what happened on that date? Unless you’re a die hard Blue Jays fan, you probably don’t so I’ll just tell you. On June 13, 2008, Toronto pitcher, Jo Jo Reyes won his last game.
That is, before last night.
It has been a bad sports week in Ohio. I always think that Ohio sports can’t get much worse – and then it just does. With the Heat opening the NBA Finals against the Mavs tonight, Jim Tressel resigning at The Ohio State, the Reds still struggling to get themselves on track, Mike Brown being hired by the Lakers and the Indians struggling to put the W back in WIndians, I expect that the collective heads of this state may explode by 5:00 today.
Be glad that I’m only going to talk about the Indians.
Continue reading Where did the WIndians go?
Fourteen games into the 2011 International League season, the Columbus Clippers are 9-5 and tied for the second best record in the IL. The Clippers have major league talent all over the roster, and it shows in the teams stats, but this team isn’t all about mashing. Sure, hitting .264 with 43 extra base hits is pretty awesome, but the Clippers have only struck out 90 times so far this season. That’s the best strikeout per at bat ratio in the league. Couple that with their 72 walks, second most in the IL, and you’ve got a team full of big talent that’s also showing patience at the plate and working pitchers over every chance they get.
Continue reading Loaded Clippers Cruising
After almost a year without Grady Sizemore, the center fielder was activated this morning and will be leading off against Balitmore when the Tribe goes for their third sweep of the 2011 season at Progressive Field today. Michael Brantley will be given the day off. Brantley is batting .302 in Sizemore’s absence in the lead off role.
Today is a very special day here in the Down on the Farm folder at 90 Feet and Running, it’s Minor League Opening Day. The Lake County Captains and the Columbus Clippers are defending their league titles, the Akron Aeros are looking to bounce back from a rare off year and the Kinston Indians want to give the organization something to remember them by in their last year in existence.
Here at MTAF, we’ve spent countless hours writing, researching and arguing about the Indians players. We’ve had email strings about Grady Sizemore, Lonnie Chisenhall, Travis Buck, Matt LaPorta and many more of both the Tribe’s established players and the team’s highly touted prospects.
Continue reading Prospect Responsibility