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April 23, 1948
We assume Bob Lemon didn’t drive the bus that took the team to Detroit yesterday, but it seems he did everything else this afternoon.
Lemon pitched nine strong innings, allowing only two runs and six hits, and hit a home run to help ruin the Tigers’ home opener this afternoon. Cleveland won the contest 8-2 for their second victory of the season. Ken Keltner hit two home runs of his own in helping the Tribe remain the American League’s last undefeated team.
Sometimes, the best thing to happen for a struggling athlete is to get a change of scenery. That scenario certainly paid off for a pair of players, who were in vastly different points in their careers.
This past season, Chris Johnson and Abraham Almonte both left situations in which they were struggling to get much going on the baseball field. After arriving in Cleveland, each player prospered and thrived better than they had in quite some time.
April 22, 1948
On Tuesday, the Indians rode always-reliable ace Bob Feller to a two-hit shutout and 4-0 victory in the home opener over the St. Louis Browns. Feller’s domination over the always-lowly Browns was no surprise.
The question for the Tribe and its rotation is what remains behind Feller.
A youth movement has passed through the Indians organization.
New faces popped up on the team throughout the season, most notably top prospect Francisco Lindor. While he provided both at the plate and on the field well over expectations, he wasn’t the only guy playing clutch defense on the left side of the infield. Giovanny Urshela also made a huge impression in his first season with the Indians.
2014 was a defensive season to forget for the Cleveland Indians. Not only did they have 116 errors, they led the MLB with the most errors among the 30 teams. Aside from Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley, almost every position had not been played very well defensively, especially third base.
April 21, 1948
The last few months have been eventful for long-time big leaguer Hank Greenberg.
The Cleveland Indians spent the majority of the spring trying to determine what capacity Hammering Hank would serve with the ball club. He entered Spring Training as a potential candidate to fill one of the vacancies on the roster. As the spring progressed, the need for him to play the field appeared to be less and less the focus of the team.
With a new title and a new emphasis on working at the higher levels of the organization, has the playing career of the legendary Greenberg come to an end?
A few seasons ago, a young, flame-throwing pitcher emerged onto the scene amidst praise that he could possibly be one of the next big things for the Indians pitching staff. Danny Salazar certainly exceeded expectations during points of his first season – who can forget him striking out Miguel Cabrera three times during his second big league start in 2013? He had such acclaim that he earned the nod to start the 2013 Wild Card game.
Of course, as goes with most pitchers who start out so dominantly, there is a fall from grace. Salazar’s performance bounced around last season, as he struggled to start 2014, rebounded in the middle of the season, and ended again as a question mark for the Tribe.
Coming into 2015, it was essential that Salazar cement himself as the pitcher he truly could be. However, he again showed signs of struggle – so much so, in fact, that he was sent to AAA Columbus late in Spring Training to work on not only his performance, but his work ethic as well.
April 20, 1948
The Cleveland Indians started the much-anticipated 1948 season with a decisive 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Browns this afternoon in front of 73,163 fans at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
Bob Feller, making his sixth opening day start, dazzled the crowd and held the Browns at bay, allowing only two hits and walking two while shutting out St. Louis. He received all the offensive help he would need from his battery mate Jim Hegan, who was 3-for-3 with three RBI, including a two-run home run.
April 20, 1948
When the Indians take the field this afternoon, the likely largest opening day crowd ever will see a team with many changes from the 1947 season. Even this morning, manager Lou Boudreau still is uncertain of his starting lineup.
The new look Cleveland Indians have 14 new members on the team from a season ago. The Indians will look to improve upon their 80-74 record from a year ago that landed them in fourth place in the American League, 25 games behind the World Series Champion New York Yankees. With rumor of Boudreau possibly being traded last offseason, the Indians have higher expectations than a mediocre finish.
To look at what Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco did on the mound independent of any prior season in his professional career, it would be pretty safe to say he had a really quality year for the Indians.
For those who endured his ups and downs and his eventual banishment to the bullpen in the time from his acquisition from the Philadelphia Phillies in the Cliff Lee trade through the early weeks of the 2014 season, that quality season becomes a beautiful piece of art.
Outside of Cleveland, Carrasco likely does not get the credit for the pitcher he has turned in to. Indians fans know his growth and cannot help but to be encouraged about his prospects for the future while anchoring the Cleveland starting rotation.