Somehow, teams and fans continue to condone offensive mascots. But while it might be difficult to finally let them go, it is not complicated.
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Despite a schedule heavy with weak divisional opposition in Detroit, Chicago and Kansas City, the Indians' early projection gets a tremendous boost with a 98 percent playoff probability.
Should Francisco Lindor get a new deal? Which contender should sign Yu Darvish? Every front office has a shopping list, but here's what each should do this winter.
Indians add five players to 40-man roster
The Indians claimed 2B Rob Refsnyder off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday. In addition, Cleveland selected the contracts of infielders Willi Castro, Yu Chang, Eric Stamets and RHP Julian Merryweather from Triple-A Columbus and designated LHP Kyle Crockett and RHP Dylan Baker for assignment.
Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel are among 19 first-time candidates on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot for the Hall of Fame. Ballots are due Dec. 31, and results will be announced Jan. 24.
William Weinbaum ESPN
Chipper Jones, Jim Thome & Omar Vizquel headline 19 first-timers on the writers' Hall of Fame ballot announced Mon. Among 14 holdovers from the ‘17 ballot are Trevor Hoffman, Vlad Guerrero, Edgar Martinez, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling, Manny Ramirez & Sammy Sosa. Results are to be announced 1/24.
None of the nine free agents to receive $17.4 million qualifying offers from their clubs accepted the offer by Thursday's deadline, the players' union announced.
Can Corey Kluber repeat as AL Cy Young winner? He'll have to hold off his toughest competition this season once again.
Tom shines in AFL
Indians outfield prospect Ka'ai Tom went 2-for-4 with a homer, double and two runs scored for the Glendale Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday. The 23-year-old is now slashing .275/.420/.500 through 11 games this fall.
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What made Corey Kluber great? 1) Curveball had run value of 38 runs saved, highest for any pitch in MLB 2)230 outs, 142 K with curveball, most in MLB (.105 opp BA in AB ending in curveball) 3) 33.5% miss rate on all pitches ranked 3rd in MLB (minimum 15 starts).
Indians ace Corey Kluber has won the 2017 American League Cy Young Award after posting AL bests in wins and ERA.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
No surprise: Corey Kluber is the American League Cy Young Award winner, an honor he locked up by going 10-1 the final two months with a 1.42 ERA. Kluber led the majors in ERA and OPS allowed and ranked third in strikeout rate. It's his second Cy Young Award, the 19th pitcher to win at least two, and he did it in dominant fashion, collecting 28 of the 30 first-place votes.
Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw have five Cy Youngs between them. Will one of them add another trophy to his shelf? What about in the AL, where a strong case can be made for Corey Kluber or Chris Sale?
Lindor, Ramirez win Silver Slugger awards
Indians SS Francisco Lindor and 3B Jose Ramirez were announced as American League Silver Slugger Award winners on Thursday. The award honors the best offensive player at each position in each league. It's the first Silver Slugger win for both Lindor and Ramirez.
Marly Rivera ESPN Writer
El estelar segunda base venezolano José Altuve ganó su cuarto "Bate de Plata", mientras el toletero dominicano Nelson Cruz ganó el segundo de su carrera. Entre los ganadores de su primer "Bate de Plata" están los dominicanos Marcell Ozuna, José Ramírez y Gary Sánchez, y el puertorriqueño Francisco Lindor.
Indians right-hander Corey Kluber was picked as the outstanding American League pitcher by his peers after going 18-4 with an MLB-best 2.25 ERA.
Though he has never been a great candidate to have an MVP season, Santana will fairly comfortably hit 25 homers with an OBP somewhere around .360. That should earn him a hefty payday.
The closer market will be deep next offseason, but teams will surely be attracted to the work Andrew Miller and Cody Allen have each done in the last two postseasons.
The Indians won an AL-record 22 straight games and were an absolute joy to watch, but all that was overshadowed when they blew a 2-0 lead in the five-game ALDS.
An early exit was Cleveland's latest postseason disappointment, but shoring up the lineup could carry the Tribe back to another title shot.
The construction of the 2018 Indians is officially under way. What's their biggest need? Which one move would you like to see them make?
AL MVP winner to end drought
The Yankees have had 22 MVP winners in their franchise history, but none since A-Rod took home the award in 2007. Jose Altuve would be the second MVP winner in Astros history, while Jose Ramirez would be the fourth for the Indians.
Corey Kluber is up for AL Cy Young, Jose Ramirez for MVP and Terry Francona for Manager of the Year. We like one of those three to make an acceptance speech.
Free agency officially began at 5 p.m. ET on Monday. Several notable players, including Indians first baseman-catcher Carlos Santana, received $17.4 million qualifying offers.
The Indians have declined their $7 million option on reliever Boone Logan, who will receive a $1 million buyout.