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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | March 27, 2017

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2017 Spring Training

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 24 – Andrew Miller

March 10, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 24

The World Baseball Classic is now well underway and if you are a fan of the Cleveland Indians, you are likely struggling with the Team USA roster spot devoted to Tribe reliever Andrew Miller.

Indians pitchers who have attempted to participate in the exhibition have not always fared well, either in their preparation leading up to playing, or in their regular season results that followed their play in the multi-country tournament. Given the significance that Miller has to the Indians bullpen, those concerns are merited. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 25 – Jim Thome

March 9, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 25 days

When Indians legend Jim Thome was first called up to the Major Leagues, he, the Indians, and their fans all had no idea what a ride we were all about to be put on. In fact, even Thome worried about whether or not he would be able to stick around at first. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 26

March 8, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 26

Mike Napoli‘s yearlong party at Progressive Field came to an end over the offseason, as the free agent slugger was replaced in the Cleveland Indians lineup by a younger, more consistent power hitter in Edwin Encarnacion.

Napoli’s departure marks the end of one of the more impressive contributions by a player to spend just one season in northeast Ohio. While his bat cooled off in the final two months of the season and his impact in the postseason as a whole was minimal, the Indians would not have reached that pinnacle without his presence in the middle of their lineup. It was little surprise that with an additional threat in the Cleveland batting order that guys like Carlos Santana and Jose Ramirez had career years hitting behind him. Napoli’s watchful eye at the plate and the fear instilled by him in opposing pitchers of giving up a majestic moonshot seemed to provide plenty of protection for those around him in the lineup. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 27 – Bryan Shaw

March 7, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 27

The Cleveland Indians have taken the conservative approach with several of their key arms at the beginning of spring training this year, waiting to debut pitchers Corey Kluber, Josh Tomlin, and Cody Allen.

Setup man Bryan Shaw received the same treatment, making his first appearance of the Cactus League season with an inning of work in Sunday’s win over the San Diego Padres. He worked a scoreless frame, giving up a pair of hits but retiring all three outs on strikeouts. Read More

Injury News and More from Indians’ Camp in Goodyear

March 6, 2017 |

With more than a full week of spring training action now under their belts, baseball season is in full go in Arizona and Florida as Major League squads look to prepare for the pending 2017 regular season grind.

In addition to watching the handful of camp battles resolve themselves over the rest of March, the focus around baseball will be on the returns to health of a handful of rehabbing players and an emphasis on not adding too many additional new names to the injury report.

The Cleveland Indians have been able to avoid anything significant in the early going, but eyes have been trained on a handful of veterans who had yet to make their spring debuts. Read More

Yes, the Cleveland Indians’ 2017 Home Opener is Sold Out

March 6, 2017 |

This is the annual reminder to fans of the Cleveland Indians: the home opener at Progressive Field on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, against the Chicago White Sox is sold out.

Yes, the tickets were gone in a hurry, selling out literally in a matter of minutes.

Yes, you were online and ready to purchase the tickets at 10 AM as instructed.

Yes, you do this to yourself every year. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 28 – Corey Kluber

March 6, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 28

The Cleveland Indians’ decision to take it slow and cautiously with prized starting pitcher Corey Kluber should not be alarming, even if that was the common trend when news came out that he would not be rushed back to the mound during spring training.

He is not hurt, he pitched a simulated inning in front of a slew of younger Indians pitchers a week ago, and he will make his 2017 Cactus League debut on Monday afternoon when Cleveland hosts the Milwaukee Brewers at Goodyear Ballpark. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 29 – Andre Thornton

March 5, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 29

Sometimes you can take a ballplayer out of Cleveland, but you can’t take the Cleveland out of the ballplayer. For former Tribe slugger Andre Thornton, it turns out that he’s still got a whole lot of Cleveland left in him and he has no intention of changing that. Read More

Chisenhall and Guyer Make For One Very Good Right Fielder

March 5, 2017 |

The word “platoon” can sometimes be a red flag word when referring to a player. A manager can oftentimes see that word as a burden. However, when it comes to the Cleveland Indians right field situation, it is more the term for something of a perfect marriage.

On August , last season, Brandon Guyer and Lonnie Chisenhall became joined at the hip as the co-right fielders for the Tribe. Alone, each has a fatal flaw. Together, they form something of the perfect right fielder for Indians manager Terry Francona to trot out to the position each day.

Chisenhall, a left-handed hitter, has been with the Tribe organization since he was tabbed as a highly-touted 19-year-old prospect in the first round of the 2008 amateur draft. He started as a third baseman, where he could barely cut it in the field. Late in 2015, the Indians converted Chisenhall to right field, where he has seemingly found a comfort zone. He’s not the most graceful of athletes, but covers a lot of ground. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 30 – Tyler Naquin

March 4, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 30

Will the second half cool down from Cleveland Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin lead to a pronounced sophomore slump in 2017? Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 31 – Danny Salazar

March 3, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 31

The Cleveland Indians saw two different versions of starting pitcher Danny Salazar in 2016. Their chances of repeating as American League champions will require more of the results from the first half of last season’s campaign than those posted by him in the second. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 32

March 2, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 32

The number 32 has been missing in regular action on the diamond for the Cleveland Indians for the last three years. That could continue on into 2017, as no player currently holds the number as his own with spring training well under way from Goodyear, Arizona.

Pitchers have been the primary wearer of 32 in recent Indians history and the last to do so, Matt Albers in 2013, was no different. Read More