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Elevated launch angle powering Jose Ramirez’s strong 2017

Morning news & notes for Friday, May 12, 2017.

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Something always seems off on days when there’s no Tribe baseball. I find it difficult to just watch random teams for my baseball fix, and it’s hard to get the taste out of your mouth when an off day comes after a gross loss. So I spent most of yesterday buying packs and trading digital baseball cards on the Topps Bunt app. It’s far more addictive than it has any right to be, but I encourage anyone who enjoys card collecting to try it (hat tip to Jason Lukehart for introducing me to it).

Anyway, that silly off day is in the past. And while there wasn’t any Tribe baseball, there was still plenty of news to go around.

Indians news & notes

Painting a new picture of Jose Ramirez | Fangraphs

Everyone here knows the Angry Hamster is more than just a “good little player,” but by now everyone is starting to recognize how much better than that he is. But why? Don’t tell Jensen Lewis, but launch angle has a lot to do with it. In fact, Jose raised his launch angle more than all but 25 other MLB players so far this season.

Salazar focused on “1st” order of business | Indians.com

Danny Salazar’s 1st inning struggles are well-documented by this point, but you’ll be happy to know that a potential solution is in the works. Danny thinks the weighted ball warmup routine he adopted after his arm injury last year is having a negative effect on his ability to hit his spots. Mickey Callaway is less sure that’s the issue, but Danny’s solutions-oriented approach seems to dispel the “Salazar is lazy” refrain that’s been going around lately.

Diaz an unfinished product while getting his second look with the Tribe | Did the Tribe Win Last Night?

Much to the dismay of many LGTers, Yandy’s first couple stints in the majors have been nothing to write home about. He was barely adequate in his first go-round, and has been godawful in three games so far in his second. Perhaps all he needs is a few more months of consistent at bats and defensive reps in Columbus.

Indians went for a championship in a big way | Cleveland.com

This “article” by Bill Livingston is complete trash. I’m sharing it only so everyone can take a look at the brilliant comment from user jimmyfoxhound. The CleCommentariat is in October form already.

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