TJ Zuppe and Zack Meisel of The Athletic talk about the current dangers of being a head coach / manager in Cleveland and assess the job done by Terry Francona. Zuppe react to the Indians' trade for Brad Hand and Adam Cimber, explain how it impacts the bullpen and discuss how they'd go about fixing the outfield before the trade deadline. Zack Meisel and TJ Zuppe of The Athletic talk about Jason Kipnis’ hot start this spring, the clarity surrounding the Indians’ rotation and where Danny Salazar fits best.Then, they discuss the Tribe’s current window before selecting a random former Indians player of the day. Zuppe discuss Andrew Miller's latest injury, the flaws of every contender, the upcoming waiver deadline, and a potential surprise addition to the Indians' September bullpen. Then, Zack and TJ discuss the thoughtfulness and work ethic that fuels Trevor Bauer.
They also discuss how everything in camp revolves around Michael Brantley’s health. Zuppe and Zack Meisel of The Athletic Cleveland wonder when someone will heat up the MLB hot stove and discuss, if possible, how teams like the Indians could take advantage of the slow-moving market. After discussing the Tribe offseason, they explain how real life trade discussions aren’t that much different than their HBD teams or your fantasy football squad. The Athletic’s TJ Zuppe and Zack Meisel talk about Dan Otero’s new contract, then compare the way lineups were built in the 90s compared to how teams are managed today.
The Athletic’s Zack Meisel joins TJ Zuppe from Goodyear, Arizona to discuss the weather, pace of play and the end of the JD Martinez saga.
The two then discuss some of the early developments around Indians camp, including the status of Michael Brantley, Danny Salazar and the return of Rajai Davis.
Zack Meisel tells TJ Zuppe of his Wi Fi nightmare, riding back from Vegas minutes after the Indians completed a three-team deal involving Carlos Santana and Edwin Encarnacion. Zuppe and Zack Meisel talk about the complexities of trading prospects at the deadline and discuss which players might be worth it for the Indians this July. Zuppe and Zack Meisel of The Athletic Cleveland talk about Neil Ramirez's emergence in the Indians bullpen. Then, the pair discusses the complicated way reporters and writers might root for unique stories and people. They also discuss bullpening and Mike Clevinger's thoughts on the universe and different dimensions. In the latest episode, Zack Meisel and TJ Zuppe of The Athletic recap the Indians' recent trip to Puerto Rico. Zuppe and Zack Meisel discuss his appreciation level, share some of the early observations from the clubhouse (and parking garage) and explain why Shohei Ohtani is good for baseball.
Oh, did we mention that the Tribe front office was on the same plane? Also, don't miss the Random Ex-Indian of the Day! Zack chronicles Francisco Lindor's homecoming, then TJ sets the weekend scene from Baltimore. TJ Zuppe and Zack Meisel of The Athletic react to Edwin Encarnacion's unlikely sprint around the bases, make some way-too-early observations and reveal the story of the hidden bag of press dining chicken.
Zack Meisel and TJ Zuppe of The Athletic talk about the decision to extend Carlos Santana the qualifying offer, compare recent Browns complacency to past Indians teams, ask if Danny Salazar might be better utilized out of the bullpen and answer listener twitter questions.