Tag Archives: Mark Shapiro

Judging Jimmy Haslam Against Larry Dolan and Dan Gilbert

Once the news of the impending sale of controlling interest in the Cleveland Browns from Randy Lerner to businessman Jimmy Haslam III, I’ve really only had one key question on my mind; Is Haslam  a positive community activist or is he the kind of guy that cares more about talking about the problems than fixing them?

I don’t care so much whether or not Haslam needs to sell of his Pittsburgh Steelers stake before he can become an honorary Clevelander, and I there aren’t any hoots coming from me about where he was born (Detroit), where his business is headquartered (Tennessee), or even who he’s going to bring with him to run the team (rumors of ex-Eagles President Joe Banner are intriguing). I care about his nature as a businessman. Continue reading Judging Jimmy Haslam Against Larry Dolan and Dan Gilbert

For Shapiro and Antonetti the Time is Now

This weekend has been disastrous for Tribe fans.

The Indians were on the brink of breaking through. They just won the biggest series of the year, in comeback fashion, and all seemed to be looking up. Now that they beat Detroit, they could be buyers, not sellers, in the trade market. They could improve their team just enough to make the 2012 season a memorable one in Cleveland.

And just like that, all of that hope vanished. The Indians came into Minnesota looking to continue their momentum. They left Minnesota looking for answers.

Who is to blame?

Why can’t this team stay consistent?

Why can’t the Indians improve this team?

These questions are all in the air, and seemingly have no answer.

The Indians are 50-52 and all signs are pointing to them selling at the Trade Deadline. The Pirates, Rangers, and others are interested in Indians right fielder Shin Soo Choo. There have been rumors of the Tribe wanting to get rid of Masterson.

But why? Why get rid of these guys now? This team is obviously close to competing, so why take steps back?  Continue reading For Shapiro and Antonetti the Time is Now

Fair Praise and Criticism for the Cleveland Indians

 

By Josh Flagner

When the Cleveland Indians opened the 2012 season in lackluster fashion, there was no shortage of heavy criticism of the front office going around among fans.

The cries for General Manager Chris Antonetti and President Mark Shapiro’s head were being broadcast from the mountaintops of Twitter and Facebook for all to hear. The Indians had needed a right-handed bat all spring, yet none were brought into the fold. The Indians struck out on free agent acquisitions. The Indians were about to lose big time on the Ubaldo Jimenez for Alex White and Drew Pomeranz trade.

Not only were fans calling for the heads of the front office, but there was talk of gathering Continue reading Fair Praise and Criticism for the Cleveland Indians

Paul Dolan and the Indians Do What Randy Lerner and the Browns Can't

The life of a Cleveland sports fan is one of almost constant drama. Between the never-ending talk of how the Cleveland Browns will inevitably screw up the NFL draft, the Cavaliers losing down the stretch, and the small market stigma that the Indians front office has put on itself, many days Cleveland sports coverage sounds like slightly less drunk episode of Jersey Shore.

As fans, we usually either blame or credit ownership. Life is a top-down proposition. The few at the top are ultimately responsible for the many at the bottom, and there aren’t many instances that this is more evident than in a professional sports organization. Randy Lerner takes twice the daily blame than Continue reading Paul Dolan and the Indians Do What Randy Lerner and the Browns Can't

MTAF Daily: Ozzie Guillen Needs Patience, Cubs GM Watch, and Urlacher Update

Ozzie Guillen Thinks His Days Could be Numbered, Won’t Trash Organization

In the ongoing saga of will he or won’t he return to the White Sox next year, Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said this week that if he gets fired by the White Sox, he won’t bad mouth the organization.

That’s big of you Ozzie.

Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf will deliver the news of Guillen’s fate but the chatty manager has said he doesn’t know when a meeting will take place. Continue reading MTAF Daily: Ozzie Guillen Needs Patience, Cubs GM Watch, and Urlacher Update