Cleveland Indians top prospect Francisco Lindor: #1 SS

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As we’re just two weeks away from the MLB Trade Deadline, we’re looking at some of the biggest MILB prospect names that will be brought up by MLB GMs. Not saying any of these guys will be traded, but all of them will be talked about. Some are actually on the table; others are not.

The 8th overall pick in the 2011 MLB draft, shortstop Francisco Lindor is the next huge can’t miss prospect for the Cleveland Indians. Currently with the AA level Akron Aeros, I caught up to him at the 2011 Midwest League All-Star game. And yes, watching Low A baseball is WAY BETTER than watching the ESPYs. No question.

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White Sox White Flag MLB Trade Rumors

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The Chicago White Sox announced recently that they will listen to offers for anyone on their roster with the exception of pitcher Chris Sale and first baseman Paul Konerko.  In a recent question and answer session with the fans, most indicated that any player would be fair game if led to a better team in the long run.  So the Sportsbank takes a look at possible locations for players on the White Sox roster and offers names of possible prospects the White Sox could get in return.  Your MLB trade rumors featuring the White Sox are right here!

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Chicago White Sox Will Win the AL Central

For the first time in almost a month, the White Sox share first place in the American League Central with the Detroit Tigers.  Now with the most optimism a White Sox fan with ulcers from the stresses of watching his team can muster, believes: The Chicago White Sox will win the AL Central.

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Indians Carlos Santana crashes into disgustingly obese Reds fan (photo)

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Check out the disgusting southern Ohio gut on this Cincinnati Reds fan who got tackled by the Cleveland Indians Carlos Santana as he sought a foul ball. The Reds took the latest battle in the birthplace of aviation state showdown 12-5, but this buckeye bulge is brutal on the eyes.

This dude is in the same weight class as that 76ers fan who became semi-famous for awhile during the NBA playoffs a couple weeks ago.

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Hastily Made Cleveland Indians Ballpark Tourism Post

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After Camden Yards, the second ballpark to really usher in the new era of baseball stadiums was Jacobs Field in Cleveland. The move away from cookie-cutter to retropark began in Baltimore, but Cleveland wasn’t very far behind. And I finally made the trek to Cleveland in July to see “the Jake” or “Progressive Field” as they now call it. But the trip wasn’t as much about the game, or Alex Rodriguez’s quest for 600* on that night, it was much more about the “social deck,” in left field.

And this game just also happened to be the same exact one in which a fan wore a LeBron James Miami Heat jersey to the game, acted like a douche to egg on the crowd, and got kicked out after causing a riot. So that was a story in itself.

Like my friend Peter Pattakos of Cleveland Frowns said “here, it’s not about this (pointing outward), it’s about this (points inward)” It’s true, in Cleveland it’s not about where you go, but who you’re with that matters.

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Plenty of Depth, Lack of Pizzazz Defines Cubs’ Farm System

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“As the Cubs’ draft went on, we were sitting around in our draft room and we could tell what they were doing. We said ‘hey, they get it, they’re finally getting it’….That got my attention, the attention of a lot of other people in the game.”

Those words, spoken by Theo Epstein at his introductory news conference in Chicago in October of last year, speak volumes about the state of the Cubs’ farm system. Obviously, there is an element of intrigue there, with the Cubs’ drafting of a very strong class last year. They got several big prospects, and they were able to sign a big chunk of them, spending more in bonuses than they had in the previous two drafts combined.

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Most Annoying, Disgusting Cleveland Indians Fan in the World (Video)

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This is someone’s mom. That’s a frightening fact. Ideally, you’d want the prime specimens of the gene pool reproducing; not the skimming from it.

You can see this Cleveland Indians fan’s daughter hiding her face in shame as the MILTPITF (mom I’d like to punch in the face) tries to rile up the crowd. At least this fan has her looks (uhm ok maybe not) to fall back on. Well, at least her looks match her personality, intelligence, class and self-awareness
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Bumps, bruises, and schedule stand in Cleveland Indians’ way

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The Cleveland Indians have made their own luck this season with countless improbable comebacks and walk-off wins. And that self-made luck must continue.

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A tale of two teams: Cleveland Indians first half recap

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness” in Cleveland. Charles Dickens famous words are a cliché perhaps, but the Indians have made that cliché all too true throughout the first half of 2011. After starting an improbable 30-15, the best start in the majors, the Tribe went just 17-27, leaving them with a 47-42 record, good for 2nd in the AL Central.

What went wrong for the Tribe during that rough patch? And can they turn it around and stick with the Tigers in the apparent two-team battle for the Central? [Read more…]

Team MVP and Cy Young for All AL Central Teams

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With the midpoint of the 2011 season nearing More Hardball has taken the opportunity to name each team’s MVP and Cy Young through the first half. Today we feature the American League Central division.

And as you know, TSB is all AL Central (and NL Central) all the time.

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Cleveland Indians Sign Ohio State Buckeyes Pitcher

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What a great local story this is- continuing one’s baseball career in the same state. Ohio State righthander Drew Rucinski signed a free agent contract with the Cleveland Indians, the organization announced Thursday.

Rucinski will stay in Ohio and begin his professional career at short-season Mahoning Valley in the New York-Penn League.

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