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“So how about enjoying the “rise” of these players? How about the organization touting THESE players to generate fan interest instead of relying on nostalgia – either real (like Lofton) or perceived (the Joe Carter bobblehead) – to draw the interest of the fanbase? Sure, there may be some hesitation to promote individual players, knowing what we know about how these players eventually end up wearing uniforms that don’t say “CLEVELAND”, but this is an exciting group of players who is winning games in a compelling way, night in and night out.” [Cousineau/The DiaTribe]
“Acta said one unfortunate trend of late is having one or two hitters on a hot streak while others slump. Lately, it has been Michael Brantley who has been swinging a hot bat for Cleveland. He went 3-for-4 on Sunday and is now hitting .321 (25-for-78) over his past 19 games after hitting .196 (11-for-56) in his first 13 games this season. With Johnny Damon still struggling (0-for-3 Sunday and now hitting .159), it seems like a good time to consider moving Brantley back into the No. 1 spot.” [Bastian/MLB]
“Benjamin Flashes: Fourth-round draft choice WR Travis Benjamin made a couple of nice catches, including a slant for a touchdown on the minicamp’s last play. Shurmur was asked if he thought Benjamin would be in the mix to see a lot of action in the offense.
“I would say so,” he said. “I saw a lot of good things from him.” Benjamin caught the eye of Weeden, as well. “He can really fly,” Weeden said. “He’ll only get better and we’ll get better chemistry, like I have with (Josh) Cooper (five years at Oklahoma St.)” [Greetham/The OBR]
“The scout speaks the truth, as Robinson isn’t a great jump shooter — but it’s not a good idea to leave him open, either. He isn’t necessarily an unstoppable force down low — but he’s strong and nimble enough to get off his shot against taller defenders. He isn’t a fantastic passer by any stretch — but you don’t have to worry about him committing a turnover when double-teamed.
“He isn’t going to wow anybody with his style of play, but he gets the job done with very good fundamentals and raw strength,” said another scout. “He’s a physical specimen who also is a very smart and competitive.”
Robinson finished his junior season with averages of 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds per game. He’s not great off the dribble, with his back to the basket or running the floor. But he is good enough in each area and, again, proved he could overcome his shortcomings via pure determination.” [Amico/FSO]
Finally, Terry Pluto’s Sunday notes are usually required reading, and this week is no exception. [Pluto/Cleveland.com]