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Earlier this week, the Cleveland Indians welcomed a contingency of fans and media into their home to show off the finished product of their much discussed offseason renovation work conducted at Progressive Field in the new Right Field District.
Throughout the presentation of the improvements, there was a special emphasis on the importance of the heritage and history of the Indians ballpark and the desire to preserve the beauty of Progressive Field, while recognizing that times have changed and it was important that the stadium do the same.
“It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Tribe and to be a Tribe fan,” said Indians President Mark Shapiro shortly after 2 PM on Monday afternoon.
Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco certainly have a few million things to smile about these days as the long awaited 2015 Major League Baseball season gets under way for the Cleveland Indians this week.
Kluber and Carrasco were both rewarded for their strong showings last season with contract extensions over the weekend, locking the players up on team and player friendly deals for the foreseeable future. Their inked extensions will add to an already long list of core teammates who give the Indians an extended window of opportunity to reach and excel in the playoffs. Meanwhile, those same Indians players have caught the attention of the national media and, in some cases, have been picked to go to and win the World Series.
This week is the first test to see how the young team can handle a new and somewhat unexpected level of pressure. Under the guidance of Terry Francona, they may just be able to withstand the weight.
Welcome back, baseball. We missed you.
A long offseason in the books with dramatic changes around the league and a grueling Spring Training season completed, baseball is set to resume this week with games that actually count in the standings once again with players on rosters whom you may have heard of before.
Every division saw its fair share of changes and the American League Central Division was no exception. With all of the moving and shaking completed, the Central could be one of the most contested divisions in Major League Baseball.