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“So the (multi) million dollar question of course is whether or not this is a pleasant blip on the radar for Jimenez, or whether these long-needed tweaks in his mechanics are here for the long haul? Jimenez has been historically inconsistent with his multi-part, herky-jerk delivery, so who’s to say that he didn’t just stumble across this improvement almost by accident and will be unable to maintain it with any sort of regularity? That’s the question that a team is going to have to pay millions of dollars to answer, and that’s an awfully risky proposition. See the recent past of 2012, when Lindbergh was applying his graphical talents to show a precipitous decline in Ublado’s velo, and Thorburn was devoting 2000+ words and 8 full-motion GIFs to reflect just how far removed from Ubaldo! that Ubaldo had become. The more I think about it, the less I think that the Indians will be the team that finds out firsthand whether or not Jimenez has re-invented himself on the mound. At $8 million for one season, the Indians would absolutely take him back at this point. But I think he can get more money (and a longer deal) on the open market, and I just don’t see the Indians making a significant financial commitment to such a question mark. Not with Masterson, Salazar, Kluber, McAllister, Bauer, Carrasco, House, Tomlin already vying for the 5 spots in the 2014 rotation.” [Ciammaichella/The DiaTribe]
“Later, Singleton watches as the players’ families and friends start lining up at the ticket office. Each player has four tickets to give out, and Singleton must ensure that none is going to agents, boosters, recruits or others who are banned from receiving them.
Before the tattoo scandal, Ohio State randomly checked about 10 percent of the names players provided. Now, officials call every person a player thinks he might invite to a game — as many as 4,000 people — before the season starts. This year, a half-dozen officials and volunteers spent nearly two weeks calling five hours a day.” [Pyle/Columbus Dispatch]
“Brandon Weeden is not the guy. Jason Campbell is not the guy. Brian Hoyer is not the guy. The answer to the Browns quarterback is not on the roster, so if fans and the media want to argue over which should start or play, they can feel free to waste their breath. Weeden’s injury status might have a big impact on who plays next week, but it really does not matter. The question is figuring out which quarterback who is currently playing on Saturdays is the best fit and right answer to the situation and figuring out how to acquire them.” [Smith/Dawg Pound Daily]
“Yesterday was just the latest example as Ohio State fans invaded Berkeley, filling 50% of a stadium situated some 2,400 miles away from Columbus.
Though a large contingent was expected, it looked as if even those expectations were exceeded as a scarlet-clad stadium rocked O-H-I-O to the delight of Urban Meyer and company.” [Lauderback/Eleven Warriors]
Wow. Orlando station scrolls an apology for having to show the Jaguars game. [Deadspin]