- 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 have challenged Rob Gronkowski’s catch?
- NFL referees are more capable than they’ve ever been
- The rules themselves are really suffering
- Losing hurts more than it helps make a draft better
- What would Pierre Garcon have become if he played with the Browns?
- What does today’s game say about Rob Chudzinski
- The moneyball part of football with coaches
- The first time firing the people you hired
- The savior complex amongst sports fans
- Relying on faith as a sports fan vs. looking for tangible results
- The 2012 first round NFL draft and how far it will set the team back
- Carlos Carrasco and how he belongs in the bullpen
- Carlos Carrasco’s personality for closer
- Can a fan base ever get to know Cody Allen?
- It isn’t brave to be the Yankees. It is brave to spend like the Yankees in Cleveland.
- Hate tweeting and hate watching The Sound of Music Live
- Suffering through “How I met Your Mother”
- The Eric Wedge Seattle Mariner storyline [Read more...]
Browns screw job, hate watching The Sound of Music, Eric Wedge’s Mariners – JONCAST – WFNY Podcast – 2013-12-08
It was a good first year for Terry Francona in Cleveland. Francona guided the Tribe to the playoffs and now he’s been recognized for his success. Francona was named American League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
CLEVELAND, OH – The Baseball Writers Association of America today announced Cleveland Indians Manager TERRY FRANCONA has been selected the American League Manager of the Year, beating out Boston’s John Farrell and Oakland’s Bob Melvin.
In his first season managing Cleveland, Francona led the Indians to a 92-70 (.568) record and a berth in the American League Wild Card game as the Indians became the first Major League team since 1971 to end the season with a 10-game winning streak. The 24-win improvement over 2012 (68-94) matched the largest year-to-year win improvement in the history of the franchise, joining the 1986 Indians. 2013 marked the sixth time Francona has led a club to the postseason and the ninth straight season in which a Francona-managed team has won at least 86 games, the sixth-longest such streak in MLB history.
Today’s award is the first earned by Francona over his 13-year Major League Managerial career and marks just the second time an Indians Manager has been selected, joining ERIC WEDGE in 2007. The BBWAA began voting on the Manager of the Year Award in 1983.
I always wondered if Eric Wedge’s award was more of a snake bite for the team that wouldn’t be able to fire the Mustachioed grinder. I have no such reservations with Terry Francona. This is a great way to cap off the season and kick off the hot stove period. It can’t hurt the Tribe’s chances at following up their breakout first season with Terry Francona at the helm.
Lost in the kerfuffle of the Cleveland Indians allegedly polling season ticket holders about their opinion on Chief Wahoo was the fact that said inquiry was literally one of roughly three dozen questions pertaining fans and how they relate to various aspects of the team. Drowned out by all of the noise and nostalgia surrounding the polarizing mascot was the fact that the team was conducting an exit interview of sorts, gauging fan thoughts on items like concessions, ticket prices, and most importantly, the roster of players who wear Cleveland on the fronts of their uniforms.
We have long discussed how attached fans are to the current roster. Gone are the days of having the same group of guys fill the Indians lineup card season after season; Kenny Lofton isn’t walking through that door, as much as he would probably like to. And while the stark reality of another 455 straight sell-outs continues to loom as an impossibility, the team wants to know how much they—despite still rocking their faded navy blue t-shirts with “BAERGA” on the back—assimilate with guys like Swisher and Kipnis and Bourn and Brantley. They want to know how important it is for the owner to be more out in the open, discussing the team’s direction and their plans for the future. They want to know, in addition to price adjustments at the concession counter and box office, what it would take to get that season-ticket base back up—how can they get you to invest in this team’s future?
Sometimes, sports are tough. A perfect example would be Wednesday’s gut-wrenching 4-0 loss by the Cleveland Indians at home in a one-game do-or-die playoff game. As we wind down the team’s incredible run to a 92-70 record, I felt it was appropriate to recap some of the team’s best tweets over the past few days since that loss. Hope you enjoy and that this makes you even more pumped for 2014.
Thank you fans!! You guys were awesome tonight!
— Mickey Callaway (@mickey_callaway) October 3, 2013
The Tribe’s pitching coach got it all started shortly after the game ended with this quick post. [Read more...]
Following Wednesday’s AL Wild Card loss to Tampa Bay, the WFNY staff was still giddy about the Cleveland Indians’ 2013 season. But, some were already not as optimistic about the picture for 2014. Here’s another look inside the WFNY email thread to see what we were talking about yesterday with regards to the Tribe’s future.
Jacob: From 1995-2012, 58 MLB teams had .600+ records in 1-run games. Of those 58 teams, 44 regressed the following season: 75.9% of teams. In total, those 58 teams regressed by an average of 5.8 wins/162 games the following season.
Sure, that’s probably just regular regression to the mean for good teams anyway, but still notable. I don’t think winning 1-run games is a skill however, unless you have Mariano Rivera. The Indians went 30-17 (.638) in one-run games this season, second in baseball to the Yankees: 30-16 (.652). Both could be prime candidates for 2014 regression. [Read more...]
Last night’s Wild Card playoff was a game this city desperately needed. No, one game is most assuredly not “enough.” No, I’m not satisfied that the Indians peed down their leg with runners on base last night. 1 All the same, last night was a game that this city needed and it was a game that the team needed. As I said yesterday, this city has been doing a lot of bickering and in-fighting over the years since LeBron James left town and took all of Cleveland’s playoff hopes with him. What was left was a lot of self-loathing, bitterness and negativity. 2 It’s been wearing on this city’s fans and filtering to the players too. With those things in mind, I’m elated with the fact that Cleveland got at least one playoff game so the city could explode positively for a night.
It was absolutely electric, except that’s something everyone says. It was more than electric. The pride, excitement, and nearly palpable effort by Clevelanders last night to will their team to victory was everything we all remember as kids growing up with the 90′s Tribe. It was another taste for those of us in this age bracket, but it was even more important for so many people who hadn’t seen it before or were too young to remember. But that’s just the fans. It was also imperative for Cleveland Indians players to see it. [Read more...]
- I’ll leave the real recap work to the experts. [back]
- Some justified and some probably a bit over-the-top. [back]
In case you missed it, we had a chance encounter with Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan yesterday. Given that it’s not every day that I meet a billionaire who happens to own the team which I root for on a nightly basis, I’ve been thinking about it a lot since it happened.
I’d be lying if I didn’t feel a bit strange when we were taking our photo with Paul outside of Progressive Field. I’ve been pretty critical of him and his ownership of the Cleveland Indians. Even as recently as this season, I feel as if I’ve crushed a great portion of the Indians organization. I don’t think I was wrong about many or most of my criticisms, but it still felt a little bit strange to take my picture with the man who had been a subject of many of my critical words for years.
After thinking about it for a while, I’m feeling a lot better, because I know I have always wanted the Indians to do well. I never wanted them to fail so that I could look smarter for being so very critical. And now that they’ve had such a great September and gotten themselves in the hunt, this is when we’re all supposed to get along, right? Isn’t this how these things are supposed to work? [Read more...]
For weeks, when implosion after implosion happened……When the bats couldn’t be colder if they were naked in Alaska….When the bullpen went into their slide….when Corey Kluber got hurt….when Detroit treated them like their personal pinata….when Justin Masterson got hurt….I tried to tell you all, wait until September. Just wait. Big things will happen. Nick Swisher, one of the veteran leaders of this now 92-win bunch, told the media this weekend that his team shouldn’t have to apologize for anything. And he was right.
“As a direct quote to everybody else, no one was complaining about the schedule when we lost 94 games last year,” said Swisher. “That’s enough of that schedule stuff for real. No one was talking about the scheduling when we were playing the Yankees, Boston and Detroit. If everybody feels that way, make it an even schedule. Let everybody play everybody the same amount of times so no one can complain about it.” [Read more...]
Scott Raab on the Browns prospects, Indians playoff run and the end of Tebow – WFNY Podcast – 2013-09-02
As I’ve been doing the last few weeks, I’m passing on writing notes as the podcast goes along so that I can be “in the moment.” So, here’s the email I sent to Scott on Sunday night that sparked the rest of the podcast.
Tebow is cut. Nobody makes a waiver claim. Is the NFL finally free of Tim Tebow? More importantly, we know Bill Belichick is great, but can we stop pretending like he can turn dog poop into gold? He has a track record of finding good players and finding ways to use them to their maximum. He’s never been known for taking non-players and doing anything with them other than cutting them… which is what he did to Tebow yesterday.
Good news! Buster Skrine rose up and won the second cornerback job opposite Joe Haden. Maybe these guys know what they’re doing, but they’ve really left their chins open on this one if Buster get burned early and often this season.
Same with kicker. I got a Facebook message from a friend who went into his fantasy draft and took Shayne Graham because USA Today had him rated as the fifth best fantasy option at kicker. Apparently not so much for the Browns who still don’t have a kicker after having a punter kick field goals in the fourth pre-season game. [Read more...]
I couldn’t get a proper cold cuts conversation out of Brian Spaeth, so I saw an opening with TD and I grabbed it! Also, make sure you let us know what you think of the two songs I put together as potential replacements for our opening sounder.
- The Indians collapse
- Craig tries out two new songs as potential openers for the podcast
- Is it good enough to just contend late in the season?
- Do the Indians have any more free agency options in the bank?
- Dropping the payroll to the bottom of the league in payroll
- Asdrubal Cabrera probably won’t be in Cleveland next year
- Where does the growth come from in Terry Francona’s second year?
- Has Prince Fielder been a problem of a contract?
- Asdrubal Cabrera as cleanup hitter is a joke
- Mark Reynolds had one of the strangest seasons I’ve ever seen in my life
- Lonnie Chisenhall and what he can become or not
- Nick Swisher and how nobody kills him
- Chris Perez’ time in Cleveland is just over [Read more...]
I know, right? Another attendance article about the Cleveland Indians!
I can’t help it. This is what I’m thinking about right now, and I have no choice but to write about the things I’m thinking about. Hopefully this won’t continue a trend of simplistic posts that are focused on singular details. Rather, I wanted to try to continue to build off the excellent work that Jacob did last week talking about the significant “honeymoon” effect of new stadiums. I also wanted to try and point out the fact that attendance can be micro-analyzed from game-to-game and series-to-series, but ultimately in a system that thrives off of season ticket holders and sales of multi-game packages, a true audience appears to be built more year-over-year. And when you really look at the high-level view, it’s easy to see how attendance is driven by looking at annual attendance numbers that don’t get lost in the details.
It’s always a love-fest when I get Les Levine on the podcast. I won’t even apologize for it. We discussed the Indians attendance, the perception of the Dolan family and the latest Browns announcements that came out yesterday.
- When was the last time Les was nervous for a shift on radio?
- Les’ history in the radio business after Ohio State
- Jasper Indiana near French Lick Indiana
- Les’ career playing with the Jasper Red semi-pro baseball club
- Cleveland Indians attendance discussion
- The hatred of the Dolans and whether it’s fair or not
- Mark Shapiro and Chris Antonetti and whether or not they get a fair shake from fans anymore
- Matt LaPorta was a really desirable commodity
- The Cleveland Indians need to make the playoffs
- It’s all about playoff appearances
- Browns tailgating culture and how the Browns are going to attack that
- Happy hour in order to get fans in earlier
- The really “off-the-rails” fans
- The new Browns executives and how they’re not from Cleveland at all
- The drum corps but not the cheerleaders [Read more...]
Scott Raab on the MLB trade deadline, Browns training camp story lines and Sports PR – WFNY Podcast – 2013-07-29
- The pear trees in my yard and the dogs that eat them
- False memory studies in MIT
- Training camp storylines
- Tape recorders vs. audio recorders
- Training camp storylines and how the “summer superlatives” have begun
- The obsessed sports fans and how little was available in the past
- Pat Shurmur’s year-over-year change
- Pierre Garcon thinks the Redskins can be the best offense ever
- Over 4400 Browns fans at Training Camp yesterday
- Chris Antonetti’s sales job to the Cleveland fans
- Lonnie Chisenhall’s performance since being brought back up
Just after the 2012 season ended and the dust had not had a chance to settle, the Cleveland Indians organization was just about at rock bottom. They had reached a crossroads. Manager Manny Acta had been let go. The team was coming off of one of its worst seasons in recent memory. Fan anger was at an all-time high. Trust for the Dolan family ownership group and their trusty lieutenants, President Mark Shapiro and General Manager Chris Antonetti, was at an all-time low. Apathy, which is the worst thing possible, was setting in.
My season ticket group is a prime example. As the season came to a close last year, I had five out of the six people tell me they were done. They just didn’t care anymore and were tired of watching this process unfold.
Things all began to change quickly. Paul Dolan came right out with his full endorsement of Shapiro and Antonetti, which was summarily panned from a fan base tired of hearing about market inequities. But Shappy and Kid Chris played their trump card, which tied them to the organization for the foreseeable future—they leveraged their close relationship with two-time World Series champion Terry Francona into a home run. Tito took the Indians managerial job when nobody thought he would, and he did so because he wanted the opportunity to work with his two friends. I for one was completely stunned. Nevertheless, the hiring of Francona signaled that things were going to be different.
The renaissance of the Cleveland sports fan – Scott Raab on LeBron, Josh Gordon and Jim Thome – WFNY Podcast – 2013-06-24
Scott and I had a conversation over the weekend prior to the podcast in which we decided it was time to see if there’s a greater purpose that we can serve. With all the news of LeBron James, Josh Gordon, Greg Little and Tristan Thompson last week, we decided to discuss whether or not Cleveland fans need to redefine who they are. We’ve lost our way. Our organizations, from owners and players are more temporary than we are and it is time to stop letting everyone else define us. We need to define ourselves.
- LeBron and his legacy is secured now
- Can we let storylines unfold?
- Did this cement the Spurs legacy?
- Do the ends justify the means?
- Magic Johnson and how much butt he kissed of players during the finals
- Philanthropy and who the most generous people in the world are
- The word genius and the senior superlatives
- The quarterly earnings announcements and Apple
- Tax avoidance in corporate life and “branding”
- Josh Gordon and Greg Little hanging with the Heat and “branding”
- Let’s assume that they were down there trying to do business
- Tristan Thompson and Rich Paul hanging out with the Heat
- Cleveland sports fans have lost their way
- Browns fans didn’t lose their identity when the team was left
- We need to define ourselves and who we are as fans as something more than victims
- The fans and their fandom will outlive all the players and owners
- Scott Raab and his conversation with Dwyane Wade
- Cleveland internalizing the worst of their self-image
- Tom Brady and wearing the Yankees cap around Manhattan
- The symbol of Dan Gilbert’s original sin was LeBron’s Yankee cap at Jacob’s Field
- You can’t indict players for their personal relationships or who they want to associate with
- Josh Cribbs using Dan Gilbert’s seats and tweeting about LeBron
- Jim Thome statue is pathetic and it defines Cleveland
- You can’t define your ceiling as Jim Thome
- Devil’s advocate, but aren’t we being too overly sensitive?
- This doesn’t happen in other cities
- Do the owners ever talk to each other?
- The letter that Dan Gilbert wrote was truly great
- Who’s more important to you as a business? Employee or customer?
- Please let us know what you think.
- What can we do? [Read more...]
2013 NBA Draft, LeBron James, Trent Richardson, Asdrubal Cabrera and more with Dennis Manoloff – WFNY Podcast – 2013-06-04
I tracked down Dennis Manoloff to talk about some injuries. That was Asdrubal Cabrera, Trent Richardson and the 2013 NBA draft. That morphed into a conversation at the end about LeBron James, of course.
Asdrubal Cabrera’s injury and just how bad it is
Cabrera’s toughness and wanting to power through the injury
Is the sense of panic lessened by Terry Francona?
Inconsistent offense, a scuffling bullpen and a rotation without an ace
This is a different club than the ones of the last two years
Can the Tribe hang with the Tigers for the whole season?
Baseball isn’t a plug and play statistics league
The rainout and whether or not everyone handled it well
The philosophy of MLB to want to play games at that hour of the morning
Trent Richardson and how much of a concern it is
Richardson has never been healthy as a Cleveland Browns player
Will Norv Turner mitigate the risks of Trent Richardson with utilization of other backs?
Should the Cavs trade the pick or which players are exciting out there?
Ben McLemore and how exciting he is to watch
Being attractive to LeBron James
Setting yourself up with cap space to be a player in 2014 regardless
- LeBron needs to win three rings to set up Cavs return [Read more...]