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Indians’ Francisco Lindor finishes second in American League Rookie of the Year voting

Nov 16, 2015 -- 7:00pm

By Chris Coon |



It was a solid rookie season for Indians’ shortstop Francisco Lindor, however, he fell short of the 2015 American League Rookie of the Year Award on Monday, finishing second to Houston’s Carlos Correa.

Lindor, finished with 13 first-place votes, compared to Correa’s 17.

Both rookies appeared in 99 games this season, however, Correa and the Astros were able to reach the postseason for the first time since 2005.

Meanwhile, Lindor lead all rookies with a .313 average, along with an on base percentage of .353. He also finished second in hits amongst rookies.

As for Correa, he hit .279 with 22 homers and 68 RBI, while also posting a .345 on base percentage. Lindor, in 2015 hit 12 homers, while driving in 51 runs.

Though he finished second in the voting, Lindor, per Baseball Refrence posted a better WAR than Correa, with a 4.6 compared to a 4.1.

Defensively, Lindor bested Correa in that department also, as he led all AL shortstops this season with 10 defensive runs saved.


Below is how the voting played out.

PlayerTeam1st2nd3rdTotal Points
Carlos CorreaHouston Astros1713 124
Francisco LindorCleveland Indians 13142109
Miguel SanoMinnesota Twins  2020
Roberto OsunaToronto Blue Jays 228
Billy BurnsOakland A's 136
Eddie RosarioMinnesota Twins  22
Delino DeSheildsTexas Rangers  11




Indians’ Michael Brantley has shoulder surgery, could miss start of 2016 season

Nov 09, 2015 -- 1:15pm

By Chris Coon |



The Indians announced on Monday that outfielder Michael Brantley had surgery on his right shoulder where he had a small tear in the labrum of his non-throwing shoulder.

Brantley, who had a slash line in 2015 of .310/.379/.480 with 15 homers and 84 RBI, is expected to be out five-to-six months, and could potentially miss the start of the 2016 season.

Originally, Brantley suffered the shoulder injury when he dove for a ball in a game against Minnesota on September 22. After that game, the 28-year old was limited to just seven plate appearances for the remainder of the 2015 season.

According to the Indians, Brantley progressed through a conservative rehabilitation program, including a return to batting practice in mid-to-late October under the guidance of the club’s Sports Medicine staff. However, Brantley’s persistent symptoms led to a second opinion consultation with Dr. Morgan, who recommended Monday’s surgery.

The Indians open up their 2016 season on April 4, in Cleveland against the Boston Red Sox.




Indians promote Chris Antonetti to team president, Mike Chernoff to general manager

Oct 06, 2015 -- 4:45pm

By Chris Coon |



The Indians have already made a series of moves in their off-season.

On Tuesday, the Indians promoted general manager Chris Antonetti to president of baseball operations, while also promoting assistant general manager Mike Chernoff to general manager and Derek Falvey to assistant general managers.

These moves come after the departure of president Mark Shapiro, who’s joining the Toronto Blue Jays organization as their new CEO.

Indians’ owner and chairman Paul Dolan will continue to assume responsibilities related to Shapiro’s recent departure, as Tuesday’s moves will not impact the team’s business operations.

Meanwhile, Antonetti will remain the team’s top decision maker in regards to baseball decisions. The 41-year old Antonetti became general manager in 2010 and has been with the Indians’ organization since 1999.

Chernoff, 34, has been with the Indians organization for 12 seasons, serving the last five as the assistant general manager. A graduate of Princeton University, Chernoff started with the Indians in 2003 as an intern in Baseball Operations.

Overall, Chernoff has been involved in all aspects of baseball operations and has played a major role in assisting Antonetti.

Falvey, 32, has been the Indians director of baseball operations for the last four years. He joined the Indians in 2007, and has worked closely with Antonetti and Chernoff, along with assisting Indians' manager Terry Francona and the field staff with day-to-day activities involving the Major League club.




Indians sweep Red Sox in 3-1 win, finish season with winning record

Oct 04, 2015 -- 8:18pm

By Chris Coon |



Quick Hits

  • Indians finish the 2015 season 81-80.
  • Red Sox finish the year off 78-84.
  • Tribe starter Danny Salazar picked up the win. He finishes with a 14-10 record and a 3.45 ERA.
  • Boston starter Rick Porcello was handed the loss. He finishes the season with a 9-15 record and a 4.92 ERA.
  • Lonnie Chisenhall, Jesus Aguilar and Giovanny Urshela each had two hits a piece for the Indians.
  • David Ortiz went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI for the Red Sox.


Salazar outing – In his final outing of the year, Salazar went 5 1/3 innings, allowing just one run on five hits, while striking out six for his 14th win of the year. Meanwhile, in 12 outings at home this season, Salazar went 7-2 with a 2.96 ERA.

The Rookies – In the bottom of the second inning Urshela blooped a two out RBI single, tying the game up at one apiece.  Aguilar in the third inning came up big in the clutch with a two out RBI single of his own, giving the Indians a 3-1 lead. 

Inside the numbers

  • The Indians this season went 49-37 outside the AL Central.
  • The starting rotation for the Tribe this year struck out a franchise best 969 batters.
  • The Tribe finished the second half with a 39-33 record after going 42-46 in the first of the season.
  • Indians’ manager Terry Francona recorded his 11th straight winning season, which is the longest such streak by any active manager in the Majors.


A stat from left field – This Indians finish above the .500 mark for the third consecutive season, which is the first time since 1994-2001 (eight straight seasons).




Indians win series opener, 8-2, against Red Sox

Oct 02, 2015 -- 11:10pm

By Chris Coon |


Photo/Ken Blaze-USAToday

Quick hits

  • Indians improve to 79-80 on the season.
  • Red Sox drop to 78-82 on the year.
  • Tribe starter Josh Tomlin picked up the win. He’s now 7-2 with a 3.02 ERA.
  • Boston starter Henry Owens was handed the loss. He’s now 4-4 with a 4.57 ERA.
  • Carlos Santana went 2-for-3 with a double, three RBI and two walks for the Indians.
  • David Ortiz went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBI for the Red Sox.


Tomlin outing – It was another solid outing by Tomlin, working 6 1/3 innings, where allowed just two runs on five hits, while walking two and striking out five. Tomlin’s only mistake of the game came in the fourth when Ortiz belted a two-run homer to right field for his 37th of the season. As for Tomlin, he’s now worked six plus innings in all but three of his starts this year, and has recorded five or more strikeouts in nine of his 10 outings. 

“Really, the pitch to Ortiz, that’s what he does with balls that catch too much of the plate,” said Indians’ manager Terry Francona. “But other than that, he worked ahead, he managed to get a feel for his breaking ball even in that weather. He commanded the ball and really did a good job.”

Carlos Slamtana – Since Sept. 1, Santana is batting .314 with a double, triple and three home runs, while also driving in 18 runs. Meanwhile, Santana’s 84 RBI this season, is one shy from tying his career-high of 85 in 2014. The switch-hitting first baseman on Friday night broke a scoreless game up with a three-run double to left-center in the bottom of the third, giving the Indians a 3-0 lead. Despite a slow start in the first half of this season, Santana has really seemed to have turned it on as of late.

“Yeah, it seems like we’ve kind of said this, like, three years in a row,” Francona said. “For part of the year, everybody keeps asking me, ‘What’s wrong with Santana, what’s wrong with Santana?’ Then you look up at the end of the year and he’s pushing 90 RBI and 100 walks and 20 home runs. He gets there.”

The best of the rest

  • Chris Johnson gave the Indians a 4-0 lead in the third with a two-out double, while also hitting an RBI single in the fifth inning.
  • Catcher Yan Gomes extended the Indains' lead to 5-2 in the fifth, after hitting an RBI double to center.


A stat from left field – In order for the Indians to finish above .500 this season, they team will have to win their final two-games of the season against Boston.

Worth quoting – I don’t know. I really don’t. I think Gomer tells them something else is coming.”– Indians’ starter Josh Tomlin on his recent spike in strikeouts


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Tuesday night’s Indians vs. Twins game Postponed

Sep 29, 2015 -- 8:42pm

By Chris Coon |



Tuesday night’s Indians’ game against the Minnesota Twins has been postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a traditional doubleheader on Wednesday, starting at 4:10 p.m.

Tickets dated for Tuesday’s game will be good for both games on Wednesday. Progressive Field’s gates will open at 3:30 p.m. and fans can exchange their tickets from Tuesday’s game at the stadium’s ticket office.

Starting game one for the Indians will be right-hander Carlos Carrasco (14-11, 3.44 ERA). Meanwhile, the Tribe’s game two starter will be Cody Anderson (6-3, 3.31), who was supposed to start Tuesday’s game originally.

Minnesota’s starters for game one will be right-hander Kyle Gibson (10-11, 3.96 ERA), while game two will feature right-hander Mike Pelfrey (6-10, 4.09 ERA).

The second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader will begin 30 minuets after the conclusion of game one. 




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