7:18 PM EST, Fri February 05, 2016
Plain Dealer 3 hours ago
Closing time: How does a minor leaguer know when to call it a career if he never got a big league chance?

Closing time: How does a minor leaguer know when to call it a career if he never got a big league chance?

When do those players know that it's time to call it a career, to squash that last hope of a shot at stardom? How does one walk away when he has strived toward the same goal for so long?
Plain Dealer 8 hours ago
'This is like taking 65 kids on a two-month vacation': Cleveland Indians embark on another year of spring training

'This is like taking 65 kids on a two-month vacation': Cleveland Indians embark on another year of spring training

The Cleveland Indians' assistant clubhouse manager and the rest of his crew loaded a pair of trucks that are scheduled to arrive at the team's complex in Goodyear, Arizona, on Tuesday.
Dan Labbe / Plain Dealer 8 hours ago
Talk Browns, Cavaliers, Indians with Dennis Manoloff at 12:30

Talk Browns, Cavaliers, Indians with Dennis Manoloff at 12:30

DMan will talk all things Cleveland sports live today at 12:30.
Akron Beacon Journal 8 hours ago

Indians continue campaign for Bob Feller; Jim Thome hopes Albert Belle comes to ceremony

The trucks packed with gear are leaving for Goodyear, Arizona, a promissory note that baseball will soon arrive. Pitchers and catchers will report on Feb. 17, all players will report by Feb. 21 and the Indians kick off their spring training slate against the Cincinnati Reds on March 1. Spring is near and baseball is coming. Here’s a roundup of Indians notes to pass the time. Presidential Medal The Indians have started a campaign with the goal of awarding the late Bob Feller with the Presidential Medal of Freedom via a petition. The petition, filed on WhiteHouse.gov on...
Plain Dealer 9 hours ago

Is Jim Thome a first-ballot Hall of Famer? Thursday Conversation follow-up

Jim Thome totaled 612 home runs, including 337 in a Cleveland Indians uniform. He and former teammate Omar Vizquel will join the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot in 2018. Will Thome earn entry on his first try?
Plain Dealer 9 hours ago

10 memorable home runs from Jim Thome's major league career

Jim Thome hit 612 home runs during his career. Many were memorable. Here are 10 of them.
Grand Rapids Press 13 hours ago
Twitter Talk: Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers lineup, Shane Greene and Dinosaur Pile-Up

Twitter Talk: Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers lineup, Shane Greene and Dinosaur Pile-Up

The Tigers definitely need a bounce-back season from Martinez if they are going to bounce back from a last-place finish to win the Central Division. It's the offseason. I'm out of practice. I don't remember what I'm supposed to write up here to fill the space before I start posting questions. So let's just skip to the questions. @Chris_Iott I think many don't realize how important VMart is to this offense. What stats can we reasonably expect him to rebound to in 16? -- wes bolyard (@buckeyewes) February 4, 2016 I disagree wholeheartedly with your first...
Plain Dealer 21 hours ago

Cleveland Indians campaign for Bob Feller to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

The Indians need 100,000 signatures on their petition to draw a response from the White House. They need the signatures in 30 days.
Plain Dealer Feb 4, 2016

Money matters: Is there a divide between players with big signing bonuses and those without?

"It doesn't matter who you are in the minor leagues. You're either having to chip into that signing bonus or you're having to rely on other people or jobs on your own. It's definitely commendable."

Former Royals outfielder Gomes signs with Rakuten Eagles

TOKYO — Free-agent outfielder Jonny Gomes has agreed to a one-year deal with the Rakuten Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League. Pending the outcome of a physical, Gomes is expected to join the team this month at their spring training camp in Okinawa, a team official said. The team did not release financial terms of the deal. The 35-year-old Gomes has played with seven teams in Major League Baseball, winning World Series titles with the Boston Red Sox in 2013 and the Kansas City Royals last season. read more
Plain Dealer Feb 4, 2016
Family matters: How life works when you're a minor leaguer, a husband and a father

Family matters: How life works when you're a minor leaguer, a husband and a father

For some minor leaguers, life's list of obligations extends far beyond baseball and whatever offseason job a player works to attract a few extra bucks. Some are pitchers or catchers or outfielders for one segment of the day and fathers and husbands in another. For some, life is a strenuous juggling act.

Byung Ho Park's first visit to Twins complex is merely a tour

There was no media in tow with Byung Ho Park, and there was for the arrival of Tsuyoshi Nishioka as the Twins' first high-profile acquisition from Asia.
Plain Dealer Feb 4, 2016

How can Francisco Lindor avoid sophomore jinx with Cleveland Indians? Hey, Hoynsie

Manager Terry Francona and the front office are good at managing expectations of certain players. How will they do that with Francisco Lindor, who had such a good rookie season in 2016?

Royals manager Ned Yost hungry to get to spring training so he can 'get some rest'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ned Yost’s ideal offseason, he said, involves going to his farm in Georgia, opening the gate, locking it and not coming out of four months. Yost, of course, wasn’t able to do that this year. As manager of the world champion Kansas City Royals, Yost has kept quite busy since the Royals defeated the New York Mets in five games back in November. Appearing at the team’s annual FanFest last weekend, Yost looked a bit trimmer. read more
Plain Dealer Feb 4, 2016
'I loved my time here and I cherish every moment': The Thursday Conversation with Jim Thome

'I loved my time here and I cherish every moment': The Thursday Conversation with Jim Thome

In this week's Thursday Conversation, Thome discusses his storied career, the Indians' shortcomings in the World Series, his departure for Philadelphia and his rapport with the city and fan base.

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