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

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

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

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 | (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 | (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 - 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.