April 20, 2014

While We’re Waiting… Checking in on Carlos Santana in winter ball

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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The Santana at third experiment. “Santana only began playing winter ball (for the Leones del Escogido in his hometown of Santo Domingo) last week, so the sample size is very small, but the early results don’t look good. All I have to go off are the box scores, and those don’t include play-by-play data the way they would for MLB games, so I don’t know how many chances Santana has had, nor do I know the specific nature of the plays, but Carlos has made 3 errors in his first 4 games: a throwing error in his second game, and then a fielding error and a throwing error yesterday.” [Lukehart/Let's Go Tribe]

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“Shipping out one of those relievers – lefty specialist Josh Outman, made superfluous by the Boone Logan acquisition – in exchange for a highly useful outfielder like Drew Stubbs is not a questionable decision. It is a fine decision. A good decision, even.

Nobody will confuse Drew Stubbs with an everyday player but the things Stubbs does well are things the Rockies need people to do. Miscast as a right fielder during his only season in Cleveland, Stubbs can return to his rightful home in center field, which moves great but often-injured Rockies star Carlos Gonzalez back to left.

As mentioned by Dave Cameron, Stubbs really struggles against good curveballs. Luckily for Stubbs, curveballs do not fair so well in the thin air of Denver, where the lack of friction prevents curves from spinning and “biting” as is their intended purpose.” [Fairservice/Getting Blanked]

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Ohio State 8th. “The Longhorns are worth a whopping $139 million, “almost 20% more than any other team in the country,” the report says. The Longhorns are the only college football team to pass $100 million in revenue, a feat they have accomplished the last two seasons.

The team’s value is “built on the back of the nation’s most dedicated fan base, which has helped Texas lead all schools in merchandise sales and secure the most lucrative school-specific TV deal,” the report says. In a year where no team made more than $90 million, the Longhorns brought in an income of $109 million. The revenue came mainly from ticket sales ($34.5 million), while also collecting “$30 million from contributors and another $15 million from Big 12 and NCAA distributions.”

College football’s second most valuable team is the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at $117 million after hosting an additional home game at Soldier Field and netting a $6.2 million payout from last year’s BCS National Championship appearance.” [Cooper/Dr. Saturday]

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Top GIFs of Ohio State’s season. You’re welcome. [Eleven Warriors]

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“I don’t know what’s going to happen to the future of college athletics. Universities themselves are widely considered to be toward the end of speculative bubble; the whole structure of higher education could be in danger over the next couple of decades. That’s not to mention the cable bubble that all sports, including college sports, are living through and benefitting from as well. Eventually, this is all going to have to change. When it does, we’ll be a lot better off if we were a lot honest about where all this stands. Because right now, everyone’s pretending that there are rules in place that everyone is following. Those on the ground, closest to what’s actually happening, know better than that. Perhaps it’s time for the rest of us to catch up with them.” [Leitch/Sports on Earth]

  • Natedawg86

    Hopefully the Santana Experiment doesn’t blow up in our faces. He is not a good 1B, why would we think he could play the hot corner? He is not really known for his D. Would hate to see him regress on offense as a result and end upp with a average defender and bat at 3B.

  • Natedawg86

    Gifs are worth checking out. Illini fans was good as was the Kenny G. Hyde is a beast. I think we missed Hall in the Big Ten championship game. Who knows what may have happened had he played.

  • boomhauertjs

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Stubbs has a bit of a bounceback year, thanks to the friendly confines of Coors Field and it’s curveball-nullifying powers. Hopefully, Raburn is more 2013 than 2012 or this could blow up in the Tribe’s face.

  • Steve

    I don’t think he’ll play there more than sparingly. Play him against a LHP, to spell Chisenhall, and when we have one of our more extreme flyball pitchers on the mound (everyone starter but Masterson is a flyball pitcher, but McAllister and Salazar allow the most). That’s probably 20-30 games.

    And I’m not sure if anyone measures this, but I’d guess that the 2014 Indians team will be close to having the fewest groundball toward 3B this year. The rotation is going to be all righties, gets a lot of strikeouts, and is more of a flyball staff. I think its feasible to hide Santana at 3B.

    And remember that we did get by with Reynolds playing 3B, and the Tigers seemed fine with Cabrera at 3B. I’d bet Santana can at least reach the level of those two.

  • Steve

    They had the 3rd fewest total chances last year at 3B. Not a great measure, as that misses everything that goes by for a hit, but I think it demonstrates well enough that the Indians saw fewer balls hit there than most teams. And now we’re replacing a LHP with a RHP.

  • Natedawg86

    As long as he does not regress on O i am fine. I have not seen a lot of C/1B/3B or C/3B players. That is why it comes as a little strange to me I guess.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The NBA to have player nicknames instead of player last names for “select” games this season:

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/spike-lee-brings-us-the-first-look-at-ray-allen-s–j–shuttlesworth–heat-nickname-jersey–photo-010200097.html

    Reminds me of the XFL days. #dumb

  • mgbode

    i agree with you on a potential regression. hopefully, that does not happen.

    i do like that he’s willing to try.

  • Steve

    I think he improved on offense by not dealing with some of the wear and tear of catching. He’s due for a bit of a regression because last season was so good, but I would guess it’s not going to come from playing 3B.