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National baseball writers weigh in on the Indians’ trade


The Indians’ three-team, nine-player trade was the biggest news in the baseball world on Tuesday night, as the Tribe acquired young right-handed starting pitcher Trevor Bauer, and relievers Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw from the Arizona Diamondbacks, as well as outfielder Drew Stubbs from the Cincinnati Reds.

The Reds acquired Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald from the Indians in return, and sent young shortstop Didi Gregorious to the Diamonbacks, who also received Tony Sipp and Lars Anderson from the Indians. After news of the trade broke, many prominent national baseball journalists weighed in on the potential impact of the trade. A selection of their tweets and stories are below:

Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

love the #indians part of this deal. bauer and stubbs. great job.

Jerry Crasnick ‏@jcrasnick

I’m with @keithlaw: Really liked what #indians did in trade. Thought #reds did well to get Choo.

keithlaw ‏@keithlaw

Love it. “@Buster_ESPN: The Indians are going to get Bauer in the deal with the Diamondbacks.”

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

The Indians need arms. And they get a good arm in Trevor Bauer, who was the No. 3 overall pick in 2011.

Buster Olney@Buster_ESPN

It really is amazing that the Indians ended up with Trevor Bauer essentially in return for a one-year rental, Shin-Soo Choo.

Chris Rose ‏@ChrisRose

Cleveland fan overload right now. @indians huge trade w @Reds @dbacks and @cavs up late @lakers. Head about to explode!!

Rob Neyer – SBNation

“Each of the three clubs is receiving one linchipin. The Indians: pitching prospect Trevor Bauer. The Reds: star outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. The Diamondbacks: shortstop prospect Didi Gregorius.”

“It’s a fascinating deal, because all three of the linchpins are completely different sorts of players…The Indians need arms, and Bauer’s a great start.”

What are your thoughts on the Tribe’s big trade?

— TribeVibe Contributor Max Lom

The Sklar Brothers at Progressive Field

The Indians were joined by a pair of special guests on Sunday, as they welcomed the Sklar Brothers (Randy and Jason) to Progressive Field. The twin brothers previously hosted ESPN Classic’s popular show Cheap Seats, and are currently hosting History’s The United Stats of America.

The brothers each threw out ceremonial first pitches, and paid a visit to the clubhouse before the game, where they challenged Joe Smith and Tony Sipp to a game of Ping Pong.

The Sklars lost the doubles match-up against the Tribe pitchers, but they stuck around to watch the rest of the game from the Indians Social Suite, where they saw the Indians get a wild walk-off win against the Detroit Tigers.

Bullpen Mafia: Daily Visit to Dorothy’s Diner

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The Bullpen Mafia traditionally stops by Dorothy’s Diner, a small concession stand located on the service level of Progressive Field, prior to every home game. The members of the bullpen, led by Tony Sipp, ride a cart to the bullpen and stop to visit Dorothy on the way. TribeVibe chatted with Sipp, Joe Smith, and Dorothy to hear about the daily visit.

Sipp: It just started out as something fun, turned into routine. [We] sit back, just feel good going out on the field every day. I don’t think she has a care in the world; it seems like she’s always in a good mood. We just try to get some of that, get some of her presence. We get the candy every day. I don’t know, we probably eat one or two pieces. We feel like we need that when she’s not here. She missed it twice for her dad’s funeral, and it was like, ‘Aw, what are we going to do?’ We felt lost. It has just turned into a routine and a feel-good moment. It seems like it’s mutual; if not, she’s full of it, she’s a good actor.

Smith: She’s one of us. She’s like our bullpen mother. She makes our day. Dorothy is there to give us candy and tell us to get our stuff together and get going. She tells us, ‘Open up that can, baby.’

Dorothy: It makes you feel kind of important. They are really friendly, really nice fellas, but sometimes they can act like little kids. I give them candy every day, so we laugh and joke. Every now and then, one will want a hot dog or brat. That’s very seldom; they eat good down there [in the Indians Clubhouse]. Tony Sipp will start whistling; he gives a long whistle the whole time they ride down here, until they get to me, and I stop them real slow. They stop, get their candy, and carry on. They get a big laugh out of me, when I tell them, ‘Get out there and open up that can.’

-Megan Golden, TribeVibe contributor

15 Questions with Tony Sipp

Indians relief pitcher Tony Sipp has allowed just one run on three hits in his last 11 appearances (7.2 IP). Sipp recently sat down with TribeVibe and answered “15 Questions.”

TribeVibe: Did Santa leave the gifts under the tree wrapped or unwrapped?
Tony Sipp: Wrapped; I think everyone’s are wrapped.

TV: If the ice cream truck comes down the street, what do you buy?
TS: Either strawberry shortcake or the fire bomb.

TV: What is one perk of being on the Cleveland Indians as opposed to other teams?
TS: You can still go to Wal-Mart, and no one will recognize you.

TV: What is the last book you read?
TS: The last book I read? It’s been a minute. I read Obama’s book before he was President to see what I was getting myself into. That’s the last one. It’s been a while.

TV: Who is someone who you would like to meet in person?
TS: Lil Wayne or Rick Ross.

TV: What is your least favorite errand to run?
TS: I really hate grocery shopping.

TV: What was the last movie you saw?
TS: The Town.

TV: Why did you choose to wear number 49?
TS: My granddad died at 94 [years], so I just switched it.

TV: What sports did you play in high school?
TS: Football, basketball, baseball, and tennis.

TV: If you go to a restaurant for breakfast, what do you order?
TS: I’m usually an omelet guy — an omelet [and] pancakes.

TV: What is the best advice a teammate has ever given you?
TS: Sometimes less is more. [Indians pitching coach] Scott Radinsky [told me]. He’s actually not a teammate, just a coach.

TV: If you had to choose one of the following words to describe you, which would you choose: humorous, organized, or patient?
TS: Patient.

TV: Who has it easiest: oldest child, middle child, youngest child, or only child?
TS: Only child.

TV: What do you think of “the wave” that the fans do during the game?
TS: I don’t mind it. I think it’s pretty cool. If it’s your first game, it’s something different. You can interact with the crowd.

TV: What is your favorite board game?
TS: Monopoly.

-Megan Golden, TribeVibe contributor

Indians Game Information for Wednesday, July 18

CLEVELAND INDIANS (46-44, 3rd, -4.0 G) vs. TAMPA BAY RAYS (47-44)
RHP Justin Masterson (6-8, 4.14) vs.RHP Jeremy Hellickson (4-6, 3.48)
First Pitch: 7:10 p.m. (ET) at Tropicana Field
TV: STO  Radio: WTAM, Indians Radio Network
Series Notes:

TRIPPED UP: In addition to being held to an average of 3.0 runs in 5 games since the All-Star break, over 1.5 fewer runs than the club has averaged on the road all season (4.60), Cleveland’s offense has also batted .234 (37-158) on the current road trip, 21 points below the club’s overall .255 average away from Progressive Field this season…conversely, the club’s .358 on-base pct. on the current trip is actually 23 points higher than Cleveland’s .335 on-base pct. on the road overall in 2012, due in large part to the 28 walks drawn by Indians hitters over the last 5 games (5.6 walks-per-game)..however, Cleveland’s offense has also stranded a total of 40 men on base on the current road trip (8-per-game) as a direct result of going 6-for-43 (.140) with runners in scoring position over that stretch.

THE PEN IS MIGHTIER: TONY SIPP (1.1 IP) and JEREMY ACCARDO (1.0 IP) combined for 2.1 scoreless frames in last night’s defeat, as the Cleveland bullpen has kept opponents off the scoreboard in 9 of the club’s last 14 games since June 30, while posting a 2.23 ERA (10 ER/40.1 IP) and .189 (27-143) opponents’ avg in that span…that 2.23 relief ERA ranks 5th in the A.L. and 7th in the majors since June 30, while the .189 avg. is 4th-lowest in the majors behind Oakland (.156), Atlanta (.181) and Los Angeles-NL (.187).

REELING IN THE RAYS: The Indians are 72-45 all-time against Tampa Bay, including 30-27 at Tropicana Field…the Indians and Rays have alternated wins and losses over each of the last 8 games dating back to last season…Cleveland will be looking to win each of the next 2 tilts vs. the Rays, as the club is in search of its first series win at this venue since Aug. 17-19, 2007 – Indians are 5-13 at Tropicana Field since then.

EAST BOUND AND DOWN: Cleveland fell to 9-14 against A.L. East squads this season after last night’s loss…the Indians are a combined 29-20 against teams from the A.L. West (12-5) and A.L. Central (17-15).

AROUND THE BLOCK: Cleveland is 2-3 on artificial turf this season, needing to win both remaining games of this series at “The Trop” to secure the club’s first winning season on turf since 2007 (12-6)…Cleveland’s offense ranks among major league leaders in walks (1st, 337), on base pct. (4th, .334) and pitches-per-PA (9th, 3.88), but ranks 19th out of 30 teams with a .244 (198-810) team average w/ runners in scoring position and 26th with a .195 (16-82) avg. w/ the bases loaded…the Indians are 27-3 in games in which VINNIE PESTANO and CHRIS PEREZ both appear for the club.

Anderson Monarchs: Jackie Robinson Barnstorming Tour

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Nearly two weeks ago, the Philadelphia-based Anderson Monarchs began a 4,000-mile adventure across the country in honor of Jackie Robinson.

Hopping on a bus from the 1940s, this particular little league team is eager to visit 18 cities in 21 days. The Monarchs will compete against a local baseball team in each city on the tour, traveling across the country like the Negro Leagues once did.

Tour designer Steve Bandura and the Monarchs visited Progressive Field on Tuesday, July 3, and had the opportunity to interact with several Indians players before that night’s game.

“Tonight, we’re staying in a really nice hotel for about six hours, then we’ll be gone,” Bandura, whose team is 2-0 thus far, said.

Indians pitcher Justin Masterson greeted the Monarchs in the Indians dugout and immediately challenged all of them to race him to the wall in centerfield.

Outrun by all of the Monarchs, Masterson and Indians pitchers Josh Tomlin, Tony Sipp, and Joe Smith led the team in stretching.

“Nobody was expecting that. I just think it’s great. You can’t beat that; they’re out there stretching with them in centerfield,” Bandura said. “I’m sure they get a lot of requests all the time. I think this moment [in the outfield] is going to stand out more than any of them. This one is off the charts.”

The team then raced to home plate and mimicked their idols’ batting stances, pretending to hit home run after home run off of Justin Masterson.

“It’s a whole new world for them. It’s pretty amazing,” Bandura said. “MLB has been just really, really great with the kids. They have been creating some life-long memories for these guys.”

Each member of the Monarchs received a baseball and had the chance to spend time chatting with Indians players prior to the game.

Sipp said that it is possible to achieve any goal with such positive team chemistry.

“You can see that they really care about each other,” he said. “When we were giving out baseballs, they all made sure the other ones had a baseball. This is building the team camaraderie and seeing how far you can go with the team.

“[You learn] how team camaraderie can help you achieve different things. They didn’t think that they’d be here right now, but they’re blending together.”

Bandura, who has visited Yankee Stadium and Progressive Field thus far with the Monarchs, said the team treasures every moment spent with their role models.

“The players we’ve met have been outstanding — I mean, tremendous role models for the kids. [They] meet a guy like [Yankees outfielder] Curtis Granderson, and they immediately get back and want to go on my computer and look him up,” Bandura said. “Really, the players have been great role models and have shown these kids a whole different world that normally they wouldn’t see. It’s really eye-opening.”

-Megan Golden, TribeVibe contributor