Originally written August 31, 2012 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. —- “Immediately, Miller’s evolution became Meyer’s No. 1 project. A little more than nine months after those statements, Meyer will hand the keys to his Corvette – the Ohio State offense – to Miller, who is no-longer a 16-year-old that just passed his driver’s test. The head coach is trusting his driver to avoid speed bumps and potholes along a 12-game – or mile – stretch that includes many possible pitfalls. Miller has felt bottled up in August practices, but he also said the limitations put on his scrambling have made him a better quarterback, both throwing the ball and making reads.” [Rowland/Eleven Warriors] —- Exploring some trade options for the Cavs- “The Cavaliers would then have even more cap room next summer, the potential of Quincy Miller, a potential long term solution at SF that doesn’t break the bank in Chandler, and a team that will probably be a little bit worse next season without Varejao, which would mean a better draft pick. Plus, it would mean more minutes for Tyler Zeller and Tristan Thompson. I really like a team with Irving, Dion Waiters, Wilson Chandler, Tristan Thompson, and Tyler Zeller going forward, with plenty of money and draft picks to upgrade the roster. The Nuggets wouldn’t break the bank, and could move forward with Ty Lawson, Gallinari, Iguodala, Varejao, McGee, and Faried and Koufos off the bench. Its a deep, big team that will be well coached by George Karl. Which roster puts the Cavaliers in better position to win an NBA championship? Irving, Waiters, Wilson, Thompson, Zeller, Miles, Miller? Or Irving, Waiters, Gee, Thompson, Varejao, Zeller, Miles? I like the first one.” [Zavac/Fear the Sword] —-
The gang at The Orange and Brown Report submit their 53 man rosters. [The OBR] —- A rare talent down in Cincinnati- “Hamilton has stolen 154 bases in 127 games in the minors this year, in High-A and Double-A, breaking Vince Coleman‘s minor league stolen base record. Hamilton also stole 103 in 135 games in Single-A last year. If Billy played 150 games in the majors, the odds are awfully good that he could steal 100 bases, which no one has done since Coleman in 1987. Hell, Mike Podhorzer estimated that he could steal 100 bases as a pinchrunner next year. Only four men have stolen 100 bases ever, and you probably know their names. Eight 100-steal seasons occurred between the years 1962 and 1987, and none before or since. Maury Wills stole 104 bases in 1962, setting the all-time single-season record, breaking Ty Cobb‘s modern baseball record of 96 steals in 1915, which had stood for 47 years.* Lou Brock upped the ante in 1974, with 118, which is still the second-most of all time. Then, of course, six of the eight 100-steal seasons occurred between 1980 and 1987, with Rickey Henderson on the Billyball Athletics and Vince Coleman on the Whiteyball Cardinals.” [Fangraphs]
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