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Mark "The Bird" Fidyrch died today at 54. He was one-of-a-kind, and for one season captivated the...

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Mark "The Bird" Fidyrch died today at 54. He was one-of-a-kind, and for one season captivated the game, drawing massive crowds wherever he pitched.

Why the newspaper industry shakeout isn't all bad

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"Here is the problem," writes the eminently clueless Mike Perry for The Morning Journal. "As far as pitching goes what you see on the roster now is what the Indians are stuck with. There is no Phil Hughes, Clay Bucholz or David Price in the Indians system ..." Perry is apparently unaware of a pitcher in the Indians system who: (a) was a first-round draft pick just a few years ago. (b) was the best pitcher in the Indians organization last season, arguably the best in all of Double-A and one of the best in Triple-A. (c) is rated as the third-best pitcher the Indians have right now, behind only Lee and Carmona, by the leading projection systems. (d) would be rated about the same way by most scouts. (e) was the Opening Day starter for the Indians top farm team in Columbus. So Perry has written an entire column about the fact that the Indians don't have a certain type of player ... when in fact, the Indians have exactly that player. He might as well write: "You know, the problem is that the Indians don't have a closer who can get strikeouts." Or how about: "If only the Indians had a center fielder who was a Gold Glover and could also hit 30 home runs." The newspaper industry is in turmoil, and a lot of people are going to lose their jobs if they haven't lost them already. In this guy's case, that will actually be a good thing.

Legendary Phillies announcer Kalas dead at 73

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He collapsed before today's Phillies/Nationals game.

[Hafner] has hit a lot of balls hard over the years," Wedge said. "But if he's hit one harder than...

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[Hafner] has hit a lot of balls hard over the years," Wedge said. "But if he's hit one harder than he hit that one today, I don't remember it."

Castro Recap

Manny Interested in Return to Cleveland?

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Let's trade for him right now. Lee for Manny?

Bill Wambsganss rockin' the best unis in Cleveland history. From Paul Lukas' Uni Watch blog, from...

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Bill Wambsganss rockin' the best unis in Cleveland history. From Paul Lukas' Uni Watch blog, from long-time contributor Larry Bodnovich who recolorizes old photos. Fantastic stuff here, I encourage you all to check out the blog if you don't already know it. As an aside, these will look damn good on us in 2010.

Insult to Injury

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Bartolo Colon threw 6 shutout innings. For the White Sox. Against Minnesota. This cannot continue. Can it?

This Morning - appearing with Kenny Roda on ESPN Radio

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Starting around 10 a.m. or shortly thereafter, I'll be in the studio with Kenny Roda on WKNR 850 AM. I'll be talking about the Indians' season-opening free-fall, possibly taking some calls with Kenny. Should be streaming live from the link above.

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