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Matt Lyons

2/28 Game Thread: Cleveland vs. Reds

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You can’t watch, but you can listen

Welcome to spring training! I feel it’s necessary to warn you before you look, that the first spring training lineups are meaningless. They are not a reflection of what the team will look like on Opening Day.

Hopefully.

"Get in, [winners]. We're going to game 1."#CLESpring pic.twitter.com/U640t75lGD

— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) February 28, 2021

How about a game of baseball today!?#RedsST ??...

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Matt Lyons

Over/Under 2021 Preview: Jake Bauers

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Will Jake Bauers be worth more or less than 0.2 fWAR in 2021?

Based on ZiPS projections, Nolan Jones is expected to finish 2021 with the following stats:

559 PA, 16 HR, 13 SB, 11.1 BB%, 27.2 K%, .227/.315/.391, 84 wRC+, 0.2 fWAR

Read what our writers think, then vote in the poll below and drop your own opinions in the comments and on the Let’s Go Tribe Discord.

Matt Lyons’s Prediction: OVER

Among the many negatives of last year’s...

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N&N: Spring training games start tomorrow

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Morning news and notes for Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021

The games that count (well, sort of) start tomorrow for the Cleveland Baseball Team. Meanwhile, your news for today:

Cleveland Baseball Team

Notes: Spring game broadcasts; Plutko's role
Spring Training games begin today in Goodyear,

Tribe wants Bauers to focus on first base
Now, with first base back open, the Indians have made it clear that Bauers will only be evaluated as a first baseman, at least for the start of...

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Giants Claim Jordan Humphreys

The Giants have claimed right-hander Jordan Humphreys off waivers from Cleveland, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets. The Indians designated Humphreys for assignment Wednesday.

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Terry Turner did all the little things right

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One of the finest fielders in Cleveland history finds himself 16th in career WAR.

It’s easy to look at the guy with the glitzy offensive numbers and think he’s the most impactful player on the field. Seeing a guy go 4-for-4 or knock a dinger makes things happen in a tangible, visible sense and directly impacts the numbers on the scoreboard. There’s a reason the greatest players of all time are those with the most eye-popping numbers at the...

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Over/Under 2021 Preview: Nolan Jones

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Will Nolan Jones be worth more or less than 2.0 fWAR in 2021?

Based on ZiPS projections, Nolan Jones is expected to finish 2021 with the following stats:

566 PA, 24 HR, 5 SB, 12.0 BB%, 31.6 K%, .232/.329/.429, 96 wRC+, 2.0 fWAR

Read what our writers think, then vote in the poll below and drop your own opinions in the comments and on the Let’s Go Tribe Discord.

Matt Lyons’s Prediction: OVER

Files this prediction under “I want to believe.”

Of course,...

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Chris D. Davies

Over/Under 2021 Preview: Eddie Rosario

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Will Eddie Rosario be worth more or less than 1.8 fWAR in 2021?

Based on ZiPS projections, Eddie Rosario is expected to finish 2021 with the following stats:

591 PA, 28 HR, 5.4 BB%, 15.1 K%, .277/.314/.488, 105 wRC+, 1.8 fWAR

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Chris Davies’s Prediction: OVER

I’ve long been an admirer of Eddie...

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Matt Lyons

N&N: Eddie Rosario happy to be in Cleveland

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Morning news and notes for Friday, Feb. 26, 2021

Cleveland Baseball Team News

Rosario thought Tribe was his ‘best match’ | MLB
The newest Cleveland Rosario seems happy to be in town, and I’ll just be happy to see another outfielder hit.

Why a Shane Bieber contract extension with Indians makes sense for both sides | The Athletic ($$$)
Over at The Athletic, Zack Meisel lays out how a Shane Bieber contract extension could work out for...

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Matt Lyons

Cleveland will allow 30% capacity fans at Progressive Field in April

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In partnership with the Cleveland Clinic, a limited number of fans will be able to attend while following newly implemented health and safety protocols

Following an announcement by Governor Mike DeWine that Ohio sporting events may allow 30% capacity for outdoor events, the Cleveland Baseball Team confirmed they will be allowing fans into the stands of Progressive Field beginning in April.

Tickets will be sold with “pod-style” groups to maintain social...

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N&N: Shane Bieber “would love to dive into” talks about a contract extension

Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

News and Notes for Thursday, February 25, 2021

But are the Dolans willing to take the plunge?

Cleveland Baseball Team News

Fresh off Cy Young season, Shane Bieber would 'love to dive into' contract talks with Cleveland Indians
Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber hopes to be talking about a new contract with the Cleveland Indians as soon as possible -- maybe even this spring.

Hill taking nothing for granted after wreck
All it took were a few seconds for Indians...

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Cleveland taking a chance on speedy outfielder Harold Ramirez

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Ramirez missed most of 2020 with a COVID-19 diagnosis and devastating hamstring injury

Outfielder Harold Ramirez has been claimed off waivers by Cleveland, according to the team’s insider Twitter account. Ramirez was designated for assignment by the Marlins on Feb. 17.

Ramirez, 26, is one of the fastest players in baseball, ranking in the 92nd percentile in sprint speed in 2019. He’s not built like your typical speedy outfielder — he’s not a thin,...

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Indians Claim Harold Ramirez, Designate Jordan Humphreys

The Indians announced Wednesday that they’ve claimed outfielder Harold Ramirez off waivers from the Marlins. Right-hander Jordan Humphreys was designated for assignment to open a spot on the 40-man roster.

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Chris D. Davies

Let’s Go Read: 42 Today

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In a remarkable collection of essays, the notion of who Jackie Robinson was and is gets re-examined

How often do you think of Jackie Robinson? Once a year, on April 15, when MLB celebrates his pioneering debut? Maybe briefly during the month of February, when the United States turns its attention to Black history?

When you do think about Jackie Robinson, what do you think of? A smiling, passive man, enduring the heckles and harassment of thousands so...

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Matt Schlichting

Over/Under 2021 Preview: Phil Maton

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Will Phil Maton be worth more or less than 0.9 fWAR in 2021?

Based on ZiPS projections, Phil Maton is expected to finish 2021 with the following stats:

3.68 ERA, 3.50 FIP, 63.7 IP, 11.17 K/9, 2.97 BB/9, 1.13 HR/9, 0.9 fWAR

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Matt Schlichting’s Prediction: OVER

We have a tendency to refer to him as “Phil Mato” in the...

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Francisco Lindor talked about 2020 with the New York media

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Morning news and notes for Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021

Before we get to less controversial topics, I want to quickly provide everyone with the quick minute and a half of words that have been making the rounds, out of context and unsourced. If the video doesn’t automatically start there, you’ll want to begin at 12:30.

I don’t know if any of this is worth even discussing. What I do know is that Francisco Lindor will likely find some proper hitting instruction with...

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Matt Lyons

Over/Under 2021 Preview: Scott Moss

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Will Scott Moss be worth more or less than 0.8 fWAR in 2021?

Based on ZiPS projections, Scott Moss is expected to finish 2021 with the following stats:

5.18 ERA, 5.18 FIP, 120 IP, 9.23 K/9, 5.03 BB/9, 1.50 HR/9, 0.8 fWAR

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Matt Lyons’s Prediction: OVER

This is the ultimate coin toss of all coin tosses....

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Let’s Talk Tribe #166: Show Me Your Fingers

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Over/Under previews for players for Zach Plesac, José Ramírez, and others, a look at Aaron Civale’s new pitch, and remembering High Point’s own Cody Allen.

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N&N: Shane Bieber says he “still has a lot to prove”

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News and Notes for Tuesday, February 23, 2021

His last outing against the Yankees is motivating Bieber to get better.

Cleveland Baseball Team News

Bieber: 'I still have a lot to prove'
He won the American League Cy Young Award and the MLB Pitching Triple Crown. Shane Bieber was nearly perfect in 2020 until an uncharacteristically rocky outing in the AL Wild Card Series against the Yankees left a bad taste in his mouth.

Let’s talk: Shane Bieber interested in...

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Extension Notes: Lindor, Correa, Bieber, Bichette

New Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor revealed that there’s “mutual interest” in an extension, although he believes “it’s too early” for serious talks to start, per Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com.

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Shane Bieber Open to Long-Term Contract with Cleveland After Winning Cy Young

Coming off a career year in 2020, Cleveland ace Shane Bieber is amenable to discussing a long-term extension with the organization. Bieber told reporters Monday negotiations have yet to begin...

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