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Smoke Signals

83 EpisodesProduced by Indians Baseball InsiderWebsite

The Indians Baseball Insider crew talks about Indians baseball from the MLB to the minor leagues.

83 Episodes | 2018 - 2021

All aboard the Owen Miller train

May 15th, 2021


The Cleveland Indians continue to find ways to win despite a bottom of the league offense. Can they put together a more consistent offensive attack and take off? Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson debate that, Shane …

Pitching debuts and Hello, Noel!

May 11th, 2021


Minor league baseball is back and Justin Lada and Willie Hood are back to breakdown the first week of action in the Cleveland Indians farm system. From the pitching debuts of Tanner Burns, Logan T. Allen, Daniel Espino, …

The Cleveland Ramirez's and Enter Sandlin

May 7th, 2021


The Cleveland Indians are in first place. Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson talk about how a frustrating April still kept the team .500 as the bats of …

Welcome back to the Farm Report

April 30th, 2021


With the announcement of the Cleveland Indians minor league rosters, Justin Lada, Willie Hood, and Joe Coblitz breakdown the rosters throughout the system, provide injury updates on Ethan Hankins, Carlos Vargas, and the …

First basemen hitting like pitchers

April 23rd, 2021


Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson are once again talking about the Cleveland Indians first base situation and a team that is getting more offensive production from it's pitchers. But they also stress patience with Josh …

No new worries about no hitters and service time

April 16th, 2021


Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson discuss why Cleveland being no hit doesn't make the teams offensive woes any worse than they were, why Shane Bieber, Aaron Civale, Emmanuel Clase, James Karinchak and Bryan Shaw will keep …

Exit (velocity) stage left

April 8th, 2021


Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson banter about early season exit velocites for Jake Bauers and Josh Naylor, getting fired up over lineup construction, Ben Gamel and Tyler Naquin.

How wrong can we be? IBI's 2021 season preview

March 31st, 2021


On the eve of the 2021 season, Justin Lada, Willie Hood, Spencer Carlson, and Joe Coblitz give their Cleveland Indians predictions and MLB postseason and awards predictions.

Adam Dunn struck out how many times?

March 26th, 2021


Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson discuss the injury to Eloy Jimenez, Bryan Shaw and Trevor Stephan making the bullpen, the CF quandary and can Franmil …

Experimental effects

March 18th, 2021


Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson debate the impacts and potential of Amed Rosario's move to CF, other roster decisions and why baseball can't get it's sport on tv en masse.

Spring training stats and instagram haircuts

March 11th, 2021


Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson reminisce about Joe Tait and other Cleveland legends that have passed lately, Franmil Reyes posting his haircut on instagram, and death to spring training stats.

Baseball games that sorta count and relievers names we can spell

February 24th, 2021


Justin Lada and Spencer Carlson on on the Cleveland Indians rotation situation jobs Logan Allen, Cal Quantrill and Triston McKenzie are vying for, Bryan Shaw and a bunch of veteran relievers are hoping for spots, and …

Assigning numbers - the 2021 IBI top prospect rankings podcast

February 18th, 2021


Indians Baseball Insider has released it's 2021 top prospect rankings 1-70. Justin Lada, Willie Hood and Joe Coblitz talk over this year's rankings, the changes to how IBI evaluates players and a lot more on the …

Potential don't pay the rent

February 2nd, 2021


Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss the surprising and good signings of Cesar Hernandez and Eddie Rosario including the impact on the MLB roster and prospects. Speaking of prospects, they also debate the obsession over …

14.1 - December 37, 2020

January 8th, 2021


2021 starts off with Cleveland finally trading Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco as well. Justin Lada and Willie Hood go through another tough day in one of the final chapters of Cleveland Indians history and the …

Only fans, only farmers, yanunzzi's

December 23rd, 2020


Justin Lada, Willie Hood and Joe Coblitz go off script talking about a number of Cleveland baseball related topics including how to add revenue with the name change in some... different ways.

Musical roster chairs

November 25th, 2020


Justin Lada, Willie Hood and Joe Coblitz discuss the Cleveland Indians 40 man roster additions of Nolan Jones, Gabriel Arias, Eli Morgan, Carlos …

What comes next?

October 15th, 2020


The off-season isn't officially underway but Justin Lada and Willie Hood look at the reality of a Francisco Lindor trade, the 2021 payroll & …

Rip off the band-aid

October 5th, 2020


Justin Lada and John Fanta put the dirt on the coffin of the Cleveland Indians 2020 season, discuss the future of Francisco Lindor and the 2021 season and beyond.

Ready for more

September 29th, 2020


Justin Lada and John Fanta recap the Tribe's final crazy week of the 2020 season and get you ready for the Cleveland Indians matchup in the 2020 Wild Card series against the New York Yankees. Breakdowns of the rotation, …

The little things

September 18th, 2020


Justin Lada and John Fanta rant about how the Cleveland Indians managed to lose 8 games in a row, the potential playoff matchups in spite of that and how the Indians need to lineup their rotation, get Carlos Santana and …

New IBI top prospect rankings podcast Pt II 30-1

September 11th, 2020


Justin Lada and Willie Hood finish talking about IBI's new Cleveland Indians top prospect rankings #30-#1 from Angel Martinez, Cody Morris, Petey Halpin, Tyler Freeman, Daniel Espino and more.

New places, new faces, new rankings

September 10th, 2020


Justin Lada and Willie Hood give their insights into new bullpen call-up Kyle Nelson, the Tribe's newest prospects Gabriel Arias, Joey Cantillo and …

Trade deadline Padre-cast

September 1st, 2020


Justin Lada and John Fanta discuss Cleveland's trade deadline deal to trade Mike Clevinger to the Padres for six players and break it all down. Padres wrapup show host Jim Russell of 1360 Fox Sports San Diego joins us …

McKenzie Day

August 22nd, 2020


Lake County Captains broadcaster Andrew Luftglass joins Justin Lada and John Fanta to talk about Triston McKenzie's time in Lake County in 2016 and some time at the Tribe's Alternate Training site as well some other …

No Ceilings

August 21st, 2020


Justin Lada and John Fanta discuss the Cleveland Indians dominance over the Detroit Tigers, the six game winning streak, how ridiculously good Shane …

Playing the blame game

August 13th, 2020


Justin Lada, John Fanta and Willie Hood discuss Zach Plesac's ill-advised Instagram bashing of the media, the situation in the Indians clubhouse because of Plesac and Mike Clevinger's decisions, the anemic offense and …

Tim Burton's baseball season

August 6th, 2020


Justin Lada and Willie Hood talk about the Tribe's pitching staff, the evolution of Shane Bieber and Zach Plesac, Mike Clevinger's inconsistencies, …

In depth from the Twin Cities

July 22nd, 2020


On this episode of Smoke Signals, Justin Lada and Willie Hood are joined by Matt Trueblood from Baseball Prospectus, Penning Bull, and Twins Daily to …

Losing hair from a bald head

July 16th, 2020


Justin Lada and IBI's Tribe beat reporter John Fanta go over the latest developments in Summer Camp, if Yu Chang's hot streak matters, and the outfield situation.

A conversation about minor league baseball and working in sports with Adam Liberman

July 10th, 2020


Veteran sports PR pro Adam Liberman, most recently with the Akron RubberDucks, joins Justin Lada to talk about the minor league season being cancelled and the impact that will have. Adam also shares his experience and …

Strategy, Schedule and Seasons of Change

July 7th, 2020


Justin Lada is joined by John Fanta to talk about his role with IBI covering the Tribe the vibe around the team at the start of Summer Camp, some …

Camping season

June 30th, 2020


Justin Lada and Willie Hood look at the roster rules and stipulations for baseball in a pandemic in 2020, how the Indians put together their roster …

Play ball

June 24th, 2020


Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss the details of MLB's 2020 season that is going to happen during the pandemic, what players might be on the taxi squad and details about the Indians undrafted free agents

No sleep - Indians 2020 draft recap

June 12th, 2020


Sleep-deprived Justin Lada and Willie Hood recap the Indians 2020 draft class and throw out some names the Indians could sign as UDFA on Sunday

The one with all the 2020 draft talk (and the owners non-offer)

June 9th, 2020


Justin Lada and Willie Hood quickly debate the MLB owners non-offer to have a 2020 baseball season and then turn their attention to the draft. We go deep on players mocked to the Indians and other names to know, …

We're talking baseball...are they?

June 5th, 2020


Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss the fight between MLB and the MLBPA on having a 2020 season, players the Tribe cut recently and bringing the draft into focus.

Legal negotiations

May 22nd, 2020


Willie Hood and Justin Lada talk about news and notes about the upcoming MLB draft, how the Indians are affected by the new 'rules' and some other …

Who is the sacrificial lamb?

May 18th, 2020


Justin Lada and Willie Hood debate the latest proposal from the MLB to the MLBPA for a potential 2020 season and who's benefits would be sacrificed? …

Why are you the way that you are?

May 12th, 2020


Justin Lada and Willie Hood recap IBIs picks in the Prospects Live mock draft from May 1 and share their disappointment in the MLB cutting the draft to five rounds.

Restarting and Rebuffed?

May 8th, 2020


Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss the rumored new plan for the 2020 MLB season, Fransisco Lindor reportedly not wanting to talk contract extension, the hypocrisy of Emmanuel Clase's suspension compared to the Astros …

A Look Back at the Early 200s Indians Part II

May 5th, 2020


Justin Lada and former WKNR Indians reporter Chris Coon continue the look back at the early 2000s Cleveland indians. Part II focuses on 2006-2009 and then some extras.

A Look Back at the Early 2000s Indians Part I

April 30th, 2020


On this edition of Smoke Signals Justin Lada is joined by Chris Coon, former WKNR Indians reporter to talk about the Cleveland Indians of the early and mid-2000s from 2002-2008 and then some. In Part I of this two part …

(Service) Time Manipulation and the Arizona Plan

April 14th, 2020


IBIs Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss the affects of the Indians sending Zach Plesac, Aaron Civale and James Karinchak to AAA and MLBs Arizona/Florida plan and all its flaws.

2010 Lake County Captains Championship Podcast

April 9th, 2020


On a special episode of the Smoke Signals Podcast, Justin Lada of Indians Baseball Insider is joined by Tim Shirer of the Lake County Sentinel to dive in to how the Lake County Captains won the 2010 Midwest League title …

Having Their Cake and Eating It Too

April 3rd, 2020


Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss the impact of the changes to the MLB draft that were agreed on by the MLB and MLBPA. They also rant about how the MLB is using the virus to potentially eliminate minor league teams as …

The Show Must Go On

March 25th, 2020


Justin Lada is joined by Willie Hood to talk about some opening day memories, some other minor news and then part II of the Top 50 Indians Prospect podcast with prospects 25-1. The future of IBI is also addressed.

Papa Doc'd

March 11th, 2020


Justin Lada and Willie Hood discuss how Francisco Lindor has backed the Indians into a corner with no answer, the bullpen situation, Franmil Reyes …

Not (a Teres Major) Again

February 28th, 2020


Dr. Brandon Bowers joins the show for the first time in 2020 to talk about injuries to Mike Clevinger, Emmanuel Clase, Carlos Carrasco and a few more members of the Indians roster dealing with injuries. Willie Hood …

More Valuable Than a Piece of Metal

February 19th, 2020


On the edition of Smoke Signals, Justin Lada is joined by IBI writer Willie Hood to talk about Rob Manfred's handling of the Astros situation, Mike …

Smoke Signals 13.1 - Underachieve and Overpay?

January 24th, 2020


IBI's Justin Lada and Michael Cuva are back for a new season of Smoke Signals discussing Paul Dolan's comments at the Greater Cleveland Sports …

Smoke Signals 12.32 - Welcome Cesar & Goodbye to the 2010's

December 24th, 2019


Justin Lada and Michael Cuva breakdown the Indians signing of Cesar Hernandez and what it means for their roster and organization. In the back half of the show Justin and Michael go over their best 5 moments of the last …

Smoke Signals 12-31 Kluber Texas Ranger & Santa Clase

December 17th, 2019


Justin Lada and Michael Cuva discuss Corey Kluber's departure in the trade to the Texas Rangers Sunday along with his value, fan sentiment, the money …

Smoke Signals 12.30 - Serious Talks

December 13th, 2019


IBI's Justin Lada is joined by Michael Cuva to rant about the serious talks the Indians had at the Winter Meetings about Francisco Lindor, Mike Clevinger, Corey Kluber, the impact that Boras Fest 2019 (AKA the Winter …

Smoke Signals 12.29 - The Best of Times & The Worst of Times

November 26th, 2019


Michael Cuva joins Justin Lada again to review the Indians 40 man roster moves, discuss the trade value of some current Indians. In the second half of the snow they name the All-Decade team and Michael tries to guess …

Smoke Signals 12.28 - Forging Into the Winter

November 13th, 2019


IBI Editor and Chief is joined by contributor Michael Cuva to dig into the Indians off-season starting with the Francisco Lindor trade rumors, …

Smoke Signals 12.27 - What Went Wrong?

October 4th, 2019


The Indians are on the outside looking in for the 2019 postseason, so the question is what happened this year and were there any positive takeaways? Jake and Justin explore in a special, extended season recap on this …

Smoke Signals 12.26 - Farewell To Kipnis?

September 19th, 2019


Are the Tribe's playoff hopes fading? Is Jason Kipnis done as an Indian? Jake and Justin examine these questions and more in the latest episode of Smoke Signals.

Smoke Signals 12.25 - Bullpen Help On The Way?

September 13th, 2019


While the Tribe has played better this week the races are still tight with more obstacles to overcome, such as in the bullpen. Jake and Justin …

Smoke Signals 12.24 - September Stall

September 5th, 2019


The Indians have fallen on hard times and are starting to slip out of the division race. On this week's Smoke Signals podcast, Jake and Justin discuss whether they recover from this stall before its too late...

Smoke Signals 12.23 - Next Man Up

August 29th, 2019


Jose Ramirez is out for the remainder of the regular season, but that doesn't change the goals of the team as they will need to pick up the slack. …

Smoke Signals 12.22 - Getting Out of Hand?

August 24th, 2019


Things didn't go so well in New York this week for the Indians and Jake and Justin are here to figure out what went wrong and where the team goes from here in this week's edition of Smoke Signals...

Smoke Signals 12.21 - Continuing the Upswing

August 9th, 2019


The Indians continue to play well of late and are heading into a tougher stretch this month. Jake and Justin recap last week's action and preview a key part of the campaign...

Smoke Signals 12.20 - Trade Thoughts & The Russell Branyan Nexus

July 31st, 2019


Did the Indians trade Trevor Bauer and still make their 2019 roster better? Jake, Justin and Corey have their reactions to the Tribe's shrewd dealings on Tuesday night on a special, emergency Smoke Signals podcast.

Smoke Signals 12.19 - Cy Bieber?

July 26th, 2019


Shane Bieber: Cy Young candidate? It may not be as far-fetched as it sounds. Jake and Justin discuss that and the latest trade deadline buzz in a new Smoke Signals podcast...

Smoke Signals 12.18 - Starting To Come Together

July 19th, 2019


After all the frustration that Tribe fans endured over the first few months of the 2019 campaign, things finally seem to be looking up, as Jake and Justin discuss in this week's Smoke Signals podcast...

Smoke Signals 12.17 - All-Star Fun and Second Half Predictions

July 11th, 2019


The All-Star break is over, but there are still a ton of memorable moments to discuss and then a lot of predictions to get to for the second half in a new Smoke Signals podcast...

Smoke Signals 12.16 - All-Star Fever

July 5th, 2019


As the city of Cleveland prepares to kick off the upcoming MLB All-Star festivities, the Indians are looking to finish their first half strong. Jake and Justin discuss the Tribe's standing in the division race along …

Smoke Signals 12.15 - June Bloom

June 27th, 2019


The Indians have been on an upswing lately and it's fun to finally talk about fun, winning baseball again. Jake and Justin discuss all the contributing factors to their success...

Smoke Signals 12.14 - Stuck In The Middle

June 14th, 2019


The Indians continue to tread water as they have been for most of 2019. The question is when does something finally give one way or another? Jake and Justin discuss on a new Smoke Signals podcast...

Smoke Signals 12.13 - The Murphy's Law Indians

June 7th, 2019


What was once the backbone of this Indians team has been decimated by injuries and illness in 2019. Jake and Justin discuss whether the starting pitching woes will be too much to overcome.

Smoke Signals 12.12 - Some Optimism For A Change

May 31st, 2019


While the Indians have still been hard to watch sometimes, their recent series win in Boston has provided a break in the frustration. Jake and Justin try to look on the positive side of things in this week's Smoke …

Smoke Signals 12.11 - Digging A Deeper Hole

May 23rd, 2019


The Indians are falling further off the pace in the AL Central and the question is now looming of when the point of no return will come? Jake and Justin discuss their ongoing inconsistency in this week's Smoke Signals …

Smoke Signals 12.10 - Fixing The Tribe Offense

May 10th, 2019


The Tribe offense remains at the bottom of the major leagues in most major categories and it's getting to the point where a solution is needed soon. …

Smoke Signals 12.9 - Reaching For The Panic Button?

May 3rd, 2019


Corey Kluber's broken arm has left a lot of panic and doubts in its wake and Jake and Justin are here to discuss all facets of the injury and how it affects the Tribe's season moving forward on this week's Smoke Signals.

Smoke Signals 12.8 - The Marlins Roster Challenge!

April 26th, 2019


Francisco Lindor is back from Columbus and he brought Tyler Clippard up with him. In this week's Smoke Signals, Jake and Justin discuss how things …

Smoke Signals 12.7 - The Good, the Bad and the Getting Better

April 18th, 2019


With guys coming back from injuries and others stepping up when needed, things could be a lot worse for the Indians right now. Jake and Justin …

Smoke Signals 12.6 - The Carlos Santana Appreciation Show

April 11th, 2019


Carlos Santana has, by far, been the heart and soul behind the Tribe's success to this point in 2019. Jake and Justin discuss his impact and more on …

Smoke Signals 12.5: Opening Day

March 28th, 2019


It's opening day and while all the news has not been good for the Indians this spring, it's still an exciting time of year. Jake and Justin are back on a new Smoke Signals...

Smoke Signals 12.4: 2019 Indians Preview

March 22nd, 2019


As opening day is now a week away, it's time to preview the upcoming Indians' season. In this week's Smoke Signals, Jake, Justin and Corey lock in their predictions for 2019.

Smoke Signals 12.3: Offseason of Confusion

February 19th, 2019


Pitchers and catchers have reported and spring training is underway, but are the Indians reporting to camp with unfinished business with their roster? Jake, Justin and Corey discuss the Tribe's perplexing offseason plan …

Smoke Signals 12.2: The Return of Carlos Santana

December 14th, 2018


Right before the winter meetings adjourned, the Indians made big headlines with a three-team deal that saw five players, cash considerations and a draft pick change hands. Jake, Justin and Corey are here for an extended …

Smoke Signals 12.1: Hot Stove Rumblings

November 27th, 2018


The hot stove season is officially underway as the Tribe has already made some moves and is involved in a few more rumors. Jake and Justin discuss …

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