How many times has Asdrubal Cabrera been picked off first base? Answer, way too many. It seems to me that the cause is inattention or laziness. Why doesn’t Manny Acta fine him and anyone else who has more than two pickoffs?
Acta needs to get tougher and use better judgment with pitchers (translation, take them out faster), or else HE SHOULD BE LET GO NOW!
I have to take off a few points for lack of a segue between Asdrubal’s pickoffs and Manny’s handling of pitchers.
That aside, Cabrera has been picked off three times this year, which is nothing to brag about but not nearly bad enough to write an email to me, as if it’s the reason for the decline of Western civilization. Maybe Acta did fine Cabrera. If he did, he wouldn’t tell the media. If he didn’t, so what?
As for Acta’s timely removal of pitchers, you are the first to gripe about it. Maybe nobody else is paying attention. Or maybe you’re paying too much attention.
We all remember that the reason the Tribe had to have — just had to have! — a new ballpark in the ’90s was because fans just wouldn’t show up at the bad old Municipal Stadium.
I’ve always thought that had the Indians stayed in the big ballpark by the lake, the crowds would have filled it during the era of Albert Belle, Carlos Baerga, Kenny Lofton, Omar Vizquel, etc., etc.
The fact it happened at the Jacobs Field venue was not what brought in the fans. Bring back Municipal Stadium!
I can’t believe anyone thinks this way.
For starters, if Jacobs Field had not been built, we in Northeast Ohio would be watching the New Orleans Indians or the Vancouver Indians on television.
For another, basic marketing theory holds that if you have 75,000 seats in a sport that seldom draws more than 45,000 customers, few people will bother to buy tickets in advance or purchase season tickets, because there always are seats available. Baseball teams would die a slow death if fans didn’t buy tickets in advance.
So besides the dilapidated state of Cleveland Stadium, the inadequate fan amenities and the lack of luxury seating that brings in tens of millions of dollars, that is the reason a new ballpark was necessary.
I find it refreshing that Chris Perez, a member of the Cleveland Indians, had the courage to say what all of the sportswriters around town seem so afraid to say: And that is the Indians are a pathetic organization heading nowhere because the ownership is clueless and cheap, and the general manager doesn’t have the slightest idea what constitutes a good deal.
Now, let’s do what is right, Sheldon! Teach that loudmouth Perez that honesty in this town will not be tolerated! Trade him!!
Are you saying I’m afraid to tell you what I think is the truth? Have I been writing that the Indians are in fine shape because they have the perfect blend of an owner with deep pockets and a front office that operates far ahead of the curve?