April 18, 2014

While We’re Waiting…Scouting AFC North Rookies, Big Ten Power Rankings, Checking In With Chris Antonetti

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One of the best scouts in the game discusses the AFC North draft:”Theoretically, you could look at it this way — they ended up with Richardson and Weeden instead of Ryan Tannehill and Doug Martin. And I think Richardson/Weeden is the better combination … in fact, I don’t think, I know. Richardson, we don’t need to discuss … I thought he was the best player in this draft. Weeden has some concerns. He was the best pure pocket passer in this draft, but he’s got meaningful and troublesome issues with pressure. That’s a serious red flag when you transition to the NFL.” [Greg Cosell on The Shutdown Corner]

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Post-spring Big Ten power rankings have Bucks at No. 5: “Ohio State: There were few dull moments in Ohio State’s first spring under Urban Meyer, who began installing an offense unlike any seen in Columbus. After resembling a “clown show” early on, the offense made strides and quarterback Braxton Miller looks like a strong fit for the system. An improved defense, led by linemen John Simon and Johnathan Hankins, should buy the offense some time to get acclimated.” [B1G 10 Blog/Adam Rittenberg]

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Reliving the ‘Best Summer Ever’:”When they made the trade for Hill midseason, the Indians had basically clinched the Central Division.  They had one month in mind when they made that trade, and Hill certainly did not disappoint in October.  Hill’s biggest contribution to the Indians came in game four of the American League Championship Series in Cleveland against the Seattle Mariners.

Entering game four, the unthinkable was happening as the juggernaut Indians were trailing in the series two games to one.  Seattle rookie Bob Wolcott had bested Indian ace Dennis Martinez in game one, and Mariner Jay Buhner had blasted a three-run bomb off of Indian Eric Plunk in extra innings of game three that gave Seattle the victory.  The Indians needed a strong start from their newest member of the team, and Hill responded brilliantly.” [Steve Eby/DidTheTribeWinLastNight?]

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Keeping things in perspective : “I even received two emails wishing Randy Lerner owned the Tribe, because he has money. Yes, Lerner spends, but he has yet to come close to finding a way for the Browns to even be competitive most seasons. In the last four years, they haven’t won more than five games in a season.That would be like the Tribe losing 100 games each year. On the ownership front, Lerner has more to prove than the Dolans. His team is in a league where it is easiest for a Cleveland franchise to win a title. Green Bay, New Orleans and Indianapolis have won Super Bowls, and those cities aren’t large enough for a baseball team.” [Terry Pluto/Plain Dealer]

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A lengthy Q&A with Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti, assessing the Tribe 40 games into the 2012 season. [Jordan Bastian/Major League Bastian]

 

  • Nobody

    It is pathetic how much support the Browns get when they are usually 5-11 while the Indians haven’t lost 100 games in the last two decades…and yet the Browns always sell out and fans complain about the Dolans. It’d be interesting to see what happens if the Tribe wins it all.

  • Acrossthefield11

    Everyone would boo Chris Perez at the parade.

  • http://twitter.com/oribiasi oribiasi

    Wasn’t there a period of time in Indians history where they had the record for sell outs?  I can’t recall…

  • Acrossthefield11

    Naysayers will tell you that it was because the Browns were non-existant and the Cavs were awful, thus the Indians were the only good team in town at the time. 

    In their defense, the Browns are still non-existant and the Cavs had the 3rd worst record in the NBA this past year so I guess not much has changed. 

    Bottom line is the ownership has created a PR nightmare for itself and has not done much to advertise and promote young talent on this Tribe roster.  I don’t buy the “we’re not a baseball town” argument for one second.  The city has supported this team for well over 100 years and hopefully will continue to do so at a better clip for the remainder of the season and for years to come.