Originally written May 07, 2013 on Waiting For Next Year:
While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com. If you haven’t seen the Charles Ramsey interview, well you’re just doing it wrong. [Youtube] —- “The economy and game-day experience are factors as well. Sure, a seat at Progressive Field is one of the cheapest in the game, but with three minor league teams within a 30-mile radius, with more competitive prices, fans have other options. Also, with the improved clarity of HD TV, fans can get a solid game-day experience on television or on their smartphones. Getting fans back to the ballpark won’t be an overnight fix. If the team remains hot going into the all-star break, let’s check back. If the Indians head into August in first place, a change in attendance will be evident.” [Mazur/The Fan] —- “The Browns are ranked relatively low here, but they’re a quarterback away from being a playoff team. And it certainly isn’t out of the question that QB gurus Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner mold big-armed Weeden into a viable short-term fix for their vertical passing attack. The offensive line is a mauling young group that graded out positively in the 2012 ratings of both Pro Football Focus and Football Outsiders. The only front-five starter that may not return is left guard Jason Pinkston, who claims he’s medically cleared from last year’s blood clot scare and is potently backed up by Greco anyhow. Richardson’s 3.56 YPC average is a lock to rise as he moves past last year’s double knee surgeries and multiple rib fractures. Long-ball wide receiver Gordon is an ideal fit for what Chud and Norv want to do in the passing game. Little, Bess, and sneaky breakout candidate Cameron complement Gordon as chain movers.” [Silva/Rotoworld] —- Umpire John Hirschbeck needs to get over himself. “Harper check-swung on a 2-2 slider from Pirates starter Wandy Rodriguez, which just barely escaped the edge of the strike zone. Home plate umpire Bob Davidson appealed to third base umpire Hirschbeck, who ruled that Harper had swung at the offering. Harper, exasperated, expressed his disagreement with the call some 100 feet away. Hirschbeck immediately threw up his hands and yelled at Harper, like a drunk guy looking for trouble in a bar. He walked towards home plate, continuing to gesticulate and shout as Harper quietly talked to Davidson from the batter’s box. Third base coach Trent Jewett intercepted Hirschbeck as he stomped towards Harper, but it was no matter as Hirschbeck ejected Harper from the game shortly thereafter.” [Baer/Hardball Talk] —- Where are they now? Steve Karsay is helping the Indians in the minors- “Karsay enjoyed the best years of his career as a member of the Indians. From 1998-2001 he was a rock at the backend of the bullpen, appearing in 164 games and compiling a 15-14 record with 22 saves and a 3.23 ERA. He was later traded to Atlanta in a deal that brought reliever John Rocker to the Indians. But Cleveland was the place he had the most success, and he has returned to help the young pitchers in the system develop. Karsay’s first stop was with the rookie level Arizona Summer League team in Goodyear, Arizona. The environment of coaching in a low-pressure environment helped.” [Lastoria/FSO]

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