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2017 Indians preseason prospect rankings

BY JUSTIN LADA
SENIOR WRITER
Author's notes: I decided not to do a pre-season prospect ranking list last year because I didn't see enough of the system in 2015 and didn't feel I had enough information and observations to write something worth reading. I didn't get a chance to do a mid-season ranking and I at least saw enough games this year to do a list for 2017.

A couple of caveats about this list/ranking; I won't rank a player I either haven't seen or haven't had enough reports on, which is why you won't see players like Brady Aiken, Will Benson and Nolan Jones among others on my initial list.  Click here for the whole story
What is the current state of the Indians?
Opinion by Justin Lada

Beginning an article about the state of the Cleveland Indians is difficult because I'm not sure if the Indians know where they are.

While it's currently June 9 and is no longer early, there's also a lot of reasons to not panic about the Indians 29-28 record and the issues that have brought them to this point. Click here for the whole story
Lake Erie College Baseball to play home games at Classic Park beginning in 2017 thru 2020

(PAINESVILLE, OH) – The Lake Erie College baseball team announced a three year partnership with Classic Park on Monday (August 21). Per the agreement, the Storm will now play all home contests at Classic Park in Eastlake, Ohio thru 2020. 

"We are excited to announce a multi-year agreement with Classic Park in Eastlake, Ohio to play all of our home games both Great Midwest Athletic Conference games as well as non-conference games, effective this coming season. Classic Park is one of the best facilities in the region with aesthetics and amenities that are unmatched" said Head Coach Cameron Castro. Click here for the whole story

Cavaliers help out future with Irving trade 
​ BY STONE LEXINGTON
CAVALIERS BEAT WRITER
The Cleveland Cavaliers pulled it off. The franchise that has appeared in the last three NBA Finals had a proverbial gun held to its head when superstar point guard Kyrie Irving requested a trade earlier this summer. The Cavs had two options once Irving made his request known: keep him on the team and force him to play out the remaining two years on his contract (excluding his 2019-20 player option) in Cleveland, or trade him to another team and hope to get something of value in return. Tuesday evening, the Cavs executed the latter.  Click here for the whole story
Gruesome injury overshadows Cavaliers opening night win 102-99  
​ BY STONE LEXINGTON
CAVALIERS BEAT WRITER
At long last, the new NBA season arrived Tuesday night, opening with the Boston Celtics visiting the Cleveland Cavaliers. Thanks, basketball gods.

It wasn’t difficult to eagerly anticipate the new season, considering the league just experienced its best offseason in its laudable history. While it’s always intriguing to see how high rookie draft picks will fare in their first season (Lonzo Ball, Markelle Fultz, Josh Jackson, De’Aaron Fox, Jason Tatum, etc.), there was plenty of superstar movement in the league during this year’s warmest months.

Former Los Angles Clippers point guard Chris Paul will run alongside James Harden in Houston this season, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony will play with Mr. Triple-Double, Russell Westbrook, this season in Oklahoma City and Jimmy Butler moved north to Minnesota from Chicago.  Click here for the whole story
Cavaliers 2017-18 season's direction a mystery 
​ BY STONE LEXINGTON
CAVALIERS BEAT WRITER
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2017-18 season officially began on Monday as the team held its annual media day. Where the season takes the Cavs is the mystery.   Click here for the whole story
Gordon Hayward's injury puts what's important in sport in perspective
Opinion by Tim Shirer
I was writing a completely different piece tonight until the 6:45 mark of the first period of the opening game of the 2017 NBA season between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. The 6:45 mark of the first period was when I realized my commentary would no longer be relevant due to an injury on the court to Celtics forward Gordon Hayward. The injury was gruesome and bothered some of the most seasoned sports writers I know who were in attendance.

This made me think a minute. It made me think how people around the United States will be talking about Hayward’s injury and it was very gruesome and I feel bad for Hayward. I have never interviewed him or met him but he seems like a pretty stand-up guy. When I saw the replay I instantly flashed back to 1985 and Joe Thiesman’s leg injury against the New York Giants on Monday Night football. The crowd at The Q went silent. The crowd was silent due to an injury to a player on a team that the fans in attendance had venom in their hearts for. But the injury changed that at least for a fleeting period.:  Click here for the whole story