2017: This Year is Next Year
While the Cleveland Indians’ road trip got off to a great start with a three-game sweep in Texas against the Rangers, the club was tripped up hard in its return to Arizona when it was dealt a discouraging three-game sweep at the arms and bats of the Diamondbacks.
The Tribe will look to get itself righted again and put that bad series in the rear view when it hosts the Chicago White Sox for three straight at Progressive Field this week.
The Indians (3-3) started the season with some impressive late inning dramatics in the heart of Texas, but back in the desert, they were met by a white-hot Diamondbacks team that contained the Tribe offense while putting up buckets of their own runs. The Indians were outscored 21-7 in the three-game set and were not in many of the games late.
The Cleveland Indians will get their first look of many at the Chicago White Sox as their American League Central Division foe comes to Progressive Field to open the 2017 home slate for the Tribe.
It was a busy and somewhat curious offseason for the Sox, who seemed to have the Benjamin Button complex and got younger and younger with each passing day. After finishing fourth in the Central with a 78-84 record in 2016, general manager Rick Hahn opted to deal off some of the older producers on the roster to begin collecting some younger talent, almost appearing to concede their fight for the division before the season began while looking ahead to 2018 and beyond.
A season ago, the Cleveland Indians made a habit of winning games late and in their last at bat. They had 11 walk-off victories. Wins of that variety can be both very stressful and very exciting for the fans. They can be galvanizing for a baseball team.
Winning in a late fashion can pump life into a ball club that a blowout win just can not. You do not see postgame Gatorade baths or pies in the face – though those are now banned – for players who hit a home run in the middle frames of a 9-2 victory, for example. However, hit an eighth- or ninth-inning bomb or get a big RBI in the final couple stanzas and the postgame celebration has some sizzle and entertainment.
In 2016, the Indians got to within one win of the World Series. They were known for being a tight-knit group that had each other’s backs. When the going got tough late, the Tribe really got going and was at its best. Late inning comeback wins seemed to forge a bond and a resiliency with the unit that nothing could break the squad.
While two regular starters prepare for their returns to the big league roster sometime this month, the moves have a significant trickle down effect on how manager Terry Francona constructs his 25-man roster for the Cleveland Indians.
The moves may be difficult, but it presents as a good problem to have for the Indians organization.
Cleveland Indians baseball returns to the state of Arizona this weekend. Just a week after spring training action came to an end and the team departed the Grand Canyon State, Cleveland heads to Chase Field to take on the Arizona …
Cleveland’s national holiday is less than a week away and feels closer than ever with a successful and eventful season opening win by the Indians under their belt with their 8-5 Monday night win over the Rangers in Texas. Now, fans will have less than a week to wait until the club completes its brief return trip to Arizona for a three-game stay in Phoenix against the Diamondbacks and comes home to Cleveland for its long anticipated debut at Progressive Field.
The Indians announced on Monday the list of festivities scheduled when the Indians open the home portion of the 2017 regular season schedule on Tuesday, April 11, against the Chicago White Sox, and it is once again chock full of pomp and circumstance.
All is right again in the world. Baseball is back and two of the top teams in the American League last season will meet up to open the 2017 regular season as the Texas Rangers host the Cleveland Indians.
The Indians (94-67 in 2016) will look to defend their title as the kings of the American League. A roster that already proved to be one of the very best in the game of baseball got even better in the offseason, as the Tribe upgraded at the first base/designated hitter position with the free agent signing of slugger Edwin Encarnacion. What was already a dominating bullpen in the second half of the season last year got presumably better as well when the team inked lefty reliever Boone Logan to join an already intimidating collection of arms. While the dreams of a second world’s championship in one year for the city of Cleveland came to a heartbreaking close in extra innings of the seventh and final game of the World Series last year, the young club will undoubtedly come back even more hungry for a return to postseason glory, bonus baseball in October, and a fall championship parade.
The Rangers (95-67) will look to make up for a disappointing end to an otherwise strong season in which the club claimed the American League West and the best overall record in the league. Despite hosting the wild card Toronto Blue Jays, they were swept in three straight games in the American League Division Series to spell an early end to their season. They will look to hold down the top spot in the AL West once again, but are already dealing with a slew of injuries that could slow the team down in the early going.
This season may very well be the most anticipated season for the Cleveland Indians since the glory days of the mid and late 1990s. Luckily for Indians fans, it just so happened to be the shortest offseason in franchise history, not that it necessarily felt like it.
Cleveland enters the 2017 season in an unfamiliar position. Accustomed to being the hunters, the team is clearly thought of as one of the elite teams right now in the American League and one of the clear cut favorites to contend for the pennant once again. Not only is the team set up to win and is coming off of an improbable and magical run in 2016, the squad is locked up together for the foreseeable future, making an imposing lineup and a frighteningly good pitching staff something that teams will fear for years to come.
In the summer of 2008, Roberto Perez‘s professional baseball career began when he was selected in the 33rd round of the June amateur draft by the Cleveland Indians. The odds are generally stacked against a player when taken that late in the annual selection process.
On Sunday, the Indians formally announced that it had signed its backup catcher, the 1,011th player taken in his draft class, to a four-year contract with a pair of club options that could keep the backstop in a Cleveland uniform through the 2022 season.
Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber has spent his career proving doubters wrong. So, why should this season be any different?
First, he had to prove that he could be a consistently effective Major League pitcher. Tabbed as a fourth round draft pick in 2007 by the San Diego Padres, Kluber was merely decent, at best, in their minor league system and then in the Tribe’s farm system after his 2010 trade to Cleveland.
When the Padres traded Kluber three years after drafting him, he had to prove to the Indians that he was worth receiving in a three-team deal that saw the Tribe send dependable veteran starter Jake Westbrook to St. Louis.
The Cleveland Indians put an end to recent rumors when the club announced on Tuesday afternoon it had come to terms on a five-year contract extension with utility man Jose Ramirez.
The 24-year-old switch-hitting infielder by trade is coming off of a breakout season in 2016, the first season in his four-year Major League career that he has remained on the Indians roster for the course of the whole season without a lengthy stay at the minor league level. The Cleveland front office capitalized on the opportunity to add another player to the long list of Indians locked up on long-term deals.