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  1. Ford Frick's Asterisk

    June MLB game thread

    Tigers reliever Victor Alcantara might want to drop his habit of staring at his feet prior to his delivery. It just led to a Leonys Martin straight steal of home. *
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    June MLB game thread

    Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire was just ejected for arguing balls & strikes... at which point he went to the plate to give the umpire an earful, then turned and kicked dirt across the plate. Indians hitter Oscar Mercado was in the batter's box and line of fire, so Gardenhire apologized for...
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    Unusual plays

    I think Bob Wickman did that once (although he didn't actually announce it). I know he was well known for letting guys steal the base if they weren't the tying run. *
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    June MLB game thread

    Jake Bauers with the cycle against the Tigers. The best part was his check-swing infield single on an 0-2 count. *
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    NY trade deadline 2019

    I'll be surprised if Cleveland trades Lindor in the off-season and completely shocked if they trade him next month. As Kilted Fool said, it would be PR suicide... a Marlins type move. Cleveland sports fans are pretty understanding about our lot in life, and we're probably more supportive of team...
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    June MLB game thread

    ...and in his next at-bat he launches one deep into the SRO area to left. He's so hot they're using him as the DH today, because they can't afford to take his bat out of the lineup. I have to admit, I thought the Yan Gomes trade was a terrible salary dump, but he's struggled with Washington...
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    June MLB game thread

    Lucas Giolito's last 9 games: 7-0, 59 IP, 32 H, 13 BB, 71 K, 1.22 ERA. Opponents slashing .161/.222/.211. *
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    June MLB game thread

    Roberto Perez -- yes, the Tribe catcher who hit .168 with 2 home runs last year -- just missed homering in his 4th straight game, hitting a double about 18'11" off the 19 ft. wall in left-center. *
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    2019 All-Star Game Rosters

    I'm guessing Lance Lynn is supposed to be Mike Minor. Lynn is thoroughly mediocre and Joey Gallo meets the team rep requirement. *
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    2019 All-Star Game Rosters

    I think Francisco Lindor somehow finds his way onto the roster. He missed the first 19 games, and there are several quality shortstops, but he's still having an excellent season and the game is in Cleveland. Santana and Hand are deserving All-Stars, but neither has the personality or stardom to...
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    June MLB game thread

    Francisco Lindor adds his 3rd home run of the series and Brad Hand is automatic. Trevor Bauer vs. Jose Berrios Thursday night to see if the Twins can avoid their first 3-game losing streak of the season. I was planning to use a free ticket to go see the Indians AA team, but I'm not sure I want...
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    June MLB game thread

    The Indians, forced to use a bullpen game with Carlos Carrasco going on the IL today, fell behind the Twins 5-1 early, but after chipping away at the lead and sitting through a 1:43 rain delay, they've taken an 8-7 lead in the bottom of the 7th on home runs by Jordan Luplow and Roberto Perez...
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    2019 Indians: In For A Penny, In For A Pennant

    It's hard to say a team needs a sweep in early June, especially with 50+ games remaining within the division, but if the Indians lose any more ground to the Twins, the logical move is to trade some pieces and reload. Trevor Bauer will be dealt by next spring anyway. He's claimed he had an issue...
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    MLB Draft Game Thread

    One spot better than his dad 34 years ago. Now the highest drafted father-son combo ever. *
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    May MLB game thread

    4 errors and at least as many mental mistakes in the field. Every single player on the infield (plus Greg Allen) screwed up their own play in the 4th inning. Trevor Bauer looked like he was ready to punch a few teammates in the face... and he would have received a standing ovation if he had. The...
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    May MLB game thread

    You guys may be aware, but after 55 consecutive games without a triple, the Indians have hit 3 tonight. Baseball is a funny game. *
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    May MLB game thread

    I certainly wasn't expecting his current performance, but he was always a much better option than Tyler Naquin (who really has no plus tool and gets injured every year), and Jake Bauers was no lock to start. They entered spring training without a good idea of what they were doing in left or...
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    May MLB game thread

    Dietrich's a Cleveland native, plays LF and could have filled in at 2B while Jason Kipnis started the year on the DL. He was such an obvious fit for the Indians, but I guess a non-guaranteed $2M contract was too rich for Larry Dolan's blood. *
  19. Ford Frick's Asterisk

    May MLB game thread

    The Marlins and Indians are both still looking for their first triple of the season. Going back to last year, the Marlins have played 59 consecutive tripleless games and the Indians 51. I can't find the record for consecutive games without a triple, but the 2017 Blue Jays hold the record for...
  20. Ford Frick's Asterisk

    May MLB game thread

    I'm still not convinced the Twins are particularly good, but I know the Indians aren't, and someone is going to take advantage of the rest of the AL Central. I'm tired of hearing the Indians lineup is "slumping"... Lindor and Santana are fine, Ramirez is a train wreck who can't adjust to the...