The Disappointment Zone

Musings from a Cleveland sports fan

Quiet storm

Posted by disappointmentzone on 4 January 2007

SI.com thinks the Indians have had the second-best off season of any baseball team, topped only by the Cubs, a team that spent about three trillion dollars on an outfielder, Alfonso Soriano, who will be about sixty-seven years old when his contract expires.

The crown jewel of the Indians’ off season (so far) is Josh Barfield. Jon Heyman writes:

2. Indians. Their early-winter acquisition of Josh Barfield was one of the best moves anyone made. While the market was stocked with serviceable second basemen, Barfield was not only the best of the bunch, but the only one with only a year’s service time and thus, no leverage. While that’s nice, the real reason Cleveland will be better is that no one underachieved quite like them last year, when its young players quietly revolted against task-master manager Eric Wedge. While Wedge is back, they can’t repeat that underperformance.
Improvement: 11 wins.

Also, the PD is claiming that the Indians are about to sign Foulke to a one-year deal worth $5 million with $2 million in incentives. Foulke certainly holds less promise than Barfield — at least in the long term — but if he is healthy (a huge if) then perhaps he can recapture some of the magic he had back in Boston during his spectacular run there. But really, should any Indians fan scoff at any new signing that might contribute to the bullpen? Beggars can’t be choosers, right?

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A unrelated note: Anyone who has made comments either on this blog or to me in person about how biased (or whatever) I am against Notre Dame must now eat crow. Here are a few fact: 0-9 last 9 bowls. Three losses this season. Average margin of defeat: 25 points. I mean, at least be competitive in big games. Anyway, ND was nowhere near as good as its supporters hoped the team would be and now there is absolutely no justification for any knee-jerk defense by those supporters that people like me or the liberal media (who, by the way, ranked ND #2 in the preseason) constantly undermine the talent and ability of ND’s football team. ND was probably about the 25-30th best team in the country this season. Same the season before. That’s just how things are.

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6 Responses to “Quiet storm”

  1. Bad Becks said

    I agree on the Josh Barfield trade. He’s gonna be great in our park and he’s got a cannon for the double play. Its in his genes after all. I’ve wondered the same about Wedge. That shit gets old when you have a micromanaging hard ass without a background. Ok, I feel like I’m in high school again…

  2. In the past I’ve called Wedge a comatose rabbit for his stunning ability to both twitch his nose and do absolutely nothing in the dugout. He’s stoicism personified: even when the Indians are being killed he shows no signs of life. I don’t know enough about baseball management to mount much of a critique, but reading that the players quietly revolted against him does not surprise me.

    Picking up Barfield was a masterstroke. At least Cleveland has one GM worth his contract.

  3. T Man said

    I truly hope the Indians are very competitive this year and get into the post-season. That way after the Cardinals make another return to the playoffs, they may get the chance to play the Indians. My fantasy would be to fly my private jet into Cleveland and watch the Cardinals beat the Indians. But maybe the fantasy is that the Indians would be in that position in 2007. In the Cardinals’ case, we already know for a fact that what starts out looking like fantasy (making it through the playoffs and winning the World Series) can actual become reality. So that should give Cleveland and lots of other teams hope and inspiration. Now where did I park that private aircraft of mine?

    T Man
    “Go Redbirds!”
    http://www.privatejetsalesandrental.com

  4. Ryan A said

    I have a hard time understanding the “quiet revolt” quote. The only player that showed signs of being unhappy was Peralta. Other than him, all of the Tribe’s young core had really good seasons (save Victor’s throwing). If the players were revolting, it was either the veterans (Boone), the bullpen, or the young guys did a spectacular job of not letting their revolt carry over onto the field (something I have a hard time believing).

  5. Ryan A said

    A reply to an unrelated note, here’s something I put together in another discussion.

    Let’s look at Ty Willinghan’s first two seasons in 02 and 03 compared to Charlie Weis’ first two years in 05 and 06.

    2002 Ty Willingham

    W Maryland (11-3, won Peach Bowl)
    W Purdue (7-6, won Sun)
    W Michigan (10-3, won Outback)
    W Michigan State (4-8)
    W Stanford (2-9)
    W Pittsburgh (9-4, won Insight)
    W Air Force (8-5, lost San Fransisco Bowl)
    W Florida State (9-5, lost Sugar)
    L Boston College (9-4, won Motor City)
    W Navy (2-10)
    W Rutgers (1-11)
    L USC (11-2, won Orange)
    L North Carolina St (11-3)

    2003 Ty Willingham

    W Washington St (10-3, won Holiday)
    L Michigan (10-3, lost Rose)
    L Michigan St (8-5, lost Alamo)
    L Purdue (9-4, lost Capital One)
    W Pittsburgh (8-5, lost Continental Tire)
    L USC (12-1, won Rose/split national championship)
    L Boston College (8-5, won San Fransisco Bowl)
    W Navy (8-5, lost Houston Bowl)
    W BYU (4-8)
    W Stanford (2-9)
    L Syracuse (6-6)

    2005 Charlie Weis

    W Pittsburgh (5-6)
    W Michigan (7-5, Lost Alamo)
    L Michigan State (5-6)
    W Washington (2-9)
    W Purdue (5-6)
    L USC (12-1, lost Rose)
    W BYU (6-6)
    W Tennessee (5-6)
    W Navy (8-4, won Poinsettia)
    W Syracuse (1-10)
    W Stanford (2-9)
    L Ohio State (10-2)

    2006 Charlie Weis

    W Georgia Tech (9-5, lost Gator)
    W Penn State (9-4, won Outback)
    L Michigan (11-2, lost Rose)
    W Michigan State (4-8)
    W Purdue (8-6, lost Champs Sports)
    W Stanford (2-9)
    W UCLA (7-6, lost Emerald)
    W Navy (9-4, lost Meineke)
    W North Carolina (3-9)
    W Air Force (4-8)
    W Army (3-9)
    L USC (11-2, won Rose)
    L LSU (11-2)

    Look at the comparisons. In Willingham’s first two years the opponent’s record was a combined 179-127 for a .585 winning percentage. For Weis, it is 159-144 for a .525 winning percentage.

    Willingham faced 16 bowl teams, 9 of which won their bowl games. Weis faced 10 bowl teams, 3 of which won their bowls.

    Willingham beat 9 Bowl teams; Maryland, Purdue, Michigan, Pitt, Air Force, Florida State (BCS), Washington State, Pitt (again), and Navy. Weis has defeated 7 Bowl teams; a 7-5 michigan team, Navy, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Purdue, UCLA, and Navy (again).

    Also, Willingham defeated five teams that went on to WIN their bowl game, while Weis has only accomplished that feat twice.

    It’s not Weis’ fault that Tennesse had their worst year in 20 years the year they played, or that michigan was down the year he beat them, or that MSU, Purdue and Air Force were all down from Willingham’s first two years, but the fact remains that Weis hasn’t defeated anybody of substance. His next big win will be his first. As of right now, his biggest wins are over the 7-5 michigan team and the near upset of USC.

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