April 16, 2014

While We’re Waiting… Silver lining in a Tribe loss, Heckert’s challenge and LaPorta- AAAA star

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Really looking for a silver lining here- “Within the offense’s slight resurgence were a couple of strong showings from DH Travis Hafner and LF Shelley Duncan. Hafner went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs, while Duncan went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs. If that duo can contribute solid pop and run production on a consistent basis, the middle of the Indians’ order will have a much different feel to it. Hafner has looked solid since the start of spring. Duncan has shown the power, but has lacked the consistency. Wednesday was at least a promising afternoon for both of them.” [Bastian/MLB.com]

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“According to the team’s website, Santana’s 27 home runs in 2011 were the most in Cleveland history for a switch-hitter and his 97 walks ranked third in the American League. Santana joined Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera and Joey Votto as the only big league hitters to end the year with at least 25 homers, 35 doubles and 90 walks. In team history, Santana became only the eighth batter — and first catcher — to achieve at last 25 homers, 30 doubles and 90 walks in a single season. Before Santana, the only Cleveland hitters to accomplish that feat were Grady Sizemore (2008), Travis Hafner (2006), Jim Thome (2000), Manny Ramirez (1999), Albert Belle (1996), Andre Thornton (1979) and Earl Averill (1934). Not bad for a guy that the Tribe got for Casey Blake.” [Red Right 88]

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“In the 10 drafts from 1999 through 2008, the Browns fueled up with 83 picks. Only three are still on the team, which has ditched to the tune of an 18-46 record in the last four years. The hope of the franchise and its fans is that things will be different now that 44-year-old Tom Heckert has settled in. He will be in his third draft since Mike Holmgren hired him as general manager on Jan. 11, 2010.” [Doerschuk/Canton Rep]

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From his chat wrap- “Chad Ford: Cavs need help on the wings. I think they’d be thrilled if they landed MKG, Beal or even Harrison Barnes. Last year they were praying Barnes stayed in the draft and would’ve likely selected him with the No. 4 pick had he declared.” [Ford/ESPN]

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Finally, from the depths of Columbus- “Matt Laporta just crushed his 4th homer in 6 games.” [Tony IPI/twitter]

  • mgbode

    the sliver of a silver lining was our 2-5 hitters all had at least okay afternoons.  too many LOB, but at least Santana swung.  He and Choo also drew walks, Hafner/Shelley hit.  Heck if our bullpen didn’t implode (again), then we might have been able to redeem opening day to Masterson.   Shame.

  • dwhit110

    Do we really think Harrison Barnes wouldn’t have gone #3 if he stayed in the draft last year?

  • mgbode

    it wouldn’t have mattered.  we had Tristan Thompson “much higher than 4″

    whatever that means.