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Bob Hunter commentary: Deadline deal will not help Indians now, or in future | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 14 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 25, 2011, titled Bob Hunter commentary: Deadline deal will not help Indians now, or in future | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline bearing down on the Cleveland Indians like a heat-seeking missile, the Tribe lost in ugly fashion again yesterday.

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Since: Sep 09

Springfield, OH

#1 Jul 25, 2011

Those who really think the current economic revenue model in major league baseball is just peachy are rooting for the Indians to win - so they can say, well, er, "the economic revenue model is just fine." The Indians have the 3rd lowest payroll in major league baseball and if it weren't for Travis Hafner's $13M salary this season, they would have the lowest - easily.

The Indians and Pirates are being trumpeted by writers in NY, Boston, and Philadelphia as evidence that Major League Baseball doesn't need an overhaul of their salary structure.

Adding a free agent or two at the trade deadline isn't going to help a team with this low of a payroll (Cleveland) to do anything except perhaps make a run at .500. Now and forever.

“The One, The True”

Since: Dec 09


#2 Jul 25, 2011
Even if this team gets back on track and stays in contention for the division lead, do these young players have the mettle to win it down the stretch?

I've got to say no. I told people back when the Indians seemed dominant that the first 40 games don't mean a thing. Every year, however, people seem to forget how long the schedule really is. The same time people were singing the Indians' praises the experts were wondering if Boston had given up too much ground.
Dago T

West Des Moines, IA

#3 Jul 25, 2011

First time reader, long time (sort of) Indians fan.

Great story. Unlike Hoynes, you managed to get through it with nary a typo. Heck, Hoynes usually can't get through the first graph w/out making a mistake.

I deleted the Plain Old Dealer bookmark several weeks ago and only once did I get tricked into reading another piece of Hoynes drivel since; it was a link from Yahoo! just like yours today.

Now that I've found someone over the age of 12 who can write who follows the Tribe, I'm looking forward to more from you. You are hereby bookmarked -- just don't let me down. That's what we have the Indians for!

United States

#4 Jul 25, 2011
I would say just ride the season out instead of giving away some good prospects. Next year has to be better and hopefully Grady will be Grady again.

Columbus, OH

#5 Jul 25, 2011
This time of the year the Tribe usually holds their annual fire sale. Even though I somewhat agree with Hunter, it would be nice to see them at least try for a change.
Gene Smith is delusional

Independence, OH

#6 Jul 25, 2011
The only reason the Tribe is even in the conversation is because of a lucky-hot start and a terrible central Division. They aren't contenders for anything no matter how much Shapiro wants to spin it. They have some major holes to start thinking about for 2012 and beyond. Take care of that. Dolan won't ever spend so you have to compenstate for that.

Dublin, OH

#7 Jul 25, 2011

I disagree with making no deals at all. Your basic argument holds for a blockbuster deal in which the team gives up several top prospects. However, giving up a few lower quality prospects, which the farm system has an abundance of, for an OF that helps this year and next year makes perfect sense. The Indians are not in this position often in the current economic model in baseball and should take advantage of this chance. IF nothing else, they will get more fans in the seats and have more money to spend for next year's run.

Grove City, OH

#8 Jul 25, 2011
The ownership is not committed to winning therefore do not expect the Tribe to make a move to compete down the stretch.
Have to agree

Columbus, OH

#9 Jul 25, 2011
I'm a lifelong Tribe fan and as fun as the first half was, it's obvious they are still a year or two from really contending and I'd have to see them give up some of the great young players for someone who likely won't make much of a different anyways. If they would still make the playoffs somehow I can't see them making it out of the first round. The hitting has atrocious since the first 40-50 games, so even having great pitching, they will lose 2-1, 3-1, etc. It's been fun while it lasted though!
ron carcella

Youngstown, OH

#10 Jul 25, 2011
Who would want to play for ther Indians rotating lineups? I was always of the opinion that you put a team on the field, let them play together and jell into a cohesive unit. Where we ever thought that reading stats was the makings of a good manager is baffling.Acta took all the praise at the start of the season for being a miracle worker mow he must take the blame for being what he is.(CONFUSED).Marson should catch as Santana is not all that good. Let him play first base O Caberra at second, Asdrubal at short,Chisennal at third and Kapinas,Carrea, Brantley inthe outfield and let that be your lineup and leave it alone.
ron carcella

Youngstown, OH

#11 Jul 25, 2011

United States

#12 Jul 25, 2011
you are wrong roll tribe. your negativity isn't going to get me. choo will come back strong.
rich irwin

Avon, OH

#13 Jul 25, 2011
the cleve. indians will never be winners while the dolin family owns the team, traded good players for young unprove ones .batting & piching coachs just what kind of job are they doing to adjust cental divison teams can,t beat others as cleve can,t win in there own divison .


Columbus, OH

#14 Jul 25, 2011
rich irwin wrote:
the cleve. indians will never be winners while the dolin family owns the team, traded good players for young unprove ones .batting & piching coachs just what kind of job are they doing to adjust cental divison teams can,t beat others as cleve can,t win in there own divison .
You don't know how many times I've prayed that Mark Cuban would want to buy the Indians and would somehow get approval by MLB.

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