The best way to make it through a long cold winter of no baseball when you operate a blog and write about it on almost-daily basis?
Don't write about it for two months, which is a large majority of that long cold winter...
Monday is the start of the week, so it seemed as good of a time as any. Excuse me friends as I dust off the blog log-in, trying to get in was a little hard. I'm not a fan of spiders (who really is?) and there was a big ole' spider web sticking in the corner of the doorway. I had to find a broom to knock it down. That took enough time.
Three paragraphs and I'm already making up dramatic sequences that are not real for the purposes of, well, I don't really know.
I have been away and look, it has been two months, and a few days, since I've even logged in to pen words, I'm a little rusty, so excuse the ups and downs and if I end up citing something in APA format, try and look past it, that's just grad school talking (Hoynes, 2014, p. I'm just kidding... no one cites Hoynes).
So in two months, we've got a Michael Brantley extension, Ubaldo signing with the O's, the Indians finally going to arbitration (but winning!), Masterson's little extension drama, the start of spring training, Tribe Fest, Santana's third base saga, a few interesting minor league vet signings (get your crepes ready), and probably a bunch of more stuff that I'm probably forgetting.
The cold hard truth of it all, is that I have been paying little attention. In fact, I've been pretty detached from Indians baseball for the first time in a long time. Of course, if there is a time to be detached it is the offseason when not much is going on, but it feels strange.
The Brantley extension is certainly interesting and honestly, something that needed to happen. It makes me expect that soon Jason Kipnis will get the same thing and that will about lock up the core of the team. I think the hesitation with Masterson will continue because he does not fit that mold that the Indians would like. Look how much money he just got for one year of arbitration. Look at the deal that Homer Bailey just notched in Cincinnati. Masterson is going to want a lengthy deal, and since he is not young in the process like CC Sabathia was when the Indians extended him, I doubt that they're going to go down that road with Masty.
That can change in a year, of course the Indians would probably like to bank on four other guys stepping up and making it so they can stomach letting Masty walk, ala Ubaldo. That's a different discussion for a different time, but it is simply my way of saying, I wouldn't expect a Masterson extension.
The Indians pattern is kind of obvious with their young-controllable assets. They like to sign players like Brantley and Kipnis who are under team control through the rest of their controllable years and a year or two of their free agency. Santana is under that type of deal, Brantley now is, and Kipnis soon will be. If Gomes keeps doing this, he'll probably join that discussion, but he number of young position players in that, position, are few and far between right now.
I think the Indians would like to be able to talk about having some starters in that position, but they simply don't other than Masterson. Again, a lot can change in a year, but that's where the extension talks are at if you ask me.
So, love the free agent additions the Indians have made thus far. Shaun Marcum, Bryan LaHair, Nyjer Morgan, and Jeff Francoeur are just depth pieces to take chances on, but they could end up playing a part if needed down the road. Marcum especially is useful when you talk about never having enough rotation arms.
And when you got the always fun for a good laugh T-Plush around for the spring, that will be enjoyable to follow.
As I said though, the unfortunate thing is I have a lot to follow up with. The great thing is, I have some time to catch up before the season starts. I'm sorry it won't be the same sort of following you've become accustomed to from here during spring.
Right now, I'm on the final lap of graduate school, which involves a regurgitation of all the information I have learned in the past two years in a few weeks. Plus with other real life commitments, I have much on my plate that takes energy and time away from here. So that is my ridiculous way of saying, The Tribe Daily will continue to be a little dormant. It will be a little bit more on the sporadic side this spring. Usually, we do things up here in the spring as a way to get in the swing of things, but this year is a little different...
In fact, you can expect a dramatic change of what this blog is. The past few years, you've become accustomed to Morning Rundown happening just about every morning. With the ending of The Cleveland Fan, this is pretty much my only writing commitment. To be honest, I have grown rather tired of the format and routine that I have been following for the past few years. It became almost tedious.
So I'm changing things up. I'm not sure what this blog is going to look like in a few months, but I can tell you that the activity will return eventually. I have taken this time away to consider what direction this blog is going in and where I want it to go. I'm still working through it, but I know that I have grown bored of the way I had been doing things and it started feeling like work.
And to me, the moment it starts feeling like work, is the moment I change it up. The early versions of this site used to do things in a routine way, but it was a rather scattered routine way. It may go more towards some of the stuff that I used to do. It may go in a completely different direction completely.
Fact is, I don't really know. That's part of the process that I'm going to work through here as the season approaches. There's also going to be some additions to the site, because I'm also bored just hearing my own voice and it has been years in the making that I have wanted to make additions. So, if you are interested, shoot me an e-mail, we can talk.
So, excuse the two month absence, and excuse the sporadic updates until the season starts. It feels weird to not be doing any sort of a spring training primer, or keeping up-to-date on the latest from spring like I've become accustomed to. But, back to a new normal rather soon.
The thing is, I don't think I've ever been this excited for an upcoming baseball season. I mean, last year it was highly anticipated because of the moves and changes that the team had going on. And that resulted in a lot of fun last year, which of course translates to high expectations. But you can feel this awesome energy around the squad, especially if you took part in Tribe Fest or have been keeping up with the business going on in spring. The anticipation has been killing me, which will make it all the more easier to catch up.
What I will be doing is getting back onto the Twitter game. So if you haven't been following along on Twitter, make sure you do so. More ridiculousness to follow there as always.