1. 2009 MLB Playoff Contender Rankings

    Last year, on somewhat of a whim, I put together a group of rankings called the Contender Rankings. I took 11 different categories that I believed were crucial to playoff success and ranked each postseason contender in each category...

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  2. MLB 2009 Postseason: Top Storylines

    We're still waiting on one last playoff contender for this year's postseason festivities, but the story machine is already churning for most outlets...

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  3. Fail to the Chief: Cleveland Manager Eric Wedge Should be Remembered for Class

    "What took so long?" "About time!" "Good, now Shapiro must go!" "Not shocked at all." All common responses from Cleveland Indians fans at the news that Eric Wedge has been let go as the manager...

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  4. What's Making Me Talk: The Farewell Edition

    Right at the All-Star break of this 2009 season, I took a break from doing my weekly summing up of baseball happenings. It became too exhausting because of work and after a few weeks of telling myself to start back up, I couldn't muster it up...

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  5. Eric Wedge Might Get Fired, But He's Not Managing Like It

    Being fired is the last thing you'd think Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge would be the way he is finishing out a disappointing 2009. It probably goes against every fiber in Wedge's being to consider giving up or taking a day off...

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  6. MLB Power Groupings: Thanks for a Race, Minnesota

    I feel myself acting more hostile towards my team lately. I’ve ignored watching the Indians on several occasions and have found myself actually hoping they’d continue to lose...

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  7. MLB Power Groupings: Detroit Has the Carrot, but They Can't Stop Running

    We've reached the point in the season where baseball has become secondary for a lot of people, especially the fans of those teams that are no longer playing for much. It's nice for the people of St...

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  8. So Long, Chief: The Indians' Snub of Jordan Brown Signifies End Before It Begins

    You'd be hard pressed to find a player in the minor leagues that doesn't have a dream of playing baseball on a major league level. Many of those players don't ever get to live that dream and that number is higher than the players that actually do...

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  9. MLB Power Groupings: L.A. Dodgers Playing the Slacker Role in Hollywood?

    Things got so busy this summer that I neglected my much loved mash-up of MLB thoughts that I put together and posted every Monday...

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  10. Michael Brantley Debut Ignites Love For Speed and More Questions

    When the Cleveland Indians re-acquired outfielder Kenny Lofton during their run to the ALCS in 2007, the city was buzzing about baseball louder than it had been in a long while...

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  11. MLB Power Groupings: Out with Summer, in with September

    Is it really September? If your team is still alive for a playoff spot, you need to be pretty happy. The baseball season is a long and grueling process, and if you hang in there until there is one month to go, you are doing something right...

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  12. Problem Child: Andy Marte Putting Heat on Tribe Brass with Hot Play

    Metaphorically speaking, he was left for dead on the side of the road with his owner having little to no hope left in what was possible...

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  13. MLB Power Groupings: Whatever Happens, At Least You Have This Moment

    I look at the groupings, as far as the names go, and wonder, where was I when I made them up. I'm going to be the first to admit that I'm a weirdo. There really is no way around that...

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  14. MLB Power Groupings: Sorry, New York, Did I Do That?

    I don't have a theme this week. Sorry to disappoint you, but my theme goes along with being exhausted. Honestly though, you are probably just thinking to yourself, “Good, we hate your stupid themes anyway; you aren’t funny...

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  15. MLB Power Groupings: Hide the Wife and Kids Because the Nationals are Streaking

    It just goes to show you that, your season might be over, but that's no excuse to secure your fate of drafting Bryce Harper...

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  16. Mark Shapiro's Power Pitching Reformation in Cleveland

    I wasn't there the day Cleveland Indians general manager Mark Shapiro realized things went wrong and the only one who probably was, was his wife, if anyone really was around. But I can imagine it right now...

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  17. MLB Power Groupings: Wait, What Exactly Did We Do Again?

    In the end, I'm glad that the Mariners decided to take up my advice by becoming sellers. Sort of, I guess. I find it hilarious that no one really knew if the Mariners were going to ...

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  18. MLB Monthly Pulse: Yankees and Phillies Dominate July

    Welcome to the MLB Monthly Pulse here at Bleacher Report. The MLB Monthly Pulse is a new monthly survey taken by myself to get a consensus for many of the different awards and monthly topics...

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  19. Trade Deadline Groupings: Giants Make Moves For Stretch Run

    The trade deadline has come and gone and as usual, you want to know who the winners are and who the losers are. “Losers” is such a negative term though. So why not just group everything like I always do...

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  20. Caught Looking: Why the Cliff Lee Trade Isn't as Bad as It Seems for Cleveland

    Immediate reactions are never good. I've never been a fan of my immediate reactions and probably never will be. As I sat at work and found out about the trade, I immediately jumped to the nearest ...

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  21. MLB Power Groupings: Some Deadline Thrills and Playoff Chances Killed

    The trade deadline is upon us, and that means some teams might practically wave the white flag even though they might not belong in the worst grouping of them all...

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  22. Here's The Plan: Trying to Fix The Cleveland Indians, Part II

    This is part two of a two part series on what needs to be done to fix the Cleveland Indians. To see how we got to this point, who I benched, traded, and released with the season winding down, you can visit this link...

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  23. MLB Power Groupings: A Laughable Look at the League

    I told you there would be a shake-up. Okay, maybe I didn't tell you, but I implied it by saying I'd keep the wild card standings in mind starting this week...

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  24. Here's the Plan: Trying To Fix the Cleveland Indians, Part I

    I thought as you grow up, your bedroom was supposed to get a lot cleaner. At least that was the case for me. We've all had messy rooms growing up, that's no doubt...

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  25. Franklin Gutierrez Trade Revisited: Nope, Still Not a Fan

    As I sit and watch Franklin Gutierrez, one of my favorite players in all the game, blossom into a productive and valuable outfielder in the entire majors, I start to wonder what exactly is going on here...

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