You had pretty high hopes that this week, the Twitters and Facebooks and interwebs would be set ablaze by a big news story about the Cleveland Indians making a big blockbuster trade at the annual Winter Meetings, right?
The rumors swirled softly, but the Indians otherwise returned to their home office in Cleveland with a small contingent of minor signings completed, none of which should have significant bearing on the 2016 roster. Fans will have to hope that the groundwork for potential future deals was established and that alterations to the present roster will be made prior to the club reporting to Goodyear, Arizona, in just over two months.
Miss any of those signings or any other story from this past week? Check out the following stories you may have missed, along with the weekly recap of the story of the 1948 Cleveland Indians.
Stories You May Have Missed:
12/7/15 – Trade Deadline Acquisition Rob Kaminsky a Name to Know (David Freier)
12/7/15 – Selection of Kennedy in Rule 5 Draft Aided 1948 Tribe (Bob)
12/7/15 – New Scoreboard Part of Progressive Field Offseason Projects (Bob)
12/7/15 – Indians Bring in Joey Butler, Designate Jayson Aquino (Bob)
12/8/15 – Tribe’s Rule 5 Loss Gruber Became Mainstay in Toronto (Bob)
12/8/15 – Looking Back: Big Days from Unexpected Places Help Tribe Plate 17 (Bob)
12/9/15 – Buckeyes Open Second Half with Big Night Game — Marred by Fight (Vince Guerrieri)
12/9/15 – With Consistency and Control, Merritt Has Made Himself a Name to Know (Danny Madden)
12/10/15 – Rondon a Regrettable But Understandable Rule 5 Loss for the Tribe (Bob)
12/10/15 – Looking Back: Smooth’s Single Wins it in 16 (Bob)
12/11/15 – Only Getting Stronger, Nellie Rodriguez is a Powerful Name to Know (Laurel Wilder)
12/11/15 – Winter Meetings Wrap Up Quietly for Indians (Bob)
12/12/15 – Looking Back: Kluber in Complete Control in Complete Game Gem (Bob)
12/12/15 – Indians Add Pair on Minor League Deals (Bob)
12/13/15 – Erik Gonzalez a Name to Know as Indians’ Organizational Infield Depth (Bob)
1948 Cleveland Indians weekly rewind
An eight-game stretch sees the 1948 Indians on the losing side of the slate as often than not, posting a 4-4 record during the week.
Bob Feller got back onto the winning track to end the team’s five-game losing streak. The Indians break an attendance record, Larry Doby goes missing from the Tribe’s lineup, and Johnny Berardino joins The Winner’s Circle. The Indians played four with the Philadelphia Athletics and four against the New York Yankees during this period.
Where Has Larry Doby Gone? (Bob)
A’s, Weather Rain a Fifth Straight Loss on Tribe; Athletics 5, Indians 4 (Bob)
Cleveland Ends Skid at Five, Shuts Out Philly; Indians 4, Athletics 0 (Bob)
The Early Legacy of Bill Veeck in Cleveland (Bob)
Late Rally Gives Feller a Big Win; Indians 4, Athletics 3 (Bob)
Lemon Leaves Athletics Looking; Indians 10, Athletics 0 (Bob)
Veeck Thanks Fans Personally As Tribe Breaks Attendance Record (Bob)
Bombers Crush Tribe, Climb to Within Three Games; Yankees 13, Indians 2 (Mike Brandyberry)
Gordon and Boudreau Early All-Star Vote Leaders (Mike)
Zoldak Shines In First Start For Tribe; Indians 5, Yankees 2 (Mike)
Berardino Hoping for Supporting Role in Winner’s Circle – Twice (Mike)
Henrich Grand Slam in 11th Ruins Veeck’s Party; Yankees 5, Indians 1 (Mike)
Yanks’ Three Homers Sends Feller, Tribe to Another Loss; Yankees 4, Indians 0 (Mike)
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1948 American League standings (as of end of day June 24th)
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Photo: Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer