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Spring training 2011

March 7, 2011 - Jim Bartholow
Baseball teams, including my favorite Cleveland Indians, are in the middle of spring training. I'm optimistic, really. That sounds crazy for a team that lost 93 games last year. I guess if you look at things realistically, it is a bit nutty. But I have to dream and this year my dream is a .500 season. That's a 12 game improvement from last year, which is pretty ambitious. I'm hoping the pitching is a plus from day one and that they keep Fausto instead of that hideous rumor that he was going to the Nationals with my favorite player _ Grady Sizemore. Im hoping Grady gets healthy by midseason and can produce. I don't know what to expect from DH Travis Hafner. Again health issues rob him of producing at a high level. And I hope Carlos Santana comes back healthy and hitting like he was before his leg was broken last year against the Red Sox. And I hope the two guys from the C.C. trade, Michael Brantley and Matt LaPorta fulfill some of their potential. If they do then we've got something going.

One more baseball note. I am baffled by the book about the Joe Torre Yankee years that was left on my desk a few weeks ago. With it was a note that said it was from a Florida Buckeye. I've tried to figure out Buckeye's identity with not luck.

Coach Roach Reading about the Phil Roach-coached Marietta College basketball team's success of the 70s brought back memories for me about my days at Ohio U. Back in 1970 Roach coached the OU soccer team and I was activities director at Lincoln Hall. No one seemed to know much about soccer then, so I asked the coach to talk to the guys in the dorm about the game. He was very gracious in accepting our invitation. And after coming to Marietta in June 1972 as a reporter for the Times, I cross paths with him on campus one day. Immediately, he remembered my name and said he had seen my byline in the paper. That really made a homesick cub reporter feel good. Thanks, coach.


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