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Cleveland Indians: Why Jason Kipnis Will Be a Breakout Star in 2011 (1.24.11)

With all of the attention put on the search for a third baseman, the Cleveland Indians might have just as much of a problem at second base this year.

Maybe the hole that is second base is being forgotten because some of the candidates for the third base job (Jayson Nix, Luis Valbuena) are originally second basemen. This compounds the problem, though. Nix and Valbuena probably should not be starters at either position.

The only other candidate currently officially in the mix is Jason Donald. While he is a good player with a 94 OPS+ and 0.8 wins above replacement in 88 games last year, the Indians don’t seem to be married to starting him.

Instead of hoping that one of these three players suddenly establishes themselves, the Indians should see what Jason Kipnis can do with the job. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, January 24, 2011

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Cleveland Indians: 10 Bold Predictions For The 2011 Season (1.19.11)

It’s been a long, hard winter for Cleveland sports fans, but with the coming of spring comes hope. Despite a poor outlook for the 2011 team, the MLB season is a long one. No team is eliminated before July, and any team can get hot at any point.

For cynical Tribe fans, there’s no way that this is our year. It’s far too early for cynicism now, though. Now is the time for optimism.

With spring training fast approaching, now is the time to hope that things will be different this year, things will finally break our way, and that this is our year. With that, here are 10 bold predictions for the 2011 Cleveland Indians.

(Please note, that these are BOLD predictions, not a season outlook. I’ve set my sights very high on this, and I’ll be lucky if even one of these predictions come to pass. But there is a good feeling in being optimistic with the Indians for once.) Read More…

From Bleacher Report, January 19, 2011

 
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Cleveland Cavaliers: Record-Setting Losing Is the Best Path to Winning (1.16.11)

A team that’s lost 32 of its first 40 games. A team with no discernible stars and an uncertain future. The worst team in the NBA.

While that may sound like the 2010-2011 Cleveland Cavaliers, it also describes the 2002-2003 version of the Cavs.

This has been a rough year for Cavaliers fans to handle. Going from winning 60 games in each of the past two seasons to the bottom of the league isn’t an easy thing for fans.

In addition to that, going from being treated to the talents of LeBron James each night to looking for Mo Williams and Antawn Jamison to carry the team each night has been a nasty transition.

The good news for Cavaliers fans is that things should turn around quickly for the team. Losing so many games this year will pay dividends down the road. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, January 16, 2011

 
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Baltimore Ravens: Joe Flacco Poised To Become an Elite Quarterback (1.10.11)

When you think of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL, the names Brady, Manning, Brees, Rodgers, Rivers, etc. come to mind.

That pantheon needs to prepare to welcome a new member to its ranks.

Not even considered the best quarterback in his draft class by the mainstream media, the time has come to recognize the greatness of Joe Flacco. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, January 10, 2011

 
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Cleveland Browns: Why Eric Mangini Should Remain the Head Coach (1.2.11)

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

This mantra defines the success that Eric Mangini and the Browns experienced in the middle of the season. It also describes why things went downhill late in the season, after teams were ready for the Browns.

Despite another poor record, Eric Mangini deserves to keep his job. Read More…

From Bleacher Report, January 2, 2011

 
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