I reached out to Aaron Goldhammer to come on the WFNY Podcast to talk about his career in Cleveland sports media. Hammer has always been the "young guy," the "new guy," the guy who "isn't from here," and all of a sudden he's been here quite a long time. We discuss all of that and how he and ESPN Cleveland have gotten to where they are in the media environment that exists today.
Here's what else we discussed.
I had a bunch of interview questions written down, but as it turned out, the conversation just flowed how it flowed.
TD is a WFNY graduate and whenever we get a chance to talk to him, you know the takes are going to be solid. He's an old-school radio kind of guy and he knows how to discuss sports like the best sports talkers we knew growing up in Cleveland. This time we've got plenty to discuss including Jason Kipnis' shoulder, Terrelle Pryor, and of course TD's favorite time of year being March Madness.
The Indians spring is almost halfway over, and while there isn't much to talk about, two shoulders are at the top of the worry list. With Michael Brantley still recovering from a 2015 injury, Jason Kipnis has quietly been on the shelf for most of Spring Training with shoulder ailments of his own. Mike Hattery and Jim Pete take a way-to-deep look at the shoulder, and what this could mean for Kipnis in 2017. The EHC boys also discuss Yandy Diaz, and why he should make the roster, groin or no groin. They gaze at the almost surreal swing changes that Bradley Zimmer has undergone, and ponder long-term deals for Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor.
The Cleveland Indians' starting rotation is considered by many to be the engine of the team, anchored by former Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber. With fellow ace Carlos Carrasco, and potential future aces is Danny Salazar and Trevor Bauer, the top end of this staff can match up with anyone.
The fact that playoff hero Josh Tomlin is considered by many to be a footnote to the "thunderarms" ahead of him really says it all. With the staff back and healthy after Carrasco and Salazar missed substantial crunch time (discounting brief Salazar sightings), some are saying that the starting five are as good a rotation as there is in all of baseball.
WFNY's Mike Hattery and Jim Pete take a look at why this rotation is so good, and why there is still cause for concern. They also take a look at the Columbus rotation, Mike Clevinger, and why Cody Anderson's UCL injury is giving them nightmares.
We will put the Terrelle Pryor thing to rest soon, but it's still very fresh at this moment. The Cleveland Browns had an offer for Pryor. Free agency opened, that offer disappeared and the end result is the Browns lost Pryor, Pryor didn't make much money, and I think everyone lost in the end.
We talk about that from all angles.
It's been a frustrating week on the podcast, but things are looking up. There's finally some Browns conversation to be had. The Cleveland Browns reportedly make a "monster" deal with Joel Bitonio. The Browns reportedly pay Kenny Britt somewhere around $8 million a year for four years. The Browns reportedly still haven't locked up Terrelle Pryor.
We try to make sense of all this and figure out when the Browns regime lost the benefit of the doubt. We also talk about if failing to bring back Terrelle Pryor will continue to keep them from earning that benefit of the doubt.
Scott Raab has followed up his book, The Whore of Akron with a championship book called You're Welcome Cleveland. I put out a call to see if he would come on the podcast and Scott was willing. We are forever indebted to Scott for the weekly appearances he made on the WFNY Podcast and it's always great to catch up.
Here's what else we talked about.
Dave, Dylan and Yazan are back to tackle another big topic and attack it from ALL ANGLES! We talk about How all of the major sports expand and relocate their teams. And don't worry, we didn't leave your favorite sport out unless it is one of those weird European ones! And if you think we got something wrong, tweet at us @FridayFumble.
Sportsyelling is one of the best follows on Twitter and she is nice enough to talk to us on the podcast. It's Indians season, so it's about that time. We obviously discuss Edwin Encarnacion, Andrew Miller and a whole lot more.
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.