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Ockus_NYC

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ESPN article in BloombergBusinessweek

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There's no need to spend a whole lot of time talking about ESPN, again, but I know there are strong opinions, here and I wanted to share this well-reported business story about the vaunted Worldwide Leader.

Paul Dolan Speaks...

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...and says very little. He anticipates next year's payroll to be about the same as this year's, Antonetti's performance shouldn't be judged on this year alone, the club had budgeted for a loss this season and even though it'll now be bigger than they expected, they "can handle it." That's about it.

Perez sounds off again.

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Will be curious to see if he gets a standing O this time around. In today's NY Times he goes at the heart of Cleveland fan interest: The blind support of the Browns and the lingering infatuation with LeBron: "Their whole thing is, ‘We want a winner.’ Well, why do you support the Browns? They don’t win. They’ve never won. They left. You guys blindly support them. I don’t understand it. It’s a double standard, and I don’t know why. and "I don’t get the psyche," said Perez, who grew up in Florida. "Why cheer against a guy that’s not even in your city anymore? Just to see him fail? Does that make you feel good? I could see if the Cavs were in the championship, but that’s their mentality.

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Baseball in Czech Republic, a Tribe Fan's Account

I don't know if this will generate any real interest or not, and I'm not sure if this is FanPost or FanShot material, but I wanted to share a piece of my work with you guys. I don't post on here...

Pluto drops a BABIP-bomb

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Doesn't exactly nail it, but at least it's a start. When he does hit the ball, it's not with the same authority. There's a stat called BABIP (Batting Average Balls In Play). It's what you hit when you hit a fair ball. For Choo, his number from 2008 to '10 was .357. This season, it's .298 -- an indication he's simply not hitting the ball with the same authority.

Tigers blog to Indians: Drop Dead

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The folks over at SBN's "Bless You Boys" don't think the Tribe will hang around. And seem to have beer goggles regarding some of their team's own flaws. The very last sentence of the entire piece, though, is the clincher. Enjoy.

Garko Going To Korea

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Somehow, this is Cheapiro's fault. Fire Wedge!

Omar Vizquel: Last Man Standing (From the 80s)

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I don't know why, but I'm surprised there aren't more 80s players left in MLB. Maybe it's because I have yet to come to grips with my own age. I still have the Topps card shown in the story, btw.

Who are we gonna read now? Ocker?

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Well, this was bound to happen sooner or later. Congrats to Castro. He deserves it.

Thank you, Onion, for striking yet again

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For anyone who hasn't had a chance to catch this one yet. The Onion nails the nation's probable lack of interest in this year's series.

Peralta's ringing endorsement from the Detroit media

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This piece is actually less about Peralta and more about Dombrowski's strategy in the wake of their recent spate of injuries. But after all of the (somewhat) fond reminiscing of "Good Jhonny," this passage stood out as a symbol of ... I don't know. How far he's fallen? What might have been? Good riddance? The thing is, it's actually meant as a positive. Any way you slice it, ouch. And they at least got a stop-gap player, who has seen seven years of big-league pitching, and who can swing a bat, and most times, hit the ball somewhere.

Acta: Brantley will continue to lead off.

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Ocker, surprisingly, is out in front on something. Cabrera, who led off before suffering a fractured forearm, will hit second, behind Michael Brantley; Choo (sprained thumb) will return to the third spot; and Carlos Santana, who has been batting third, will move down a notch and hit cleanup. There's some other stuff about being unsure what to do with Donald/Nix, too.

Can we reach 1,000 on a post about Adam Kennedy?

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Snip from the SF Chronicle. I checked in with another of the A's remaining unsigned free agents, infielder Adam Kennedy, today, and he said that he's still talking to Cleveland and Washinghton, but it seems as everything is on hold until Orlando Hudson decides where he's going. "Something should happen once he figures it out," Kennedy said.

K-Law Has Tribe at 4th in 2010 org rankings

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I believe this might be "Insider" content. If so, there's nothing really new: Good stable of future solid, if unspectacular, major leaguers with the exception of Santana and Chisenhall, whom he describes as "impact prospects." like I said, nothing new, but at least he doesn't talk about which San Diego restaurant has the best foie gras. For what it's worth:: Royals #9, Twins #13, Tigers #17, Chicago # deadlast.

Tigers Have "Made Contact" With Johnny Damon

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What am I missing here? Won't he come more expensive and (if they're smart) for way fewer years than they had Granderson for? Are they failing on their New Year's resolution to get younger and cheaper with more payroll flexibility already? This seems like another Sheffield-type situation. We've heard of him, he's not cheap...let's get him!

ESPN.com Top GM Poll: $$$ Means "Best"

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You'll have to fill in your top five (at the minimum) to view the results. Shapiro sits atop the lower third.

You hear that Robbie Alomar? Bill Livingston Has Spoken

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He trots out some unbelievably flawed logic to support his not voting for Robbie Alomar as a first ballot HOFer. The highlight: Even Mark Shapiro agrees he was a jerk and traded him as his first order of business as GM, ushering into Cleveland the "character guy" era.

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