If I’m not mistaken, the Dolans voted in favor for the latest basic agreement with the players union. You know, the one that keeps teams like the Indians, Royals and Pirates in mediocrity.
My point is that the Dolans can’t have their cake and eat it too, right? They can’t cry, “Poor Cleveland, we’re a mid-market team, so we can’t keep these players,” but vote for a system that puts them in this position. Next time you interview Paul Dolan, why don’t you ask him that question? I think his answer will speak a thousand words.
I don’t knock the Dolans (like most fans) for not spending money, I knock them for not being at the forefront of negotiations with the players union and leading the charge of “no mas!” If they did this, at least they would have my respect and that of the other Cleveland fans.
The Dolans don’t set the agenda for negotiations with the players union. If you think they can propose a salary cap and just wave their hand and make it happen, you have been reading too many fairy tales.
Of course, they voted for the agreement. Should they campaign for a lockout when the game has been in better shape financially (for them, too) than it has in years?
By the way, Paul Dolan’s answer will speak a thousand words only if he uses that many. He might be able to explain it to you in 100, but he would have to limit his vocabulary words of two syllables or fewer.
The Tribe fired Manny Acta, really? He is the reason why they stink? Or is it the talent on the team? Does it really matter who the manager is? Chris Antonetti stated he bears responsibility in this; however, he didn’t fire himself. Whoever is responsible for putting together this farm system type roster should be fired!
Mr. Dolan, if you really love Cleveland and the fans, please sell the team. Call Mark Cuban and see if he will buy the team. I refuse to pay major-league prices to watch little-league players.
Believe it or not, the Indians hear you. They’re just not sure how to fix everything.
Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro and General Manager Chris Antonetti are signed through 2012. Any thoughts concerning when there might be news concerning the Tribe’s plans to extend or not extend their contracts?
Might one or both be in jeopardy of being fired? Might one or both be considering employment elsewhere?
There seems to be some confusion about the length of Shapiro’s and Antonetti’s contracts, but they both will be back next season. I suggest you contact them personally if you’re hiring.