ICYMI at DTTWLN – January 11 to January 17

No new news from the Tribe this week on new player acquisitions, but the Cleveland Indians did announce the minor league coaching staff and other coaching and coordinating additions to the club, including the returns of John McDonald, Bruce Chen, and Scott Atchison in new roles for the team.

The team also announced the successful signings of all remaining arbitration eligible players, as they locked up Bryan Shaw on Thursday and Cody Allen, Lonnie Chisenhall, Jeff Manship, and Josh Tomlin on Friday to avoid ugly arbitration hearings for the second consecutive season and the 24th time in the last time years. The club had locked up Zach McAllister the previous week and had already parted ways with their other arbitration-eligible player this offseason, Nick Hagadone.

Stories You May Have Missed:
1/11/16 – Time to Stop Clamoring for Return of 1990s Indians (Craig Gifford)
1/12/16 – Familiar Faces Fill Out Indians Player Development Staff (Bob)
1/13/16 – Book Details Miller’s Early Years, Success with MLBPA (Vince Guerrieri)
1/14/16 – Wolters Looks to Bounce Back After Injury-Ridden Season (Danny Madden)
1/15/16 – Indians Have Another Smooth Tribe Outfielder in Greg Allen (Laurel Wilder)
1/16/16 – Yu-Cheng Chang Needs a 2016 Without Injury to Demonstrate True Skills (Laurel)
1/16/16 – Cases Closed – Indians Again Avoid Arbitration (Bob)
1/17/16 – Could Yandy Diaz Be a Future Solution at Third Base? (Danny)
1/17/16 – Grube Looking to Build on Strong Second Half with Clippers (Bob)

Last Week in Tribe History (Bob):
January 11, 2000
January 12, 1972
January 13, 1983
January 14, 1937
January 15, 1891
January 16, 1966
January 17, 1915

1948 Cleveland Indians weekly rewind

Taking our weekly trip back in time, the 1948 Cleveland Indians wrapped up a lengthy “east coast” trip that took the club through Philadelphia, Washington, New York, and Boston, with three of the four teams nipping at their heels atop the American League standings.

A rain out in the Bronx finished off an ugly series with the Bombers and then the Tribe were swept in three straight in Boston. As the club headed back home, stories chronicling the strong play of Eddie Robinson and the season-long struggles of Bob Feller were shared as the team split a pair in Cleveland against the Philadelphia Athletics. As July 29th ended, the Indians found themselves in a strange place – fourth place in the AL, two games behind Boston.

DiMaggio and Yanks Dominate Feller All Season (Mike Brandyberry)
Tribe Rained Out in Bronx, Head to Beantown With Slim Lead (Mike)
Early Lead Slides Away in Beantown; Red Sox 6, Indians 5 (Mike)
Indians Lose Late For Second Time, Drop to Third in Standings; Red Sox 2, Indians 1 (Mike)
Indians Confident They’ll Win Pennant (Mike)
Tribe Swept Out of Boston, Fall Game and Half Back; Red Sox 3, Indians 0 (Mike)
Klieman to Start Tomorrow Night Against Philly (Mike)
Let Eddie Robinson Play (Bob)
Is Something Wrong With Bob Feller? (Bob)
Surprise Feller Start Helps Indians Reclaim Second; Indians 10, Athletics 5 (Bob)
Tribe Needs to Win at Home (Bob)
Doby’s Error in Eighth Hands A’s a W; Athletics 4, Indians 3 (Bob)
Bearden to Open Versus Boston (Bob)

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1948 American League standings (as of the end of day, July 29th)

Boston 56-37 0.602
Philadelphia 57-39 0.594 0.5
New York 53-38 0.582 2.0
Cleveland 52-37 0.584 2.0
Detroit 45-47 0.489 10.5
Washington 39-52 0.429 16.0
St. Louis 33-54 0.379 20.0
Chicago 30-61 0.330 25.0

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Photo: fcshof.com

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