July 29, 2014

Randy Lerner, The Browns and the New Business as Usual

Mike Holmgren’s interactions with the media weren’t perfect this year.  He left everyone with some audio that he could regret some day if he was the type of guy to ever truly regret anything.  I don’t get that sense about him, but certain quotes about playoff tickets could haunt a less confident person.  Anyone who knows me well knows that I dwell on things I’ve said that were far less important than that on much smaller stages for excruciating periods of time as if it would do me any good to second-guess the things that come off the top of my brain.  In that respect, I am guessing Randy Lerner is a lot more like I am than he is like Mike Holmgren.

Randy Lerner has turned things around of late and is letting people inside the giant gates that he’s maintained around him since he was pushed into stewardship of the Browns.  We learned from Vince Grzegorek’s amazing profile of Lerner in Cleveland Scene Magazine that Lerner prefers not to be called “owner” of the Browns.  That isn’t the most important thing Lerner says in the must-read profile.  It seems Randy Lerner can learn a very important lesson about the value of letting his guard down and speaking freely. [Read more...]

Discussion of Updating Progressive Field as Attendance Woes Continue

A month into the season, the Cleveland Indians are ranked dead last in average attendance – 30th out of a possible 30 teams with an average attendance of 15,197.  It is startling to see them listed behind clubs such as Oakland, Florida, Pittsburgh, and Washington.  Only Toronto has a lower average percentage of capacity at 30%, with the Tribe  averaging 35% capacity.  The Indians have only played 9 home games so far, tied for the fewest in MLB, and had a fairly decent April, weather-wise, when they were in town.  It is unlikely they will hold in 30th position throughout the season with current figures based on such a small sample size.  In the second game of the season against Texas, however, the Tribe set a single-game attendance record low in the 16 year history of Jacobs/Progressive field with an announced figure of 10,071.  In addition to Cleveland, Toronto, Washington, and Baltimore have also set single-game ballpark record lows.

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Indians Will Honor Jacobs This Season

dick-jacobsI posed the question last week- do the Indians plan on honoring their fallen former owner this season? I thought a uniform patch would be appropriate. It turns out  the Indians have something else in mind. Vince Grzegorek was able to get the Indians to comment on the situation, and here is the plan-

“We plan on honoring Mr. Jacobs in Heritage Park as an inaugural inductee into the Indians Distinguished Hall of Fame, established to honor those non-uniformed personnel who contributed significantly to the fortunes of the franchise,” DiBiasio said in an e-mail. “Induction ceremonies will be August 1. Mr. Jacobs was aware of this honor.”

So, in other words, not any more than they already had planned to do. Vince thinks the Indians should rename the park for a day, as a tribute. I think memorial patches are a tradition in baseball.If you were already planning to induct Mr. Jacobs into your hall of fame, then his passing should be marked with a different tribute. In a season where everything seems to be going wrong, why not do something right?