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“As for Donald, he can play third base, shortstop and second base. Acta said Donald won’t be seeing much time in the outfield early in in camp, given the high volume of outfielder in the fold this spring. Donald could see some action in the outfield deeper into the spring games schedule, though. Having Donald as an emergency outfield option would help with the lefty-heavy lineup. If Grady Sizemore needs a day off, or Michael Brantley isn’t in the lineup, Donald would seems a solid fit versus lefty pitching. Last year, Donald hit .377 (.949 OPS) against southpaws.” [Bastian/MLB.com]
Former Buckeye, Brown and Cleveland radio personality LeCharles Bentley working with draft picks- “Offensive line coaches around the league are starting to notice Bentley’s work. Holland returned to start the final 10 games for the Dallas Cowboys after getting cut in training camp because he was overweight. He got into shape working with Bentley.One of the biggest ways Bentley did that was to erase the ‘fear of the scale.’” [Cole/Yahoo.com]
Don’t blame the Buckeyes’ defense- “Let’s get the most important statistic out of the way. Ohio State’s defensive efficiency is a ridiculous 81.4, meaning they allow (adjusted for strength of opponent) a measly 0.814 points per possession, which is the best in the country. In fact it’s not even close. The number two team (Michigan State) allows 0.841, or 3.3% more. Considering Ohio State has played almost 1,850 possessions, that 3.3% works out to about 61 points better than the next closest defense. Since adjusted efficiency data became available (2002-03) this figure (81.4) is the lowest.” [Rogner/Run the Floor]
This has been creating a buzz. Personally, I’m sick to death of anything involving LeBron, but some may want to read it, so here you go. [Vince G./Cleveland Scene]