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For the second time in a week, a trade was made around Major League Baseball that had an effect on the Cleveland Indians’ offseason.
On Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Angels agree upon a trade centered around third baseman David Freese and outfielder Peter Bourjos. On Wednesday, the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers completed a swap of former All-Stars Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler, and bags and bags of cash.
The early wave of trade activity may be an indication of things to come over the remaining few months of baseball’s time off.
June 19, 1948
The Cleveland Indians gave themselves a little bit of breathing room in the division on Saturday, as they ended their five-game losing skid by blanking the Philadelphia Athletics by a 4-0 final.
Indians starter Bob Muncrief left the game and went to the hospital for X-rays near his right elbow after being hit by a line drive off of the bat of Philadelphia’s Hank Majeski. Muncrief had led the way for the Tribe, facing the minimum number of batters through the first six innings. He erased both a leadoff single to start the game and a walk in the third on double plays. He did not face any substantial trouble until the seventh, when the A’s ran themselves out of a huge scoring opportunity.
June 18, 1948
Indians starter Bob Lemon, forced into the ball game because of four separate rain delays in Cleveland, walked in the tying and go-ahead runs in the seventh after loading the bases to give the Philadelphia Athletics a 5-4 victory on Friday night.
June 18, 1948
After starting 27 of his first 29 games played this season, Cleveland outfielder Larry Doby has suddenly disappeared.
The 24-year-old Doby had started the season for manager Lou Boudreau’s Indians after winning the job out of spring training. After making five errors early in May while still adjusting to his new position, the former second baseman had just one more error in the next 20 games.
The offseason in Major League Baseball is filled with speculation and questions about how teams’ rosters will be composed for the coming season.
For those who watched Gomes behind the plate in his first season with the Indians in 2013, the announcement came as no major surprise.
Free agency and the Major League Baseball offseason are well under way, highlighted this week with the annual four day general managers’ meeting in Orlando, Florida.
The meetings, combined with the quarterly owners’ meetings, will allow everyone present to discuss a variety of elements of the game, including player transactions. The meetings can serve as a launching point for potential trading partners and can start the groundwork for trades completed during the December Winter Meetings, also in Orlando this season.
What surprises will Chris Antonetti have for Indians fans this offseason in his first season since making a big managerial splash and signing several marquee free agents following the 2012 season?
June 4, 1948
It took 15 innings to declare the Cleveland Indians the victor at Griffith Stadium against the Washington Senators in a game that started on Friday night and ended in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Three hours and 46 minutes after the game began, the Indians and Nats walked off of the field with a series split. The game was highlighted by an impressive display of durability by starting pitcher Bob Feller of the Indians and Mickey Haefner of the Nats.
June 3, 1948
Mother Nature won the day’s matchup between the Cleveland Indians and Washington Senators from Griffith Stadium in the nation’s capital on Thursday night.
Just prior to the 8:30 p.m. first pitch, a heavy rain fell and postponed the game between the two ball clubs. The Indians had taken batting and field practice, but at 8:15 p.m. the rain that had been expected fell and drenched those in attendance. A half-hour later, the game officially was postponed.
June 3, 1948
After being linked to several teams already this season, Pat Seerey finally was dealt to the Chicago White Sox late Tuesday evening with pitcher Al Gettel for outfielder Bob Kennedy.
Catcher Ray Murray, who had been travelling …
June 2, 1948
The impressive scoreless streak of Cleveland starter Bob Lemon ended at 28 innings and the Washington Senators started the Indians’ 14-game road trip through the East Coast on the wrong foot, handing them a 2-1 loss on Wednesday.
Lemon (7-3) was dealt a tough defeat on the night by the Nats, who had just five singles off of the Indians pitcher. He pitched another complete game, his eighth of the season.
June 1, 1948
Over the course of any given season, a team will suffer through periods with some of its regular players on the bench in agony while recovering from injuries.
That time is now for the Tribe.
Three regulars in the Cleveland lineup have been notably absent during the course of the last few games.
June 1, 1948
The Cleveland Indians might have a solid piece of pitching foundation in place with starting pitcher Bob Lemon.
Lemon has been fantastic during the course of the season so far and has provided the team with a capable one-two punch to go with incumbent Indians mainstay, Bob Feller.
Lemon did not pitch at the major league level until 1946, when he was 4-5 in 32 appearances on the season. While he did make five starts, the bulk of his work was out of the bullpen. He earned a 2.49 ERA over the course of the year.