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Cleveland prospects getting a little extra time in the sun in the desert of Arizona saw their offseason activity come to a close last Thursday with the completion of the Arizona Fall League regular season schedule.
Tribe players teamed with those from the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Pittsburgh Pirates to form the Glendale Desert Dogs roster. Glendale finished with a winning record at 16-14, but landed two games in back of the Peoria Javelinas (18-12) for the top mark in the AFL West Division.
The Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced on Monday the list of candidates on this year’s ballot for potential induction in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Several players with strong ties to the Cleveland Indians will make their first appearances.
A total of 33 candidates are up for the vote this offseason, including 19 players for the first time. The new class of candidates include several former Indians – Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel – as well as former Atlanta Braves stars Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones, New York Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui, and lethal left-hander Johan Santana.
While the Cleveland Indians spent a portion of the day protecting players from next month’s Rule 5 draft during the annual Winter Meetings, the team also snagged a player from a fellow American League club as they claimed Rob Refsnyder off of waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.
Refsnyder was added to the Indians’ 40-man roster, joining other new additions to the roster on Monday, including minor leaguers Julian Merryweather (starting pitcher), Eric Stamets (middle infielder), Yu-Cheng Chang (shortstop), and Willi Castro (shortstop).
The Cleveland Indians made some roster moves on Monday, adding five players to the 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 cut off time while removing a pair of pitchers as left-handed reliever Kyle Crockett and minor league right-handed pitcher Dylan Baker were designated for assignment.
The Indians’ 40-man is now full at 40 players.
Baseball seasons may come and go, but the baseball discussions never stop.
On Saturday, November 18, from 12-1 PM, one such conversation will occur at the Baseball Heritage Museum at historic League Park in Cleveland, Ohio, where published author and Did The Tribe Win Last Night writer Vince Guerrieri will present the story of Baseball Hall of Fame umpire and first Cleveland Indians general manager, Billy Evans.