Archive | October 2013

Kyrie Irving and the Injury Prone Label

Originally posted to theclevelandfan.com on October 24, 2013

The injury prone label is one of the most dubious honors that can be bestowed on a player. All it takes is for a guy to suffer a few ill-timed injuries before fans quickly slap the injury prone label on him. And once a guy is perceived as injury prone, it’s a monumental task to reverse that perception. Read More…

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Why the Tribe Should Hold On to Asdrubal Cabrera For 2014

Originally posted to theclevelandfan.com on October 21, 2013

This has been one of my favorite MLB postseasons to watch in recent memory. The four LCS teams (Dodgers, Cardinals, Red Sox, and Tigers) all boast impressive combinations of talented lineups, deep starting rotations, and shutdown bullpens. But, as always, I’m viewing the playoffs through my Tribe-colored glasses, and the one conclusion I keep coming back to regarding my favorite team is this: The four LCS teams are significantly more talented than the Tribe. Read More…

MLB: Making the Argument for Clutch Performers

Originally posted to theclevelandfan.com on October 17, 2013

Over the past decade, and really dating back to the early days of The Bill James Baseball Abstracts, baseball analysts have done an excellent job of systemically eliminating traditional narratives from baseball discourse. People are beginning to understand that things like pitcher wins, batting average, and errors are poor ways to judge player performance.   The mystique of the “proven closer” and the sacrifice bunt is slowly fading. Nowadays, fans are more skeptical of the traditional, and statistically unproven, baseball tropes that have been propagated as baseball’s holy doctrine for over a century. Read More…

MLB: Wild Cards and Replay Review

Originally posted to theclevelandfan.com on October 8, 2013

As a Cleveland Indians fan, the outcome of the Tribe’s AL Wild Card elimination game against the Rays was obviously disappointing. But as disappointing as the game itself was, it doesn’t change how electric the atmosphere was at Progressive Field until the inevitable Delmon Young home run (why does anyone even pitch to that guy?). As I was sitting on my couch watching the panning shots of the raucous Cleveland crowd, I could only think of one thing… Read More…

Brian Hoyer and Keanu Reeves

Originally posted to theclevelandfan.com on October 2, 2013

Take a second to list all of the “elite” quarterbacks in the NFL, however you define elite. Here’s my list, in no particular order: Read More…