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Baseball vs Football

Remember that old George Carlin routine?

Well we can add something else to Mr. Carlin’s list. In football, we really don’t care if you cheat. In fact we reward you with accolades. Bill Belicheat was awarded the AP’s Coach of the Year honor today. Now this is hardly surprising, considering the Patriots’ unbeaten regular season, but how is it that a guy who was caught cheating can be named the best at what he does? Yes, I understand that they may have never actually received any benefit from the filming of the Jets’ sideline this year. But are we naive enough to believe this was the first occurrence?

This isn’t the first time a cheater has been rewarded either. Remember Shawne Merriman? Merriman was rewarded the year he tested positive for steroids with an invite to Hawaii, named first team all-pro by the AP, Sports Illustrated, the Sporting News, etc. He finished 3rd in voting for the AP’s DPoY.

Quite a contrast from baseball. In baseball if there is a hint of any type of cheating, whether it be steroids or a corked bat, the media will hunt you down and kill you. That may be a little overboard, but you get the idea. There is a witch hunt in baseball, and maybe even worse are these reporters who wave their hall of fame ballots around like they mean anything. “He won’t get my vote!” Well let me ask you a question- who the heck do you think you are? Why should I care if player x gets ‘your vote’ or not? Continue reading

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Eric Wedge- AL Manager of the Year

I have to admit- I never thought I would type that sentence.

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Over the past year I have been a little critical of the performance of Wedge. This team doesn’t advance runners like they should, and they strike out way too often. In addition, he worked Sabathia and Carmona probably more innings than they should have. The Indians paid for it in the off-season. I hate the way he pulls Hafner in the seventh inning in tight games.

That being said, the Indians finished tied for the best record in baseball. Does that mean he deserves the Manager of the Year? Probably not, but I can’t really say that anyone else deserves it more. Managing a baseball team is a lot different than coaching football or even basketball. Wedge puts the players on the field, and is at the mercy of what they do. He can instruct them, but when that slider comes in it is up to Peralta to lay off the pitch.

So, I will leave the decision as to who deserves the award to the professionals. And say congratulations to Eric for the honor. Here’s hoping he can push the right buttons next year.

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Next opportunity for Red Sox fans to cry comes at 2pm today

Major League Baseball will announce at 2pm today the American League Manager of the Year award. Most of the mainstream media has picked Eric Wedge to win the award over Mike Scioscia of the Angels, Joe Torre, and Terry Francona of the Red Sox. If Wedge wins the award we will of course congratulate him in a later post.

Unfortunately, instead of being able to focus on the individual achievements of the Indians. We are subjected to this. Now of course I didn’t go looking for that, I was led there by our good friends at The Big Lead. That was the only Cy Young story they ran. (Full disclosure- we sent them a link to our article.) In fact not only did they not run an Indian fan perspective, they didn’t mention anywhere that C.C. won the award.

But how about those Red Sox fans? Can’t even acknowledge that someone else might deserve the award over their guy. That is why the rest of the world hates you. Self-serving, pompous, arrogant jerks. Here, this should spoil your lunch.

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It’s Cy Young for CC

Indians starting pitcher CC Sabathia edged out Boston’s Josh Beckett for the American League’s Cy Young Award. Congrats Sabathia!

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It’s official. Sabathia has become the first Indian since 1972 to win the AL Cy Young. (Gaylord Perry was the last Cleveland hurler to take home the prize.) MLB.com did not publish the final tally, but ESPN reports that the Big Lefty won 19 of the 28 first place votes. Beckett indeed finished second, and Lackey finished third, receiving only 1 first place vote.

I speculated earlier in the season that because of Sabathia’s success this year it will be more difficult to keep him in Cleveland. I stand by that appraisal. Hitting the open market with a recent Cy Young Award will mean major bucks. Look at the money being thrown at lesser pitchers recently. There is no reason to believe that C.C. won’t be thrown Barry Zito type dollars. No way that offer is coming from Ontario St.

But instead of focusing on the negative today, let’s take a minute and celebrate a great season for Sabathia. 

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AL Cy Young Announcement at 2 pm…

CC Sabathia, Josh Beckett, or John Lackey…who ya got?

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Keep in mind that the ballots were cast before the playoffs began. Obviously, had the ballots been sent after the playoffs this wouldn’t even be a contest. 14 of 20 ESPN baseball contributors picked C.C. to win. The numbers for each-

C.C. Sabathia- 19 wins (2nd), 3.21 era (5th), 209 strikeouts (5th), 1.14 whip (5th), 241 Innings pitched (1st), 4 complete games (2nd).

Josh Beckett- 20 wins (1st), 3,27 era (6th), 194 strikeouts (7th), 1.14 whip (6th, percentage points behind Sabathia), 200 innings pitched, 1 complete game.

John Lackey- 19 wins (2nd), 3.01 era (1st), 179 strikeouts (11th), 1.21 whip (11th), 224 innings pitched (4th), 2 complete games (2nd).

Do I think Sabathia deserves to win? Yes, as much as either of the other two at least. The most important numbers are very close. What might push the vote toward C.C. is the number of innings he pitched. Ironically, that may have hurt the big guy in the postseason, but should win him the award for the year.

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Indians report- Sizemore honored, trade possibilities?

First thing- Congrats to Grady Sizemore on winning his first ever Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

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Grady makes the routine plays, and every once in a while makes the impossible one. I think he has earned a Gold Glove. There are those in the media (I would link to the Rob Neyer article for ESPN, but it’s an insider piece) who apparently don’t think that Grady does, and they have used his mis-play of a ball in the Boston series as evidence. What a great argument. One time he didn’t get to a ball and make the ‘Gold Glove’ catch. Over the course of the season, Grady makes more of those plays than most other fielders. I’m not going to say that there could be others out there who would be as deserving, but hey, one went our guy’s way. Good job Grady.

Some interesting names coming up in trade rumors. The big name everyone is talking about of course is Miguel Cabrera. Rumors have him involved in trades to the Yankees, White Sox, and Tigers. The Marlins have typically been asking for the moon for their guys (like D-Train Willis) and I suppose it wouldn’t surprise me if he began the season in Florida again.  A more realistic possibility after the jump. Continue reading

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Indians exercise option on Paul Byrd, Shapiro wins executive of the year

ESPN radio is reporting that the Indians have picked up the option on Paul Byrd. Byrd, Jow Borowski and Aaron Fultz all have club options that need to be decided upon this week. I would be surprised if all of those options didn’t get renewed by the Tribe.

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More importantly, congrats are in order for Indians GM Mark Shapiro. At the GM meetings in Florida on Monday, Mark was given the Sporting News Baseball Executive of the Year award. It was his second, having won the award in 2005. We have always been impressed with Shapiro. He has made some gutsy moves in his tenure here. Some have not worked out, but on the whole he has turned the Indians into a winning club again. And he did it by changing the style of the team. Instead of assembling a team of sluggers, he has focused more on pitching. Shapiro knows that in order to win championships you have to have better pitching. Starting with the farm system, Shapiro has focused on pitching and stockpiling young arms. The result- probably the deepest staff in the majors. Continue reading

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