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Good thing the Indians were healthy. Imagine how bad they would have been with injuries to key players.
People were surprised when Buck Showalter took the Orioles' job too. He has succeeded.
Look, the Indians job is a no lose situation. If he wins there, he writes his ticket to Cooperstown.
Is the defense of Acta because he's "analytical" oriented? He's been a big loser wherever he has been. Bringing in someone who expects to win will make a difference with the Tribe.
Absolutely, geez, Cano got booed, so what? Now Selig talks about expanding the Derby. Next he'll give everyone participation trophies.
These guys are men. I wonder if there would have been an outcry if someone from the Astros or Marlins would've been booed.
Boo a Yankee? Oh, the horrors!
Why is anybody surprised? Listening to Valentine on Sunday night baseball, you'd think he was there when the game was invented.
Also, I seem to recall Omar Vizquel making a similar play to Jeter's in the 2001 playoff series against Seattle. Does anyone else remember that?
Bob Crane? Classic!
Drawbb is right. As the Yankees get older, MLB wants to sell a post-season that includes NY and BOS. Leave the playoffs alone, remember they play 162 games in the regular season. The teams that get there earn it.
Selig needs to promote his sport of baseball, and not try to be football or basketball. The overreaction comes from no real race in the AL for the last two weeks. Usually, there's a race of some sort.
The problem with the AL is that really only two or three spots are up for grabs because of the Yankees and Red Sox.
No way I would give Peralta anywhere near $5 million, and if I wouldn't the Indians certainly won't.
Inge decided to stay with the Tigers on a 2-year deal. What about Cord Phelps as an option? Or if Kipnis is the heir apparent at 2B, moving Donald there.
The fear is that the organization is trying to convince itself that Nix can be the guy, despite overwhelming evidence he can't be.
Typical Shapiro spinning...instead of giving us the economic rhetoric, why not take responsibility for the awful drafts this team has had since 2000. Other teams in small markets compete, find a solution, not more excuses.
Please, please, let the surprise team be the Indians.
Did anyone notice how Halladay's agent was never mentioned? Halladay basically dictated where he wanted to play and he took less money to get where he wanted to go.
Sabathia's contract is bloated because he didn't want to go to New York initially. Their original offer was more than anyone else offered (reportedly) and he turned it down, because he wanted to play on the West Coast.
Maybe more players should go where they want instead of where their agent and the MLBPA wants them to go.
This is just one more reason that Selig needs to be ousted as Commissioner. Selig wants the committee to rubber stamp his ideals.
Why not Peter Gammons and Bill James on this committee?
I figured when I heard this that Gammons would go to MLB Network. That's where he belongs now. ESPN is only interested in "analysts" that make outrageous statements.
Gammons probably got tired of hearing guys like Vina, Eduardo Perez, and Eric Young providing insights on the game.
Joe: You've mentionned Vlad and Thome in relation to the Indians. What about Hafner? Do you think he's done? Unless the Tribe sheds his salary, they aren't signing either guy.
Also, what about Crisp coming back to Cleveland. He could fit in LF, no?
That was before cable networks, etc. I'm pretty sure the difference between the highest payroll and the lowest wasn't $150 million like it is now.
The Tribe's payroll was around $80 million going into the year, one of the highest in team history. That figure is about what the Yankees pay A-Rod, Jeter, Teixeira, and Sabathia (only one of whom was developed by New York).
The problem is most teams can't possibly spend the amount New York and Boston can even if they wanted to. The Indians, Brewers, and Royals don't have the revenue streams the big market teams have.
That's the problem.
Yes, free agency has been around since the 70's, but the disparity has gotten worse. Just 20 years ago, the dominant teams in baseball were Pittsburgh, Oakland, Toronto, Minnesota, Cincinnati. Outside of the Twins, where are those teams now.
Today, it's a shock when the Yankees and Red Sox do not make the playoffs. Besides signing free agents, they get to keep their homegrown players, an option smaller market teams don't have.
Would the Indians have won a title if they had the resources to keep Sabathia and Lee, not to mention Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome, two future Hall of Famers?
The Yankees aren't doing anything illegal, but the playing field is far from level, and it's getting steeper by the year.
Always like to read about Yankee success. It's nice when you can rebuild by signing a 20 game winner and a 40 HR guy. That's what every other MLB team does.
Will: I think Shin-Soo Choo had Tommy John surgery last year, or maybe late in 2007.
The problem with A-Rod is his story. It\'s obvious he\'s not telling the truth. There are more holes in his story than swiss cheese. I think that\'s the uproar at this point. It\'s not a steroids issue now, it\'s an honesty issue.
Blake back to the Tribe...NOOOOOOOOOO!
Jay: Mesa wasn\'t pitching for the Tribe in 2001. The closer was Bob Wickman.