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2016 Schedule
94-67, 1st in AL Cent
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How does the Indians' front office work?

With the winter meetings around the corner, you need a different kind of scorecard for who's calling the shots and stocking their rosters. Jim Bowden explains the chain of command and style for the Indians' baseball operations leadership teams. Breaking down all 30 MLB front offices (Insider)

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2dDave McMenamin

Grin and wear it: LeBron arrives in Cubs uniform

LeBron James kept his word. The Cavaliers star arrived at Chicago's United Center in a custom-made Cubs uniform as payment for a World Series bet he made with former teammate Dwyane Wade.

Where do Indians stand for winter meetings?

What are the Indians' biggest needs heading into next week's winter meetings? What free agents could they be interested in? Who could they trade? Jim Bowden breaks it down. Winter meetings checklist for all 30 teams (Insider)

Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

Terry Francona in the house to watch the Cavaliers vs Clippers

Indians sign Michael Martinez, Erik Kratz

Cleveland signed Martinez, a second baseman, and Kratz, a catcher, to minor league contracts with invites to spring training, the team announced Thursday. Martinez, 34, appeared in 59 games for the Indians last season. Kratz, 36, played in 33 total games for the Pirates and Astros.

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Indians clearly want Mike Napoli back

Napoli played a big part in Cleveland's success this year, so it is no surprise that the team is making a push to bring him back. If he doesn't return, the Tribe will look for another mid-level tier first baseman or outfielder. Bowden: Top targets, fallbacks (Insider)

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Contact remains an issue for Zimmer

Bradley Zimmer showed some good things this fall, but his 26 strikeouts in 74 at-bats proves that he still has work to do. "I really question if he's going to make enough contact, particularly against left-handed pitching," an NL Central scout said. Crawford: AFL takeaways (Insider)

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Ramirez on HOF ballot despite steroids cloud

Manny Ramirez, who was suspended for 50 games in 2009 for using a banned drug, and Ivan Rodriguez are on baseball's Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, along with Vladimir Guerrero.

What's the status of the Indians?

With the winter meetings approaching, where do the Indians stand? And what is their current big-picture objective? Jim Bowden breaks it down. Status check for all 30 teams (Insider)

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13dJayson Stark

Why MLB's 2016 postseason was a game-changer

How monumental were this year's playoffs? The Cubs aren't just champs, they're a crossover sensation. Andrew Miller helped revolutionize relief pitching. Now, baseball might never be the same.

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18dScott Lauber

Porcello edges Verlander for AL Cy Young Award

Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello received eight first-place votes to Justin Verlander's 14, but he edged the Tigers ace in total points to win the 2016 American League Cy Young Award.

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Francona: Cleveland feels like home to me

Indians manager Terry Francona joins The Really Big Show to talk about the Tribe's World Series loss, his recent health updates and the team moving forward.

Zimmer homers, hits walk-off in AFL

Bradley Zimmer, the Indians' No. 1 prospect, hit a walk-off two-run single in the 10th inning on Tuesday to keep the Mesa Solar Sox's AFL title hopes alive. Zimmer also homered in his second straight game in the win over the Salt River Rafters. Box score

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Twice is nice for Terry Francona

On Tuesday, Francona became the first Indians manager to win Manager of the Year multiple times. He also won the award in 2013, his first season as Cleveland's skipper. The only other Indians manager to receive the honor since it debuted in 1983 was Eric Wedge in 2007, per ESPN Stats & Info.

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ESPN picks AL, NL Cy Young winners

NL winner Max Scherzer was a clear favorite among ESPN's experts to win his second Cy Young, but with the AL selection still to come, the voting was much fuzzier.

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Francona honored to be part of classic Game 7 (1:42)
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Francona considers Manager of Year honor a team award (1:16)

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

Voting for Terry Francona over Jeff Banister was tough for AL Mgr of the Year vote for the BBWAA, but it boiled down to picking Francona for making a bunch of elective decisions with the Indians that worked over Banister adapting to and solving a bunch of problems for the Rangers. Great field of choices this year.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs7775th
Batting Average.2626th
On Base Percentage.3298th
Slugging Percentage.4309th
Earned Run Average3.847th
Quality Starts8110th
WHIP1.246th
BAA.2435th

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