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Does MLB need ESPN for its future? While We’re Waiting

MLB is struggling from a lack of superstar marketability. ESPN is losing subscribers. What will happen when MLB’s next TV deal expires in 2021?

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Ranking the AL Central on a historical basis

Sure, Kansas City has recent history on their side, but what about if we look back a bit further?

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Put Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame: While We’re Waiting…

Pete Rose deserves his lifetime ban from baseball, but his Hall of Fame ban makes no sense at all.

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Say it Like it’s 1986: JUUULIOOOOO!

Roger is like a brother to me. And for good reason: he is. Almost four years younger than me, he turned 50 on May 1. I texted him, asking if he is supposed to be buying a sports car or something. By that age, haven’t you entered “mid-life crisis” territory? When I was in college

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In defense of the under-appreciated Carlos Santana

In a season that largely has been better than expected, it’s hard to tell that based only on the vitriolic commentary about the Cleveland Indians. Yes, of late, among the variety of possible scapegoats, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera has been the most prominent and deserving punching bag. The 27-year-old former All-Star has been all over the

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MLB News: Indians call up Joe Martinez, send down Matt Langwell

The Indians have recalled RHP Joe Martinez from AAA Columbus and optioned RHP Matt Langwell down in his place. “Martinez, 30, has spent the entire season with the Clippers, going 2-6 with a 6.23 ERA (86.2 IP, 119 H, 64 R-60 ER, 21 BB, 56 SO) in 15 games/starts. Although he has appeared in 19

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While We’re Waiting… All baseball talk, all the time

“While We’re Waiting” serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com. Anytime FanGraphs writes about positive things in the Tribe organization, I’m thrilled. With this, I’m bouncing-off-the-walls ecstatic: “In 2013, the 27-year-old Santana might be

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The Diff: Baseball attendance in April, sellout streaks

Last week’s version of The Diff was tremendous fun as we journeyed through the land of quality starts in baseball. With the Indians’ back-and-forth 5-7 start to the season, that post likely remains incredibly relevant. Now, we stick with the same sport but head to something more external: April attendance. Attendance is always a topical

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Headlines

Ken Babby Emerging as Likely New Owner for Akron Aeros

In a rumor that’s been over a year in the making, Stephanie Storm of the Akron Beacon Journal had the latest on Saturday about a likely pending ownership change for the Double-A Aeros: Either Ken Babby happens to be the biggest Aeros fan known to minor-league baseball or he’s the new owner in waiting. What

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MLB’s new CBA and What It Means for the Indians: Part 1 – League Minimum Players

Last week, MLB’s owners and players agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement that is guaranteed to extend MLB’s labor peace for another five years.  Generally speaking, this is a good thing.  After watching the ugliness unfold in recent months around the NFL and NBA, I feel lucky that my favorite sport seems more or

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No Deal

Tribe Ace Sets Aside Contract Talks Look up the definition of ‘bad news’ in the dictionary. As the Indians pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training today, CC Sabathia made news on his own. In a statement on his own personal website, Sabathia has said that he will not discuss a contract extension during the

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