Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians finished tied for #17 in the voting for the 2016 A.L. MVP Award

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 23 November 2016 at 4:28 pm

24-year old switch-hitting 3B/OF Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians finished tied for #17 (with Justin Verlander of the Tigers) in the voting for the 2016 American League MVP Award.  Ramirez played in 152 games for the Indians last year and he was 176 of 565 (.312 avg, .825 OPS) with 84 runs scored, 11 homers, 76 RBI and 22 stolen bases.  He has now played in 332 games in his first four years with the Tribe and he is 311 of 1,129 (.275 avg, .735 OPS) with 166 runs scored, 19 homers, 120 RBI and 42 stolen bases.  The all-around play of Jose Ramirez in 2016 was one of the main reasons that the Tribe won the A.L. Central in 2016.  The Indians hope that Ramirez can keep up the good work in 2017 and beyond!

Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians finished tied for #9 in the voting for the 2016 A.L. MVP Award

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 23 November 2016 at 4:18 pm

23-year old switch-hitting shortstop Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians finished tied for #9 (with Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers) in the voting for the 2016 American League MVP Award.  Lindor played in 158 games for the Indians last year and he was 182 of 604 (.301 avg, .794 OPS) with 99 runs scored, 15 homers, 78 RBI and 19 stolen bases.  He was also an All-Star for the first time in 2016 and he won the Gold Glove Award!   Lindor has now played in 257 games in his first two years with the Tribe and he is 304 of 994 (.306 avg, .810 OPS) with 149 runs scored, 27 homers, 129 RBI and 31 stolen bases.  He can do it all on the field for the Indians, as he is a wizard with his glove on in the field.  He also hits for average, steals bases and hits with power.  He is a true “five tool player” with a huge upside!  He will just keep getting better in the near future for the Indians.

Andrew Miller of the Cleveland Indians finishes #9 in the voting for the 2016 A.L. Cy Young Award

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 18 November 2016 at 2:24 pm

31-year old lefty reliever Andrew Miller of the Cleveland Indians finished #9 in the voting for the 2016 A.L. Cy Young Award in 2016.  Miller pitched in 26 games (0 starts) for the Indians last year after he was acquired in a deal with the Yankees and he was 4-0 with 3 saves, a 1.55 ERA and a 0.55 WHIP!  He pitched in 70 games (0 starts) for the Tribe and Yankees overall last year and he was 10-1 with 12 saves, a 1.45 ERA and a 0.69 WHIP.  He gave up 42 hits and 9 walks while whiffing an amazing 123 batters in only 74 1/3 innings last year!  Miller has now pitched in 389 games (66 starts) in his first 11 years in the show and he is 43-41 with a 4.22 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  I have heard whispers that the Indians might put Miller on the trade block this winter, which would be amazingly stupid, considering how outstanding of a pitcher that he what they gave up to get him.

Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians finished 3rd in the 2016 voting for the A.L. Cy Young Award

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 18 November 2016 at 2:09 pm

30-year old righty starting pitcher Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians finished 3rd in the voting for the 2016 American League Cy Young Award!  Kluber pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Indians last year and he was 18-9 with a 3.14 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.  Kluber gave up 170 hits and 57 walks while whiffing 227 batters in 215 innings for the Tribe last year.  He has now pitched in 139 games (134 starts) in his first 6 years with the Tribe and he is 58-44 with a 3.33 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP.  He won the A.L. Cy Young Award in 2014 for the Tribe.  Kluber pitched in 34 games (all starts) for the Indians in 2014 and he was 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.  Kluber is now #35 in ERA (3.33), #38 in wins (58), #7 in WHIP (1.14), #46 in innings pitched (887 1/3), #10 in strikeouts (936) and he is tied for #35 in games started (134) in franchise history!  Kluber is the main man for the Cleveland Indians’ starting rotation!

UPDATE:  (11/22/2016) – Corey Kluber finished tied for #19 in the voting for the 2016 American League MVP Award with outfielder Adam Eaton of the White Sox and 3B Evan Longoria of the Rays.

Tyler Naquin of the Cleveland Indians finished 3rd in the Rookie of the Year voting

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 15 November 2016 at 12:52 am

25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Tyler Naquin really stepped up for the Cleveland Indians in 2016.  For that he finished in 3rd place in the voting for the 2016 A.L. Rookie of the Year Award.  Naquin played in 116 games for the Indians last year and he was 95 of 321 (.296 avg, .886 OPS) with 52 runs scored, 14 homers, 43 RBI and 6 stolen bases.  Naquin did have some holes in his swing as he whiffed 112 times while walking 36 times last year.  Naquin has a bright future for the Cleveland Indians!

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