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The Cleveland Ramirez's and Enter Sandlin
The Cleveland Indians are in first place. Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson talk about how a frustrating April still kept the team .500 as the bats of Eddie Rosario and Josh Naylor get hot. Harold Ramirez has come to save centerfield. Jose Ramirez is somehow getting better. Is Nick Sandlin part of Terry Francona's circle of trust in the bullpen? And a surprising answer on a question about Albert Pujols?
May 7, 2021
Welcome back to the Farm Report
With the announcement of the Cleveland Indians minor league rosters, Justin Lada, Willie Hood, and Joe Coblitz breakdown the rosters throughout the system, provide injury updates on Ethan Hankins, Carlos Vargas, and the future of Nolan Jones.
April 30, 2021
First basemen hitting like pitchers
Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson are once again talking about the Cleveland Indians first base situation and a team that is getting more offensive production from it's pitchers. But they also stress patience with Josh Naylor, Logan Allen and talk about the debut of Sam Hentges as well as Jordan Luplow the full time leadoff hitter.
April 23, 2021
No new worries about no hitters and service time
Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson discuss why Cleveland being no hit doesn't make the teams offensive woes any worse than they were, why Shane Bieber, Aaron Civale, Emmanuel Clase, James Karinchak and Bryan Shaw will keep the team in games. They also explain why service time isn't why Daniel Johnson and Bobby Bradley aren't in Cleveland.
April 16, 2021
Exit (velocity) stage left
Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson banter about early season exit velocites for Jake Bauers and Josh Naylor, getting fired up over lineup construction, Ben Gamel and Tyler Naquin.
April 8, 2021
How wrong can we be? IBI's 2021 season preview
On the eve of the 2021 season, Justin Lada, Willie Hood, Spencer Carlson, and Joe Coblitz give their Cleveland Indians predictions and MLB postseason and awards predictions.
March 31, 2021
Adam Dunn struck out how many times?
Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson discuss the injury to Eloy Jimenez, Bryan Shaw and Trevor Stephan making the bullpen, the CF quandary and can Franmil Reyes have a breakout season. Random stats on Adam Dunn. Plus we rate Spencer's fantasy baseball team.
March 26, 2021
Experimental effects
Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson debate the impacts and potential of Amed Rosario's move to CF, other roster decisions and why baseball can't get it's sport on tv en masse.
March 18, 2021
Spring training stats and instagram haircuts
Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson reminisce about Joe Tait and other Cleveland legends that have passed lately, Franmil Reyes posting his haircut on instagram, and death to spring training stats.
March 11, 2021
Baseball games that sorta count and relievers names we can spell
Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson on on the Cleveland Indians rotation situation jobs Logan Allen, Cal Quantrill and Triston McKenzie are vying for, Bryan Shaw and a bunch of veteran relievers are hoping for spots, and the Indians over/under win total and how many outfielders play for them in 2021.
February 24, 2021
Assigning numbers - the 2021 IBI top prospect rankings podcast
Indians Baseball Insider has released it's 2021 top prospect rankings 1-70. Justin Lada, Willie Hood and Joe Coblitz talk over this year's rankings, the changes to how IBI evaluates players and a lot more on the Cleveland Indians farm system.
February 18, 2021
Potential don't pay the rent
Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss the surprising and good signings of Cesar Hernandez and Eddie Rosario including the impact on the MLB roster and prospects. Speaking of prospects, they also debate the obsession over players being ranked top-100 prospects.
February 2, 2021
14.1 - December 37, 2020
2021 starts off with Cleveland finally trading Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco as well. Justin Lada and Willie Hood go through another tough day in one of the final chapters of Cleveland Indians history and the return from the New York Mets.
January 8, 2021
Only fans, only farmers, yanunzzi's
Justin Lada, Willie Hood and Joe Coblitz go off script talking about a number of Cleveland baseball related topics including how to add revenue with the name change in some... different ways.
December 23, 2020
Musical roster chairs
Justin Lada, Willie Hood and Joe Coblitz discuss the Cleveland Indians 40 man roster additions of Nolan Jones, Gabriel Arias, Eli Morgan, Carlos Vargas and Ernie Clement and the game of musical chairs that will be the teams roster from now till next winter.
November 25, 2020
What comes next?
The off-season isn't officially underway but Justin Lada and Willie Hood look at the reality of a Francisco Lindor trade, the 2021 payroll & roster decisions as well as some news from Cleveland Indians Instructs in Arizona, 40 man roster news to get you ready for an offseason of change in Cleveland.
October 15, 2020
Rip off the band-aid
Justin Lada and John Fanta put the dirt on the coffin of the Cleveland Indians 2020 season, discuss the future of Francisco Lindor and the 2021 season and beyond.
October 5, 2020
Ready for more
Justin Lada and John Fanta recap the Tribe's final crazy week of the 2020 season and get you ready for the Cleveland Indians matchup in the 2020 Wild Card series against the New York Yankees. Breakdowns of the rotation, offense, bullpen, x-factors and more.
September 29, 2020
The little things
Justin Lada and John Fanta rant about how the Cleveland Indians managed to lose 8 games in a row, the potential playoff matchups in spite of that and how the Indians need to lineup their rotation, get Carlos Santana and Franmil Reyes hot and play mistake free baseball over the final 10 games
September 18, 2020
New IBI top prospect rankings podcast Pt II 30-1
Justin Lada and Willie Hood finish talking about IBI's new Cleveland Indians top prospect rankings #30-#1 from Angel Martinez, Cody Morris, Petey Halpin, Tyler Freeman, Daniel Espino and more.
September 11, 2020
New places, new faces, new rankings
Justin Lada and Willie Hood give their insights into new bullpen call-up Kyle Nelson, the Tribe's newest prospects Gabriel Arias, Joey Cantillo and Owen Miller. They also get into the freshly updated IBI top prospect rankings from 54-30 with a part II coming soon 29-1.
September 10, 2020
Trade deadline Padre-cast
Justin Lada and John Fanta discuss Cleveland's trade deadline deal to trade Mike Clevinger to the Padres for six players and break it all down. Padres wrapup show host Jim Russell of 1360 Fox Sports San Diego joins us to talk about Josh Naylor, Cal Quantrill, Austin Hedges, Gabriel Arias, Joey Cantillo, and Owen Miller.
September 1, 2020
McKenzie Day
Lake County Captains broadcaster Andrew Luftglass joins Justin Lada and John Fanta to talk about Triston McKenzie's time in Lake County in 2016 and some time at the Tribe's Alternate Training site as well some other great insight and notes on the Cleveland Indians pitching development and the arms that have come through Lake County over the last four seasons.
August 22, 2020
No Ceilings
Justin Lada and John Fanta discuss the Cleveland Indians dominance over the Detroit Tigers, the six game winning streak, how ridiculously good Shane Bieber continues to be and how he's kept getting better every year since college. They also touch on how big the series with the Minnesota Twins will be next week and if we could see a resolution to the Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac situation soon.
August 21, 2020
Playing the blame game
Justin Lada, John Fanta and Willie Hood discuss Zach Plesac's ill-advised Instagram bashing of the media, the situation in the Indians clubhouse because of Plesac and Mike Clevinger's decisions, the anemic offense and how critical the next week might be for the team.
August 13, 2020
Tim Burton's baseball season
Justin Lada and Willie Hood talk about the Tribe's pitching staff, the evolution of Shane Bieber and Zach Plesac, Mike Clevinger's inconsistencies, the 2.6 runs a game the team was averaging through 12 games and the surprisingly good bullpen.
August 6, 2020
In depth from the Twin Cities
On this episode of Smoke Signals, Justin Lada and Willie Hood are joined by Matt Trueblood from Baseball Prospectus, Penning Bull, and Twins Daily to get a rundown on the Tribe's biggest competition in the Al Central and how they're prepared for the 60 game sprint. Justin and Willie also discuss the Tribe's rotation, bullpen and the battle for the final infield and outfield spots. Follow Matt on Twitter, read him at Baseball Prospectus, check out his newsletter, Penning Bull and read him at Twins Daily.
July 22, 2020
Losing hair from a bald head
Justin Lada and IBI's Tribe beat reporter John Fanta go over the latest developments in Summer Camp, if Yu Chang's hot streak matters, and the outfield situation.
July 16, 2020
A conversation about minor league baseball and working in sports with Adam Liberman
Veteran sports PR pro Adam Liberman, most recently with the Akron RubberDucks, joins Justin Lada to talk about the minor league season being cancelled and the impact that will have. Adam also shares his experience and stories from his time working with the Atlanta Braves as well as Akron. We also touch on team name changes, what it's like to work in sports and a lot more.
July 10, 2020
Strategy, Schedule and Seasons of Change
Justin Lada is joined by John Fanta to talk about his role with IBI covering the Tribe the vibe around the team at the start of Summer Camp, some pitching strategy, the news about changing the team name and the 2020 MLB schedule
July 7, 2020
Camping season
Justin Lada and Willie Hood look at the roster rules and stipulations for baseball in a pandemic in 2020, how the Indians put together their roster and how they'll utilize it.
June 30, 2020
Play ball
Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss the details of MLB's 2020 season that is going to happen during the pandemic, what players might be on the taxi squad and details about the Indians undrafted free agents
June 24, 2020
No sleep - Indians 2020 draft recap
Sleep-deprived Justin Lada and Willie Hood recap the Indians 2020 draft class and throw out some names the Indians could sign as UDFA on Sunday
June 12, 2020
The one with all the 2020 draft talk (and the owners non-offer)
Justin Lada and Willie Hood quickly debate the MLB owners non-offer to have a 2020 baseball season and then turn their attention to the draft. We go deep on players mocked to the Indians and other names to know, breaking all of them down.
June 9, 2020
We're talking baseball...are they?
Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss the fight between MLB and the MLBPA on having a 2020 season, players the Tribe cut recently and bringing the draft into focus.
June 5, 2020
Legal negotiations
Willie Hood and Justin Lada talk about news and notes about the upcoming MLB draft, how the Indians are affected by the new 'rules' and some other Indians draft strategy and targets.
May 22, 2020
Who is the sacrificial lamb?
Justin Lada and Willie Hood debate the latest proposal from the MLB to the MLBPA for a potential 2020 season and who's benefits would be sacrificed? We also give our 15 Indians players we would protect in a hypothetical expansion draft in a recent series done by MLB Trade Rumors
May 18, 2020
Why are you the way that you are?
Justin Lada and Willie Hood recap IBIs picks in the Prospects Live mock draft from May 1 and share their disappointment in the MLB cutting the draft to five rounds.
May 12, 2020
Restarting and Rebuffed?
Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss the rumored new plan for the 2020 MLB season, Fransisco Lindor reportedly not wanting to talk contract extension, the hypocrisy of Emmanuel Clase's suspension compared to the Astros punishment and some news about new IBI features and content
May 8, 2020
A Look Back at the Early 200s Indians Part II
Justin Lada and former WKNR Indians reporter Chris Coon continue the look back at the early 2000s Cleveland indians. Part II focuses on 2006-2009 and then some extras.
May 5, 2020
A Look Back at the Early 2000s Indians Part I
On this edition of Smoke Signals Justin Lada is joined by Chris Coon, former WKNR Indians reporter to talk about the Cleveland Indians of the early and mid-2000s from 2002-2008 and then some. In Part I of this two part podcast Justin and Chris talk about the 2002-2005 Indians, how the teams were built and what went wrong with those teams. Look for Part II (2006-2008) early next week.
April 30, 2020
(Service) Time Manipulation and the Arizona Plan
IBIs Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss the affects of the Indians sending Zach Plesac, Aaron Civale and James Karinchak to AAA and MLBs Arizona/Florida plan and all its flaws.
April 14, 2020
2010 Lake County Captains Championship Podcast
On a special episode of the Smoke Signals Podcast, Justin Lada of Indians Baseball Insider is joined by Tim Shirer of the Lake County Sentinel to dive in to how the Lake County Captains won the 2010 Midwest League title with a roster of names that you may or may not remember and a pretty famous coaching staff. Well remind you of names you may have forgotten and give you some behind the scenes stories of that 2010 Lake County Captains team.
April 9, 2020
Having Their Cake and Eating It Too
Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss the impact of the changes to the MLB draft that were agreed on by the MLB and MLBPA. They also rant about how the MLB is using the virus to potentially eliminate minor league teams as well as the negative impact it will have on college and high school players, minor leaguers and teams.
April 3, 2020
The Show Must Go On
Justin Lada is joined by Willie Hood to talk about some opening day memories, some other minor news and then part II of the Top 50 Indians Prospect podcast with prospects 25-1. The future of IBI is also addressed.
March 25, 2020
Papa Doc'd
Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss how Francisco Lindor has backed the Indians into a corner with no answer, the bullpen situation, Franmil Reyes hitting tanks and in the second half of the pod they go over the prospects 50-25 of the 2020 Top 50 Countdown
March 11, 2020
Not (a Teres Major) Again
Dr. Brandon Bowers joins the show for the first time in 2020 to talk about injuries to Mike Clevinger, Emmanuel Clase, Carlos Carrasco and a few more members of the Indians roster dealing with injuries. Willie Hood joins Justin Lada to talk about the impacts of Clase's injury on the bullpen and the spring training battle for the last few roster spots.
February 28, 2020
More Valuable Than a Piece of Metal
On the edition of Smoke Signals, Justin Lada is joined by IBI writer Willie Hood to talk about Rob Manfred's handling of the Astros situation, Mike Clevinger's knee injury, a (minuscule) chance of a Fransisco Lindor contract extension, Domingo Santana and the Indians crowded outfield. We also address the future of Indians Baseball Insider.
February 19, 2020
Smoke Signals 13.1 - Underachieve and Overpay?
IBI's Justin Lada and Michael Cuva are back for a new season of Smoke Signals discussing Paul Dolan's comments at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards, why Indians fans are begging to overpay Yasiel Puig and preview the IBI Top 50 Indians Prospect Countdown which start 2/1.
January 24, 2020
Smoke Signals 12.32 - Welcome Cesar & Goodbye to the 2010's
Justin Lada and Michael Cuva breakdown the Indians signing of Cesar Hernandez and what it means for their roster and organization. In the back half of the show Justin and Michael go over their best 5 moments of the last decade and bring up some other fun names and memories that you may have forgotten plus some other funny stories from the last 10 years of Indians baseball. Thanks for listening and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
December 24, 2019
Smoke Signals 12-31 Kluber Texas Ranger & Santa Clase
Justin Lada and Michael Cuva discuss Corey Kluber's departure in the trade to the Texas Rangers Sunday along with his value, fan sentiment, the money aspect, Delino DeShields Jr and a whole lot of Emmanuel Clase
December 17, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.30 - Serious Talks
IBI's Justin Lada is joined by Michael Cuva to rant about the serious talks the Indians had at the Winter Meetings about Francisco Lindor, Mike Clevinger, Corey Kluber, the impact that Boras Fest 2019 (AKA the Winter Meetings) had on the Indians roster. A few potential trade targets are bandied about and Justin and Michael spent a lot more time than anyone should have in a podcast about the Rule 5 draft.
December 13, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.29 - The Best of Times & The Worst of Times
Michael Cuva joins Justin Lada again to review the Indians 40 man roster moves, discuss the trade value of some current Indians. In the second half of the snow they name the All-Decade team and Michael tries to guess the runners up in fWAR at each position over the last decade of Indians baseball. Happy Thanksgiving!
November 26, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.28 - Forging Into the Winter
IBI Editor and Chief is joined by contributor Michael Cuva to dig into the Indians off-season starting with the Francisco Lindor trade rumors, Roberto Perez's Gold Glove award as well as Lindor's. Justin and Michael also discussed potential free agent fits for the Indians and the 40 man roster crunch ahead of the Rule 5 draft next month.
November 13, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.27 - What Went Wrong?
The Indians are on the outside looking in for the 2019 postseason, so the question is what happened this year and were there any positive takeaways? Jake and Justin explore in a special, extended season recap on this week's Smoke Signals.
October 4, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.26 - Farewell To Kipnis?
Are the Tribe's playoff hopes fading? Is Jason Kipnis done as an Indian? Jake and Justin examine these questions and more in the latest episode of Smoke Signals.
September 19, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.25 - Bullpen Help On The Way?
While the Tribe has played better this week the races are still tight with more obstacles to overcome, such as in the bullpen. Jake and Justin discuss the Tribe's relief pitching woes and whether help is on the way in a new Smoke Signals podcast.
September 13, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.24 - September Stall
The Indians have fallen on hard times and are starting to slip out of the division race. On this week's Smoke Signals podcast, Jake and Justin discuss whether they recover from this stall before its too late...
September 5, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.23 - Next Man Up
Jose Ramirez is out for the remainder of the regular season, but that doesn't change the goals of the team as they will need to pick up the slack. Jake and Justin discuss on this week's Smoke Signals podcast.
August 29, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.22 - Getting Out of Hand?
Things didn't go so well in New York this week for the Indians and Jake and Justin are here to figure out what went wrong and where the team goes from here in this week's edition of Smoke Signals...
August 24, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.21 - Continuing the Upswing
The Indians continue to play well of late and are heading into a tougher stretch this month. Jake and Justin recap last week's action and preview a key part of the campaign...
August 9, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.20 - Trade Thoughts & The Russell Branyan Nexus
Did the Indians trade Trevor Bauer and still make their 2019 roster better? Jake, Justin and Corey have their reactions to the Tribe's shrewd dealings on Tuesday night on a special, emergency Smoke Signals podcast.
July 31, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.19 - Cy Bieber?
Shane Bieber: Cy Young candidate? It may not be as far-fetched as it sounds. Jake and Justin discuss that and the latest trade deadline buzz in a new Smoke Signals podcast...
July 26, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.18 - Starting To Come Together
After all the frustration that Tribe fans endured over the first few months of the 2019 campaign, things finally seem to be looking up, as Jake and Justin discuss in this week's Smoke Signals podcast...
July 19, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.17 - All-Star Fun and Second Half Predictions
The All-Star break is over, but there are still a ton of memorable moments to discuss and then a lot of predictions to get to for the second half in a new Smoke Signals podcast...
July 11, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.16 - All-Star Fever
As the city of Cleveland prepares to kick off the upcoming MLB All-Star festivities, the Indians are looking to finish their first half strong. Jake and Justin discuss the Tribe's standing in the division race along with who will and won't be at Progressive Field for the Midsummer Classic in a new Smoke Signals...
July 5, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.15 - June Bloom
The Indians have been on an upswing lately and it's fun to finally talk about fun, winning baseball again. Jake and Justin discuss all the contributing factors to their success...
June 27, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.14 - Stuck In The Middle
The Indians continue to tread water as they have been for most of 2019. The question is when does something finally give one way or another? Jake and Justin discuss on a new Smoke Signals podcast...
June 14, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.13 - The Murphy's Law Indians
What was once the backbone of this Indians team has been decimated by injuries and illness in 2019. Jake and Justin discuss whether the starting pitching woes will be too much to overcome.
June 7, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.12 - Some Optimism For A Change
While the Indians have still been hard to watch sometimes, their recent series win in Boston has provided a break in the frustration. Jake and Justin try to look on the positive side of things in this week's Smoke Signals.
May 31, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.11 - Digging A Deeper Hole
The Indians are falling further off the pace in the AL Central and the question is now looming of when the point of no return will come? Jake and Justin discuss their ongoing inconsistency in this week's Smoke Signals podcast.
May 23, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.10 - Fixing The Tribe Offense
The Tribe offense remains at the bottom of the major leagues in most major categories and it's getting to the point where a solution is needed soon. Jake and Justin explore the options in this week's Smoke Signals.
May 10, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.9 - Reaching For The Panic Button?
Corey Kluber's broken arm has left a lot of panic and doubts in its wake and Jake and Justin are here to discuss all facets of the injury and how it affects the Tribe's season moving forward on this week's Smoke Signals.
May 3, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.8 - The Marlins Roster Challenge!
Francisco Lindor is back from Columbus and he brought Tyler Clippard up with him. In this week's Smoke Signals, Jake and Justin discuss how things are starting to come together for the Tribe and complete the Marlins roster challenge.
April 26, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.7 - The Good, the Bad and the Getting Better
With guys coming back from injuries and others stepping up when needed, things could be a lot worse for the Indians right now. Jake and Justin discuss in a new Smoke Signals.
April 18, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.6 - The Carlos Santana Appreciation Show
Carlos Santana has, by far, been the heart and soul behind the Tribe's success to this point in 2019. Jake and Justin discuss his impact and more on a new Smoke Signals...
April 11, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.5: Opening Day
It's opening day and while all the news has not been good for the Indians this spring, it's still an exciting time of year. Jake and Justin are back on a new Smoke Signals...
March 28, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.4: 2019 Indians Preview
As opening day is now a week away, it's time to preview the upcoming Indians' season. In this week's Smoke Signals, Jake, Justin and Corey lock in their predictions for 2019.
March 22, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.3: Offseason of Confusion
Pitchers and catchers have reported and spring training is underway, but are the Indians reporting to camp with unfinished business with their roster? Jake, Justin and Corey discuss the Tribe's perplexing offseason plan in an all-new Smoke Signals podcast.
February 19, 2019
Smoke Signals 12.2: The Return of Carlos Santana
Right before the winter meetings adjourned, the Indians made big headlines with a three-team deal that saw five players, cash considerations and a draft pick change hands. Jake, Justin and Corey are here for an extended Smoke Signals to discuss the trade and more.
December 14, 2018
Smoke Signals 12.1: Hot Stove Rumblings
The hot stove season is officially underway as the Tribe has already made some moves and is involved in a few more rumors. Jake and Justin discuss all of them in the first offseason Smoke Signals podcast.
November 27, 2018