As expected, the Cleveland Indians made promotions within the front office as outgoing Indians President Mark Shapiro leaves for the Toronto Blue Jays. Chris Antonetti is now the club’s President of Baseball Operations, while assistant General Manager Mike Chernoff has been named the Indians General Manager. Director of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey is now the Tribe’s Assistant GM.
Antonetti just completed his fifth season as the General Manager of the team. Under Antonetti's leadership, the team secured the long term contracts of players like Corey Kulber, Carlos Carrasco, Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley and others. Chernoff has been with Cleveland for 12 seasons, with the last five years as assistant general manager. In his time, he's assisted Antonetti with player contracts.
As stated in the Indians press release, these moves will not impact the business operations as those responsibilities will still be in the hands of Indians owner and chairman, Paul Dolan.
- Browns running back Duke Johnson was nominated for the "Pepsi Rookie of the Week" after his 116 total yards and 1 TD performance last Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. Johnson also ranks second for rookie receptions with 15, trailing Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper, who has 24 receptions.
One DraftKings employee admitted that he inadvertently released data before week three of the NFL season. That same employee won $350K at rival site, FanDuel. The question was then raised if employees have internal information not available to the public that is used to gain a unfair advantage which has been labeled similar to insider trading. FanDuel and DraftKings have permanently banned it's employees from playing daily fantasy sports for money. ESPN is also cutting down on FanDuel and DraftKings advertising and sponsored segments. FanDuel has brought in former US Attorney General Michael Mukasey to review facts, evaluate internal controls, standards & practices.
The link to the letter that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman can be read HERE.
Barnes allegedly spit on Govan during the fracas and will seek a protection order against Barnes. Fisher missed Knicks practice on Monday. The team announced at the time it was for personal reasons, as the Knicks played in their exhibition opener Wednesday night against a Brazilian club team.
- Broken Buckeyes: Urban Meyer said freshman LB Nick Conner is out for the season with a knee injury. He hurt himself at practice Tuesday. Meyer also noted DB Cam Burrows is out for the season with foot surgery. He could potentially take a medical redshirt.
- Have you seen the new Lake Erie Monsters jerseys with a color scheme of the Columbus Blue Jackets? Looks sweet, I'm going to add this to the collection