Indians Baseball Insider Established: October 24th, 2007
My name is Tony Lastoria, and I own and operate Indians Baseball Insider, LCC.
Back in 2003 I started to write about the Indians minor league system for a few different media outlets, and eventually spawned a weekly column called "Minor Happenings" which recapped all the news, notes, and developments in the Cleveland Indians farm system for that week. That piece brought about a relationship in 2006 with SportsTime Ohio, the Indians' cable TV home where I began doing freelance stuff outside of the weekly column, and still do with a blog I have on their website at STOHD.com.
As things grew bigger in scope and I began to go out and visit the affiliates to talk to players, various Indians personnel, and scouts and use that information for other features, the idea of my own site to better categorize all my writings came about, and thus the Indians Prospect Insider was born on October 24, 2007. The site has grown a lot over the years as what was initially setup to merely be a blog to post quick updates and such, quickly turned into a legitimate website chock full of information in regard to the Cleveland Indians not just in the minor leagues but the big leagues as well.
The site is updated 365 days a year with a new article every day on players, transactions, injuries, breaking news, commentary pieces, and so on. Over the course of the season I will travel around and visit all of the Indians' minor league affiliates several times each to get a feel for the players and interview them, various Indians coaches, managers, front office executives, and coordinators in the organization. I also speak with several executives and scouts for other organizations as well in order to get a good balance of the information I get.
I recently made a big investment on the site to take it to another level and make it a premium site where select articles will be hidden behind a pay wall. With this change it will allow me to do even more things with the site, and also potentially bring on more writers in addition to the great stable of writers already on board to help provide good content to the site on a regular basis.
The site also underwent a name change in December of 2012, changing from Indians Prospect Insider to Indians Baseball Insider in order to have an all-inclusive name since the site not only covers the prospects and minors in great detail, but now the big league team as well.
You'll get no better coverage of the Indians prospects in their farm system, the philosophies of the organization, and breakdown and analysis of the big league team than right here. Everyday you can expect lots of analysis on prospects, scouting reports, interviews, news, inside information, and more. Thanks for reading!
If you have any suggestions or feedback that you would like to share about the site, please feel free to contact me by using the "Contact" form on the front page. Also, if you are interested in contributing to this site in any way, feel free to e-mail me and let me know. I am always looking for help from people who would like to contribute, be it writing about a specific affiliate, designing this site, or just helping me with regular maintenance.