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The View From Pluto: The Indians Field Trade Offers for Several of their Stars

11/14/2018
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Cleveland Indians fans likely aren’t going to be pleased with changes the front office will be making this offseason. The team is expected to part ways with about 10 players who are free agents, including Michael Brantley, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen. And, it's possible the team could trade a big star, like pitcher Corey Kluber. Flat payroll, attendance WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says one of the biggest factors driving the Indians' cost-cutting: attendance was flat from 2017 to 2018....

Duration:00:03:31

The View From Pluto: The Ticking Clock on Interim Coaches

11/7/2018
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The Cavs and the Browns are taking different approaches in the aftermath of firing their coaches. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says interim coaches know their time at the helm may be short, and it adds a whole new dynamic to the team and its staff. The tainted coordinator When the Browns fired Hue Jackson with just three wins in two-plus seasons, they promoted defensive coordinator Gregg Williams as interim coach. Williams has had a rocky tenure in the NFL. Most notably, he was suspended for...

Duration:00:04:12

The View From Pluto: The Lue and Hue Fallout

10/31/2018
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Two of Cleveland’s pro sports teams are at crossroads. Less than a day after the Cavs fired head coach Ty Lue, the Browns fired their coach, Hue Jackson. Now, both struggling teams will continue their seasons with interim leadership. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says it was quite a sudden shakeup in the sports scene. "Two head coaches. Two assistants. Two teams with two interim coaches. I’ve never had a back-to-back firing of coaches basically in 24 hours."

Duration:00:04:50

The View From Pluto: Is This Finally the Tipping Point for Hue Jackson?

10/24/2018
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Frustrations are mounting within the Browns organization following this past Sunday’s overtime loss at Tampa Bay. After the game, coach Hue Jackson blasted the team’s performance, throwing blame on his offensive coordinator, Todd Haley. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says it appears the game at Tampa was a tipping point for a team that keeps losing close games.

Duration:00:04:18

The View From Pluto: Cavs Sign Native Son to Long Term Deal

10/17/2018
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The Cleveland Cavaliers start their season Wednesday night on the road against the Toronto Raptors. Cavs star LeBron James may be gone, but another Northeast Ohio native has committed to staying with the Cavs long-term. WKSU’s Mark Arehart talked with sports commentator Terry Pluto about Larry Nance Jr. and the deal he signed this week.

Duration:00:04:59

The View From Pluto: The Indians' Era of Uncertainty Begins

10/10/2018
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The Indians are facing an offseason of changes following their early exit from the playoffs. Cleveland was swept by Houston in the American League Division Series on Monday. It was likely the last game for this group of players. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the team struggled to recapture the magic of that 2016 World Series run.

Duration:00:04:28

The View From Pluto: The Underdog Indians Can Benefit from Baseball's Unpredictable Postseason

10/3/2018
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The Indians enter the postseason as underdogs, despite running away with the central division title months ago. It’s a stark contrast to last year, when many experts picked the Indians to win the World Series. They ended up losing early to the Yankees. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the Indians' early 2017 exit versus their improbable 2016 World Series run shows how difficult it is to predict the playoffs in baseball. But, he says in baseball, once a team wins its division, anything can...

Duration:00:03:54

The View From Pluto: The Baker Mayfield Era Begins

9/26/2018
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The Baker Mayfield era has begun in Cleveland. The Browns officially named Mayfield the starting quarterback after he led the team to its first win since 2016. Mayfield entered last week’s game when starter Tyrod Taylor suffered a concussion while the team was losing to the Jets. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto thinks back to the NFL draft when Mayfield wasn't his first or second pick.

Duration:00:04:19

The View From Pluto: Akron Football Channels 'Buchtel College' in a Win For the Ages

9/19/2018
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The University of Akron football team won its biggest game in more than a century over the weekend. The Zips stunned Northwestern, 39-34. Akron hadn't beaten a Big Ten team since 1894, when it beat Ohio State, 12-6. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto said it was a remarkable come-from-behind win. "They were down 21-3 at the half," Pluto said. "So, Northwestern probably thought it was over." Then, the Zips scored 36 second half points, 21 of them defensive. And, Pluto said Northwestern was the...

Duration:00:04:39

The View From Pluto: Browns' Tie is Progress, Now Winning is a Must

9/12/2018
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The Browns and their fans are still trying to make sense of the team’s season-opening tie with the Steelers. It's the first time a Browns game ended in an overtime tie since 1989. Still, Sunday’s stalemate ended the team’s 17-game losing streak and showed the team is making progress.

Duration:00:04:42

The View From Pluto: The 2018 Cleveland Browns

9/5/2018
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The Cleveland Browns open their season at home this weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers . After failing to win a single game last season, the Browns are heading into this season hoping for a fresh start with two new quarterbacks. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto thinks the team can improve from their 0-16 season. Really, It Can’t Get Any Worse “Browns fans often say, ‘it can’t get any worse,’ and of course it’s a dangerous thing to say as a Browns fan because it can always get worse,” Pluto...

Duration:00:04:56

The View From Pluto: Friday Night Lights Shine Bright in Northeast Ohio

8/29/2018
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High school football kicked off this past week across Ohio with fewer kids on the field. A study from the National Federation of State High School Associations shows the number of kids playing football declined for the second year in a row – down by about 50,000 over two years. The study also says, however, that football remains the most popular boys' sport. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto said football can be beneficial for kids, if it’s approached the right away.

Duration:00:04:03

The View From Pluto: Who is Indians Co-Owner John Sherman and Why Does He Matter?

8/22/2018
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The Cleveland Indians are a two-owner franchise. Even casual fans know the majority owner is Paul Dolan, but what about the minority owner John Sherman? WKSU’s sports commentator Terry Pluto thinks it’s no coincidence that the Indians really started winning after Sherman bought a minority stake in the team in 2016.

Duration:00:07:28

The View From Pluto: Who is Indians Co-Owner John Sherman and Why Does He Matter?

8/22/2018
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The Cleveland Indians are a two-owner franchise. Even casual fans know the majority owner is Paul Dolan, but what about the minority owner John Sherman? WKSU’s sports commentator Terry Pluto thinks it’s no coincidence that the Indians really started winning after Sherman bought a minority stake in the team in 2016.

Duration:00:07:28

The View From Pluto: How Fans Should Watch A Browns Preseason Game

8/15/2018
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The Cleveland Browns are off to a promising start to the season. The team that went 0-16 last year kicked off the preseason last week with a win over the New York Giants. They’re also in the national spotlight, featured on the HBO documentary series, Hard Knocks . But WKSU commentator Terry Pluto cautioned fans not to get too excited about the preseason.

Duration:00:04:11

The View From Pluto: Why Kevin Love Wanted To Stay With The Cavs

8/8/2018
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The Cavs in the post- LeBron James era are beginning to take shape. The team has spent the summer developing its young prospects and is keeping a key piece of the 2016 championship team; Kevin Love is now under contract for the next five years. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says Love has always been the talk of trade rumors, and now he’s the face of the Cavs. Love Wants To Stay When the Cavs traded for Love in 2015, the team secured its ‘big three’ with James and Kyrie Irving . Love, however,...

Duration:00:04:13

The View From Pluto: Tiger Woods’ Return to Akron is a Fitting Goodbye to the Beloved Bridgestone

8/1/2018
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The most famous golfer in the world will help Akron say goodbye to its Bridgestone Invitational tournament beginning Thursday. This is the last year for the event that Tiger Woods has won eight times. He’s been trying to rebuild a career that was sidelined by a series of scandals and injuries. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says Woods returns to Firestone Country Club for the first time in four years, and he’s always said this is one of his favorite courses. Tiger's tournament "He literally...

Duration:00:04:11

The View From Pluto: Indians Great Jim Thome's Humble Hall of Fame Journey

7/25/2018
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Former Indians great Jim Thome will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend. Thome played 13 seasons in Cleveland and amassed 612 career home runs. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto said the Peoria, Ill., native was never considered a top prospect. Scouted by accident "Only one scout even thought Thome had pro potential," Pluto said. "It was Tom Couston , the Indians scout out of the Chicago area." Thome was playing for Illinois Central College . Pluto said Couston was actually...

Duration:00:04:31

The View From Pluto: The Indians Prove Their Star Power

7/18/2018
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The American League beat the National League in last night’s All-Star game, 8-6 in 10 innings. The Indians sent six players to Washington, their most since 1999. Catcher Yan Gomes was named an All-Star for the first time in his career, to replace injured Tampa Bay catcher Wilson Ramos. Gomes joined Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Michael Brantley, Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber. Kluber didn’t play after receiving an injection in his knee. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto said there are a couple...

Duration:00:04:29

The View From Pluto: LeBron's L.A. Story Lacks A Supporting Cast

7/11/2018
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LeBron James’ next chapter officially begins this week. The former Cavs star signed his 4-year, nearly $154 million contract with the L.A. Lakers on Monday. But is he really going to be happy in his new home? WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says James has been used to teaming up with marquee players, and this Lakers team is lacking a strong supporting cast.

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