Monday, April 30, 2007
Major League Baseball announced today that the appeal filed by Cleveland Indians Manager Eric Wedge regarding the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, April 28th, was not upheld. The league office gave the following explanation:
“Based on our review of the facts, it has been determined that the home plate umpire was in error when he waved off the run that crossed the plate prior to the third out of the third inning. Further review finds that the Baltimore management team was within their rights to appeal the run to the umpire crew two innings later, that they were not under a time constraint to appeal before the beginning of the next half inning, and that they were within their rights to file a formal protest of the game at any point during the progress of said game. Additionally, the umpires were within their rights to add the run in question on to the scoreboard, despite the fact that it was three innings later in the game.”
The league also reported that they have begun to review prior games where questionable calls or other “arbitrary errors” might have taken place. The following reversal will also affect the Cleveland Indians:
“On Friday, April 6th, during the much publicized snowed-out home opener in Cleveland, a pitch by pitch review of that game found that a member of the Cleveland Indians swung at and made contact with a large baseball sized snow ball instead of an official Major League Baseball. This action caused a run to score and gave an unfair advantage to the Cleveland Indians and altered the sequence of events that followed. Because of this inappropriate rules violation, the game will be forfeited and a score of 5 to 0 in favor of the Seattle Mariners will be lodged. Furthermore, because of this violation, the remaining three other games that could not be played that weekend due to the severe Cleveland weather will also be forfeited and awarded to the Mariners, thus making the scheduling of those make-up games unnecessary. The official scorer will add 4 wins to the Mariners and 4 losses to the Indians immediately.”
Additionally, the outcome of the 1920 World Series will be changed and the championship will be taken from the Cleveland Indians and given to the Brooklyn Robins (who later became the Dodgers). In reviewing pictures on tattered baseball cards and artists’ renderings, it appears that Bill Wambsganss’ foot did not make contact with second base for the second out of the storied World Series triple play in game 5.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
I am not a huge fan of platooning. I would prefer to see the Indians play their 9 best everyday with the exception of a late inning defensive replacement, a lefty-righty pinch hit, or an occasional day off to rest a player. Manager Eric Wedge, however made it very clear early on in spring training that this edition of the Cleveland Indians would be heavily platooned. Let’s examine how Eric’s plan is working;
As of Friday evening, April 27th , the Indians are in the following positions in the American League; ninth in batting average (.247) and last in fielding percentage (.975). The good news is that they reside in first place in the American League Central Division.
Here is how…
Minnesota - 5th (.265)
Cleveland - 9th (.247)
Detroit - 9th (.247)
Chicago - 13th (.229)
Kansas City - 11th (.238)
Cleveland - 5th (.411)
Minnesota - 12th (.385)
Chicago - 13th (.381)
On Base %
Cleveland - 3rd (.345)
Chicago - 6th (.326)
Minnesota - 9th (.322)
Detroit - 10th (.316)
Kansas City - 11th (.313)
Minnesota - 2nd (.987)
Kansas City - 7th (.983)
Cleveland - 14th (.975)
Kansas City - 10th (4.48)
The top 4 teams in the division are all within 2 games of first place. The Indians are capitalizing on making the most of their opportunities, on base and slugging percentages. A closer look shows that, although they have the worst fielding percentage in the entire American League, and they are 9th in batting average, the “platooners” are not the problem. The bulk of the errors are owned by regulars Marte (has since been placed on the disabled list), Barfield, and Peralta. These same players, along with Blake, are all batting under the team average of .247.
So, I will become a disciple of manager Eric Wedge and support him in platooning. He will need to continue to work his platooning magic while he waits for his infield core to jell as a fielding team and begin to hit for average.
All in all, it has been a very exciting start to the season. They have been fun to watch and…There’s no place like first!
Friday night, Manager Eric Wedge gets himself "Platooned" by home plate umpire Bill Miller!
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
“Rick obviously was unaware that his freakin’ microphone was on during this untimely freakin’ remark. Because of this, there will be no freakin’ disciplinary action taken. We will speak with Rick and ask him just what the freak happened and ensure that this will never freakin’ happen again. Of all freakin’ weeks to have this happen, what with Imus and all…Jeeeeesusssss! ”
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
As the Cleveland Indians were forced to take their home stand on the road to Milwaukee this week, it became apparent that their weather problems followed them to Wisconsin. While the Indians were battling the Los Angeles Angels in Miller Park, a foot of snow fell on host city Milwaukee. Because of their winter weather woes, the Indians have decided to switch, rather than fight…or complain. Earlier today, the Cleveland Indians announced that long-time, furry, family-friendly mascot Slider has been given his unconditional release by the team. The Tribe made an offer to Bumble, the abominable snowman who gained his fame performing in the North Pole region since 1964. Yeti, as he has also been know, immediately agreed to terms with the Indians noting that the frequent lake-effect snows that plague the Cleveland area made his decision a no-brainer. “Snow good, me like icy lake, too!” said the bumble. Caught by complete surprise by this move, Slider was visibly shaken. “I don’t know what my next move will be.” Said Slider. “I’m sure I’ll catch on somewhere, there’s always a need for a…hey, are you gonna eat that hot dog?” he added.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
On another note, the Tribe announced today that all fans bringing an aerosol can to the Jake this weekend will be admitted for half price.
Monday, April 9, 2007
The host Cleveland Indians will be supplied with "orange" baseballs for the opening series. In so doing, this will eliminate any confusion on the part of the Mariners as to which large snowflake to swing at. However, if at any time a Seattle player feels that he cannot see the ball, he is to immediately tell the umpire that he is color-blind.
Asked what he thought of the "rule change," current manager Mike Hargrove barked back, "I won't have to worry about that 'cause I ain't gonna make it past the All-Star break this year!"