February 11, 2016

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About Chris Assenheimer

Award-winning sportswriter Chris Assenheimer has covered the Indians since 1997. Prior to that, he also covered Ohio State football and basketball. He's a graduate of (Bay Village) Bay High School and The Ohio State University, and can be reached at 329-7137 or CAssenheimer@chroniclet.com. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

Cavaliers: Kobe Bryant discusses relationship with LeBron

CLEVELAND — Kobe Bryant and LeBron James have spent 13 seasons together in the NBA, but as the Lakers legend prepares to call it a career, he still views James as an 18-year-old kid just breaking into the league. “13 years, (that’s crazy),” said the 37-year-old Bryant, who reflected on his relationship with the 31-year-old Read More…

Indians: Jason Kipnis looking for even more production this season after career year in 2015

CLEVELAND — Indians manager Terry Francona predicted big things for Jason Kipnis in 2015. The second baseman delivered. As one of the American League’s most productive leadoff batters, Kipnis reached career highs in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.303), hits (171), doubles (43) and on-base percentage (.372), while leading all AL players at Read More…

Chris Assenheimer: Warriors and Spurs making Cavs’ NBA championship hopes look more and more like a long shot

The Cavaliers' LeBron James, left,  drives past the Warriors’' Stephen Curry in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday in Cleveland. AP

A few weeks ago, I drew the ire of some folks on Twitter — nearly all of them Cavaliers fans — for declaring the team would not win the NBA title this season. I came to this revelation while watching the Cavs struggle to put away an inferior Phoenix team on the road — something Read More…

Indians: Veteran Mike Napoli says he still has lots in the tank

The Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli hits a solo home run against the Detroit Tigers during the eighth inning of a baseball game at Comerica Park, in Detroit. Free agent slugger Mike Napoli and the Cleveland Indians have finalized their $7 million, one-year contract. AP FILE

CLEVELAND — The Indians made it official Tuesday, announcing they had agreed with veteran Mike Napoli on a one-year contract worth $7 million. Napoli is expected to open the season as Cleveland’s starting first baseman — something he said prompted him to sign with the Indians. “I think it was a pretty good opportunity for Read More…

MLB Winter Meetings: Indians, Reds discussed deal for Frazier

Todd Frazier

Multiple outlets reported Wednesday that the Indians and Reds discussed a trade for Cincinnati third baseman Todd Frazier, but that the two sides could not come to an agreement as Day 3 of Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings came to an end in Nashville, Tennessee. Cleveland is in search of offense — preferably a right-handed Read More…

Indians’ Francisco Lindor finishes second to Houston’s Carlos Correa in American League Rookie of the Year race

Lindor-SLIDE

CLEVELAND — According to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, Francisco Lindor is not the American League’s Rookie of the Year. That’s going to be a tough sell to the Indians and their fans, who watched the 22-year-old shortstop produce one of the finest debut seasons in team history. Lindor, who led AL rookies in Read More…

Indians feel good about second half of season, leadership

CLEVELAND — Though the Indians fell short of their goal of reaching the postseason, there were some positives to take away from 2015 — not the least of which is the emergence of Michael Brantley, Jason Kipnis, Corey Kluber and Yan Gomes as team leaders. With a host of veterans departing around the trading deadline, Read More…

Indians down Red Sox in season finale to finish above .500

CLEVELAND — The Indians, picked by many to at least contend for an American League Central Division championship, didn’t qualify for the postseason, but they did finish with a winning record. That will have to do. Cleveland wrapped up the regular season Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 victory over the Red Sox at Progressive Field. Read More…

Indians notes: Slow starts derail Tribe past two seasons

CLEVELAND — Slow starts and second-half recoveries have been trademarks of the Indians over the past three seasons. Cleveland was able to overcome early struggles to qualify for the postseason in manager Terry Francona’s debut year (2013), but they’ve cost the Indians dearly the past two seasons. “Hopefully, we can get that figured out,” outfielder Read More…

Corey Kluber finishes season strong as Indians blank Red Sox

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber went out on top. The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner made his final appearance of the season Saturday night at Progressive Field, and it was a sparkling one as the right-hander pitched the Indians to a 2-0 win over the Red Sox. Kluber tossed eight scoreless innings, allowing just Read More…