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Monday, November 07, 2016

OTP 2016 November 7: How baseball bridged the political divide

A World Series game seven for the ages offered some rare relief from the most bitter presidential election in recent memory.
The Chicago Cubs, in carrying off their first title since 1908 when Theodore Roosevelt was president, finally proved that no curse is forever and offered a few moments of hope fulfilled and optimism — two qualities badly lacking from this grimmest of presidential races.

 

Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: November 07, 2016 at 07:24 AM | 4331 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs, cleveland indians, politics, world series

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Posnanski - Give That Man His Roses

There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever what Buck O’Neil would say. Buck dealt with every indignity. He was denied a chance to play or manage in the Major Leagues because of the color of his skin. He knew Doby, played against him, managed against him, worked with him in various roles. He, better than any of us, understands.

And I say with 100% certainty that this is what he would say:

Bring Eddie Robinson to Cleveland. Honor him. Honor the 1948 Cleveland team. Honor history.

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: November 01, 2016 at 12:31 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cleveland indians, world series

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Sullivan - Corey Kluber’s Outing Reflected the Times

I don’t think anyone would’ve hit Corey Kluber on Tuesday. Good pitchers look their best when they constantly execute, and Kluber seemed to make fewer mistakes than normal. He was on top of his game, in other words, so the Cubs shouldn’t get too down on themselves. But in another year, perhaps the inside edge wouldn’t have been so forgiving. Those have always been rule-book strikes. Only more recently have they become more common actual strikes. Corey Kluber just pitched a game of the times. And so he was able to have the time of his life.

Baldrick Posted: October 27, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago cubs, cleveland indians, corey kluber, world series

Monday, September 19, 2016

Trevor Bauer labels beat writer Paul Hoynes a “coward”

Saturday afternoon Carlos Carrasco suffered a fractured finger when his second pitch of the game was lined back up the middle. The injury almost certainly means his season over, a tough break for the pitcher and for the Cleveland Indians, whose starting rotation will also be without All-Star Danny Salazar the rest of the way. Paul Hoynes, Indians beat writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer (and its internet arm, Cleveland.com), tweeted “Sept. 17: Remember the date because that’s when Indians’ postseason dreams ended before they began.” The purpose of the tweet was to send out a link to his recap of the day’s game, which opened with the line, “The Indians won a ballgame Saturday afternoon, but their postseason dreams ended.” If you notice how definitive Hoynes’ choice of words was, you are not alone.

Sunday morning Tribe second baseman Jason Kipnis quote-tweeted Hoynes, adding “The don’t bother showing up the rest of the way… Can write from home if you already know how this one plays out!” As it turns out, Hoynes did stay home on Sunday. He explained later it was a scheduled day off, and I fully believe that, but not everyone in the Tribe clubhouse was interested in explanations. Trevor Bauer, probably the team’s most-active tweeter, and rarely one to sugarcoat what he’s thinking, tweeted, “I noticed @hoynsie wasn’t at the game today doing his job like the rest of us were. To say what he did and then not show up for work? #coward”

cmd600 Posted: September 19, 2016 at 01:41 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cleveland indians, paul hoynes, trevor bauer

 

 

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