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The View From Pluto: Major League Baseball's System of Draft, Sign and 'See Ya in Four Years'

6/12/2019
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Major League Baseball is relatively low-key when it comes to selecting its next superstars. The draft that happens each June gets little attention compared to the fanfare of the NFL and NBA. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says the Indians had a top-25 pick last week, but hardly anyone noticed.

Duration:00:04:31

The View From Pluto: Retiring Wooster Baseball Coach's Legacy Extends Beyond the Field

6/5/2019
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The baseball coach at The College of Wooster is retiring after nearly 40 years. Tim Pettorini leaves as the fifth-winningest coach in Division III history, guiding his teams to the NCAA tournament more than two dozen times. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says Pettorini’s legacy is remarkable.

Duration:00:04:05

The View From Pluto: All-Star Games and NFL Draft Underscore Cleveland's Rebound

5/29/2019
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Northeast Ohio will be the center of the pro sports world over the next several years. This July, Progressive Field hosts the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. In 2021, the city has been awarded as the site of the NFL Draft. In 2022, Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse will host the NBA All-Star Game.

Duration:00:04:20

The View From Pluto: Cavs Must Practice Patience in Looking Beyond the Number One Pick

5/22/2019
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The Cavs officially introduced John Beilein from the University of Michigan as their coach on Tuesday. His main goal will be to help develop this young team following next month’s draft. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says all of the teams competing for an NBA title this year have done it by developing players. And that must be the Cavs new model, too.

Duration:00:04:27

The View From Pluto: Beilein's Deep College Coaching Roots May Be Just What the Cavs Need

5/15/2019
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The Cavs are getting lots of praise for hiring the University of Michigan’s John Beilein as their new head coach. The 66-year-old has spent the last 12 years with Michigan, leading the Wolverines to the NCAA Final Four twice.

Duration:00:04:27

The View From Pluto: Checking Out the Video on This Year's Browns Draft Picks

5/8/2019
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The Browns draft picks this year didn’t generate the same buzz they did last year when Cleveland used its number one pick to get quarterback Baker Mayfield. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to talk about in this year’s group. It just takes a little more digging to get the details. And who better to do the digging than our sports commentator, Terry Pluto.

Duration:00:05:13

The View From Pluto: Draft Day Pressure is Off the Browns for Once

4/24/2019
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When the NFL draft begins Thursday it will be different for the Cleveland Browns. Typically, the draft is full of both excitement and anxiety for Browns fans used to losing seasons and a carousel of quarterbacks, coaches and general managers. But this year, WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto thinks the Browns look more like a team headed for the playoffs than the bottom of the league. That means a lot of pressure is off the team come draft day.

Duration:00:05:12

The View From Pluto: Sports Talk Radio Has Evolved by Staying the Same

4/10/2019
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Just about anywhere in the country at any time, you can find sports talk radio on the dial. It’s a format that has deep roots in Cleveland. One of its pioneers, Les Levine, is getting a lifetime achievement award from the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters this weekend. Sports commentator Terry Pluto says sports radio has withstood the test of time. The sports radio pioneers Levine has been on the air for 50 years. His show, "More Sports and Les Levine" airs on 92.3 The Fan and Spectrum...

Duration:00:03:49

The View From Pluto: The NCAA's 'Transfer Portal' Further Aligns College Sports with the Pros

4/3/2019
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The Final Four is this weekend, and a lot of people will be watching the court. But off the court, there's a scramble underway that could dramatically change how teams look next season. Last fall, the NCAA launched the Transfer Portal , a website that’s a one-stop shop for athletes who want to play for a new team, and for the coaches who want to recruit them.

Duration:00:04:26

The View From Pluto: For The Indians, 2019 is a Whole New Ballgame

3/27/2019
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Indians fans will have to learn a lot of new names when the season opens Thursday. The team has overhauled its roster, as 13 players from last year’s team are gone, either through free agency or trades. The Tribe will also start the season without two key infielders. Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis are recovering from calf injuries.

Duration:00:04:06

The View Beyond Pluto: Why the Indians Needed to Cut Payroll

3/20/2019
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As the Indians get close to wrapping up spring training, our sports commentator Terry Pluto caught up with team owner Paul Dolan to talk business. The team has steadily increased payroll from $49 million in 2011 to $135 million in 2018. Pluto says for 2019, the payroll will be around $120 million. "Dolan says for the last several years they've been deficit spending. And if you look at how the Indians spent compared to Kansas City, Pittsburgh or Cincinnati, or other teams in their market...

Duration:00:03:26

The View From Pluto: The Big Holes in the Indians Opening Day Lineup

3/20/2019
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There are a lot of unanswered questions about the Indians lineup with just over a week until opening day. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto has been scouting the team from Goodyear, Arizona this week and says there are big holes in the outfield. Out with the old, in the with the new The first observation Pluto makes is that there are not a whole lot of returning players this year. "I walked in the locker room, and all of the sudden, there's all these new guys and there's all these ... young...

Duration:00:04:18

Report Shows Increasing Subsidies for Sports at Ohio Public Universities

3/14/2019
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An analysis of Ohio’s major public universities shows that the schools have been increasingly spending more to subsidize athletic programs, with a total of $186 million last year for ten schools, excluding Ohio State. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia spoke with Rich Exner, data analysis editor at Cleveland.com, about the trends he’s seeing in the numbers on athletic spending.

Duration:00:05:03

The View From Pluto: It's Time for MAC Basketball to Sizzle

3/13/2019
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This week, Kent State, The University of Akron and 10 other college basketball teams are competing in the Mid-American Conference (MAC) tournament. The winner gets an automatic bid to March Madness. It's been 20 years since the NCAA awarded an invitation to another MAC team, called an at-large bid. But WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says that could change this year with Buffalo. The last at-large bid It was 1999 when Miami University received an at-large bid. The No. 1 ranked team in...

Duration:00:04:24

The View From Pluto: Did LeBron Make His Biggest Mistake in Joining the Lakers?

3/6/2019
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After eight straight trips to the NBA Finals, including four with the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James and his new team the Los Angeles Lakers are likely to miss the playoffs entirely. WKSU’s sports commentator Terry Pluto thinks after being sidelined with an injury for part of the year, LeBron and the Lakers have looked like a complete disaster.

Duration:00:04:54

The View From Pluto: How a Busted Shoe Revived the Debate Over Paying College Athletes

2/27/2019
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The debate over whether college athletes should be paid was revived the moment Duke basketball star Zion Williamson’s shoe exploded last weekend. The likely No. 1 draft pick hurt his knee in the big matchup against North Carolina. A lot of people are wondering why Williamson is even playing college basketball, and whether he deserves to be compensated.

Duration:00:04:31

The View From Pluto: For Every Team, the NBA is a Billion Dollar Business

2/20/2019
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WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says it's a good time to be an NBA owner. Forbes reports the average team is worth $1.9 billion, up 13% over last year and three times the level of five years ago. The Cavs, however, were the only team to lose value over the last year, down about $50 million to $1.2 billion. The New York Knicks top the league at $4 billion.

Duration:00:04:30

The View From Pluto: Frank Robinson's Historic, Yet Painful, Time with the Cleveland Indians

2/13/2019
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The late Frank Robinson left a legacy in Cleveland as the first African American manager in Major League Baseball. But Robinson’s brief time with the Indians in the mid-1970s was tumultuous. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto got to know the Hall of Famer well over the years.

Duration:00:04:32

The View From Pluto: The Baseball Hall of Fame's Hits And Misses

2/6/2019
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There’s nobody who’s played for the Cleveland Indians getting into Cooperstown this year. The Baseball Hall of Fame recently announced its newest class. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto is one of about 400 members of the Baseball Writers Association of America who elect the Hall of Fame class.

Duration:00:04:27

The View From Pluto: What A Difference A Year Can Make For the Browns

1/30/2019
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For the first time in years, Browns fans are upbeat heading into Super Bowl weekend. That’s because the team that went 0-16 into the last off-season is predicted by many to make the playoffs next year. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says for once the Browns have a clear vision in the off-season with General Manager John Dorsey at the helm.

Duration:00:04:08