July 29, 2014

While We’re Waiting… Trying to Distract Ourselves From the Browns

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

Targeting Gabby- “Gaby Sanchez: This is one to keep an eye on. The Marlins are supposedly making a strong run at free agent first baseman Albert Pujols. If they end up signing him there is some thought that incumbent first baseman Gabby Sanchez could possibly become available in a trade. If so, there is sure to be a lot of interest from several teams and the Indians will surely inquire into how available he is and what it would cost to acquire him. Of all the first basemen available in free agency and trade not named Pujols and Fielder he is probably the best fit for the Indians that would satisfy both the fans and front office need for a productive bat at first base. He is only 28-years old, hits right-handed, is under control for four more seasons, is still in his pre-arbitration years as a minimum salary player, and is solid (not great) player. What is not to like? The feeling in the industry is he may be able to be had for a Major League caliber starter and reliever, two things the Indians have a lot of right now. Stay tuned on this one.” [Tony/Indians Prospect Insider]

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Let the second and third guessing continue- “While I agree about taking the timeouts, this is not the defense you try to move the ball against in one minute heading into half time. You are just asking for a disaster, and it seemed to set a bad habit in the second half of continuing to pass the ball because we were down by two possessions. The real reason for taking the timeouts should have been that if the Ravens made the field goal and the Browns received the kickoff, you see if you can bust one loose there. If there is still time left on the clock, you run the typical draw play to see if it breaks loose. Maybe you can set up a Hail Mary or pass interference call before the half. Against the Ravens’ defense, you don’t throw the ball to the sideline on routes the defenders basically admitted prior to the game that they’d be sitting on.” [Pokorny/Dawgs by Nature]

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If you’ve liked Jon’s analysis on the Tribe and the new CBA, here’s a different take- “The second change that I’m in favor of is increasing the use of instant replay to fair/foul and trapped/caught balls in the outfield. The goal is to get the call right, and hopefully this will save baseball the potential of further embarrassment by the on-field performance of an umpire. Ball/strike and safe/out calls are still not reviewable.e year they are drafted, rather than having to wait until the following season. This means they will develop a little quicker, and really means that we’ll get to see them play sooner, which is my major reason to like the change. The mid-August date always seemed arbitrary and pointless, so might as well have an arbitrary date earlier in the process. To throw a bone to the small market clubs out there, baseball has instituted a “competitive balance lottery.” Basically, it’s welfare.” [Al/The DiaTribe]

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“Still, Thompson didn’t appear to be nervous after a workout at the team’s practice facility Monday. The workout also included Casspi, Samardo Samuels and Luke Harangody. “I’m gonna come in and give it all I got,” Thompson said. “I’ll do what I do well, and if coach (Byron) Scott puts me in the rotation, I’ll be glad.” Thompson is 20, 6-foot-8 and around 235 pounds. The Cavs fell in love with his athleticism near the basket and 7-2 wingspan — and while he was projected to be drafted anywhere from sixth to 10th, many in the organization feel they got a steal. “We actually had him ranked much higher than fourth,” Cavs GM Chris Grant said after the draft. But again, the Cavs sort of stood alone in that assessment. Not that any of it matters to Thompson.” [Amico/FSO]

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For continuing coverage of the winter meetings, keeping checking in with Jordan Bastian.

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Finally, comparing the current state of Cleveland sports to classic literature. [Buckeye Nerd]

  • Max

    how exactly does one get ranked “much higher than fourth”? Seems to me there’s not that “much higher” to go. It’s not that big of a deal, but it just irks me when people who like to think they are smarter than the rest of us try to validate their decisions by giving us a faulty account of their revisionist history.

    Dear Cleveland front office personnel- Just because we haven’t won a title in a while does not mean we are all inherently stupid. This is why I have the most respect for the Indians front office. They are the most honest (sometimes brutally so) with the fans.

  • Max

    how exactly does one get ranked “much higher than fourth”? Seems to me there’s not that “much higher” to go. It’s not that big of a deal, but it just irks me when people who like to think they are smarter than the rest of us try to validate their decisions by giving us a faulty account of their revisionist history.

    Dear Cleveland front office personnel- Just because we haven’t won a title in a while does not mean we are all inherently stupid. This is why I have the most respect for the Indians front office. They are the most honest (sometimes brutally so) with the fans.

  • Harv 21

    “We actually had him ranked much higher than fourth,” Cavs GM Chris Grant said after the draft.

    That immediately enters my top 50 sports quotes of all time. Humor value aside, Grant would better serve himself and his 20 year old by just shutting up.

  • Mark

    @Harv – We should come up with a list. I nominate “a mad dog in a meat market.”

  • Harv 21

    I would love that, Mark.

    One of my local favs was in the 80s when the Browns went through an unfortunate phase of trying to lateral interceptions to teammates. [Interceptions are when the def guy catches a pass intended for the receiver. Defensive players are allowed to do that]. Clay Matthews lateraled one to old, huge Carl Hairston, who stumbled in slow motion for like 15 more yards and almost fumbled it, or maybe he did. Close to a disaster. Matthews said: “I looked for someone to lateral it to. I saw Big Daddy. I looked again.”

  • Lobster

    @Harv-
    Was that against the oilers? I think I remember that play. Classic. I seem to recall some discussion from that game, or perhaps it was another one from around that time, of whether a drop-kick might have been in order.

  • Harv 21

    @Lobster: may have been against the Oilers, was a late-season game of huge importance, the play was late in a close game and remember us all having a near heart attack that Clay was messing around like that. Great as Clay was he had his, um, irrepressible on-field moments. Remember him smiling during games as much as anybody, just loved the game.

  • http://www.60bpm.com/ Robbie

    Have to admit when Shurmur started calling those time-outs before the end of the first half, I was kinda like… WTF?!? But, how many times had I heard people bitching that he DIDN’T use all of his time-outs on a regular basis? Kinda like when he took the 3-points off the board against the Jaguars for the first down in the Red Zone… after hearing people bitch that he was settling for FGs for weeks. Ugh… I can’t believe I’m actually looking forward to the NBA.

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com/ Rick

    Harv, Mark- My favorite sports quote came from Jim Leyland. After losing to the Braves in the NLCS with Bonds, Bonilla and company, the Pirates were gutted.

    In Spring Training a reporter asked Leyland what he thought of his team. His response- I feel like I went on vacation and someone broke in and stole all my stuff.”

  • Mark

    If we are going down that road Rick, you have to love Jim McKay, the old Bucs coach. He was a quote machine. “We didn’t tackle well today but we made up for it by not blocking.” Or “We are 3 or 4 plane crashes from the playoffs.” Tell me Mondays around here wouldn’t be a little easier with quotes like that coming from our coach’s mouth.

  • 5KMD

    “We actually had him ranked much higher than fourth,” Cavs GM Chris Grant said after the draft.

    What makes this statement even better is that they had already taken Irving with the first pick.

  • Lobster

    When asked what he thought about his team’s execution, Jim McKay answered, “I’m in favor of it.”

  • http://www.mrrlaw.com tsm

    My favorite is from Herb Score: “There’s a long fly ball, it could be fair, it could be foul…… it is.”

  • Harv 21

    My all-time top 2 (the second is arguably entertainment rather than sports):

    - Patrick Ewing, responding to claims during the previous NBA strike that players are greedy: “People say we make a lot of money, but we have a lot of expenses.”

    - WWF announcer I once heard describing the size of one wrestler: “He literally blocks out the sun!”

  • Shamrock

    So the Marlins sign Jose Reyes and are now in pursuit of Albert Pujols meanwhile in Cleveland…

  • 5KMD

    Shamrock, the last part of your stimulating comment apparently got cut off. I only see … at the end. Please finish your point.

    Are you saying that it would be a wise decision to pay Reyes 100 million and Pujols 200 million as they move gracefully into their 30′s?

    I really wish I could bookmark these comments so in 4-5 years when neither guy is worth 5 million much less 20 million we could revisit.