July 29, 2014

The Top Five Outfield/DH Units of the Past 20 Years

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In the third of our series, we look at the best outfield/DH groupings of the past 20 years. The Jacobs/Progressive Field era has seen so many powerful bats, but easily the top of the heap came from this group. From Albert Belle to Travis Hafner, we have been blessed to see some incredible performances. But who was the best of the best? I’m sure it won’t be hard for you to guess….. [Read more...]

The Once and Future Grady

I think it’s pretty easy to forget how truly great Grady Sizemore was before he got hurt.  For one, it feels like it’s been so long since he’s been healthy: for nearly all of the 2009 and 2010 seasons, Grady was either on the DL or should have been.  It’s pretty clear that his health cost him major parts of the last two seasons.  On top of that, he had a really nice year in 2008, but the team imploded around him as Hafner fell off a cliff and CC was traded away.  So in some ways, we haven’t really seen Grady since 2007.

But even more than that, a good deal of Sizemore’s greatness always flew under the radar anyway.  His value was so evenly distributed among his defense, his bat, and his baserunning that people often overlooked how much he was contributing.  [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Giles Retrospective, Rebuilding Tribe and Quinn’s Numbers

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com

Making the case for the recently retired Brian Giles: “In the end, we’re left wondering “what might have been” of Giles’ career. If he had been given a lineup spot rather than wallowing in Triple-A for three seasons, his career totals would be more noteworthy. Spending six years in PETCO Park probably cost him a few dozen home runs as well. As an afterthought on the mid-’90s Indians and later a star for several small-market, last-place Pirates teams during an explosive offensive era, Giles never received the national recognition that a great hitter and plus defensive outfielder deserves.” [Ben Jedlovec/Hardball Times]

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Brian Giles, Sued by Ex-Girlfriend

Slow news morning thus far, but this is definitely something that caught my eye.  Former Indian outfielder Brian Giles’ name hit the news wire, but not for a reason that he would likely prefer.

An ex-girlfriend of Giles claims that he had the occasional bout with the backhands which caused her to lose her then “with child” state.  [Read more...]

For Your Morning Coffee…

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Good morning, folks.  While we all gear up for another day of Cleveland-based fun, I just wanted to point you in the direction of a few blog posts worth reading.  Rick typically has a Friday post in similar fashion, so I’ll do my best to keep his work rolling. 

Without further adu:

- In honor of the 80th running of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, The Ball Don’t Liehas a pop quiz of sorts regarding some NBA players of yesterday and today.  It shouldn’t surprise you that three of the eight ballers are currently playing in Cleveland.  If anything, the hair on “Number Six” is worth the visit alone.

- The answer to this problem?  A one-way ticket to Cleveland, and a pair of season tickets to Progressive Field.  We’re just more accepting of things like that.  Hence “Progressive.”

- Doug Collins is back in Chicago.  Now who’s going to come in down the road to win the championship?  Even more important, will Eric Snow be asked to join the staff?

- To splash in a little Cleveland football, former Browns tight end Aaron Shea has hung up the cleats.  He was a solid option in what was a slew of un-solid seasons.  He’ll be missed.

- And finally, if the Padres decide to start selling in the near future, would any of you consider bringing Brian Giles back?  Some statistical work done by Dugout Central shows that there may be some pop left in that old bat.