The Cleveland Indians have not only reported, they're playing spring training games. It's a great time to try and put into perspective just how exciting the anticipation is for this year's Cleveland Indians team. Does it rival the best teams of the 90's that we remember? Is it as good as the anticipation for 2008 after the Indians' deep run?
Obviously we hope it turns out better than 2008, but I make the case that while nothing is guaranteed, this might be the best chance at repeat playoff appearances at least since the 90's and maybe it's even better.
In addition to the Indians, I discussed the 2017 NFL draft, the Browns analysis of Jimmy Garoppolo and the idea of NFL draft experts doing press conferences for other media and creating headlines.
Lasty, I discussed the disconnect between the Oscars and the actual box office receipts of the most popular movies of every year.
Dave Sterling and Andrew Schnitkey are talking Cavaliers mostly. But before they do, they spend some time attacking Craig.
It's been a bit since I spoke to Mike from Bottlegate on the podcast. He comes back to discuss the sports media landscape, the Cleveland Cavaliers at the trade deadline and the Cleveland Browns draft situation.
There aren't many question marks when you take into account the Cleveland Indians' roster. While the infield is as locked as any in Major League Baseball, the outfield still has some potential for turmoil. Will Michael Brantley be healthy at any point in 2017? Can Tyler Naquin continue his big rookie campaign? Is the Lonnie Chisenhall/Brandon Guyer (Guyer-Hall? ChisGuy?) platoon in right the anchor of the outfield? Is Abraham Almonte the most pivotal outfielder? Can Austin Jackson make the roster? Will Yandy Diaz make the team out of camp? What about Greg Allen and Bradley Zimmer? WFNY's Mike Hattery and Jim Pete dive into the complex discussion in today's EHC podcast.
I covered this on Friday in my WWW, but I needed to talk it out some more. I won't be disappointed if the Browns stand pat and just take Myles Garrett, but I've been thinking a lot about strategy versus practitioners. A lot of the reasoning for not trading down is due to the Browns under previous management making bad selections. How much should that stinging history impact our analysis of existing scenarios and options? In essence, if you have bad management, that doesn't negate good strategy even if they botch it.
Also, I discuss Demarcus Cousins getting traded away from Sacramento for nothing. Kyrie Irving and LeBron James represented Cleveland in the All-Star game, nothing really happened, and that's alright.
Dave, Dylan and Yaz are back for this week's episode of the Hot Sports Boys! We're skipping the hot takes and talking about important sports topics. After the ending of the Super Bowl we all have some strong feelings about overtime. We break down various sports overtimes and pick our favorites. After that we talk about a few other things so stick around. If you love this episode, tweet at us @FridayFumble, if you hate this episode, tweet at us @FridayFumble.
The Cleveland Browns are basically on the clock. The Cavaliers are limping toward the All-Star break. The Indians are just beginning in Arizona. We discuss sports media, Kevin Durant vs. LeBron in terms of returning to their former cities, and much more with Will Burge of WTAM.
Dave Sterling is back from California and we're back talking life and sports and things.
Andrew and Craig got together to talk about sports. We speak of Tom Brady, GOATs, and other things.
The EHC Podcast is proud to introduce to you an intense battle at shortstop for your Cleveland Indians! Okay, that's all a lie. This podcast is simply Jim Pete and Mike Hattery finding different and strange ways to say amazing things about Francisco Lindor, who at 22, is already creating a "once-in-a-generation" legacy, if all things remain equal. We talk Indians depth in the organization, with Jose Ramirez, Yu-Cheng Chang, Willie Castro and Ivan Castillo, and ponder Omar Vizquel's Hall of Fame run, vs. Lindor's already two stout seasons.
Catch up on the positional previews:
1:45--Mike continues his ongoing rally to force Great Lakes Brewing to keep Conway's Irish Ale on the docket year round, and equally tries to find a friend to have a burger with.
3:00--Erik Gonzalez...the Defender of the Universe
5:15--Can we talk about Francisco Lindor as a generational player, THE superstar of this winning era for the Indians yet?
10:35--Mike begins to amp up for an Omar Vizquel Hall of Fame fight...Jim doesn't bite...
11:42--Is Lindor already better than Omar Vizquel?
14:25--Lindor--is he the Indians version of Derek Jeter (and..the commencement of the ridiculous comps)
16:30--Improve power should push Lindor over the 7+ WAR ceiling
18:00--Lindor seems to fix his weaknesses, which ultimately enhances the rest of his game...and...he has a sweet jumper.
20:00--Yu-Cheng Chang...and what's so special?
21:30--Chang is undervalued, Willie Castro, and Ivan Castillo
22:47--The Indians just sorta get the middle infield, and have for awhile
23:10--Does Chang profile to the corners in the infield and the outfield?
23:40--The flex-player as a market inefficiency
24:10--The Ben Zobrist model, and how the Indians and Terry Francona are set to take advantage
25:50--Omar Vizquel and the Hall of Fame...it just won't go away..
26:40--Let's Argue...whining and moaning...and how Jeff Nomina recently had his ass handed to him (Mike paid me to say that)
With the NFL season officially in the rearview mirror, we decided to waste zero time in shifting our focus to the upcoming NFL Draft. In doing so, we are very excited to have been joined by CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler.
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Dane is fresh off of his trip to Mobile, Alabama for the 2017 Senior Bowl. In addition to the final collegiate game of the year, we had the chance to talk about a number of other items.
Follow Dane on Twitter at @dpbrugler and read his work at CBSSports.com. His 500-player, PDF NFL Draft guide can be purchased here. http://www.myfootballnews.com/
Jim Pete and Mike Hattery return to continue the 2017 Positional Previews. This week, Mike and Jim get to take their victory lap, as Jose Ramirez, their muse, broke out with a team-MVP worthy season. The EHC Podcast looks at Ramirez, his 2016 season and how it projects heading into 2017.
Will Jose Ramirez be the full-time third baseman, or will Yandy Diaz or Giovanny Urshela take over third base duties in part, to allow #JRam to move around the field, as he did during the first half of last season?
Catch up on the positional previews:
2:18--Mike's Great Lakes Brewing Company protest continues: Conway's Irish Ale should be a year-round beer.
2:30--Is Great Lakes Brewing Company a craft brewery, when Jim can find it in a local beer store in Raleigh, NC?
5:15--The case for #JRam regression, and who actually trusts Ramirez, and who doesn't
6:33--#JRam and Great Expectations
9:00--The case for #JRam's continued excellence
10:00--Contact Rules All
12:00--JRam is settled at third, right?
12:50--Is #JRam's value more as a third baseman, or is it as an uber-utility player?
15:25--The fallacy of the prototypical third baseman
17:06--Ramirez vs. Altuve, are there actual similarities, disregarding the fact that one plays third, and the other plays second?
19:55--Ranting with Jim
22:14--Yandy Diaz, and where he plays in 2017
22:50--Will Diaz break camp with the Indians?
22:51--To hell with Michael Martinez
26:54--Service time for a 25-year old?
28:20--Giovanny Urshela's one second of podcast time...alright...maybe two.
29:30--Michael Brantley's role, and how it could impact Ramirez and Diaz
30:00--The plugs of the week
***Special thanks to Mike's brother-in-law, Jonathan Becker, who put together our new intro music! If anyone else is out there that wants their music to be heard, shoot me an email at email@example.com!