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Hosted by Craig Lyndall, the Waiting For Next Year podcast is about Cleveland sports mostly. Other topics include the media, culture and anything else we feel like talking about.
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Mar 13, 2017

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.

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  • The proverbial Jeff Nomina discussion...and excuses
  • Jason Kipnis and the "minor" shoulder injury
  • Mike doesn't ease Jim's mind on precautionary shoulder injuries
  • A sneaky bad Indians spring
  • If it's more than precautionary, the Indians have alternatives that are Major League ready
  • There's smoke with shoulder injuries, we just hope there isn't fire
  • Bradley Zimmer's swing changes
  • He's always had good power, but does this change his ceiling?
  • Small sample sizes don't make a career
  • Is Zimmer's swing repeatable?
  • If Zimmer cuts his K% to 25% or better, is he a top 20 prospect?
  • These are tough changes to make at an advanced level
  • The Indians have been giving their young guys a chance, and they've been performing
  • Yandy Diaz needs to be on the roster, groin or no groin
  • Diaz gets four games a week if he's a utility
  • Yandy's only mystery is how good he is defensively in the outfield
  • Long term deal for Lindor and JRam?
  • "Hollywood" Lindor
  • WBC rants

 

Mar 12, 2017

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.

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  • Conways
  • Cody Anderson is shut downs, and Jim has rotation angst
  • The rotation is the third best unit on the team
  • The Big Three
  • Can Carlos Carrasco overtake Kluber as the top arm
  • Danny Salazar is the puzzle piece...dependent on control
  • How will that 10-day DL and bullpen balance the usage of the rotation, especially with Kluber's innings in 2016, and Salazar's injury issues?
  • Saving Andrew Miller for the playoffs
  • How many innings do you expect from Danny Salazar?
  • Salazar is a playoff, four-inning weapon
  • Kluber has grooved into awesome
  • The Trevor Bauer experiment...when does it stop being an experiment?
  • Outing teammates political views, and how Trevor Bauer could give a shit less
  • Bauer made the transition to a ground ball pitcher in 2016
  • Supplemental depth vs. long-term rotation depth
  • Why didn't the Indians sign a lottery ticket who could fit into the rotation long-term, if needed?
  • Doug Fister
  • To be high on Clevinger, or not to be, but he is a high upside guy...without command
  • Can Clevinger figure out control this late in the game?
  • How elite is this rotation...really?
  • Rotational dominoes, and how Kluber and Carrasco and affect the rest
  • Oh yeah...Callaway!
  • Will a healthy rotation mean 100 wins?
  • A Jason Donald reference?
  • Are we heading to a situation where we don't have a rotation or a bullpen, but just pitchers
  • Love it or hate it, but the Indians are at the forefront of specialized baseball
  • I plug Mike, and Mike plugs me, and we both plug Adam Burke...and screw Jeff...putting his family ahead of us..it's just not right

 

Mar 11, 2017

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.

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  • Have the Browns' habits regarding their own free agents started to become a trend in just two years with Mitchell Schwartz and now Terrelle Pryor?
  • Should the Browns have handled their business differently?
  • Should Terrelle Pryor fire his agent?
  • Did Terrelle Pryor really want to be in Cleveland or not?

We talk about that from all angles.

Mar 9, 2017

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.

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Mar 7, 2017

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.

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Here's what else we talked about.

  • You're Welcome Cleveland
  • Are you still feeling the championship love?
  • How long will the championship feeling last?
  • Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson talking about the difference between the regular season and the playoffs
  • LeBron saying he's addicted to the process
  • Waking up and not liking football
  • Expecting pro athletes not to feel real life
  • Kyrie Irving flat earth and JR Smith
  • When athletes and celebs go direct to the fans, what role does media have
  • Figuring out how to add value in 2017
  • What's left of the newspaper?
  • When was the last time you knowingly clicked on an ad?
  • When will we talk about the death of radio?
  • The Browns and trading down
  • Finding talent period
  • What's the difficult thing to do as the HBT?
  • Who would we take instead?

 

Mar 2, 2017

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.

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Mar 1, 2017

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.

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  • Subway oven roasted chicken is only like 53.6% chicken?!
  • Americans have fewer TVs than they did in 2009
  • Trusting a person who doesn't watch tv
  • Kids sneaking up on you during Black Mirror when they're supposed to be sleeping
  • Where were you when the Indians signed Edwin Encarnacion?
  • Missing out on Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson
  • The desperation of the Mark Shapiro era
  • Team Abraham Almonte
  • Chisenhall and being patient
  • Up or down on fairweather fans
  • Eric Church and Maroon 5
  • U2 and Billy Joel
  • Is this the best pre-season Cleveland feeling?
Feb 27, 2017

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.

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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.

Feb 23, 2017

Dave Sterling and Andrew Schnitkey are talking Cavaliers mostly. But before they do, they spend some time attacking Craig.

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  • Throwing Craig under the bus over Hello Fresh.
  • Andrew is a flat-earther
  • Dave is also a flat-earther
  • Nervous about games that have already been played.
  • Richard Jefferson’s two big Christmas dunks
  • Cavs trade scenarios.
  • And finally, Dave and Andrew talk about The Americans!
Feb 22, 2017

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.

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  • The grind of running a sports blog
  • Bottlegate's celebration video and the need to keep doing it
  • Sports content on social media and skipping the blog altogether
  • Where sports blogging goes next
  • What does the biggest independent site
  • Who's the best Cleveland Browns reporter?
  • How does The Athletic work?
  • Does Bottlegate make any money?
  • Do the Cavaliers need to do make a move at the trade deadline?
  • Carmelo Anthony and whether he makes the Cavaliers better
  • J.J. Hickson and the idea of players being their best in Cleveland
  • Did LeBron want the Cavaliers to keep Delly
  • Not being able to talk about the Cleveland Indians all that much
  • Should Andrew Miller pitch in the WBC?
  • Kyrie and the Olympics
  • Luol Deng played with the Cavaliers
  • Paul Kruger and who was leading the front office
  • Do the Browns want to trade for Jimmy G?
  • Middle linebacker is a huge need
  • How do you feel about the Browns' front office?
  • The NFL prolonged our agony
  • Enough of the trade downs and just draft the guy!
  • trading for Jimmy Garoppolo
  • formulating a qb plan
Feb 21, 2017

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.

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  • Hattery continues his full court press to get Conway's Irish Ale on the full-time menu @GLBC_Cleveland. Jim makes a case for @aviatorbrew in Raleigh, NC to do the same with McGritty's
  • There are a lot of solid players out there, and a ton of depth
  • Are the Indians looking at the low salary guys in the OF as a way to counterbalance their high-cost players elsewhere?
  • Terry Francona and his slow burn Spring Training, that won't end at the beginning of April
  • Francona is really good at finding the right guys at the right time
  • 9-man outfield, with a sweeper
  • Will Lindor play rover?
  • Will Michael Brantley even be a factor in 2017, and Brantley hot takes ensue...
  • Santana in left field? No...no...that's not our #hottake
  • The Chisenhall and Guyer platoon, with both being discussed as potential center field options
  • Chisenhall's short leash, and how Tyler Naquin could mean the end for Lonnie
  • The center field mystery: Naquin? Almonte? Austin Jackson? Yandy Diaz? Greg Allen? Bradley Zimmer?
  • The Indians and a roster that is massively flexible
  • Allen/Naquin...Almonte/Diaz...Guyer/Chisenhall...platoon city?
  • The over/under on the outfield, and Jim goes insane...and I even give Nomina credit
  • Diaz/Allen/Zimmer...who gets the most?
  • Is Zimmer the better side of the baseball mirror with Tyler Naquin? How much can Jim and Mike undersell Zimmer?
  • Greg Allen brings a skill to the table that nobody else in the outfield has...and that's straight up defense
  • Drew Stubbs comps?
  • Grady Sizemore help...helping Zimmer, Naquin and Allen
  • All in on Greg Allen
  • Good breaks, but can't make reads? #hottake #idiocy
  • The Indians pitching sets up well, both in the rotation an the pen, to have their best defenders in the infield

 

  • We don't have Collin Cowgill...we have Austin Jackson #upgrade
Feb 20, 2017

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.

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Feb 16, 2017

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.

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Feb 14, 2017

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.

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  • Kevin Durant in Oklahoma City
  • LeBron returning to Cleveland
  • Media egging on fans and then criticizing them
  • Creating news out of analysis
  • ESPN analysts creating the news
  • Setting an agenda on the radio for a day
  • Aaron Goldhammer and how he runs a radio station
  • Dan LeBatard and how his show is structured
  • Bleacher Report and moving away from user-submitted content
  • Bleacher Report layoffs and how they've progressed
  • Slide shows and how they've moved to "legit" media properties
  • Trying to figure out where the industry is going next
  • Trying to make sense of Skip Bayless
  • The NFL treating local media like cancer
  • Ranking the commissioners of all pro sports leagues
  • Roger Goodell and the Browns
  • Did the Browns get it right this time?
  • Not being excited for the number one pick
  • Jimmy Garappolo and whether the Browns should get him
  • Trading a 2018's first round pick for Jimmy Garappolo
  • The Q renovations and greater Cleveland congregation to protest
  • Dan Gilbert and how the renovations will get done
Feb 10, 2017

Dave Sterling is back from California and we're back talking life and sports and things.

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  • California and an in 'n out burger next to LAX
  • What is In 'n Out burger like?
  • Secret menus and how bad they are
  • Learning to fly airplanes
  • Shake Shack coming to Cleveland
  • B Spot vs. Flip Side
  • Meal delivery services
  • Planning meals for the week
  • Charles Oakley and what happened in New York with the Knicks
  • Sensitivity in jokes and fake news
  • The Knicks and how New York thinks they're so great
  • Celebrating failures of New York
  • Hating on New York
  • Phil Jackson and LeBron's relationship
  • People getting emo when LeBron leaves
  • Craig has been writing at WFNY over 21% of his life
  • Being 20 years out of high school
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