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2016 Indians preseason prospect rankings

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. Below the list I'll offer a few thoughts on notable players I don't have ranked here. I just feel more comfortable rankings players I've seen and have good information on. If I have neither, then my ranking doesn't provide something that's worth reading. Additionally, any player that has appeared in a big league game also won't be on my list (i.e. Erik Gonzalez, Adam Plutko, Shawn Armstrong) Click here for the whole story
Sports Podcast with Tim Shirer.  We talk about the Lake County Captains, Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavaliers 06-25-2017   
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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.

E For Effort?

It would be incredibly easy for me to say "the Indians just aren't giving enough effort" or "someone needs to light a fire under them." Or one of those lazy cliches. Indians Manager Terry Francona has made what read as subtle jabs at effort or focus such as his comments after the Saturday loss to Kansas City saying that wasn't nearly good enough and then again after their loss to Colorado Wednesday saying he hopes they realize how important every game is and that the only thing they are consistent with is being inconsistent. Click here for the whole story
Captains Perseverance Leads to Win Over Fort Wayne  
To say the Lake County Captains season to date has been one of perseverance would be an understatement. They were eliminated from playoff contention in the first half weeks ago, incurred two, six game losing streaks and a five game losing streak. Every player this half has gone through their respective trials and tribulations as young minor leaguers.

There do not seem to be many Captains who will be due for promotion after the All-Star break that gut good first half minor league teams often. Their best bullpen pieces may wind up in Lynchburg along with catcher and DH Li-Jen Chu, but the majority should return. So that the Captains have won three of four to end their last home stand of the first half and five of eight overall on the home stand, concluding with a 7-3 win over Fort Wayne (Padres).. Click here for the whole story
Cavaliers smack Warriors 137-116 to stay alive in Finals 
In a circumstance few thought would, or could, occur, the 2017 NBA Finals will head to a Game 5.

In convincing fashion Friday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 137-116 in Quicken Loans Arena to extend a series that stood 3-0 in favor of the team from the Bay Area. Speaking of the Bay Area, that’s where the Cavs will head to once again attempt to keep their season alive.

“Game 3 was obviously a tough pill to swallow, but we felt like we played pretty good and we were only a few plays away from winning that game,” Kevin Love said. “But tonight, we felt we pushed the pace, and I think we scored 49 in that first quarter and had a great first half. So that set the tone for the rest of the game, and we’re hoping that that carries over for Game 5."  Click here for the whole story