Indians News & Links 2/14/14: Never Back Down

Can Tito fire up his team and the hometown crowd in 2014? - Jason Miller

Will Terry Francona's call to arms be enough to put butts in the seats at Progressive Field in 2014?

I'm back from Cleveland, feeling Cleveland-y-er than ever before, to bring you some Valentine's Day news and links. Grab your lover by the hand and take them on a magical journey through the internet baseball vortex.

Indians news

Cleveland Indians: the Maximum Super Baseball Champions of All History | CBS Sports (Dayn Perry) - The Indians take the crown in CBS Sports' simulation of all-time teams facing off against each other.

Terry Francona and his Tribe will never back down | Cleveland.com (Terry Francona) - Tito himself chimes in with a manifesto for the 2014 season and a call for the city's fans to get up and get out to Progressive Field to support the team.

Justin Masterson: elite starter? | Fangraphs (Tony Blengino) - Masterson may not be among the best of the best particularly given his inconsistencies in previous years, but aspects of his game are elite-ish, such as his ground ball rate.

Tribe working to save Feller museum | Indians.com (Jordan Bastian) - Following up on woodsmeister's link from yesterday... Bastian writes that Indians senior VP of public relations Bob DiBiaso, a member of the museum's board, is working with the team to try to bring some of the museum's items to Cleveland. Perhaps the museum's closure could mean a more prominent place at Progressive Field for the greatest Indian's legacy.

Other notes from the same linked article: Nick Hagadone looks to leave his off-field issues in the past, and the Indians gear up for arbitration cases against Josh Tomlin today and Justin Masterson on February 20th.

Is a lefty starter the key to Tribe playoff success | Indians Baseball Insider (Jim Berdysz) - The 1984 Detroit Tigers are the only team to win a World Series without a left-handed starter. This year's Indians team only has one lefty starter on the 40-man roster - T.J. House. Can the Indians make do without a solid southpaw in the rotation?

Cody Anderson ready to make a difference in the majors | Did The Tribe Win Last Night? (Laurel Wilder) - Wilder profiles Tribe RHP prospect Cody Anderson, winner of 2013's Bob Feller award for best minor league pitcher in the Indians organization.

Slideshows from Spring Training - Cleveland.com and TribeVibe share their photos from February 13th in Goodyear. Just a little bit to help whet your baseball whistle.

Around the league

Trying to stay away from all the pre-season Jeter vomit...

Puig limited due to shoulder inflammation | CBS Sports (Matt Snyder) - The wonky shoulder that gave Yasiel Puig trouble in 2013 has flared up early in spring workouts.

LGFT Franklin Gutierrez out for all of 2014 | CBS Sports (Dayn Perry) - Gutz out because of "ongoing health and injury conerns." Too bad.

Rays likely to sign Erik Bedard | NBC Sports (D.J. Short) - If so, look for Bedard to have a magical season out of nowhere, because Tampa.

MLB hires Director of Replay, seven other umpires | NBC Sports (Craig Calcaterra) - Neat.

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