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N&N: Cheating discussion not going away

Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Morning news and notes for Monday, January 20, 2020

Here’s to a great week!

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Cheating Astros should lose more picks, compensate Indians and other teams | cleveland.com

From Terry Pluto:

I’m not about to insist the Indians would have defeated Houston in 2018 if both teams had been playing according to the rules. The Astros had superior talent.

But Houston was cheating before the 2018 playoffs and it’s naive to pretend it didn’t continue in...

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Brayan Rocchio is our No. 10 Cleveland Indians prospect. Who should be No. 11?

Joseph Coblitz The sure-handed shortstop nearly doubled the competition with 32% of the vote. Young middle infielder Brayan Rocchio is our No. 10 Cleveland Indians prospect for 2020, dropping two spots from last year’s No. 8 ranking. Rocchio was signed out of Venezuela in the highly-touted 2017 international signing class for the Indians, and he was one of the Tribe’s top performers out of the DSL and the AZL. The switch-hitter debuted in the Dominican Summer League, slashing...

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Matt Lyons

Changing positions saved Carlos Santana’s career

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Carlos Santana had his best season ever at age 33. That probably wouldn’t have happened if he wasn’t so open to changing positions

Recently, MLB Network started their annual “Right Now” series, where they count down the top-10 players at each position using a combination of an algorithm (dubbed “The Shredder”), and panelist opinions. Freddie Freeman topped the first baseman list, followed by Max Muncy and Pete Alonso. But a little ways down, at...

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Tyler Griffith

N&N: Astros are still cheaters despite their stars claiming otherwise

Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Morning news and notes for Sunday, January 19, 2020

Happy Sunday, everyone!

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Not much going on as of this holiday weekend.

Around the league Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman pretend they weren’t cheating during the Astros FanFest. J.D. Martinez also pretends that the Red Sox weren’t cheating. Harrison Bader believes he’ll be the starting center fielder for the Cardinals this season. If you are permanently banned from the Hall of Fame, even...

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Indians’ Terry Francona: 'We’re not trying to trade Francisco Lindor'

Indians’ manager Terry Francona spoke clearly and confidently during an appearance on MLB Network Radio’s Remember When (audio link). According to Francona, Francisco Lindor is not on the trading block. “I can guarantee you we’re not trying to trade Lindor. We have him for two more years. Keeping him is everybody’s goal. Also know that keeping him and fielding a competitive team is a challenge in our market. There’s no getting around that. It’s not gonna be easy. I think...

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News and Notes: Things that are complicated and things which are not complicated

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Morning News and Notes for Saturday, January 17, 2019

Things which are complicated Trevor Bauer opens up about complicated Cleveland relationship | wkyc.com - Taking part in an ‘Ask Me Anything’ for Bleacher Report, former Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer opened up about his complicated relationship with Cleveland. Trevor Bauer’s relationship with Cleveland, The Cleveland Indians and the Burden of Financial Proof | FanGraphs Baseball - “There’s also...

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Ethan Hankins is our No. 9 Cleveland Indians prospect. Who should be No. 10?

Mathew Carper The nasty right-hander raked in 39 percent of the vote to easily win Thursday’s poll. Power starting right-handed pitcher Ethan Hankins is our No. 9 Cleveland Indians prospect for 2020, dropping five places compared to his 2019 ranking for LGT. Hankins didn’t do anything wrong to drop so much, it’s more that LGT readers are excited about a few other prospects. Hankins was a first round compensatory pick by the Indians in the 2018 MLB draft (for the Phillies signing Carlos...

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Tyler Griffith

N&N: Mike Clevinger squares up against the Houston Astros

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Morning news and notes for Friday, January 17, 2020

Happy Friday, everyone!

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How the 3-batter minimum will affect the Tribe | MLB

This rule, based on last year’s numbers, will probably have a bigger impact on the Indians than a lot of other teams.

Mike Clevinger has strong words for Houston Astros players as Intenet loses its mind over latest cheating allegations | Cleveland.com

I’m not a fan of intentionally...

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Terry Francona says the Indians aren’t cheating, and he better be right

Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images “I only know what happens with the Indians. I know we obey the rules.” In light of Major League Baseball bursting into flames around us, manager Terry Francona offered a bit of hope for Indians fans: He’s certain they’re not cheating. Obviously the Astros and Red Sox are not the only team using electronics to steal signs, but so far there are no solid leads on who else it might be. Back in October, Bleacher Report ran a story that claimed “a...

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Matt Lyons

Don’t let the Astros distract you from the fact that the Indians had the best cheating scandal of all time

Banging trash cans is cool and all, but have you tried executing a full Mission Impossible heist to recover a teammate’s corked bat?

The Astros’ elaborate sign-stealing scheme is a black eye on Major League Baseball, the Astros themselves, and countless cocky Astros fans that were positive their innocent little team didn’t cheat. But of course the cheating doesn’t end with the Astros. Already the Red Sox are implicated in a similar scandal, and there are reports that half a dozen...

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Emmanuel Clase is our No. 8 Cleveland Indians prospect. Who should be No. 9?

Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images Clase is the newest Indian, and LGT readers quickly made him a top 10 prospect Elite reliever Emmanuel Clase is our No. 8 Cleveland Indians prospect for 2020, making his debut appearance in the rankings after being acquired from the Texas Rangers in the Corey Kluber trade last month. Standing 6-foot-2 and just over 200 pounds, Clase struggled as a starting pitching prospect out of the Dominican Republic, toiling in the San Diego Padres rookie leagues for...

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Matt Lyons

Don’t let the Astros distract you from the fact that the Indians had the best cheating scandal of all time

Banging trash cans is cool and all, but have you tried executing a full Mission Impossible heist to recover a teammate’s corked bat?

The Astros’ elaborate sign-stealing scheme is a black eye on Major League Baseball, the Astros themselves, and countless cocky Astros fans that were positive their innocent little team didn’t cheat. But of course the cheating doesn’t end with the Astros. Already the Red Sox are implicated in a similar scandal, and there are reports that half a dozen...

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N&N: Indians announce Spring Training game times, broadcast schedules

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

News and Notes for Thursday, January 16, 2020

We now know when we can listen to or watch Spring Training games. The tram still has time to invite a few more players.

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Cleveland Indians announce 2020 spring training broadcast schedule - cleveland.com - Ten games will be televised on SportsTime Ohio, while 15 games will be broadcast on the Indians Radio Network.

AL Central position-by-position: Middle infielders - The closer the Indians get to Opening...

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Matt Lyons

It’s not too late for Indians to make a big free agency splash — if they even want to

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Yasiel Puig is right there, you guys

It would be unfair to say the Indians have done absolutely nothing this offseason. They did upgrade second base with a decent César Hernández signing, and they dumped the salary of their best pitcher this millennium for some extra cash. Those are both something, but are they enough?

The Indians’ two biggest rivals in the AL Central — the Twins and White Sox — have combined spent nearly $300 million this...

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James Karinchak is our No. 7 Cleveland Indians prospect. Who should be No. 8?

Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images The flamethrowing relief pitcher put himself on the map with an extremely strikeout-heavy 2019 season. Whiff-tastic right-handed reliever is our No. 7 Cleveland Indians prospect for 2020, exploding up the rankings after being unranked in 2019. Karinchak did not get off to a great start with the Indians, dropping to the ninth round of the 2017 MLB draft due to injury concerns, and posting an ugly 5.79 ERA in 10 games, including six starts...

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N&N: Twins sign Josh Donaldson to four-year deal

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Morning news and notes for Wednesday, January 15, 2020

• The Red Sox fired Alex Cora, the logical followup to the Astros firing AJ Hinch.

• Josh Donaldson signed a four-year contract with the Twins. They’re going all in on 2020, but I don’t love the back end of this contract for the team.

• Nolan Arenado trade discussions have occurred, but have not progressed one bit. Just imagine how differently LGT’s “favorite”...

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Brian Hemminger

MLB executives think highly of Indians prospect development system

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A recent poll of GMs, scouting directors and more revealed high praise for the Indians

Of course, we at Let’s Go Tribe think the Indians have a killer crop of minor league talent, but that’s because we’re subjected to a month-long celebration of our prospects to begin each year, plus daily updates on the Tribe system during the regular season.

The real question is, what do other teams think of the Indians prospect...

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Brian Hemminger

George Valera is our No. 6 Cleveland Indians prospect. Who should be No. 7?

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The sweet-swinging outfielder won the fan vote by a wide margin.

Sweet-swinging outfielder George Valera is our No. 6 Cleveland Indians prospect for 2020, dropping three places from his No. 3 ranking in 2019.

Tribe fans finally got a decent look at Valera in 2019 after he only played six games in 2018 before injuring his hamate bone, and they liked what they saw.

Valera showcased power to all fields during his 46-game stint with Low-A Mahoning Valley, where he led the league in...

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Tyler Griffith

N&N: The baseball world reacts to the Astros’ cheating scandal

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Morning news and notes for Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

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Outfielder Johnson soaks up wisdom from RCDP | MLB

Daniel Johnson, along with three other Cleveland prospects, attended the Rookie Career Development Program in Miami.

The Houston Astros cheated and won a title -- would you take that, Indians and Browns fans? | Cleveland.com

What an asinine question. A title isn’t worth undermining the entire sport. On the other hand,...

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Matt Lyons

So about that 2018 ALDS

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The Indians knew something was up from the get-go

With Major League Baseball laying down the hammer on Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Lunhow, we now have confirmation that the Houston Astros did indeed cheat. We can also rest assured that they probably did indeed cheat in the two home games they won against the Indians in the 2018 ALDS.

In all honesty, it’s hard to know if the Astros really needed to beat on a trash can to score 21...

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