Since play has resumed following the All-Star break, Jason Kipnis has worked hard to remind the American League that he’s one of the best second basemen in the league. Befittingly, to honor the Tribe’s man at second, I promise to step my game up for this week’s What’s on Second, our weekly recap of some of the best musings from the premier Tribe blogs on the web.
Joseph Coblitz has kept busy, both recapping every game since the Break and producing original content such as One Through Nine, One Game at a Time, a look at Francona’s mantra, and Do the 25 Man Roster Shuffle, exploring the bouncing of many Indians between the majors and AAA.
What fan doesn’t cringe when hearing that a player is sidelined with the ever-pesky oblique injury. In A Season Long Pain in the Side, Chris Burnham discusses Kipnis’ earlier injury and its lasting effects.
2014 will not be remembered as good defensive year for the Tribe. Ryan McCrystal makes an argument that Carlos Santana is the Indians’ best defensive player.
The minor leagues are full of incredible stories of work ethic and perseverance. Be sure to read Davies Defies Odds With Hard Work by Ryan Hohman, one such tale from AAA Columbus.
As the Trade Deadline looms just more than a week away, be certain to read the Five Rules that should apply to any Tribe trade. Credit to Mike Brandyberry for the piece.
The best way to draw my attention to a post – embed a video of Belle crushing Vina. Regardless of that video’s deployment in the story, I was already certain to read WFNY’s Roundtable Discussion of Baseball Aesthetics: what does it mean to like certain players more than others.
Scott Sargent preps Tribe fans for Second Half Story Lines.
Wahoo’s on First
Merrit Rohlfing welcomed Jason Parks from Baseball Prospectus on the most recent Wahoo’s on the Mic. Listen to the audio here.
While speculation runs rampant surrounding the Cleveland Cavaliers and their top pick possibly leaving town, Ed Carroll takes a look at one of the Tribe’s top pick who won’t be going anywhere, 38th overall pick, Mike Papi, and his recent promotion to the Lake County Captains.
For those looking forward to a big Trade Deadline deal, Evan Vogel explains why you should expect to be let down.
But no trade could be a good thing. Some deadline deals break your heart. Read Steve Kinsella’s breakdown of the Buddy Bell trade.
Finally, some shameless self promotion, here is a link to my piece on why a fielder should be the Tribe’s primary Deadline target.