April 24, 2014

While We’re Waiting… Cleveland’s continued development

While We’re Waiting is the daily morning link roundup that WFNY has been serving up for breakfast for the last several years. We hope you enjoy the following recent collection of yummy and nutritious Cleveland sports-related articles. Anything else to add? Email us at tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

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Stories on Cleveland’s revitalization are all the rage on the Internet right now. Next up: The Atlantic Cities, my friend Anna’s favorite site in the world: “The success of East Fourth Street in once-struggling Cleveland was something few people would have anticipated 20 years ago. It took years of collaboration between developers, businesses, local institutions, and government, but today downtown Cleveland is taking off—and giving the old Rust Belt city a future. There wasn’t a market for urban living in Cleveland until developers like the Marons built places where young professionals would want to be.” [Sophie Quinton/The Atlantic Cities]

Blowout loss for the Tribe in their first-ever game in Little Havana: “The winning streak ended with a gigantic thud. In retrospect, it may not have mattered that Asdrubal Cabrera booted a ball that should have been an inning-ended double play. Had Cabrera caught the ball, Jimenez would have been out of the inning with only 15 pitches expended. He then could have gone his usual 5-6 innings, allowed a couple runs on 5 hits and 2 walks, and given way to the bullpen in the hopes that the offense could do something against Jose Fernandez.” [Ryan/Let's Go Tribe]

Great insight and statistics into one of the best and most improved pitches in baseball: Justin Masterson’s slider: “Through 23 starts this season, Masterson has held batters to an .081 (13-for-160) average with 91 strikeouts in at-bats that end with his slider. The starter has been especially tough on right-handed hitters, who have gone just 1-for-76 against the breaking pitch.” [Jordan Bastian/MLB.com]

A follow-up on some confusion and distaste with the Indians promotional efforts: “This seems to not be true, as the Indians have apparently heard the complaints from the fans on the gate policies and have done something to try to fix the problem. Now hopefully they take this forward into next season so that the process is smooth from Opening Day through the end of the season. While I may not agree with everything the Indians are doing, I can certainly respect that they were willing to reach out and explain the changes they have made in their policies.” [Ryan Isley/More Than a Fan]

Could the Cavs have yet another Rookie of the Year? The Canadian is one of the top few contenders:Anthony Bennett, Cavaliers – There’s a chance the Cavs will bring the No. 1 pick in the Draft along slowly. That’s especially likely since he is a frontline tweener (6-foot-7) who will have to learn to maneuver around the bigger bodies in the NBA and learn how to get off his shot inside (since he’s not especially mobile). He’s 3-point range and while he may struggle to find his place in the offense, Bennett has a nose for rebounding and could make his presence felt by going to the glass. That’s a good way to make an impact, put up numbers, get attention and maybe even work his way off the bench by the second half of the season.” [Fran Blinebury/NBA.com's Hang Time Blog]

Reflecting on Bill Simmons’ recent Cavs-related comments at Grantland: “Like everyone who has reviewed the Cavs off-season there is hesitancy due to some redundancy as well as injury risks, yet Simmons gives little positives to balance out these possible negatives. Simmons fails to mention Bennett as the only player everyone agrees could be a 20/10 guy, Jack’s role with the Warriors, Karasev’s exploits in Russia at such a young age or what Bynum could provide.” [Jared Mueller/Factory of Sadness]

Thoughts on the Browns interior offensive line: “One of the areas that the Browns needed to address in camp was their backup center job while the main question remains who and where the guards are going to play. At center, Alex Mack has not missed a game since he was drafted and that is a trend that hopefully continues, but even if he has to come out for a play, they need to have someone who can get the ball to Brandon Weeden. With the guards, John Greco played left guard with Jason Pinkston playing right guard with the first team, which is somewhat surprising development given their skillsets.” [Peter Smith/Dawg Pound Daily]

In case you never read it, this long feature on Jose Fernandez’s arrival in America is well worth your time. Miami’s star pitcher proved last night that he’s already one of baseball’s best. [Jordan Conn/Grantland]

Adorable photos of NFL players at training camp with their children includes Tank Carder and Joe Thomas. [Tim McGarry/For The Win]

Finally, here’s a helpful guide to tonight’s Browns family night from 6:30-9 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium. [ClevelandBrowns.com]

  • https://twitter.com/jimkanicki jimkanicki

    tark carder was the balls for TCU for a couple year. defensive quarterback, leader, PLAYMAKER. if he manages to make the team and hang physically in the NFL, he’ll be great. no middle ground. one big if.

    also,,, who’d have thought pacman jones would get my vote for cutest father-daughter picture? not me. but i think you gotta hand to him with a big assist to mom for picking out a nice outfit.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Tank Carder you mean?