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2007 Answered a Lot of Questions

I think, even though the season ended not how we had hoped, we learned a lot about this club, and what it is capable of in the next 3-4 years.  While we all know this team will be great for a run like we had in the mid to late 90s, the emergence of talent has really shown through.  Top things to take away from '07:

  1.  We have a DOMINANT rotation, especially with the emergence of Fausto, regardless of what happened in the post season.  Even though CC and Fausto struggled, they threw a TON of innings, and I think next year they both will be stronger and tougher for it.  I also like how we have spare parts, if need be, for the rotation: Lee, Sowers, etc.
  2.  Asdrubal quite possibly may be the next Omar, but at 2nd.  Some of the plays he made in the post season were vintage Omar, and he is a joy to watch.  Once he gets more acclimated to big league pitching, I think he will put up similar numbers to Omar, as well.  He'll have a solid avg, get on base any way possible, and score some runs in that 2 spot.  *Side note: with his emergence, I do believe we can use Barfield as a bargaining chip to help get a corner outfielder (Chris Duncan on STL??).
  3.  Even with a down year from Hafner, and a "below expectations" from Sizemore in regards to average and OB %, we were still one game from the WS.  They are both too talented not to have better '08s.  Please don't think I am taking anything away from either one of them this year, but I forsee potential MVP-type years from both of them.
  4.  Our young pen is nasty (regardless of post season) and Borowski can be Mesa again next year - scares you when he comes in, but more often than not, he does what he is supposed to.  If we can keep them healthy - and hungry - they will again be a big source of strength next year.
  5.  Wedge is the right man for the job.  I won't lie, I was not a big supported of his hiring 4 years ago, and after last year, I was really upset with his approach.  However, after seeing how well the team responds to him and how well he manages the veterans and youth alike, I think he is a great fit for our team.  Sticking with what got them to the post season was a great approach, and as this team gets older and more cohesive, we'll see that pay dividends in years to come.  
  6.  Lofton is a great fit for this team, and should be brought back next year.  We were lacking a corner ourfielder, and his willingness to play LF, showed that he wanted to be here.  And after the support he received from the city, I think he'll want to end his career with the Tribe.
These are just some of the things I have been thinking of the last few days, because as we all know, the season is over.  Baseball for me doesn't start again until after Valentine's day.  Feel free to comment and add your own thoughts about what you learned this year.  It was a great run, and I am proud to be a member of the Tribe and a Clevelander!!
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