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Painting the Black: Waiver Ideas

Jensen Lewis

Jensen Lewis

Jensen Lewis is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher, playing parts of four seasons in the big leagues with the Cleveland Indians. Drafted 102nd overall in the 3rd round of the 2005 draft, he played 9 professional seasons altogether with the Tribe, Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs. Lewis amassed a career of 7-11 in 161 games, good for a 3.68 career ERA in 198 innings. He helped the Indians win the AL Central in 2007, becoming a key cog in their bullpen, on a postseason run that ended with a Game 7 loss to the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series. Lewis went a perfect 13 for 13 in save opportunities with the Indians in 2008 as their closer and was nominated for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award in 2010. The award recognizes the player who combines a dedication to giving back to the community with outstanding skills on the baseball field as well as representing the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions to their Clubs. A Vanderbilt University graduate with a BS in Communications, Lewis now works as a broadcast personality with Fox Sports and SportsTime Ohio in Cleveland. He continues to be involved in Cleveland Indians Charities providing support to the Cleveland community, making visits to local hospitals and participating in the annual Tyson Food Distribution event held before Thanksgiving. A diehard Cleveland fan his entire life, he still holds out hope that the Tribe & Browns championship droughts will come to an end during his lifetime.


PAINTING THE BLACK: Waiver Pick Ups for Production

For most of the nation, spring is here. For those in the upper northeast and Midwest, we are really hoping all these April showers bring the welcomed May flowers and warmer temperatures. The same spring blooming is also being hoped for from a few teams and players around Major League Baseball.

Thirty games isn't enough time to deem any team "for real" or "a bust" in the beginning of an MLB campaign. At the same time, the equivalent argument can be made in the case of all players not on the 60-day DL. This year, however, the fantasy season is littered with more transactions due to season-ending injury, closer replacements, and ineffective play than in recent memory. It's so bad that Tommy John needs to get a hospital named after him at the rate pitchers are falling by the wayside.


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