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“The Draft has been the front office’s primary focus this week, and, after it is completed next week, all teams will begin to take the trade market more seriously. In the meantime, the Indians are weighing their internal options for improvement, and Phelps is a guy most certainly being discussed. But the old balance exists between shaking things up for the sake of something new and respecting the veterans who have helped get the Tribe to this point. By that, of course, I mean that Cabrera’s contributions can’t and won’t be discounted. But just as important, the Indians have also gauged the impact Adam Everett has made in the clubhouse and in the utility role. To add Phelps is to limit or even erase the role of at least one or maybe both of those guys, depending on how the playing time would be divvied. The Indians do not, at this juncture, sound at all willing to go down that road… at least, not yet. They still don’t view the particularly shaky play that’s transpired the last week and a half as a prolonged period.” [Castroturf]
Writing on the wall from Matt Roth?- “Right now I kind of like the 3-4 [defensive system],” Roth said in a phone interview, his first since the Browns’ season ended and the coaching staff was overhauled. “I feel the Browns are on the right track. But going into my seventh season, I want to play for a winner. I do feel the Browns are right there. They’ve done a good job. I’m not sure what’s going to happen.” [Grossi/Cleveland.com]
“It’s difficult to sweep a team in a four-game series at home, never mind a series on the road. First of all, a four-game series isn’t all that common, and more importantly, even the worst teams will pull off at least one win in four tries against an opponent. But today the Rangers pulled off a rare four-game series sweep in Cleveland. This is the first time Texas has pulled off the feat in 33 years. The key to the sweep? The Indians managed just six runs over the four games, and none in the last two games.” [Ryan/Let's Go Tribe]
Hmmmm. “The first five Big Ten football championship games will be played in Indianapolis while the conference’s men’s and women’s basketball tournaments will rotate between Indianapolis and Chicago. The league announced its decisions this afternoon. The Big Ten football title games will be played in Lucas Oil Stadium from 2011-2015. Indianapolis previously had been awarded the inaugural game this December while the next four years were awarded today.” [Indy Star]
I actually disagree. I think these all-star uniforms are better than some we’ve seen lately- “Not only are they in the crappy sedona red and black (not to mention “sonoran sand”) that are the official colors of the host D-bagscks, but they include all the WORST elements of the current BP jersey — color side panel and pit stripes PLUS shoulder yoke — they actually make the D-backs official BP jersey look good in comparison. Plus, on both ASG jerseys, they’ve introduced a “blue” star to dot the “i”. I wasn’t sure what that had to do with Arizona (or the All Star Game), and I originally thought it was perhaps to be symbolic of turquoise, but it turns out it’s picking up the sky on the ASG patch. Now the patch — that’s cool — why couldn’t they do something like that for the jersey wordmark?” [Hecken/Uniwatch]
(Cord Phelps, photo courtesy of http://www.clippersbaseball.com)