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The Cleveland Indians entered this offseason with just a handful of key roster decisions to make regarding members of their 2015 team.
Three players – Mike Aviles, Gavin Floyd, and Ryan Webb – have already filed for free agency. The Indians announced this past week that they were electing to decline Ryan Raburn’s option for the 2016 season, making him a free agent. As for internal moves, that leaves any remaining 40-man roster additions and the arbitration statuses of a handful of players to navigate.
While many of the arbitration discussions will be quickly and easily resolved, the Indians do have some discussions to have regarding Lonnie Chisenhall and Josh Tomlin. Both men have their pros and both men have their cons, especially regarding what they are projected to earn through arbitration for the coming season. The Indians will have to make a decision as to whether that dollar amount is worth the sporadic production that they have received from both men throughout their Indians careers.
May 19, 1948
Indians starting pitcher Bob Feller pitched a three-hit gem and was aided by a five-run fifth inning as Cleveland defeated Philadelphia by a 6-1 final on Wednesday night, completing the two-game sweep of Connie Mack’s Athletics.
The Indians jumped on the board in the bottom of the third. Catcher Jim Hegan singled to left and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Feller. Thurman Tucker delivered a single to left, scoring Hegan from second and giving the Indians a 1-0 lead off of Philadelphia starter, Bill Dietrich.
Two innings later, Cleveland sent eleven men to the plate and ended Dietrich’s night.
Nobody stirs speculation and hope from the bowels of doubt quite like Lonnie Chisenhall.
Chisenhall, who has been a member of the Tribe’s Major League roster since late June 2011, is still looking to find his big league identity and role. Most players who have participated in five different seasons usually have established a role long ago, but not the up-and-down Chisenhall who has struggled both offensively and defensively at times in his career.
Coming off his best season, and only one without a demotion to Triple-A Columbus, Chisenhall looked to solidify himself as a piece to the Indians puzzle moving forward early in 2015. Chisenhall hit .280 with 13 home runs in 2014 – riding a hot first half before cooling off – and was expected to hopefully provide a full season of production in 2015. Despite poor defense in the past, Chisenhall worked extensively last winter and spring to improve his defense at third base.
Cleveland Indians catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. is announced as the unanimous winner of the American League Rookie of the Year Award.
Alomar becomes just the third player to be elected by a unanimous vote (Carlton Fisk, Mark McGwire). He hit …
This Saturday, the local SABR chapter will have its annual fall meeting at League Park from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Even if you are not a member, guests are welcome and you should consider stopping by for the day’s festivities.
A $5 donation to the Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park will grant you admission for a day full of baseball talk, plus free pop and snacks for everyone. It also gives you a fantastic opportunity to see the renovated League Park grounds and the Baseball Heritage Museum.
May 18, 1948
A strong pitching performance from southpaw Gene Bearden and a six run outburst in the first two innings gave the Cleveland Indians a 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics on Tuesday night.
Bearden (2-0) held Philadelphia in check throughout the game in the first night game of the season at Cleveland Stadium. He easily outdueled fellow Purple Heart recipient Lou Brissie of the Athletics. Both men left their military obligations behind with the fear that severe injuries to their legs would prohibit them from ever playing professional baseball again.
Both have defied the odds.
May 18, 1948
An unlikely pitching matchup between two rookies is set to take place on Tuesday evening in the first night game of the season at Cleveland Stadium.
What makes the matchup so unusual is that neither of the ballplayers set to take the mound should be playing professionally, let alone be standing center stage. Both of these young men very well could have died from their experiences during World War II.
Joe Coblitz (@BRBBlog) of Burning River Baseball is joined early by Britt Zank (@zank17) of More Than A Fan for some World Series talk then later on by regular guests Bob Toth (@TheBobToth) of Did The Tribe Win Last Night? …
Every team has its unsung heroes, unheralded contributors whose work goes unnoticed in the background.
Right-hander Ryan Webb filled that role in the Cleveland Indians bullpen in 2015. Now, like many others around the league, he is out of a job after joining Mike Aviles and Gavin Floyd from the Indians in filing for free agency on Monday.
Cleveland Indians pitcher Jim Bagby joins the Pittsburgh Pirates through waivers.
Bagby was an instrumental member of the Indians’ championship team of 1920. After leading the league with 31 wins, 48 games pitched, 30 complete games, and 339 2/3 innings …