While We’re Waiting… Hot start for Francisco Lindor

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Prospect notes, as highlighted by the top star in the system: “SS Francisco Lindor (.341 1 HR 10 RBI .406/.505) Lindor has made quick work of Carolina League pitchers, a league that often favors pitchers because of the size of the league (eight teams). His 13K/10BB ratio early is very nice too for the league he’s in. He’s already off to a hot May. I predicted at some point this year that they’d have to move him to AA-Akron, but with Ronny Rodriguez in front of him right now (for the time being and having no where else to put him right now) he’ll continue to man shortstop for Carolina and haunt the league’s pitchers.” [Jusin Lada/It’s Pronounced ‘Lajaway’]

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Charting out the 2013 AL so far, with this note about the Tribe: “The Indians are better positioned than the Yankees, but their actual records are reversed because of differences between their runs scored/allowed and their actual wins and losses. The Yankees are 11-2 in games decided by two runs or fewer.” [Dave Studeman/The Hardball Times]

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The red-hot Indians lost for the first time in a week yesterday afternoon: “Coming into the game, the Tribe had posted a .373 team batting average with 14 homeruns since game two of their doubleheader last Sunday night. They had scored six or more runs in six straight games for the first time since 2005 and had 12 or more hits in six straight games for the first time since 1936. Pelfrey (now 3-3) and his 7.66 ERA seemed like the perfect recipe to keep the streak going, but it was not to be.” [Steve Eby/Did The Tribe Win Last Night?]

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Considering long-term game location options for the Buckeyes: “Let’s hold all the ‘but Jim Delany is going to sign Toronto and McGill to the Big Ten’ jokes for a second. If Notre Dame, Penn State and others are playing games overseas, is this something Ohio State should look into?” [Matt Brown/Land-Grant Holy Land]

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From a few days ago now, but this was an enjoyable read on the state of the Cavalier fan in Cleveland: “With the news that ESPN is planning on producing an installment of their documentary series 30 for 30 on Cleveland sports and the fans persistence through what will likely be Cleveland’s 50th year without a championship in a major sport in 2014, I found myself reflecting on the state of the Cavaliers fan base. Cleveland is, of course, a football town.” [David Zavac/Fear The Sword]

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Some strange wording and writing from this site, critiquing Terry Pluto, not just the Browns: “The Browns take issue with the criticism of the decision. According to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, who as one league source pointed out appears to be on track to becoming one of the primary local-media mouthpieces for the new regime, the Browns simply didn’t like the players who were available to be picked at the time they swapped current picks for future picks in one higher round.” [Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk]

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Nice nod to the Browns for this undrafted free agent signing: “OT—Chris Faulk, Browns. There were a surprising number of tackle prospects with talent who went undrafted, including Nick Becton (Chargers), Luke Marquardt (49ers) and Emmett Cleary (Colts). Faulk might have been a pretty high pick if he had not blown out his knee and missed most of the 2012 season.” [Dan Pompei/National Football Post]

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Finally, it appears that several Browns players had a bit of fun at yesterday’s Indians game competing with fans at speed pitch and fraternizing on social media. [Cut 4/MLB.com]

  • Harv 21

    So let’s see: Pluto gets disses as a FO “mouthpiece” because Terry has already ingratiated himself to Banner and/or Lombardi, and Florio promises he’ll be keeping his sharp eye on this unseemly arrangement. Thank you for protecting us, Mike. After 30+ years, we were getting the feeling Terry is just a shill with actual sources. We’d be way better off just following your always accurate speculation.

  • mgbode

    if Ohio State played a game outside the US, then it should be in Germany. NFL Europe hung on for as long as it did almost entirely because Germans like American football (I believe it was 5 of the last 6 teams were in Germany).

    Play a game in Berlin or Rhein and it’ll be packed and an event there and you’ll start to see a whole bunch of Buckeye stickers in that country (if we win too).

  • Harv 21

    Yikes, a Tribe first round position player is tearing it up and is being acclaimed by scouts everywhere. Not sure what in the name of Mills/Drennen/Crowe/Snyder is going on.

    What if …

  • woofersus

    I didn’t read it that way. I thought Florio was saying he’ll be paying more attention to what Pluto writes because it seems he’s the one with the inside track.

    His discussion of the draft decisions and response were a bit condescending, but I didn’t think he was dissing Pluto.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    “The Browns’ draft board was arranged alphabetically, which is very
    unorthodox and can make it difficult to make decisions on the fly. Front
    office men around the league were buzzing about the unusual board last
    week.”

    I think the bigger problem than how we arrange our draft board, is how we apparently let other front offices see it.

  • Natedawg86

    Side to Side nod for not signing UFA Bray…

  • Steve

    Doesn’t that have a good bit to do with the American military bases located there? Sure, you’ll get them to come out to a game, but most probably already have their allegiances pretty much tied up.

  • mgbode

    it certainly helps matters, but the locals there also enjoyed their American style football as well (from all that I read and heard about in those days). perhaps our good troops helped get them excited about it.

    either way, I don’ think it would hurt matters.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Even a blind squirrel can find at least one nut every now and then!

  • http://twitter.com/MattLGHL Matt Brown

    To the best of my knowledge, nobody has played a college football game in Germany (although we’ve had basketball games there). If one was set up, I don’t think I’d oppose it. Could be a great way to fundraise for troop related charity as well. Personally, I think China represents a bigger growth opportunity for the Big Ten, but Germany wouldn’t be bad either.

    Thanks for sharing the piece, fellas.

  • mgbode

    yes, I believe you are correct in that no college football games have been held there.

    interestingly, I remembered Rhein being avid supporters (consistently 2nd in attendance), but I should have looked up the attendance figures. Frankfurt was, by far, the most supportive of their NFL Europe team (the Galaxy):

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NFL_Europe

  • Slooz

    Florio fooled yet again by the crafty construction of the English language. (Take some time to read #florioclassics on Twitter if you missed it the first time.)