Cleveland Indians news: Catcher Yan Gomes honored for his defense

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Yan Gomes wins a defensive honor... One of the earliest photos of Cleveland baseball I've seen... A roundup of hot stove reports... and more!

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Cleveland baseball items:

  • Catcher Yan Gomes has been honored as the Indians' recipient of the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award. Rawlings' Gold Gloves are the best known defensive award in baseball, and are given to one player at each position in each league. Wilson instead honors one player on each team. You can find a complete list of winners here.
  • The Indians are Cleveland' longest-lasting and most-beloved baseball team, but years before the franchise existed, baseball was being played in and around the city. Perhaps the most significant team from the 1800s was the Forest City Baseball Club, also known as the Forest Citys, which was organized in 1865. If Yo Daddy Wags has time, I'm sure he'll drop some fantastic knowledge about the club into the comments. In the meantime, you can find a picture of the team (circa ~1880) here.

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Hot stove season is heating up nicely. SB Nation has you covered for the latest rumors, reports, and transactions from around the league. The latest includes a rival suitor for Tim Hudson, a rumored target of the Indians.

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Kurt Mensching has a tremendous (and beautiful looking) appraisal of Jim Leyland's time as Tigers manager. They're the enemy and all, but it's a really well-done piece, and worth reading no matter your rooting interests.

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Byron Buxton (left shoulder) and Miguel Sano (right elbow), two of baseball's most highly-rated prospects, have both been shut down in offseason ball (Arizona Fall League and Dominican Winter League, respectively). Neither injury is necessarily serious, but it's still brutal news for the Twins and their fans, as those are the team's top two prospects.

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FanGraphs' Jeff Sullivan has one of the highest outputs of any baseball writer I can think of, but he never lets quantity get in the way of quality. Case in point, two great posts from him on Friday:

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Until 2005 (when a computer took over) the Major League Baseball schedule was put together each season by a husband and wife team named Henry and Holly Stevenson. ESPN's 30 for 30 series gives a great 12-minute look at the couple.

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