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Let’s Talk Tribe Podcast Ep. 58: With special guest Joel Hammond

On this week's episode of Let's Talk Tribe, Jason and I are joined by Indians assistant director of communications, Joel Hammond! He gives us a lot of great insight into what goes into running the best baseball account in the business and, more importantly, he tells us why Jose Ramirez probably blocked (and eventually unblocked) us on Twitter.

Look, I understand it’s my job to sell you on the podcast with these first couple paragraphs that I’m writing at one in the morning, so you have no real incentive to buy into what I’m saying. But read to my words: Listen. To. This. Episode.

We welcomed Joel Hammond onto the show, who if you didn’t already know, is one of the minds behind the brilliant and delightfully snarky Cleveland Indians Twitter account. He provided some amazing insights into what it takes to run a major-league baseball Twitter account, how the Tribe’s "voice" go to where it is now, how to deal with your haters, how he temporarily set baseball Twitter on fire with a simple Tim Tebow photoshop, and much much more.

Maybe most important of all, we finally found out why Jose Ramirez blocked us — and eventually unblocked us. I could give you the answer here, but it’s worth hearing Joel’s full answer, and also I really want you to click that video link I have kids to feed man c’mon.

We are also at a point in the baseball offseason where arbitration steals the headlines, and the Indians made their own this past week when they worked out deals with all but one arbitration-eligible player. Jason and I discuss Brandon Guyer’s odds of signing before the deadline, and whether or not the Indians made good deals on their other agreements (spoiler: they did).

And of course we answered your questions from Facebook and Twitter, including @ihatechisenhall who wanted to know what we thought of Michael Saunders, Paul Robert Baltzer who wanted some information on Steve Delabar, Vinnie Watkins who wanted to know if the Indians will re-sign Mike Napoli, and Mitch White who wanted to know if the Indians should have signed Rajai Davis instead of avoiding arbitration with Lonnie Chisenhall.

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