Was Sandy Alomar Jr. overrated or underrated? Depends on who you ask.

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Every fan base has a special few players who are held in higher regard than their overall career statistical output might indicate. The shift to harsh quantitative analysis has led to many of these players being “outed” to disprove the former qualitative thoughts of value. Of course, what often is dismissed in these debates is that the

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“Wait, That Guy Was an All-Star?”

unlike Cleveland Indians all-stars

For the 23rd time in franchise history and the eighth time in the past 13 years, the Cleveland Indians will have but one solitary (mandatory) representative in Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game. And while we could certainly make an argument that Jason Kipnis deserves some company at the Midsummer Classic down in Cincinnati, we’ve also long

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Acta Joins Alomar on Blue Jays’ Manager Candidate List

According to the Toronto Sun (with a hat tip to Paul Hoynes) the candidates to replace John Farrell as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays include Sandy Alomar Jr. and Manny Acta- “And Manny Acta, who managed both the Washington Nationals and the Cleveland Indians, and also coached in Montreal. Acta was also in Washington

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Sarbaugh Interviews for Job; Steve Smith and Bruce Fields Will Not Return

Paul Hoynes, the Plain Dealer’s long-time Cleveland Indians scribe, snuck some coaching staff details in his post about Matt LaPorta’s hip surgery on Friday. Here’s the latest on the staff unfolding alongside Terry Francona, Sandy Alomar and likely Brad Mills: GM Chris Antonetti and manager Terry Francona are still interviewing candidates for the coaching staff.

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While We’re Waiting … NBA Flopping Rules, Varejao’s Trade Value, A Browns Super Bowl Upset


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. Who said Andy flops?! I didn’t … Maybe: “The NBA has new guidelines to outlaw flopping, and Cavaliers coach Byron Scott doesn’t seem to

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Perez Speaks, Perez Implodes, Pronk Slams, Donald Wins It In The 12th

Jason Donald

The Indians had just two games left entering last night’s tilt. You know how on those day games before a team hits the road for a long trip, they usually swing the bats as if they can’t wait to get out of town? Well both the Indians and the White Sox spent last night playing

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While We’re Waiting … Belichick’s Browns, Tyler Zeller’s Blog, Indians as Next Orioles?


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. A quick preview of tonight’s NFL Films show: “In 2011, NFL Films launched its remarkable A Football Life series with a two-part study of

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Jim Duquette: It’s Francona’s Job to Lose

The MLB season ends Wednesday. Sandy Alomar, former Indians All-Star and interim manager, is scheduled to interview for the Cleveland full-time job on Thursday. Then, on Friday, the biggest name in managing free agency will momentarily leave his cushy ESPN position to interview for the Tribe job. Terry Francona, also a former Indian and two-time

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While We’re Waiting … Dion Waiters Time, Close Browns Losses, Francona’s Fit with Tribe


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. Five key question about the Cavs heading into training camp, beginning with the rookie from Syracuse: “1. How will Dion Waiters fit? Waiters was

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WFNY Podcast – 2012-09-19 – Craig and TD talk Tribe and Browns


Pay no attention to the opening comment that I haven’t done a podcast opener sound clip yet. I threw one together very quickly. It will work as a placeholder for now until and unless I come up with something better. It was good to get TD in to talk a bit. TD is never at

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Comparing Manny Acta to Colt McCoy

Manny Acta is a great guy, but is he good enough to not consider his replacement?

The Cleveland Indians are a disaster. Whenever a team im/explodes this much it is difficult to figure out who to blame other than everyone. That seems to be the case. Mark Shapiro and Chris Antonetti are getting plenty of the blame for names like Ubaldo, Hafner, and Sizemore. The sale of the Cleveland Browns has

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Will We Ever See Sandy Alomar Jr, Bench Coach?

When former Tribe catcher and current first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. was promoted to bench coach after last season, everyone in Cleveland was excited. Shortly after that announcement was made, Sandy became a candidate for the Chicago White Sox managerial opening. When out of nowhere, Robin Ventura was hired with zero coaching experience, it

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Indians Announce Jim Thome Statue to be Built in Center Field Heritage Park

As I noted earlier, last night was a amazing evening at Progressive Field.  What happened on the field was magical, but it was already a special night before the game even started. On Jim Thome Night, the Indians brought back some of Gentleman Jim’s old teammates.  Mike Hargrove, Sandy Alomar, Carlos Baerga, Paul Sorrento, and

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Tribe Adds Mike Hargrove as “Special Advisor,” Chief Nostalgia Officer

Select fans have been clamoring for Omar Vizquel, Jim Thome or even Manny Ramirez to have another run as a member of the Cleveland Indians.  While the Indians front office won’t be committing player dollars to any of the aforementioned, they were willing to harness a little nostalgia today with the addition of Mike Hargrove

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Former Indians Alomar, Blyleven Enter MLB Hall of Fame

In baseball news from earlier in the week, former Cleveland Indians stars Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven earned enough votes for entry into the MLB Hall of Fame. Both earned the required votes for the hall despite very different track records of success over the years with the Baseball Writers Association of America. Despite their 

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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

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Manny Acta’s Stock Price Up Slightly

I don’t know who the Indians could have hired this off-season that would have excited the Tribe faithful.  Many thought Bobby Valentine was the right hire.  Some of the nostalgic types were in favor of getting Mike Hargrove back in here.  It isn’t like hiring Hargrove would have brought back a young Manny Ramirez, Jim

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Could Fausto Carmona be Back?

Sometimes it is hard to remember that Fausto Carmona isn’t quite yet 27 years old.  It is hard to remember because it is so easy to give up on him after the last two years.  Two years of ineffective pitching is an eternity for stats-obsessed baseball fans.  Between injuries and some mental blocks, it has

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100 Wins for the Tribe

100 wins. One-hundred wins. I repeat it so I don’t forget it. I swear, for a person who was born in 1979 and started watching baseball for real in 1986, one-hundred wins never seemed like a remote possibility in Cleveland. Just three years after I started watching professional baseball as a youngster, I learned a

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Junior Achievement Auction – Cleveland Sports Stuff

I have been involved with Junior Achievement for a little while now.  They do programs in the schools on a volunteer basis to help teach kids about elementary business and economics.  The JA volunteers are usually local business people who go out and teach classes once a week over the course of a few weeks.

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