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A Tribe blogroll

I've had several people ask me what some of the best blogs are for info about the Indians and their minor-league system. Here are bookmarks on my personal blogroll:

1). First off, for a great all-in-one site listing fan blogs for all teams, start here at the Top 100 baseball sites. Great spot, maybe needs a catchier name.

2). Now for a catchy name. I present to you CastroTurf. It's the lair of Anthony Castrovince, the Indians' beat writer for It used to be Castro's Corner but he renamed it this season with the name a reader suggested. Pretty cool in itself. As for his writings, he's witty and quippy, gives you lots of insight of life on the road, is always on top of transactions (key for Buffalo fans) and has plenty of time to throw in some Springsteen references too. He's a solid guy anyway but gets even more props for listing this blog on his links as well (thanks, AC!). We happily return the favor with a plug here.

3). The best Indians fan blog I've found also has a great name -- The DiaTribe. It's written by a guy named Paul Cousineau (kudos to him as well for linking to Inside Pitch). He cracks me up every time he refers to his poor wife as The DiaBride. But when he talks baseball, he knows his stuff. He tends to be a little stat-geeky for my tastes (I don't share his obsession for WHIP, OPS and the like) but he always has plenty of interesting things to say about the big club and the minors. And he has a terrific blogroll and graphics collection down the right side of his home page that will have you wrapped up for a long time.

4). An everyday look is required at Cleveland Indians Minor League Insider. It's written by Tony Lastoria, who has a weekly column on SportsTime Ohio's Web site among others. He regularly interviews prospects and Tribe farm director Ross Atkins and has terrific in-depth scouting reports on prospects from the top of the system all the way to the low levels of Class A.

5). The newspapers that cover the Tribe are just coming into the blog world. Josh Weir, the new beat writer at the Canton Repository, has taken over that paper's blog after longtime beat writer Andy Call, a huge friend to Inside Pitch, departed last month for a new job at a Wisconsin college. The Cleveland Plain Dealer doesn't have a blog per se but it quickly posts breaking info here and often puts up game stories for the next day's paper the previous night (interesting).

6). The other Cleveland-area newspaper site that comes in handy is Stephanie Storm's Akron Aeros blog in the Akron Beacon Journal.  Stephanie chips in on Akron's Indians coverage and is also one of the most knowledgeable minor-league beat writers in the country (she's had previous stops, for instance, covering the Columbus Clippers and Fresno Grizzlies). Always interesting to find out what's going on in Double-A with guys who could be in Buffalo any day.

---Mike Harrington 


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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