Sunday, March 11, 2007

Lazy Sunny Sunday

Although College Basketball and their Conference Championships have dominated the weekend, STO aired two Spring Training games to serve as a reminder that baseball is in the air.

With Spring Training, March Madness, and NFL Draft prep (not to mention the Browns overhauling their roster…again), it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

With the sun shining on the North Coast, let’s take in a Lazy Sunday as the beat writers must be soaking in the Florida sun, because they seem to all be in pretty good moods:

Paul Hoynes has an article on the Tribe’s young infield. Marte is 23, and Peralta and Barfield are 24! Throw in the fact that Sizemore is 24, Victor is 28, and Hafner is 29 is astounding. Any talk that the Indians block their youngsters (the ML-ready ones, not the Gutierrezes of the organization) with marginal veterans should see the ages of those 6 starters.

Resident pessimist Sheldon Ocker even gushes about the depth of the Tribe rotation.

Andy Call weighs in on the race to be the Futility Infielder.

Jim Ingraham welcomes the Trotter back in his own sort of way.

Ken Rosenthal has a fascinating article about Ron Shapiro, father and player agent, and Mark Shapiro, son and Tribe GM, and how it affects the Westbrook negotiations.

The Tribe put their first round of red tags in players’ lockers this morning without any surprises. OK, maybe the red tag thing only happens when Lou Brown and Charlie Donovan are making the player decisions.

Finally, if the sun isn’t shining in your corner of the world, here are some pics to brighten your mood and your day.


t-bone said...

Updated: March 11, 2007, 12:41 PM ET

Indians' Lee out 4-6 weeks with abdominal injury

Associated Press

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Cliff Lee, a stalwart of the Cleveland rotation in the last three seasons, will start the season on the disabled list.

The left-hander will be out four to six weeks rehabilitating a strained abdominal muscle. Lee was scheduled to have a throwing session Sunday morning when he felt uncomfortable doing training room exercises.

Trainers said Lee won't throw for about 10 days and then will gradually get back at it.

Lee spent two months on the disabled list with a more severe abdominal strain in 2003. Since then, he's made every start for the last three seasons and compiled a 46-24 record.

Veteran Paul Byrd or Jeremy Sowers could move up into Lee's No. 3 spot in the rotation, with Fausto Carmona sliding in to fill the last opening.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

Baltimoran said...

you forgot to link to Bud Shaw's hilarious sports related comedy...what a douche.

i'm glad Dice K got roughed up by Jason Dubois and company; my hate level for the sawx is reaching yankee territory

this blog and the additions to the bullpen have pushed me to throw down another 80 bucks for also have to admit that cleveland has a lot of likable players; pronk and grady have to be considered 2 of the nicest most humble superstars in the league, if we had guys like barry or sheffield it would be harder to pay to watch em

Mevs said...

I gotta ask, but is this the Real Pat Tabler?

Paul Cousineau said...

No, just a kid whose hero was (sadly) Pat Tabler back in the 1980's while toiling as a member of the Little Indians' Fan Club.

You can see an actual profile of me over at Swerbs' Blurbs, real name - Paul Cousineau.

And, yes, that is a picture of Stiles from Teen Wolf accompanying the bio.

Mevs said...

Not related to the famous former Browns Cousineau are you?

Paul Cousineau said...

No again.

I doubt he has any relatives that tip the scales at $1.50 soaking wet.