Being one of the lone new guys on a World Series contender can be tough, but Yonder Alonso seems to be fitting in quite well with his new club. His personality seems to fit just right with his Indians teammates.
Kevin Love won’t have the opportunity to actually play with his new teammates until he fully recovers from his hand injury in a few weeks, but it’s obvious that he loves the new-look Cavs and can’t wait to get back on the court. They already look much improved, just wait until they gain more chemistry and get Love back. Watch out, Eastern Conference (and the rest of the NBA).
A key part of the Indians’ World Series run in 2016, Rajai Davis has returned to the Indians. The veteran outfielder has signed a Minor League contract with Cleveland, which includes an invite to Spring Training with the big league club.
Kerry Coombs will be tough to replace, but Urban Meyer seems to have made a home-run hire, bringing back former Ohio State cornerbacks coach and most recently Temple defensive coordinator Taver Johnson, who was the cornerbacks coach on Jim Tressel’s staff in Columbus from 2007-11.
For the first time since January 6, 2014, the Buckeyes are ranked in the top 10, coming it at No. 8 in the AP Top 25 after upsetting Purdue and dominating Iowa last week.
Cavs could potentially bring in Kendrick Perkins not to help them on the court, but the veteran would could potentially help the transition following the roster overhaul, along with his experience and leadership in the locker room. With the departure of Channing Frye, a guy that keeps things going well behind the scenes is important. Essentially, Perkins’ contributions off the court are more important to the Cavs than his potential contributions on the court.
When Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was recruiting the No. 2-ranked offensive tackle in the country and best player in Ohio, Jackson Carman, he told the kid that Meyer was on the back half of his career and Swinney himself was just starting up. The negative (and untrue) recruiting was one of the few reasons why Carman chose Clemson over Ohio State. That seems to be one of the reasons why Ohio State has given Meyer both an extension and a pay raise.
WIth so much pressure to improve the team, first-year general manager Koby Altman came through and had an incredible deadline day. Just how good does it seem to be? He got the nod of approval from former general manager David Griffin Tha’ts a good thing, right?
Dwyane Wade back to Miami, a whole slew of youthful wings back to Cleveland and somehow Koby Altman rid the roster of some bad contracts. Here we go.
It seemed as though Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was head to New England to be the Patriots new defensive coordinator. Contrary to reports earlier this week, Schiano will remain in Columbus and will receive a nice little pay raise from the Buckeyes because of it.
Reports today surfaced with the news that the Cleveland Indians had trade talks with the Boston Red Sox centered around Edwin Encarnacion and Jackie Bradley Jr.
After being left off the midseason Wooden Award Top 25 watch list just over three weeks ago, Ohio State Buckeyes star forward Keita Bates-Diop has been added to the Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 list. To say it’s a well-deserved nomination would be an understatement.
After dominating Indiana and taking care of business against Illinois this past week, the Ohio State Buckeyes jumped from No. 17 to No. 14 in the latest Associated Press Top 25, their second-highest ranking of the season. The Buckeyes travel to West Lafayette to take on No. 3 Purdue Wednesday night, in what is arguably the biggest game of the regular season in the Big Ten and one that could determine who wins the Big Ten regular season title.
A key part of the Cavs’ championship run in 2016, J.R. Smith has struggled since winning his first title ring. It seems to be the reason that the Cavaliers have included him in a number of trade offers.
The status of the Brooklyn pick seems to be one of the biggest questions surrounding Thursday’s trade deadline.
Once projected to finish 11th in the Big Ten, Ohio State (66-to-1) has the 17th-best odds to win the NCAA Tournament. Chris Holtmann’s first season in Columbus was supposed to be filled with plenty of inconsistencies and maybe an NIT berth, no one expected this. Now, the Buckeyes not only have a shot to win the Big Ten, but are in the driver’s seat for a spot in March Madness as well.
After making their debut at No. 22 in the AP Poll two weeks ago and jumping up to No. 13, for the first time all season, the Ohio State Buckeyes have fallen in the latest AP Poll after getting upset by the Penn State Nittany Lions in Columbus last Thursday. The scarlet and gray dropped to No. 17 in Monday’s AP Top 25. It will be interesting to see how the Buckeyes bounce back following their first loss in nine games.
Chief Wahoo will be no more.
After a deal to bring Sacramento Kings point guard George Hill to the Cleveland Cavaliers was reportedly “on the one-yard line” last week, things seemed to have changed over the weekend. It looks as though Hill will no longer become a Cav after he supposedly declined to agree to a potential buyout this offseason if LeBron James were to leave the wine and gold. It seems as though this is all on owner Dan Gilbert—again.
A 13th-round draft pick out of Illinois State College in 1989, the Indians originally brought Jim Thome up as a third baseman. When the club acquired third baseman Matt Williams in 1997, Thome was moved to first base. There was no looking back. Thome is officially a Hall of Famer.