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2017 Spring Training

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 16

March 18, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 16

Cleveland third base coach Mike Sarbaugh has been the Indians’ representative for the number 16 on the field over the last several years while serving as a member of manager Terry Francona’s coaching staff, a role he has held since he was promoted to the Major League club after working as a minor league manager in the organization from 2004 to 2012.

The minor league career of the former utility man was brief, as he played in the Milwaukee Brewers organization in 1989 before spending the next five years in the Indians farm system, reaching the Triple-A level in four games at Charlotte in his season in 1994. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 17

March 17, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 17

The number 17 has disappeared from the diamond for the Cleveland Indians in recent years, last seen on the back of Shin-Soo Choo in his final season for the club in 2012.

That offseason, the Indians hired manager Terry Francona, who was spotted with the number 47 in his introductory press conference. After Choo was dealt to Cincinnati in a three-team trade that included Arizona, Francona switched over to 17. Unlike other managers around the league, Francona opts for other attire while in the dugout, so his new 17 has been replaced by an Indians hoodie, among other gear. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 18 – Mel Harder

March 16, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 18 days

Of the retired numbers in Cleveland Indians history, Mel Harder’s number 18 may be one of the lesser known and more under-appreciated of the bunch to be honored in such a way. It was largely due to Harder’s misfortune of being a Cleveland Indian during some very down years for the club during the 1930s and 1940s and retiring the season before the Tribe took the 1948 World Series.

It may have been enough to cost him a place among the baseball immortals in Cooperstown’s Hall of Fame. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 19 – Bob Feller

March 15, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 19 days

If you ask Clevelanders which player was the best to wear the number 19 while representing the city in a sporting event, chances are you will get a lot of answers naming former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar as their pick.

No knock on Bernie, but he doesn’t hold a candle in comparison to the best 19 possibly to play the game of baseball, Bob Feller. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 20 – Rajai and The Judge

March 14, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 20

Rajai Davis might not have been the longest to wear 20 for Cleveland and was hardly the best to do so, but with one magical swing in the eighth inning of Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, he permanently etched his name into Indians lore.

The veteran outfielder provided a surprise jolt to the Indians lineup last season and his absence will be felt in the coming season as no player on the roster currently will replace his league-leading 43 stolen bases and electric attitude and effort that he provided the club, both on and off the field during the Indians’ run to the final moments of the 2016 season. His high-flying high-fives with teammates after wins became a common sight as the season went on and the team kept winning. He brought with him years of experience, including years of struggling to latch on to roster spots in the early portions of his career. Read More

Some Good News and Some Bad News from Indians’ Camp in Goodyear

March 13, 2017 |

The World Baseball Classic has deprived Major League spring training camps of countless players, but life carries on as the 30 teams prepare for the quickly approaching regular season slate of games.

The Indians, down eleven players from their organization, have continued on without some of the bigger names from their roster, including Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana, and Andrew Miller. Despite the vacancies, the show must go on and the Tribe has put together a good stretch of play with their depleted roster, winning three straight over the weekend and four of their last five contests overall.

But with the good, generally comes the bad, and there was plenty of both over the course of the week. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 21

March 13, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 21

In 1998, Cleveland retired the number 21 in honor of longtime Tribe member Bob Lemon, whose transition from a position player to a quality starting pitcher led to seven trips to the Midsummer Classic, a leading role in the 1948 and 1954 American League champion Indians teams, and ultimately, a spot in Cooperstown in the Hall of Fame.

But while Lemon last wore the number on the field as a player with the Indians in 1958, several big names would honor the work that he had done in the jersey with quality careers in a Cleveland uniform in the years to come. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 22 – Jason Kipnis

March 12, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 22

Each year, teams head to their respective homes in Arizona and Florida with several goals in mind, including making sure all players are adequately prepared for the season, resolving all position battles before breaking camp, and ensuring as few players as possible suffer lingering or season-ending injuries.

The latter has become an issue for the Cleveland Indians due to the status of second baseman Jason Kipnis. Read More

Jackson Back and Looking to Nab Utility Outfield Spot With Tribe

March 12, 2017 |

The Cleveland Indians are going to need one extra outfielder and perhaps two when the regular season starts in April.

Right field is the only spot among the three positions currently fully settled. Lonnie Chisenhall will roam the spot when the opposition sends a right-hander to the mound, while it will be Brandon Guyer who will take over against an opposing lefty. That outfield position is known and well-manned.

The other two spots in the Tribe outfield have question marks. Tyler Naquin, who finished third in last year’s American League Rookie of the Year balloting, has done nothing this spring to suggest he is in danger of losing his spot in center field. However, he mostly plays against right-handed pitchers and was used in a platoon last year. His platoon partner was Rajai Davis, who is now gone to the Oakland Athletics. There is a door open there. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 23 – Michael Brantley

March 11, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 23

How stacked would the Cleveland Indians lineup look with a healthy and productive Michael Brantley back patrolling the grass in left field?

Once again one of the biggest question marks coming in to the season, the Indians and their fans wait with eager anticipation for the return to form of their one-time All-Star outfielder and former third place finisher in the American League Most Valuable Player voting in 2014. Read More

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