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6.19.2016

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The problem with the metro is also the fact the rust belt of so many different large companies leaving. Cleveland draws in people from the surrounding counties even into Erie PA for their fan base, but with that area losing thousands of factory/good paying jobs, it caused people to move away and/or not be able to pay for tickets like they used to.

The economy isn't horrible, but growing up in Canton, I saw the 90s and after and its just not the same with the jobs leaving and being replaced by jobs that don't nearly make the same per hour.
I think what I was trying to say in all of this don’t discount sort of rebuilding process for the actual city which in turn would probably help the team with attendance and business advertisements/parternships.
Feel-good story of the day on this topic:


Incidentally, these two other cities have some good MLB success.

I hope this also bodes well for Giannis to stay in Milwaukee, as the city deserves that, although he is also of course welcome to move seven hours east on I-90 if the Cavs can pay him. :)
 
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I heard the NBA is serious about finishing their season, possibly starting in July in Orlando at Disneyworld. If that happens and baseball also starts in July we'll go from famine to feast practically overnight. Then the Browns start training camp later in the month.

I'm wondering is there's any chance of seeing an Indians game, a Cavs game, and a Browns exhibition game on the same day. That would be a once-in-a-lifetime event.

This is assuming the people running all three leagues find a way around Covid, though, and there's no guarantee on that.
 

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I heard the NBA is serious about finishing their season, possibly starting in July in Orlando at Disneyworld. If that happens and baseball also starts in July we'll go from famine to feast practically overnight. Then the Browns start training camp later in the month.

I'm wondering is there's any chance of seeing an Indians game, a Cavs game, and a Browns exhibition game on the same day. That would be a once-in-a-lifetime event.

This is assuming the people running all three leagues find a way around Covid, though, and there's no guarantee on that.
I think almost everyone is fine with the NBA calling off the regular season and jumping to the playoffs based on current standings.

There are TV contracts that "require" 70 NBA games to fulfill, but I use quotation marks because there may be workarounds.

Now if we have the Cavs opener next season - even if November/December - on the same day as a major-implications game for the AFC North-leading Browns...and an Indians playoff game...
 

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Keith Law put out his newest mock draft for The Athletic. Here's a blurb on his Indians pick:

23. Cleveland Indians: Mick Abel, RHP, Jesuit (Ore.) HS

If I’m in the ballpark here, this would be the first draft ever that didn’t have a high school pitcher go in the top 20 picks, a reflection of the college-heavy class and the abrupt end to the spring before pitchers like Abel or Nick Bitsko (who could go in the 21-40 range) got a chance to pitch in any games. Cleveland has had no issue at all taking risks on high-upside high school arms the last three years with Brady Aiken (which didn’t work out), Ethan Hankins (promising so far), and Danny Espino (TBD).
New mock from Law out today. New pick for the Indians, but still a prep pitcher (Law has Abel now going 18th overall to the Diamondbacks):

23. Cleveland Indians: Jared Kelley, RHP, Refugio (Texas) HS

Cleveland hasn’t taken a college player in the first round since 2014, and recently they’ve favored prep arms who’ve slipped for nonperformance concerns. Kelley was the top or No. 2 RHP in the class coming into the spring, but scouts have said his conditioning was questionable when he pitched before the shutdown.
 

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New mock from Law out today. New pick for the Indians, but still a prep pitcher (Law has Abel now going 18th overall to the Diamondbacks):

23. Cleveland Indians: Jared Kelley, RHP, Refugio (Texas) HS

Cleveland hasn’t taken a college player in the first round since 2014, and recently they’ve favored prep arms who’ve slipped for nonperformance concerns. Kelley was the top or No. 2 RHP in the class coming into the spring, but scouts have said his conditioning was questionable when he pitched before the shutdown.
Delivery looks simple and effortless and he pushes close to 100 mph. Seems to fit the mold we've sought.
 

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