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I’d rather the Tribe make an attempt to acquire someone in their prime, but why not? “There has been a recent swirling rumor that the Phillies are ready to unload Jim Thome.

As the biggest Jim Thome fan on this side of the globe, the first question I had was: can the Indians take him again?

The answer is… maybe. Everything just has to work out correctly.

The Indians have been one of Major League Baseball’s most futile teams in terms of offense, especially in terms of production from power positions. As I’ve written about many times before, the Indians need to make some kind of moves at LF and 1B. Also, without Travis Hafner in the lineup, the Indians need help at the designated hitter position.” [Hayden Grove/More Than a Fan]

Plus, reports were Charlotte was asking for the moon (and trying to dump Ty Thomas’s bloated contract). “I briefly want to talk about the trade with Charlotte. Up until the draft, it was made to sound as if we were really close to trading up and getting the 2nd pick in the draft. Bradley Beal was presumably the target there, but the deal fell through and Beal went to Washington. The thinking behind the proposed deal was that the Bobcats wanted Thomas Robinson and could easily trade back to #4 and take Robinson there while picking up some more assets. It seemed like a no-brainer, right? Well, there was a pretty big flaw in our reasoning. Virtually everybody assumed that they wanted Robinson. In the end, Charlotte selected Kidd-Gilchrist with the 2nd pick which means that he was above Robinson on their board. If they had traded down with the Cavs, we would have taken Beal and the Wizards would have taken MKG. That would mean Charlotte misses out on their top guy. Obviously, they didn’t want to do that and the price to settle for a lesser player (in their mind) was higher than we wanted to pay. Therefore, I really don’t blame our front office for not getting a deal done. It simply wasn’t as straightforward as the media made it out to be initially. [Conrad Kaczmarek/Fear the Sword]

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I love Omar, but I think he’ll have a rough time getting in. “At 2875 hits, Vizquel would have more hits than Babe Ruth (22 seasons), Brooks Robinson (23), Ken Griffey (22), Lou Gehrig (18), Joe Morgan (22), and countless others who are in the Hall of Fame. Considering that Vizquel has been a part-time player for the last four or five seasons, there’s no reason that his additional few years should have voters souring on his hit totals.

What about his fielding? Where does that rank? In terms of dWAR, defensive wins above replacement player, Vizquel is 12th all-time at 28.1. Ozzie Smith is the career leader with 43.4. Brooks Robinson is third at 38.8. Luis Aparicio checks in sixth at 31.6. Gold Glove wise, Vizquel has won 11 of them, though there’s probably some dissention within the baseball media community on how much Gold Gloves actually mean. In some cases, they’re based solely on reputation and not on performance. Obviously, with Vizquel, we know that his are based on performance, but the overall uncertainty for the award could render Gold Gloves useless in Vizquel’s voting.

The safest way to make a case for Vizquel is to look at the comparable players. There are two of them in the Hall of Fame who are considered the cream of the crop for slick fielding shortstops with average offensive skills. Both Ozzie Smith and Luis Aparicio are very, very similar players to Vizquel and both of them” [Adam Burke/The Cleveland Fan]

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Ohio State fans should really get over Michigan. It’s time to move on. Get over it. “I have a confession. I still don’t HATE HATE Michigan. I don’t like Michigan…but I want Michigan to be successful every year, as long as they lose to Ohio State. I think beating a good Michigan team makes our rivalry better, and in turn, makes Ohio State football more special. If that makes me a heretic, if that means I need to lose my diploma or be banned from this website, so be it.

Do I hate other schools though? You betcha. I’ve learned that college hatred can be a little more complicated.

I think that there are three categories of college sports hatred. There is the pure, unadulterated, I-want-them-to-lose-every-game-and-maybe-have-a-library-catch-on-fire level of hate. While this may come from athletic reasons alone, I think the best college hate has a personal twinge as well. If you’re a PAC-12 fan and a Human Eventsreader, feel free to hate the commie-bastion of Berkley will all your guts. I suspect many OSU fans feel this way about Notre Dame.

There is also a more respectful kind of hate, like the Michigan kind I described. You want to be better than this team, you measure yourself to them, but deep down, you know if they fell apart and started losing to New Mexico State, you’d lose a little something as well.” [Matt Brown/Land Grant Holyland]

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