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Where Did the Indians Go Wrong?
Category: MLB
Tags: MLB Cleveland Indians Cliff Lee Carlos Carrasco Jason Donald Lou Marson Jason Knapp Trades


I was talking with my Dad today about the Cleveland Indians...As a lifelong Clevelander, he's a huge Tribe fan...He taught me all about Baseball, and I'm now trying to pass that on to my son...One thing the boy and I are going to have to talk about, is not making stupid trades...I love the Tribe, but they have made some bone-head moves over the last 5 years or so...

Today my Dad and I were talking about the Cliff Lee deal...It wasn't actually where it all went wrong...The C.C. Sabathia trade may have got it all rolling...We'll get to that one another day...

The Indians still had another year on Lee's contract, when they had decided to trade the Cy Young winner in 2009...To me, it was way too soon to pull the trigger, especially since they had another year...But GM Mark Shapiro thought†that he was getting a major haul...But really, as he has before, he got pushed around in the deal...He wanted top pitching prospect Kyle Drabek, and outfielder Domonic Brown...The Phillies said no, no, no, no!

After some haggling, The Indians landed three AAA players...SS Jason Donald, C Lou Marson, and SP Carlos Carrasco...And a 19 year old Rookie Ball pitcher named Jason Knapp...

Carrasco was pretty much major league ready...In his first year he looked like a†young†stud, and was one of the most consistent arms on the staff...Then elbow issues slowed him down...Surgery has followed, and the Tribe will be without for all of this year...

Jason Donald, has become a good glove, light hitting utility infielder...This Spring he's also working in Center and†Left field as the Indians try to find their every day man in Left since Michael Brantley has moved to center after another Grady Sizemore injury...

Then there is Lou Marson...Boy did they really try to sell what a solid defensive Catcher Marson is...This was partly because they were also moving Catcher Victor Martinez, who also still had another year on his contract...(another day for that trade as well)...Sadly, while Marson may have a good relationship with pitchers, he also was good at letting balls go right past him, and through his legs...There are still people who say he's really good defensively...They're blind! He's a†below†average Catcher, who can't hit righties even if his life depended on it...

Then there was Jason Knapp...When the Indians acquired Knapp, the hard throwing 19 year old, had already had a shoulder surgery...NOT A GOOD SIGN! Since he's been with the Indians organization, he's had two more shoulder surgeries...I'm guessing he'll never make the majors...

So let's recap...Cy Young winning, All-Star, Work-horse, Left-handed, pitching stud Cliff Lee was traded for a stiff Catcher, a utility fielder, a good pitcher with a bad elbow, and pitcher who has seen the operating room more then the baseball field...Phillies win...

I'm not saying the outlook would have been better if the Tribe got Drabek and/or Brown...Brown has had a couple looks with the Phillies, but is still in AAA, and Drabek was traded to Toronto for Roy Halladay, and has been up and down so far...But the Indians may have done better had they waited, and talked to more teams...

On a side note...The Indians acquired Cliff Lee when they Traded Bartolo Colon to Montreal...The Primary pieces in that trade were Brandon Phillips, and Grady Sizemore...Lee was a throw in...Funny how these Baseball trades work out.

Later, the Beeze.

3rd Stones Plaque/tree Tribute in Maryland
Category: User Showcase
Tags: 3rd Stone

Hi Folks,

Ark Razor†of†TSBN†& the Gab has†generously†gone ahead and†ordered a tree and plaque to placed in City Hall†Park in Gaithersburg Maryland, just up the street†from his house.†Now that the order has been placed†we'd like to ask if any of you would be interested in donating†to this†fundraiser to help pay the†costs for the†plaque and tree.†If there are any funds leftover we'll be forwarding them to the family.†

I've been in†contact with†Jud's daughter†Sasha who is serving our†country in the†Air Force at Langley AFB.†She has been very grateful for the outpouring of support from all of us†who have honored her dad and looks forward to returning home†once the†tree is planted.†I had sent her the proof of the plaque and she loved it.

Between the Gab and our friends at†TSBN we feel we can easily come up with the†$350 for the cost of the tree and plaque. If you'd like to donate to†help defray the†costs you†can use the Pay Pal†account I set†up below.

I'd like to†thank you all in advance†for helping†us all remember our friend 3rd Stone.†

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Five Minute Frags - The Curious Case of Dontrelle Willis
Category: FEATURED
Tags: MLB Dontrelle Willis Florida Marlins Baltimore Orioles Cincinnati Reds Detroit Tigers

Pitching is a finicky profession.† When you are in a groove, everything just seems to fall into place. However, when the magic dries up and the funk sets in, things can unravel quickly.

Such has been the case with Dontrelle Willis.

It seems like only yesterday that Willis was bursting onto the scene with the Florida Marlins in 2003 and captured the attention of baseball fans across the country. Dubbed ďThe D-TrainĒ, Willis would go 14-6 with a 3.30 ERA and 142 strike-outs on his way to winning the Rookie of the Year award and making his first All-Star game appearance. He would follow that up by going 10-11 with a 4.02 ERA in 2004.

Still, Willis would have his biggest impact when he burst out of the gate in 2005 and became the first, and only, Marlins pitcher to ever win 20 games in a single season, posting a league leading 22-10 record with a 2.63 ERA and 5 shut-outs. While his efforts were stellar, and we would garner his second All-Star game appearance, Willis would finish second in the Cy Young voting to Chris Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals who went 21-8 with a 2.83 ERA and 213 strike-outs.

On top of the pitching world, no one could have predicted that Willis would never again post a winning season in the majors.

Willis would follow-up his Cy Young push by going 12-12 in 2006, but watched his ERA balloon from 2.63 to 3.87. More importantly, his walk total jumped from a solid 55 to 83 and hits per nine inning from 8.1 to 9.4. 2007 would see a similar increase in all three departments, with the ERA moving to 5.17, the walks to 87, and the hits per nine jumping to a staggering 10.6.

The struggles encouraged the Marlins to include Willis in the trade that sent Miguel Cabrera to the Detroit Tigers, but the move didnít fix the issues and Willis continued to struggle. Since 2008, Dontrelle Willis has now pitched in six different organizations (Detroit, Arizona, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and now Baltimore), but has won just five games combined during the last four seasons.

So what ever happened to make the D-Train jump track? Perhaps it was the hurky-jerky motion that scout and analysts always said he wouldnít be able to maintain. Perhaps, at 23-years-old, success just came too early and too easily for the youngster to deal with the weight of loftier expectations.

So instead of being in the middle of his prime and pitching as one of the best lefties in the game, Willis is now with his second team of the spring, having been released by the Phillies last week and recently signed by the Orioles. Instead of being an accomplished starter, Willis is trying to reinvent himself as a reliever with the hope of figuring it all out again and regaining the confidence and swagger he used to portray.

Still, at 30-years-old, Dontrelle Willis hasnít quite reached the end. He still has the time to catch that lightning in a bottle once again. But to do so, Willis must realize that his chances are running out and he needs to take advantage of this opportunity with Baltimore and run with it. No more anxiety excuses, no more stops and starts. Just one day after another to the mound and hope that it all clicks.

Because the next stop for the D-Train is retirement.

Other Fragments:

-††††††††† Baseball fans, specifically the ones in Cleveland, will want to keep an eye on Ubaldo Jimenez in 2012. Jimenez followed up a spectacular 2010 season with a dud in 2011, and ultimately found himself shipped out of Colorado. While the jury is still out on what to expect from the former stud, at 28-years-old Jimenez may be close to the same boat that Willis found himself in. Another rotten egg in 2012 may be the start of the downward spiral.

-††††††††† Chipper Jones has decided that 2012 will be his last. The future Hall-of-Famer (and I have no problem saying that) will retire after the season, his 18th in a Braves uniform. Jones, while having excellent statistics, especially for a switch-hitter, will always make people wonder if he could have been better had injuries not robbed him of significant time in 2005, 2006, and 2010. Still, it was his style of play that took a beating on his body, and no one will ever fault him for leaving it all out on the field.

-††††††††† The Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners have each flown to Japan to begin their tour of the country and get ready for the season opener in six days. It is hard for me to understand how we can no longer justify opening the season in Cincinnati where it all began, but we can kick off the year for Americaís Pasttime overseas.

Peyton, Payton, and Peyton Place...
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL Roger Goodell Peyton Manning Tim Tebow Rex Ryan Denver Broncos Sean Peyton New Orleans Saints New York Jets

In the last episode...

Of our continuing saga...

A particular quarterback...

Was separated from the love of his life...

And headed toward a new relationship...

And...

A particular head coach...

Was making plans...

To lead his team to the promised land...

In their home city...

On a Super Day...

Next February...

And...

Another particular head coach...

Was promising the world...

To everyone who would listen...

But laid an egg instead...

Yes, ladies and gentlemen...

Welcome to...

Peyton...

Payton...

and Peyton Place...

An NFL Production...

You see...

All the other sports have shut down this week...

No March Madness...

No NBA regular season...

No hockey...

No baseball spring training...

Because...

All have been pre-empted by Americaís only sport...

Professional footboll...

A tear falls...

As Peyton Manning and the Colts part ways...

Many suitors come to the table...

Including a team...

That already has a Hall of Fame quarterback...

Tim Tebow...

What???

Shun The Chosen One for a mere mortal???

How can it be???

But, yes...

It did happen, didnít it???

And just as the ink dries...

The Grand Poobah of the NFL....

Roger the Codger...

Wields his hammer...

And captures his own bounty...

Striking many blows...

Including a one year knockout...

To New Orleans coach...

Sean Payton...

With others left strewn...

All over the place...

Including a dream of playing in the Super Bowl...

This coming year...

On home turf...

NOT!!!†

Leaving one to question...

Whoís gonna be the Interim Head Coach???

Dog???

And also...

Nearly simultaneously...

The Broncos send The Chosen One to the Big Apple...

To The Zoo York Jets...

A soap opera in its own right...

To film the latest version of...

The Odd Couple...

Rex Ryan and Tim Tebow...

Lord knows...

Who-da thunk that???

And so...

The soap opera continues...

Next week...

When...

To the chagrin of many...

An old friend returns...

Passing footballs in his Wrangler jeans...

Upstaging this weekís principals...

While hogging air time...

On the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network...

And proclaiming...

That he may indeed return...

For the umpteenth time...

And just when you think it wonít happen...

It probably will...

Because this is the NFL...

Americaís Reality TV Landlord...

In reality...

We are just its tenants...

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Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL Kids.

I was going to talk about baseball as we are getting close and all that good stuff. But the NFL was King of the Hill on Wednesday. We had a lot of Saints well basically losing their Sainthood as the Pope of the NFL basically kicked their butts with a 500, 000 dollar fine, Suspensions of †Sean Peyton for a year. GM Mickey Loomis for 8 games. Assistant head Coach Joe Vitt got 6 games and †of course Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams has been suspended indefinetly. Plus they loose their 2nd round draft choice for 2012 and 2013.

The penalty laid down are harsh but this was about two things hurting other players and ignoring the warning. They were warned three years ago . Before we compare Spygate. The Patriots were warned and got penalized for †ignoring the warning as well. The difference here was the Patriots was doing what everybody else was but didnít stop when it was time while trying to gain an edge. The Saints were simply trying to hurt people for cash. So yeah the Saints deserve what they got. Itís violent game and there doesnít need to be an extra influence on hurt.

Peyton found his Place in Denver. Tim Tebow is a Jet. Can I say as a patriot Fan Iím just loving this. I would guess the Jets want Tebow to kind of push Sanchez. Tebow may not be a great NFL Quarterback but the kid is a hard worker. Sanchez is probably not a great NFL Quarterback nor as reports say not a hard worker either. I canít wait for Fireman Ed to start chanting Tebow every time Sanchez struggles a little. I canít wait to here Santonio Holmes complain after Tebow goes 2 for 18. I canít wait to here those Jets fans screaming for Tebow when Sanchez goes back then in the next breath screaming for Sanchez when Tebow goes bad. Will rex have to attend prayer group with tebow? Who was the moron at the Jets that missed that little 5†million dollar trade clause that almost killed the deal. Iím eating this stuff up.

Can I say I admire Peyton but why is he getting a retired Number. Do you think Elway would have let him have #7 as somebody in the media said. Good for the 84 year old Frank Trupucka for allowing Peyton to have his number of course old Frank is having a slight bout with Alzheimerís. Come on Peyton , Iím glad your career will continue but take I donít know how about #15. Do you think the Colts will give out #18 to Andrew Luck. Or After your playing days to some hot stud.Then again the Colts moved in the middle of the night didnít they.

We got a pretty bad scare last week with one of our kids. My very athletic live for Sports 12 year old. Couldnít get out bad with stomach problems and tiredness. He ended up missing a week and half of school a lacrosse Clinic a baseball clinic . He did make his baseball tryout. We bring him to the doctor nd she starts testing for all kinds of stuff. Then she says he needs to see a†Cardiologist we are thinking heart problems maybe some form of cancer(with the other tests) , Turns out iyt it was a nasty virus. The Mrs and I were on edge for a few days. He is getting back to normal this week.

The littlest Lanz had 3 hours of Hockey tryouts this week an hour Saturday and two hours last night. They put the kids through all kids of skating and stickhandling drills shooting and passing. Last night the first hour was all drills than they broke up about 50 something kids into two teams with 4 goalies alternating in and out. After the drill session the League President comes up to me. Takes me aside and Iím thinking were is this going. (should my kid not be here.) He says If anybody hasnít told you this your son is a great kid.kid. Now Iím bit puzzled. He says there a kid who is just starting out and barely can skate. Your son says to him skate with me and you Ďll be jut fine. (This was my sons first year of organized hockey but his skating has improved dramatically from October to now.) The league President was very moved by this and it was this is the kind of kid we want in the program .† The story gets better so my son skates a shift with this kid that can barely skate. They score a goal and the kids start banging the blades of there sticks on the Ice after it. So the boy who couldnít skate wasnít sure what to do my son looked at him as he was banging his stick and the kid starts banging his as well. It was just a proud parent moment. Hey a Hockey Rink isnít a bad place to be on an 84 degree March day

Hoops , we have the NCAAís here in Boston on Thursday and Saturday. Syracuse and Wisconsin then the Battle of the Buckeye State Ohio State vs. Cinncinati no better place to have it then right here in Beantown. Practice was free admission today from 12-4 . You would get to see all4 times practice. My plan was to go to meeting yesterday a few blocks from the Garden then sneak over and catch some practice of these teams. Unfortunately , I got tied up into a second meeting with the Boss so I never got there. I missed nice opportunity but thatís how the old ball bounces.

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