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Indians select last year’s No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken at No. 17 in MLB draft 06.09.15 at 8:59 am ET
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With the 17th pick in the 2015 MLB draft, the Indians selected left-handed pitcher Brady Aiken.

Aiken was selected No. 1 overall by the Astros in last year’s draft, however, he refused to sign. The Astros found an irregularity in Aiken’s UCL during pre-draft workouts and withdrew their $6.5 million signing bonus in favor of less money, causing him not to sign.

In an article he wrote for the Players’ Tribune last March, Aiken wrote that he does not regret not signing with the Astros.

“I can honestly say I don’€™t regret not signing,” Aiken wrote. “It was a very difficult decision, but it also was an informed decision. … This wasn’€™t a decision we made lightly. The money wasn’€™t the only factor to consider.”

The 18-year-old enrolled at IMG Academy, a postgraduate institution, in order to remain eligible for the 2015 draft. Just 13 pitches into his first start with the school, he tore his UCL and received Tommy John surgery less than a week later.

In his article, Aiken wrote that he valued an organization that would take care of him and provide an environment for success.

“I wanted to play somewhere I felt comfortable, with a support system I felt would lay the groundwork for a successful and long career,” Aiken wrote. “Making sure I had that in place was worth the frustration of not being able to get on with my career sooner.”

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Native American group plans $9 billion lawsuit against Cleveland Indians 06.26.14 at 8:00 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Braves at Astros, 2 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Draft, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
World Cup soccer: United State vs. Germany, noon (ESPN: WEEI-FM)
World Cup soccer: Portugal vs. Ghana, noon (ESPN2)
World Cup soccer: Russia vs. Algeria, 4 p.m. (ESPN2; WEEI-AM)
World Cup soccer: South Korea vs. Belgium, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN), 11:30 a.m. (ESPNews), 2 p.m. (ESPN2)


— A Native American group revealed plans to file a federal lawsuit against the Cleveland Indians next month, calling the team’s nickname and Chief Wahoo logo racist.

“We’re going to be asking for $9 billion and we’re basing it on a hundred years of disparity, racism, exploitation and profiteering,” American Indian Education Center director Robert Roche, a Chiricahua Apache, told Cleveland’s WEWS-TV. “It’s been offensive since Day 1. We are not mascots. My children are not mascots. We are people.”

Roche also is the director of the group People Not Mascots, which is looking to capitalize on the momentum following last week’s ruling by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that stripped the Washington Redskins of their trademark because the nickname is considered a “racial slur.”

MASHUP POLL: Should the Cleveland Indians change their nickname?

  • No, there's nothing wrong with it (87%, 359 Votes)
  • Yes, it's offensive (13%, 56 Votes)

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The Indians have been phasing out the Chief Wahoo logo the past few years, replacing it on the players’ hats with a block ‘C.’ But the old logo has its supporters.

“If just a small amount of people are against it, then I think you’re doing a disservice to people that like it,” Bob Rosen, president of the Wahoo Club, told WEWS, adding: “I’m not insensitive to the issue, but our 1,650 members of the Wahoo Club, anytime we have a Wahoo Club item they buy it up, they love it. Can you imagine the baseball team in this city not being called the Cleveland Indians? I can’t picture that.”

— The NFL on Wednesday agreed to a revised settlement for concussion-related claims by former players, removing the $675 million cap after a federal judge expressed concern that it wouldn’t be enough. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody will decide whether to accept the new terms.

The new agreement has no cap on overall damage claims, although it still includes a payout formula that considers individuals’ age and illness, and both sides said they expect the league will not surpass the $675 million mark on damage claims. It will cover retired players who develop neurological problems including dementia and Lou Gehrig‘s disease.

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Indians, Michael Bourn reportedly agree to 4-year deal 02.12.13 at 9:52 am ET
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The Indians and outfielder Michael Bourn have agreed to terms on a four-year, $48 million contract on Monday, according to multiple reports. Bourn was considered to be the most coveted free agent hitter remaining on the market. This is another big acquisition for the Indians this offseason, as they signed Nick Swisher to a four-year, $56 million deal in January.

Bourn is a two-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner. With the Braves last year, he hit .274 with nine home runs, 57 RBIs, and 42 steals while making the National League All-Star team. The deal is pending a physical, which Bourn is expected to take later this week in Goodyear, Ariz.

The acquisition of the speedster will cost the Indians picks in June’s amateur draft, but the deal should help Cleveland close the gap on the division-rival Tigers.

Bourn is a career .272 hitter and most likely will form the starting outfield with Swisher and Michael Brantley. The Indians have been extremely active this offseason, also signing Jason Giambi and Daisuke Matsuzaka to minor league deals. Matsuzaka’s deal is pending a physical.

The team is coming off of a disappointing 68-94 campaign, but beginning with the hiring of new manager Terry Francona, the team looks on paper to be much improved.

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Indians teammates welcome back Roberto Hernandez (formerly Fausto Carmona) 07.23.12 at 1:29 pm ET
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The player formerly known as Fausto Carmona is back with the Indians.

Roberto Hernandez was arrested in his home country of the Dominican Republic during the offseason for identity fraud. After receiving a visa on Saturday, Hernandez rejoined the Indians Sunday, just three months after the start of the season, but three years older than he had been listed in 2011.

Led by former Red Sox pitcher Justin Masterson, Hernandez’s teammates welcomed the 31-year-old back by giving him three birthday cakes to make up the difference in age between Hernandez and Carmona.

Hernandez won’t be eligible to start for the Tribe until Aug. 11, as he will be serving a three-week suspension.

In 2011, Hernandez posted a 5.25 ERA in 32 starts with the Indians. The big righty owns a 53-66 record and a 4.59 ERA over six seasons in the majors.

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Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana need to be separated in dugout argument 08.12.11 at 9:38 am ET
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Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana of the Indians got into an argument in their dugout Thursday night, one heated enough that starting pitcher Fausto Carmona had to step between them, Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reported Thursday.

Primarily a catcher, Santana has struggled the last two nights at first base, dropping throws in each game that have led to a combined four unearned runs.

Manager Manny Acta spoke with both players after the incident, and Santana hit a three-run home run later in Thursday’s game. The Indians still lost 4-3 to the Tigers.

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Report: Manny Acta calls acquiring Mike Cameron ‘interesting’ 06.30.11 at 4:14 pm ET
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Maybe Mike Cameron won’t have to wait long to find a new home, if he even decides he wants to find a new one.

The latest rumor out of Cleveland is that team manager Manny Acta told ESPN Deportes’ Enrique Rojas that Cameron, who was just designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Thursday, would be an “interesting veteran” for the team to  acquire, according to the translation of the latter’s Spanish Twitter page. The Indians is without starting right fielder Shin-Soo Choo for 8-10 weeks after he underwent thumb surgery this week.

Acta also told Rojas that Melvin Mora would be someone he’d be interested in after the third baseman was cut by the Diamondbacks Wednesday.

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Report: Cubs most overrated MLB team, says Las Vegas 06.14.11 at 8:49 am ET
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As if Cubs fans needed more to gripe about when it comes to their woeful baseball squad.

According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, the team from Chicago’s North Side is the most overrated major-league team if you were to ask the people who set the Las Vegas sportsbooks. The Cubs have won 34 fewer games since 2006 than the people in Sin City expected them to, beating out the Pirates and Indians who won 29 and 27 fewer games respectively.

The most underrated team? That would be both the Marlins and Twins, who both have 29 more games than Vegas predicted them winning.

The report notes that projected win totals are based on public perception and can change based on the amount of betting one way or another.

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Indians outfielder Shin-Shoo Choo wins gold, earns military exemption 11.19.10 at 11:28 am ET
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Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has struck gold in more ways than one. According to an report, Choo and South Korea defeated Taiwan, 9-3, to earn the gold medal at the Asian Games on Friday.

Of particular note is the fact that the medal earns Choo and the rest of his teammates exemption from their home country’s required military service. According to Korean military regulations, athletes will receive an exemption from 30 months of military conscription if they capture a gold medal in the Asian Games

Choo’s budding talents were on full display throughout the series. Over five games in the tournament, Choo hit at a .571 (8-for-14) clip with three home runs, six walks, eight runs scored and 11 RBIs for his team, including a 2-for-4, two RBIs and stolen base performance in the championship. The 28-year old hit .300 with 22 home runs, 90 RBIs and 22 stolen bases in 144 games for Cleveland last year.

I am kind of dreaming right now,” said Choo. If I [told you I] didn’t “think about the military service, I might be a liar.”

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