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Smoke Signals 12.21 - Continuing the Upswing

The Indians continue to play well of late and are heading into a tougher stretch this month. Jake and Justin recap last week's action and preview a key part of the campaign...

59mins

9 Aug 2019

Rank #1

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(Service) Time Manipulation and the Arizona Plan

IBIs Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss the affects of the Indians sending Zach Plesac, Aaron Civale and James Karinchak to AAA and MLBs Arizona/Florida plan and all its flaws.

1hr 10mins

14 Apr 2020

Rank #2

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Having Their Cake and Eating It Too

Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss the impact of the changes to the MLB draft that were agreed on by the MLB and MLBPA. They also rant about how the MLB is using the virus to potentially eliminate minor league teams as well as the negative impact it will have on college and high school players, minor leaguers and teams.

1hr 12mins

3 Apr 2020

Rank #3

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2010 Lake County Captains Championship Podcast

On a special episode of the Smoke Signals Podcast, Justin Lada of Indians Baseball Insider is joined by Tim Shirer of the Lake County Sentinel to dive in to how the Lake County Captains won the 2010 Midwest League title with a roster of names that you may or may not remember and a pretty famous coaching staff. Well remind you of names you may have forgotten and give you some behind the scenes stories of that 2010 Lake County Captains team.

1hr 21mins

9 Apr 2020

Rank #4

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Legal negotiations

Willie Hood and Justin Lada talk about news and notes about the upcoming MLB draft, how the Indians are affected by the new 'rules' and some other Indians draft strategy and targets.

49mins

22 May 2020

Rank #5

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Who is the sacrificial lamb?

Justin Lada and Willie Hood debate the latest proposal from the MLB to the MLBPA for a potential 2020 season and who's benefits would be sacrificed? We also give our 15 Indians players we would protect in a hypothetical expansion draft in a recent series done by MLB Trade Rumors

45mins

18 May 2020

Rank #6

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Why are you the way that you are?

Justin Lada and Willie Hood recap IBIs picks in the Prospects Live mock draft from May 1 and share their disappointment in the MLB cutting the draft to five rounds.

1hr 1min

12 May 2020

Rank #7

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Restarting and Rebuffed?

Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss the rumored new plan for the 2020 MLB season, Fransisco Lindor reportedly not wanting to talk contract extension, the hypocrisy of Emmanuel Clase's suspension compared to the Astros punishment and some news about new IBI features and content

2hr 5mins

8 May 2020

Rank #8

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A Look Back at the Early 200s Indians Part II

Justin Lada and former WKNR Indians reporter Chris Coon continue the look back at the early 2000s Cleveland indians. Part II focuses on 2006-2009 and then some extras.

1hr 27mins

5 May 2020

Rank #9

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A Look Back at the Early 2000s Indians Part I

On this edition of Smoke Signals Justin Lada is joined by Chris Coon, former WKNR Indians reporter to talk about the Cleveland Indians of the early and mid-2000s from 2002-2008 and then some. In Part I of this two part podcast Justin and Chris talk about the 2002-2005 Indians, how the teams were built and what went wrong with those teams. Look for Part II (2006-2008) early next week.

1hr 9mins

30 Apr 2020

Rank #10

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The Show Must Go On

Justin Lada is joined by Willie Hood to talk about some opening day memories, some other minor news and then part II of the Top 50 Indians Prospect podcast with prospects 25-1. The future of IBI is also addressed.

1hr 17mins

25 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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Papa Doc'd

Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss how Francisco Lindor has backed the Indians into a corner with no answer, the bullpen situation, Franmil Reyes hitting tanks and in the second half of the pod they go over the prospects 50-25 of the 2020 Top 50 Countdown

1hr 26mins

11 Mar 2020

Rank #12

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Not (a Teres Major) Again

Dr. Brandon Bowers joins the show for the first time in 2020 to talk about injuries to Mike Clevinger, Emmanuel Clase, Carlos Carrasco and a few more members of the Indians roster dealing with injuries. Willie Hood joins Justin Lada to talk about the impacts of Clase's injury on the bullpen and the spring training battle for the last few roster spots.

55mins

28 Feb 2020

Rank #13

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More Valuable Than a Piece of Metal

On the edition of Smoke Signals, Justin Lada is joined by IBI writer Willie Hood to talk about Rob Manfred's handling of the Astros situation, Mike Clevinger's knee injury, a (minuscule) chance of a Fransisco Lindor contract extension, Domingo Santana and the Indians crowded outfield. We also address the future of Indians Baseball Insider.

1hr 19mins

19 Feb 2020

Rank #14

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Smoke Signals 13.1 - Underachieve and Overpay?

IBI's Justin Lada and Michael Cuva are back for a new season of Smoke Signals discussing Paul Dolan's comments at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards, why Indians fans are begging to overpay Yasiel Puig and preview the IBI Top 50 Indians Prospect Countdown which start 2/1.

1hr 10mins

24 Jan 2020

Rank #15

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Smoke Signals 12.27 - What Went Wrong?

The Indians are on the outside looking in for the 2019 postseason, so the question is what happened this year and were there any positive takeaways? Jake and Justin explore in a special, extended season recap on this week's Smoke Signals.

1hr 37mins

4 Oct 2019

Rank #16

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Smoke Signals 12.26 - Farewell To Kipnis?

Are the Tribe's playoff hopes fading? Is Jason Kipnis done as an Indian? Jake and Justin examine these questions and more in the latest episode of Smoke Signals.

1hr 6mins

19 Sep 2019

Rank #17

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Smoke Signals 12.25 - Bullpen Help On The Way?

While the Tribe has played better this week the races are still tight with more obstacles to overcome, such as in the bullpen. Jake and Justin discuss the Tribe's relief pitching woes and whether help is on the way in a new Smoke Signals podcast.

1hr 5mins

13 Sep 2019

Rank #18

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Smoke Signals 12.24 - September Stall

The Indians have fallen on hard times and are starting to slip out of the division race. On this week's Smoke Signals podcast, Jake and Justin discuss whether they recover from this stall before its too late...

46mins

5 Sep 2019

Rank #19

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Smoke Signals 12.23 - Next Man Up

Jose Ramirez is out for the remainder of the regular season, but that doesn't change the goals of the team as they will need to pick up the slack. Jake and Justin discuss on this week's Smoke Signals podcast.

57mins

29 Aug 2019

Rank #20