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Indians' Top 5 left-handed starters: Bell's take

@MandyBell02
June 1, 2020

CLEVELAND – No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are

Every AL Central team's best recent Draft pick

@alysonfooter
12:17 PM EDT

Each year, Major League Baseball’s Draft gives teams a chance to dream about what direction their organization may be headed a few years down the road. There’s no way to know at the time how Draft picks will pan out; in fact, hindsight is the only sure thing when evaluating

MLB announces 2020 Draft schedule

First round begins June 10 at 7 ET; televised live on MLB Network, ESPN
@JonathanMayo
May 29, 2020

On Friday, Major League Baseball announced that this year’s Draft will be held on June 10-11. Here’s everything you need to know: Broadcast and logistics details The five-round Draft will begin on Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m. ET, with both MLB Network and ESPN producing live coverage -- the

The best hometown Draft pick for all 30 teams

@JonathanMayo
June 1, 2020

Rickey Henderson to the A's. Cal Ripken Jr. to the Orioles. Barry Larkin to the Reds. It's not uncommon to see a team go with a hometown kid in the Draft. In 2004, Neil Walker was playing at Pine-Richland High School just outside of Pittsburgh, intending to head to Clemson

These are the best arms in the AL Central

@alysonfooter
May 29, 2020

In baseball, the little things matter. Or, maybe a better way to say it is that fleeting, split-second moments can make or break a team on any given day. Defense plays into this theory a dozen times during a game. Take for example the pin-point accuracy of a throw that

This is how each club's highest Draft pick fared

@williamfleitch
May 31, 2020

We are just about a week and a half away from the 2020 MLB Draft, one that will be done virtually and will be unlike any other Draft before it. But it’s still the Draft. There’s still a first round, still excited youngsters ready to make their way to the

Inbox: How will the Indians' outfield shape up?

Beat reporter Mandy Bell answers questions from Cleveland fans
@MandyBell02
May 27, 2020

CLEVELAND -- The return of baseball may be just around the corner, which leaves plenty of unanswered questions about the Indians’ roster. What answers do we have now? Let’s take a look in this week’s Inbox:

Most hyped RHP prospects of the past 20 years

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
May 27, 2020

Pitching prospects are an inherently volatile group, one with more cautionary tales than success stories, but the type of impact that a highly touted young hurler can have on an organization’s long-term outlook cannot be overstated. The below list of the most-hyped right-handed pitching prospects of the past 20 years

Indians' Top 5 right-handed starters: Bell's take

@MandyBell02
May 25, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are for fun

These AL Central defenders can do it all

@alysonfooter
May 22, 2020

Our weekly examination of the skills that comprise the "five tools" of baseball shifts to the defensive side of the game. In the past, metrics that measure a player's defensive value were somewhat scarce; today, however, there are several ways to accurately gauge how much a player is contributing from

For 1 season, these 30 guys played like HOFers

@williamfleitch
May 25, 2020

It’s easy to break down truly great seasons from the superstars. If anything, the hardest part is deciding which Mike Trout season is the best, or which Barry Bonds, or which Albert Pujols. The real fun is the random superstar season that comes out of nowhere, a player who isn’t

National Treasure: Find Nic Cage in tweets

@MannyOnMLB
May 21, 2020

If there's one thing many of us suddenly have a lot of, it's time to kill. So the Indians were kind enough to take something -- well, someone -- from the movie "Time To Kill," not to mention a whole lot of other films, and hide him in 39 of

Each MLB team's best Draft of all time

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
May 23, 2020

The Dodgers had mixed success in the first three years of the Draft, sandwiching lackluster efforts in 1965 and 1967 around finding three All-Stars (Charlie Hough, Bill Russell, Billy Grabarkewitz) and a Rookie of the Year (Ted Sizemore) in 1966. Los Angeles slid from a World Series championship to an

The best games by 1 batter for every club

May 21, 2020

Do you know your favorite team's best individual single-game hitting performance? From Hall of Famers to players who otherwise had obscure careers, there's a diverse list in that category. With the help of all 30 MLB.com beat writers, here's the best game any one batter has had for each club.

Indians' Top 5 designated hitters: Bell's take

@MandyBell02
May 18, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are for fun

The best moment in each ballpark's history

@williamfleitch
May 17, 2020

As baseball stadiums sit empty, still, you can’t help and look at them and think of what has happened there, memories we’ll carry with us the rest of our lives. Because when greatness has happened before, it reminds us it can, and will, happen again. So, today at the Thirty,

Watch 44 more epic half-innings right here

May 21, 2020

As the baseball world waits for live games to return, MLB.com once again offered a dizzying sprint through history to satisfy your craving. For the second time, MLB.com streamed the most memorable half-innings in modern history back to back, a string of 44 half-innings. All of the half-innings also are

Introducing Dream Bracket 2: Dream Seasons

@castrovince
May 14, 2020

It’s the best kind of recurring dream. The baseball kind. The MLB Dream Bracket is back with a Dream Seasons edition, as 64 of the greatest single-season teams in history will compete in a simulated tournament that begins Thursday, May 21, and runs through Tuesday, June 9.

These AL Central stars can flat out fly

@alysonfooter
May 15, 2020

Modern-day metrics have afforded today's fans the opportunity to delve deeper into numbers and examine what they mean, beyond what's obvious by simply perusing a box score. Among the beneficiaries of Statcast -- the automated metric tool introduced by Major League Baseball five years ago -- are the ballplayers who

A weird fact about a player on every team

Samurai swords, ailurophobia and more
@michaelsclair
May 17, 2020

A ballplayer's life doesn't begin and end at the park. Sure, they spend plenty of their time there -- lifting weights, drinking nutrient-dense smoothies and taking BP all before the game, but just like Walt Whitman, the players contain multitudes. So, we delved into the 2020 media guides, looked to

Plutko Family Partners to help during COVID-19

Indians pitcher, wife, create entity to bring masks, food, cheer during pandemic
@MandyBell02
May 13, 2020

CLEVELAND -- The longer sports are away, the easier it is to daydream about their return. Fans may picture their first game back in the stands and professional players surely imagine stepping back onto the field. Indians starter Adam Plutko’s vision is a little different. “Maybe when I’m in left

Indians' Top 5 right fielders: Bell's take

@MandyBell02
May 11, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are for fun