While We’re Waiting… MLB Payroll Increases And Success, Browns’ Year In Review, And Shurmur Reflections

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Leading off at The Hardball Times, Glenn DuPaul talks payroll increases and win totals. It doesn’t necessarily bode well for the 2013 Cleveland Indians, eh? “Last week, I discussed the issue of teams “going for broke” and how significant increases in payroll may affect overall success (win totals). One of the more interesting findings in that piece dealt with teams who had great success the season before they increased payroll. I found that from 2001 to 2012 there were 28 teams who won at least 88 games in the year before they increased payroll by at least 20 percent. Of those 28 teams, only 14 teams were able to get back to that 88-win threshold in the subsequent season. This result sounds surprising when taken at face value. In most cases, the assumption would be that the increase in payroll was an attempt to prevent regression and sustain, or build on, past success.” [The Hardball Times]

Dawgs By Nature has a phenomenal 2012 slideshow review of the Browns and some other happenings of interest to Browns’ fans. Also, check out their highlight of a mock draft that has the Browns taking Florida State DE Bjoern Werner with the sixth pick, “With the previous regime focusing much of their 2012 draft on the offensive side of the ball (quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and right tackle), the majority of fans seemed to be interested in finding a defensive stud. Some of the suggestions included DE Damontre Moore, DE Bjoern Werner, OLB Jarvis Jones, and CB Dee Milliner. Our draft affiliate, Dan Kadar from Mocking the Draft, posted their first mock draft now that the regular season is over. Out of those four defensive players recommended by fans, two of them — Milliner and Moore — were already off the board. Between Werner and Jones, Kadar decided to send Werner to the Browns.” [Dawgs By Nature]

Pat Shurmur is gone, and most of us are glad that he is. Still, did Shurmur get a fair shake? Not in the least bit, according to Fox Sports Ohio’s Zac Jackson, “The NFL is a high-speed, high-dollar car race, and the Browns are changing again in large part because Mike Holmgren took the keys and essentially went on a casual, country-road sightseeing tour. The Holmgren as team president experiment started as then-owner Randy Lerner’s last attempt to get it right, and it officially ended Monday with Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert being dismissed by new owner Jimmy Haslam and new honcho Joe Banner. Those two looked at Shurmur and saw a coach who would be easily replaceable. In the 22 months or so they were together in Berea, Holmgren didn’t do a lot to help that. ” [Fox Sports Ohio]

Want to relive the ten best Tribe wins of 2012? Sure you do, and Jason Lukehart at Let’s Go Tribe has you covered. The top game, you ask? “June 19th: 3-2 over the Cincinnati Reds – Josh Tomlin and three relievers combined to allow only one run through nine innings. Alas, the Indians also scored just one. In the top of the 10th, a wild pitch by Nick Hagadone allowed a second Reds’ run to score. Cincinnati flamethrower Aroldis Chapman entered the game with an ERA of just 1.06 and the game appeared lost. Choo managed a one-out single and Cabrera worked the count into his favor and then deposited a long fly ball over the wall in right field as the crowd went crazy and the Indians moved back into 1st place.”  [Let's Go Tribe]

The fine people at Cavs: The Blog went roundtable with a few different Cavalier and NBA questions, including whose options the Cavaliers should pick up next year, “Other than those players, the Cavs have six players under contract for next season.  Miles’s player option for $2.2 million is a no-brainer.  The team probably has to offer Casspi his $3.3 million qualifying offer; he is 6′ – 9″, plays some defense, and makes 36% of his career threes. I don’t think any other team exceeds the offer; if he accepts, the team is only up to eight players; if he declines and goes to Europe, then I think making the offer keeps him as a restricted free agent if he ever returns.  Leuer fell into the doghouse, but in six games with the Charge, he averaged 20 points, 12 boards and 59% true shooting.  If Luke Harangody warranted the third year $1.06 million qualifying offer; Leuer certainly does.  I would let Pargo test unrestricted free agency rather than offer the $3.3 million.” [Cavs: The Blog]

Finally, Kyle at Eleven Warriors breaks down the center position for the Buckeyes, “The biggest knock on Williams during his still young career has been his inability to bring the same intensity into each game. His best two performances of this season came against Duke and Kansas, when the 6-foot-11 sophomore played a combined 47 minutes and finished with 10 points, shooting 75 percent from the free-throw line, 18 rebounds and three blocked shots. His carelessness has been the story against weaker opponents, though. Williams should overpower mid-majors with forwards and centers that don’t approach his height. But it’s been Ravenel, the more physical of the two big guys, that has feasted on the lesser competition. Through 12 games, Williams is averaging 4.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. Ravenel is averaging 6.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.” [Eleven Warriors]