#9: Acta’s Chance To Be The Man

Second in the series: The Top 10 Things Tribe Fans Should Watch in 2011

Manny Acta‘s coaching resume is a somewhat misleading, seemingly depressing pile of missed opportunities and difficult assignments, but let’s take a close look and try to see a clearer picture of the man who’s leading the Tribe into a 2011 season that is rife with young talent that needs coaching.

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Welcome to Baseball Season!

It is February 14th and most of us in Northeast Ohio are still looking at snow. Mountains and mountains and mountains of snow.  I don’t know about any of you but this is the time of year when I start to ask myself why I live in Northeast Ohio because the snow stopped being pretty three snowstorms ago. I am just snow exhausted. Surely, Arizona has better weather, right?

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So Close In Kinston

Six hundred and fifty miles mostly south, and mostly on I-77, sits Kinston, NC, the home of the Cleveland Indians Class A Advanced affiliate, the Kinston Indians.

Class A Advanced is a full season league jammed in between Class A and Class AA. Which makes no sense to me, because Kinston is clearly not close to being between Eastlake and Akron, OH, but I don’t decide these things.  Really, though, Advanced A (or High-A) is just like Single A, but is usually a promotion for the players, as opposed to being placed here.

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Down On The Farm: Meet Jared Goedert

One of the things we can do with the Down On The Farm section of 90 Feet And Running is recap the previous week’s minor league action, and deliver all any juicy news coming from the farm system.  Another thing that Down On The Farm affords us is a chance to introduce some key Indians minor league players.  Last week featured the players that I think are the Indians top three prospects; Lonnie Chisenhall, Jason Kipnis and Drew Pomeranz.  This week I’ll be sitting down to introduce you to another Tribe prospect, Jared Goedert.

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My Significant Other

I love sports. It doesn’t matter what kind of ball, puck, stick or engine the game has:  if it’s on, I’ll watch it. But even I have to admit that when that last whistle blows in the final quarter of the Super Bowl, I get a twinge of excitement that I can feel in my toes. It’s a twinge that most people feel for their significant other but mine has nothing to do with the impending Valentine’s Day holiday. It’s an excitement that builds in me from the minute that the calendar turns into the new year until the day that pitchers and catchers report to spring training. 

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We're Talkin' Football

I know, I know – there’s a reason that I cover baseball and not football for MTAF and, yes, I know that, in my first year of fantasy football I had to ask all of Twitter to help me figure out how to replace my safety that got hurt one day after I drafted him.  But I did finish in 3rd place after the regular season so take THAT hard core fantasy football people! I know SOME stuff!)

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Rain, Rain Go Away

This summer, I finally got to attend a Browns game and sit in the Dawg Pound. It was pre-season but it didn’t matter because we were not only in the Dawg Pound but sitting in the front row. I’ve been to many Browns games over the years but sitting in the Dawg Pound has always alluded me. I had big visions of catching Josh Cribbs as he jumped into the stands after catching a touchdown. 

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