New Home Plate Collision Rules, Plus Bacon - Indians News & Links 2/25/14

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Indians have mixed responses to new home plate collision rules, plus, perhaps, the best minor league hat ever.

Notes From Indians Camp

Cleveland Indians hope new home-plate collision rule protects catchers and baserunners | cleveland.com - New rule will still allow for contact between catchers and baserunners at the plate, but baserunners can't intentionally target catchers and catchers can't block the plate without the ball.

Collision rule met with mixed reaction by Cleveland Indians | indians.com: News - Although Indians catchers seemed to be overwhelmingly in favor of the new rule covering home-plate collisions for the upcoming season, position players around Cleveland's clubhouse still had some skepticism.

Quiet Corey Kluber began to believe in himself, and it paid off for Cleveland Indians - Terry Pluto | cleveland.com
Pluto on Kluber.

Indians exploring extension options with Kipnis | indians.com: News - General manager Chris Antonetti has maintained that the Indians have interest in discussing a contract extension with All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis. That process appears to be underway this spring.

LGFT

Pomeranz, Drew: Why I'm Stoked - Athletics Nation - Athletics Nation is "stoked" about LGFT Pomeranz

Jim Thome wants to be a manager | HardballTalk - Jim Thome hasn't officially announced his retirement yet, but the 43-year-old joined the White Sox front office as a special assistant to general manager Rick Hahn.

Around the Horn

Orioles prospect doesn’t know who Frank Robinson is. Buck Showalter makes him write a report. | HardballTalk - The article does not say whether the prospect also had to post it on the bulletin board or whether any stickers were handed out.

Can Cleveland Indians raid Japan for next Masahiro Tanaka? Hey, Hoynsie! | cleveland.com - Hey Hoynsie is back. The standard warning about reading the comments applies.

Half-century of Heartbreak: A special series on cleveland.com | cleveland.com - What will happen if and when Cleveland's 50-year championship drought ends? That is the question at the heart of reporter Zack Meisel's week-long series on cleveland.com.

And Finally

The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs’ alternate cap has bacon on it | HardballTalk - Sometimes the headlines just sort of explain it all, ya know?

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