Guardians drummer John Adams has provided the soundtrack to Cleveland baseball for nearly 50 years

CLEVELAND – John Adams had a favorite way of describing his experience as a baseball gamer in Cleveland. He would say that in his extended sojourn atop the left field bleachers, he came into contact with fans from every continent except Antarctica. The only obstacle preventing him from completing his global mission is the penguins not buying tickets for the runway. Adams passed away Monday morning at the age of 71. He had dealt with several health complications in recent years. His drumbeat has been the beating heart of every…

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Michael Brantley’s Contract in Cleveland: 3 Spectacular Period Scenes That Seem Unfinished

Editor’s note: This story is part of the Cleveland Baseball Countdown, a series of 30 articles on the club’s 30 best players of the past 30 years. Let’s revisit three painful scenes. First up: Michael Brantley, standing on the outskirts of Cleveland’s club celebration at Fenway Park in 2016, eager to protect his surgically repaired shoulder as he dines on a plate of meatballs and mashed potatoes and watches teammates soak in champagne. Second: Michael Brantley, sitting on the outdoor lawn at Progressive Field in early August of 2017, knowing…

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Cleveland Baseball Countdown, #13: Travis Haffner – aka “The Broncos” – was AL Baseball’s MVP for 3 years

Editor’s note: This story is part of the Cleveland Baseball Countdown, a series of 30 articles on the club’s 30 best players of the past 30 years. CLEVELAND – It’s easy to underestimate Travis Haffner’s tenure in Cleveland. He was the huge, soft-spoken designated hitter who threw a home run in the “Bug Game” and who shares (with Don Mattingly) the record for most grand slams in a single season (six). It once hit for the course in Minnesota just as the northeastern part of the US (including Ohio) and…

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Baseball Hall of Fame ballots 2023: The Athletic’s voters reveal their selections

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling no longer dominate the annual conversation around Hall of Fame voting, having collectively fallen off the ballot in their final years of eligibility. But that doesn’t mean everything is suddenly straightforward, especially with this year’s addition of Carlos Beltrán, so inexorably tied to the 2017 Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. Meanwhile, with those big names gone, candidates like Scott Rolen, Andruw Jones, and Billy Wagner could see the gains made in recent years accelerate. We asked some of The Athletic’s writers who vote for…

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The Year in Strange But True: Judge! Ohtani! And MLB’s 20 most mind-blowing hitting, pitching feats

Hey! I know you’re about to join your friends and loved ones to sing a Champagne-drenched chorus of “Auld Lang Syne.” But first, did you know that the definition of Auld Lang Syne has something to do with “fondly remembering old times”? No kidding. So here’s an idea. Let’s all fondly remember the Strange But True baseball season of 2022. In which … A guy taking his first swing in the big leagues hit a foul ball to his mother. … And another guy got called up and then debuted before he…

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Top 25 remaining MLB free agents: Which teams will land Correa, Rodón, Swanson?

MLB teams have already spent more than $2.5 billion on free agents, but some clubs are just getting started. Nineteen of the top 25 free agents from my original ranking in early November have signed, but the new top 25 of remaining free agents will likely receive another billion dollars in this hot market. Two of the elite free-agent shortstops have signed, but Carlos Correa and Dansby Swanson are still on the board. Two of the top-tier starting pitchers have inked new deals, but Carlos Rodón is still available. Where will…

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MLB Hot Stove matchmaking: A free-agent fit for all 30 teams ahead of the Winter Meetings

Happy week before the Winter Meetings! It’s been a slow free-agent signing season so far, with only six players from my top 25 list off the board. José Abreu and Tyler Anderson landed three-year deals with the Astros and Angels, respectively, while Edwin Díaz, Anthony Rizzo, Clayton Kershaw and Martín Pérez (accepted the qualifying offer) re-signed with their teams. Now, as people around baseball pack their bags and get ready to fly to San Diego for the meetings, we’re all eagerly waiting for the next free-agent shoe to drop, which…

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Poor Browns defense, Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland shared the ball and the Guardians payroll

The eye test tells us the Cleveland Browns defense is atrocious. The numbers tell us it’s historically terrible. At least stop running. For all its failures to cover early in the season, pass defense isn’t bad, at least according to the Defensive Points Additive (EPA) metrics. But their total defensive EPA is -34.76. This means that the defense has lost approximately 35 points on the floor all season. The Browns lead about 25 points worse on the floor than any other team in the league. The second worst team in…

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MLB Free Agency and Commercial Mailbag: Bowden’s Shortstop Market, Contingency Plans, and More

On Tuesday, three free agents ranked on my top 25 list — Anthony Rizzo, Martin Perez and Tyler Anderson — as they agreed deals with the Yankees, Rangers and Angels, respectively. So who will sign next? What do I hear about the trading market? And what can some teams do, as they look to meet their biggest needs, if they can’t make a top priority? Thanks to all subscribers who submitted questions. In this mailbag, I’ve answered 19 of them, starting with a bunch of inquiries about the free proxy…

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Former MLB player Yasel Puig pleads guilty to lying to federal agents in investigation into illegal gambling

Former MLB player Yasel Puig has agreed to plead guilty to a felony charge of lying to federal agents about bets on sporting events he placed in an illegal gambling operation, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. Puig pleaded guilty to one of the offenses of making false statements. This carries a statutory maximum sentence of five years in federal prison. Puig agreed to pay a fine of at least $55,000. He will appear for the first time in US District Court on November…

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