April 19, 2014

While We’re Waiting… Your Cleveland Indians. Now hiring.

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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“Then again, the way things are looking right now, the Indians have a pretty good chance at pulling off a feat almost as improbable as fulfilling Niko’s whimsical wish.

Whatever you wish to read into this sort of thing, it’s worth noting that the Indians’ percentage shot at a postseason berth, as calculated by Baseball Prospectus, has risen 12 points just in the past week alone (from 21.3 to 33.7, at last check). No, the jump is not attributable to the news that the Indians maybe possibly put in a waiver claim on Kendrys Morales (and more on that in a moment). Rather, it’s climbed because the Tribe has maintained a season trend of beating up on the kind of clubs you’re supposed to beat up on. They swept the Angels in Anaheim, then took two of three from the Twins.” [Castrovince/MLB.com]

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“Whether the zone-read becomes an NFL standby or is countered and gradually discarded, one impact seems likely: more rushing plays. Adjusting for sacks and scrambles, only three NFL teams — San Francisco, Seattle and Washington — ran more often than they passed in 2012. All three made the playoffs; two won a playoff game, and the only reason it wasn’t three was that Washington and Seattle faced each other.

For decades, NFL offenses have featured the pass, or used the run primarily to set up the pass. In 2012, the top four rushing teams — Washington, the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle and San Francisco — reached the playoffs. The top three passing teams — the New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions and Dallas — did not. Last season’s stats show that, just like in college, a team can win by featuring the rush. For 2013 at least, expect an uptick in rushing plays.” [Easterbrook/ESPN]

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Head’s up job seekers. “The Cleveland Indians are seeking a Data Architect for Baseball Systems. This person will design, implement, and manage the Baseball Department’s information architecture. The Data Architect will partner with the Baseball Analytics and Software Development groups to maintain data infrastructure, support needs, implement solutions, and drive innovation in baseball’s data-driven decision process. Key functions will include data modeling, integration, warehousing, and consumption.

The primary purpose of the job is to design, implement, and manage the Baseball Department’s information architecture. The Data Architect will partner with the Baseball Analytics and Software Development groups to maintain data infrastructure, support needs, implement solutions, and drive innovation in baseball’s data-driven decision process. Key functions will include data modeling, integration, warehousing, and consumption.” [Baseball Prospectus]

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I’m getting sort of excited about Saturday you guys. “It is not a stretch to assert that Dontre Wilson, the speedster from Texas, is entering the season with more hype as a freshman than anyone since Terrelle Pryor burst onto the scene in 2008. But it is still somewhat unknown how Urban Meyer and his staff will get the ball into Wilson’s hands. Will he play in the slot as the H receiver? In the backfield at tailback? The answer is likely both.

Look for Ohio State to utilize Wilson similar to Oregon’s use of D’Anthony Thomas. From the slot, Wilson will be featured on wide receiver screens and underneath throws such as H Option. He will also be brought into the backfield on “Hic” motion. At other times he may directly line up in the backfield. In such situations, watch for Wilson to be featured on jet sweeps, speed option, and the “touch” pass.” [Fulton/Eleven Warriors]

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Sorry Anthony, the Cavs don’t need help with the player introduction music. [Point Forward]

  • MrCleaveland

    Is the Tribe saving Salazar for the playoffs or something? Another quick hook after four innings? I don’t know about this.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’m applying for that Data Architect position so the rest of you scrubs are on notice. Sounds right up my alley as long as they don’t have a porn blocker!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Yes for that one game playoff play in. Instead of five or six he’ll be able to go seven.

  • Natedawg86

    I think they are working him into shape still. He had 77 pitches after 4 last night. He is coming off Tommy John Surgery in 2011, and opened the 2012 season at Class A Carolina where the Indians limited him to 70 pitches and he never threw more than 4 1/3 innings in his first 15 starts. I think he will have the ability to go longer as the season goes on, as long as he isn’t going for his 4th SO of Cabrera.

  • Natedawg86

    Interesing note on the Braves – only 21K in attendence last night

  • mgbode

    i think they are protecting him, but man, he just lost control that last inning. everything that had been working stopped. not sure if it’s better to let young pitchers work through it or pull them and let them have another go. we seem to be doing the latter with Danny Boy.

  • mgbode

    “The Data Architect will partner with the Baseball Analytics and Software Development groups”

    considering your feelings on those groups, I think you might have some issues to overcome first.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    No dollar dogs and fireworks probably!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Yo momma!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Nothing motivates a bunch of baseball statistical nerds then a field trip to the nudie bar. Every Wednesday I’d unshackle them from their desks and take them in honor of HUMP DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

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  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Great read on how ESPN has gone from covering sports stories to creating them courtesy of Deadspin.com:

    http://deadspin.com/how-espn-manufactures-a-story-colin-kaepernick-edition-1185400028?autoplay=1

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Ladies and gentleman the future head coach of the Cleveland Browns:

    http://larrybrownsports.com/football/rex-ryan-melts-down-press-conference-video/201712

    Somewhere Pat Shurmur is thinking, “See I knew it wasn’t just me.”

  • Matt S

    I keep waiting for you guys to put up something about the allegations that Urban Meyer helped “cover up” Aaron Hernandez’ drug use and other crimes at UF (from Rolling Stone). Seems like it might become a story for the Buckeyes this year.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    WFNY posted stuff earlier when it was first alleged. The latest is just really a repeat of the earlier allegations.