Browns screw job, hate watching The Sound of Music, Eric Wedge’s Mariners – JONCAST – WFNY Podcast – 2013-12-08

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It’s a Joncast. What else is there to say? Do the Cleveland Browns losses actually happen everywhere? The great screw job of 2013 The referee already had the flag out Should Chud have gone for two? What is a catch in the NFL and how do you decide what is or isn’t? Should the Browns

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Eric Wedge and others blast Mariners’ front office

Fresh off the Mariners signing Robinson Cano to a mammoth 10 year, $240 million deal former Mariners and Tribe manager Eric Wedge is one of many to offer their criticism of the Seattle front office. In a Seattle Times article this weekend by Geoff Baker, Wedge and other former members of the Mariners chastise the

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The Cleveland Indians and Pearl Jam are bringing back my youth

(The soundtrack for this post is “Sirens” by Pearl Jam. I listened to it on repeat while writing this.)1 The way I felt yesterday watching the Indians celebrate in the guts of Target field was overwhelming. I didn’t cry, but I also wouldn’t have dared speak aloud in those moments as the Tribe were bouncing

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MLB Rumor: Eric Wedge on the hot seat in Seattle

After seven seasons in Cleveland, former skipper Eric Wedge wore out his welcome with his “grinder” approach and lack of sustained success. Now in just his third season with the Seattle Mariners, might the same thing be happening in the Pacific Northwest? Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci, one of the best baseball writers out there, dedicated

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WFNY Podcast – 2013-03-31 – Walking Dead, Byron Scott, and firing coaches

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We crowned the winner of the contest from last week and also talked some TV and gruesome injuries before getting to real sports talk. Walking Dead finale… Faces of Death Daniel Pearl and gruesome video Game of Thrones and the soft core additions The Sopranos and how sex shaped Tony’s character David Chase and unlikeable

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Francona, Scott, and Gruden? Could You Imagine?

Terry Francona

Think back to 2008. It was a year removed from one of, if not the best year in the history of Cleveland sports. The Browns were coming off a 10-win season. The Indians had just won the AL Central and finished a game away from the World Series. The Cavaliers still had LeBron James and

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Masterson finds run support as Tribe bats heat up

Justin Masterson, the Indians’ offense is sorry. Not sorry as in pathetic and inept as they’ve been for stretches in the past two months, especially with him on the mound. No, I mean sorry as in apologetic. At least, that’s what it seemed like in last night’s game, as the Tribe finally gave Masterson the

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Milton Bradley’s Tumultuous Career Could Be Over

On March 17th when all pre-season stories are still exceptionally rosy, I wrote about Eric Wedge having to, once again, deal with Milton Bradley since signing on to manage the Seattle Mariners.  At the time, the quotes were all positive from both sides of the equation.  As the Seattle Mariners leave town after this weekend’s rain-soaked

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Eric Wedge and Milton Bradley Co-existing Fine in Seattle (So Far)

One of the strangest parts of Eric Wedge getting hired in Seattle was the reunion between the mustachioed grinder and the volatile outfielder, Milton Bradley.  Bradley and Wedge’s history began in Cleveland in 2003 and spring training 2004.  After a reported altercation during that spring, Bradley was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Franklin

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Vetting the Indians’ Bullpen

It seems to be fairly accepted wisdom that the Indians were not good last season.  There’s an advanced sabermetric statistic that does a nice job of conveying this. It’s called “losses”, and the Indians had 93 of them. But, for whatever reason, the Indians actually had some pretty good results out of their bullpen in

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Eric Wedge: Unintentionally Hilarious Quote Machine

Mike Brown was in the media this week for being the strong favorite to land the Indiana Pacers head coaching job.  Eric Mangini, an attendee at the recent Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, was in the news this week giving his thoughts on analytics and how that could have helped him with the Browns.  The other

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While We’re Waiting… Braxton Miller, Skyenga, Browns Running Backs

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. About that next Buckeye star: “Insert freshman quarterback Braxton Miller. Like Pryor, Miller was the top rated quarterback of his class. He’s considered by

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While We’re Waiting…Patriots QB Coming Home, Belichick Takes a Shot at Mangini , Week One Cavs Thoughts

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. Hoyer returns home tomorrow:  “Anyway, I remember we were at [Municipal Stadium] for the last game. People were ripping out seats and that’s what

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The Mariners Love Wahoo Sloppy Seconds

First they hired Mike Hargrove. Then they dealt for the first base duo of Ben Broussard and Eduardo Perez. Next they got their hands on Franklyn Gutierrez. Cliff Lee made a half season stop in Seattle in ’09. Then they actually took Russell Branyan off of our hands. And now, the coup de gras….The Grinder,

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New Grind in Seattle; Milt Bradley Packs his Bags

After one year out of the game, Eric Wedge has landed on his feet and will be bringing his grindy style of managing to the Pacific Northwest.  Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reported last night that the Seattle Mariners had chosen Wedge to be their new manager.  With an emphasis on defense and UZR, the

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While We’re Waiting… Cavs Preview, Leon Powe, Eric Wedge Interviews

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 Previewing the rocky situation for the Cavs this season: “The question of whether the Cavaliers are worse off after losing LeBron James is not

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A Faustian Bargain: To Pitch or Not to Pitch?

Let me take you back a few years, to a time before the trades of CC, Cliff, or Victor.  We still had Jhonny at SS, and the Bearded Blunder at third.  We looked like a reasonably talented, if young, team.  The promise of the 2007 playoff team was starting to emerge, though it still felt

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Better 2010 Winning Percentage: Acta vs. Mangini

Manny Acta is inheriting a team that went 65-97 – a .401 winning percentage.  The 2009 Cleveland Browns went 5-11 – a .312 winning percentage.  Many anticipate the 2010 Indians do be considerably worse than the team that took the field a season ago.  Some feel that the Browns should be able to improve off

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Eric Wedge Speaks About 2009

In what was likely one of the toughest two-year periods for any manager, former Tribe skipper Eric Wedge invited Fort Wayne’s Ben Smith into his Richfield, Ohio home to discuss the downward spiral that took place since being one game out of the World Series in 2007. From the trades to the backroom issues, Wedge

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