1. MLB Featured Columnists' Poll: An Early National League All-Star Vote

    Welcome to the second half of this week's Featured Columnist Poll, an early All-Star vote. As stated in yesterday's AL results slideshow, for this survey, I asked my peers to select ...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 561 reads 7 comments

  2. MLB Featured Columnists' Poll: An Early American League All-Star Vote

    Every year, fans complain that the wrong people are named MVP or elected into the Hall of Fame. We whine, we argue, and we say we could do better...

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  3. Can't Buy Me Luck: Ten Slow-Starting Pitchers Due for Big Rebounds

    Yesterday, I took a look at 10 thus-far successful pitchers whose impressive starts I attributed to luck and declared that they would be unable to maintain their good fortunes for the rest of the season (click here for that article)...

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  4. A Farewell to Arms: Ten Fast-Starting Pitchers Due for Huge Regressions

    One of the easiest mistakes a fantasy baseball player can make is to overreact to a small sample size. When an established star has a slow April or a no-name waiver pickup gets off ...

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  5. Trust in Justin: Cleveland Indians' Justin Masterson Is Ace in Disguise

    A casual Cleveland Indians fan flipping through the sports section would let his face fall if he noticed Justin Masterson's numbers so far this year. At 0-3 with a 5...

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  6. MLB Featured Columnists' Poll: Predicting the Division Rankings

    Welcome to the second edition of the MLB Featured Columnists' Poll! After the success of last week's player award predictions, Chicago Cubs FC Matt Poloni suggested a survey of predictions about how the divisions will shake out...

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  7. Five Things Cleveland Indians Fans Should Stop Complaining About

    It shouldn't surprise anyone that Clevelanders love to complain. We certainly have just cause: with rampant unemployment and poverty, miserable weather, and heartbreaking sports teams, Forbes recently named us the most miserable city in America...

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  8. MLB Featured Columnists' Poll: Predicting the 2010 Player Awards

    When I was named a Featured Columnist for the Cleveland Indians last year, my fellow FC Samantha Bunten invited me to be a part of Tribe Talk, a weekly roundtable in which the top Indians ...

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  9. New For 2010: Five Changes at Cleveland Indians' Progressive Field

    Last night, I had the great pleasure of going to Progressive Field for the first time this year. I saw a great game from great seats ($17 for front-row bleacher seats, thank you StubHub) with great weather (despite an ominous forecast)...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 1,054 reads 9 comments

  10. Guts Enough Not To Fight Back: The Enduring Legacy of Jackie Robinson

    On April 14, 1947, Major League Baseball was a whites-only sport. Not since the expulsion of black players in 1888 had a non-Caucasian man swung a bat or thrown a pitch in the Big Show...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 2,298 reads 5 comments

  11. The Hurt Bopper: 7 Long-Term Subs for Cleveland Indians' Grady Sizemore

    This time last year, Grady Sizemore was considered Cleveland's Iron Horse. The speedy center fielder missed just seven games from 2005-08...

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  12. American League Idol: Predicting the AL All-Star Team's Starting Lineup

    The arrival of Opening Day inevitably leads to speculation about which players will take home trophies at the end of the season...

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  13. Opening Day 2010: How the Red Sox Could've Stopped Yankees' Double-Steal

    For citizens of Red Sox Nation, the season began on a high note last night as Boston thumped the Yankees, 9-7. We saw much to be excited about...

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  14. The 10 Most WTF Signings of the 2009-10 MLB Offseason

    Winter is not a good time for baseball fans. With nothing to hold our attention but the inferior sports of basketball and football, we are forced to spend our days waiting for pots to boil on the Hot Stove...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 3,511 reads 14 comments

  15. 2010 MLB Preview: Five Bold Predictions for the Cleveland Indians

    All over the country, Opening Day is a time for hope, optimism, and making predictions. Unfortunately, assigning auguries for an all-but-doomed team like the Cleveland Indians can be depressing...

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  16. LewMan's 2010 Major League Baseball Preview: Ranking All 30 MLB Teams

    Opening Day is fast approaching. The beginning of baseball season has a vast array of consequences. As an Indians fan, it means I will soon become a mere shell of a human being, completely embittered by my hometown team's failings...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 2,525 reads 13 comments

  17. 2010 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: A Player to Watch From Every Team

    It happens every year. An established veteran suffers from injuries or a heralded youngster isn't up to the task at hand. An overlooked rookie or a career benchwarmer gets some at-bats at the starter's expense and suddenly finds his groove...

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  18. Mauer Money, Mauer Problems: Joe Mauer's Extension is Huge Risk For Twins

    There’s no question that Joe Mauer’s contract extension is good for Major League Baseball. Rumors had been swirling for months that Mauer, the unquestioned best catcher ...

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  19. St. Louis Cardinals Considering Rich Hill for Roy Halladay Trade (Humor)

    The St. Louis Cardinals are having internal discussions about trading pitcher Rich Hill to the Philadelphia Phillies for Roy Halladay, according to sportswriter extraordinaire, Evan Bruschini ...

    Lewie Pollis Written by Lewie Pollis about over 4 years ago 1,504 reads 5 comments

  20. Solving Major League Baseball's Payroll Inequity with a New Kind Of Salary Cap

    The stratification of wealth between Major League Baseball teams is reaching endemic proportions. For the amount he spent on the Yankees two years ago, George Steinbrenner could have ...

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  21. Ten Possible Trade Destinations for Albert Pujols

    What would it take to pry Albert Pujols away from the St. Louis Cardinals? Cardinals fans, put away your pitchforks and disband the angry mob. I am not in any way suggesting that Pujols, could, would, or should be traded...

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  22. One Strike, U(Z)R Out: Boston Red Sox Giving Up on Mike Lowell Too Soon

    Any fan of sabermetrics or the Boston Red Sox knows that Jacoby Ellsbury was something of a defensive liability in 2009...

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  23. Manny's First Act(a): Demoting Grady Sizemore Gives Fans Reason To Hope

    If I were to tell you that a player had averaged 25 homers a year over five full seasons in the Major Leagues, where in the batting order would you place him? What if I were to mention that, discounting one injury-marred season, he put up a ...

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  24. The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees: The Real Difference Between Them

    Over the last couple weeks, I’ve had trouble expressing myself. While most fans outside New York consider the Yankees’ 2009 World Series win the purely the result of a ...

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  25. Cleveland Hocks: Five Former Indians We Dealt at the Right Times

    It's not easy rooting for a small-market team. When your favorite ballclub is consistently low on cash, watching your hometown heroes leave for bigger contracts and greener (pun intended) pastures is a given...

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