While We’re Waiting… Indians upgrades, 1997, and Penn State game discussion

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Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com

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Leading off, the Indians need to make some smart moves in the offseason to get back to the postseason and the 92-win mark. Andy Nichols at IBI explores several tiers of acquisition, including David Freese, “Freese seems to have fallen out of favor a bit in St. Louis, and that could create some trade rumors this winter.  Highly regarded second base prospect Kolten Wong is the key to Freese’s availability.  If the Cardinals feel Wong is ready to handle an every day major league job, they may move MVP candidate Matt Carpenter back to third base – his original position in the minors.  That would open the door for Cleveland to attempt to acquire Freese.  While Freese may not be a good fit in the four spot of a lineup, he would certainly help to lengthen it as well as provide some clutch hitting and the ability to drive in runs (see Game 6 of the 2011 World Series).  This offseason will be Freese’s second trip through the arbitration process, and he is under team control until 2016.” [Indians Baseball Insider]

Steve Eby at DTTWLN took a look back at the 1997 postseason and the wild ride that was, “Then there are other moments that aren’t really surprising at all…just incredible. They happen over and over so often that they become routine…but still your jaw hits the ground because of how incredible the moment was.  Your jaw once again hits the floor and you compose yourself for long enough to say, “I can’t believe that Omar just did that again.” Both of these scenarios played out perfectly for the Indians in Game Six of the 1997 World Series. The Tribe’s backs were against the wall.  Win and live to play another day.  Lose and go home. “We’ve certainly been in this position before,” Indians Manager Mike Hargrove said in a Sun Sentinel article by Randall Mell.  “This team has faced a lot of adversity throughout the season and in the postseason and has come out playing hard.  So I expect nothing less.”” [Did The Tribe Win Last Night?]

The Buckeyes have a key matchup under the lights in the Shoe against Penn State. The Eleven Warriors gang went roundtable to discuss the game, and you know our love of roundtables around here, “I expect Penn State to have a similar game plan as Iowa – throw more than normal to tight ends and wide receivers on short passes and screens, while challenging Roby downfield on the wide side with Robinson. The defense might allow Roby to play man against Robinson, but this is dependent on his ability to prevent explosive plays. Otherwise, look for plenty of triggering by the secondary and more Tyvis Powell to counter passes in the flats. ” [Eleven Warriors]

Technological improvements to decrease football head injuries continue to find the headlines, and Uni Watch outlines the most recent development to protect players, “In some cases, a player might be racking up significantly more head impacts than his teammates at a similar position. That could be a sign of poor tackling or blocking technique, so the InSite system serves as a red flag, allowing the coaches to sit down with the player, review film of his performance, and identify and correct faulty technique. Blatt said his team had done this with one player, who then improved his technique and lowered his number of head impacts.” [Uni Watch]

Finally, the Buckeyes are on the recruiting trail, and John Brandon has the details on why tonight is important for the Bucks especially, “It was a big weekend for Ohio State and one if it’s top targets, Thomas Holley.  Holley started his weekend off with a victory over current Buckeye Curtis Samuel in high-school action before the two of them made the trek to Ohio State for their official visits.  For Holley, this was his second visit to Ohio State, with the other coming in June.  Holley told former 11Wer Alex Gleitman that this visit was “better” than his first one, and that he “got more information than the last time [he] was there.” Holley also said that “It was an amazing experience being in Ohio Stadium. It was so energetic.”  Holley certainly enjoyed his visit and Ohio State remains one of his top options.  Most consider Ohio State and Penn State to be his top two schools, and Holley visited Penn State two weeks ago for their thrilling victory over Michigan.” [Eleven Warriors]

 

  • maxfnmloans

    1997 still hurts.