ICYMI at DTTWLN – February 15 to February 21

After what may have felt like an eternity, Major League Baseball action returned this past week as pitchers and catchers reported to Arizona and Florida for spring training, with position players due to report by Sunday.

Despite spring training activities beginning, it did not mean that the Indians front office was done working on building the best roster that they can before the April 4th season opener against the Boston Red Sox, as they have reportedly come to terms with free agent infielder Juan Uribe. A corresponding roster move will need to be made to get Uribe onto the 40-man roster. The club’s last roster move, the designation of Tony Wolters for assignment, was resolved as the minor league catcher was claimed by the Colorado Rockies.

Here’s what you may have missed in the busy week that was.

Stories You May Have Missed Last Week:
2/15/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 49 (Bob)
2/16/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 48 (Steve Eby)
2/16/16 – Moore Back for More as Cleveland Catching Depth (Bob)
2/16/16 – Indians and Happy Dog Hosting Spring Training Report Day Party Wednesday (Bob)
2/17/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 47 (Bob)
2/17/16 – Vizquel to Manage Venezuelan Team in World Baseball Classic (Bob)
2/17/16 – Indians Came Up Short in Pursuit of Hunter (Vince Guerrieri)
2/18/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 46: Catching Up With Aaron Fultz (Steve)
2/18/16 – Starting Pitching Looking to be Dominant Again in 2016 (Danny Madden)
2/18/16 – Morimando Making His Way Towards the Big Leagues (Bob)
2/19/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 45: Catching Up With Paul Assenmacher (Steve Eby)
2/19/16 – Bullpen Battle a Big Question for Cleveland Heading into Spring Camp (Bob)
2/19/16 – Indians and Juan Uribe Unite on a One-Year Pact (Bob)
2/20/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 44 (Bob)
2/20/16 – A Healthy Clevinger Climbing Cleveland’s Prospect Rankings (Bob)
2/21/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 43 (Laurel)
2/21/16 – State of Tribe’s Infield and Catchers Looking Better With New Additions (Craig Gifford)

Last Week in Tribe History (Bob):
February 15, 1916
February 16, 1909
February 17, 1944
February 18, 2010
February 19, 1942
February 20, 1890
February 21, 2011

Podcasts You May Have Missed:
Do You Wahoo? – Playoffs Round 3

Spring Training Player Profiles (40-man and non-roster invites):
Austin AdamsCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 49 (Bob)
Cody AndersonCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 56 (Craig)
Shawn ArmstrongCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 51 (Laurel)
Dylan BakerBaker Looking to Bounce Back from Lost Season (Bob)
Trevor BauerCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 47 (Bob)
Carlos CarrascoCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 59 (Danny)
Joba ChamberlainChamberlain Hoping to Make Squad and Erase Images of “Bug Game” (Craig)
Michael ChoiceCleveland Has a Choice in Their Spring Training Outfield Mix (Bob)
Michael ClevingerA Healthy Clevinger Climbing Cleveland’s Prospect Rankings (Bob)
Kyle CrockettCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 57 (Bob)
Jarrett GrubeGrube Looking to Build on Strong Second Half with Clippers (Bob)
T.J. HouseCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 58 (Danny)
Michael MartinezMartinez Returns for Second Spring in the Sun for the Tribe (Bob)
Jeff ManshipCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 53 (Bob)
Ryan MerrittMerritt Progressing on More Than Merit Alone (Bob)
Adam MooreMoore Back for More as Cleveland Catching Depth (Bob)
Felipe PaulinoSpring Invite Paulino May Provide Pitching Depth (Bob)
Roberto PerezCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 55 (Bob)
Anthony ReckerRecker Looks to Catch on in Cleveland as a Reserve Backstop Option (Bob)
Giovanni SotoCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 65 (Bob)
Joe ThatcherThatcher Seeking a Chance to be One of Tito’s Lefties (Bob)
Josh TomlinCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 43 (Laurel)

Spring Training Minor League Profiles:
Greg AllenIndians Have Another Smooth Tribe Outfielder in Greg Allen (Laurel)
Claudio BautistaClaudio Bautista Slowly Climbing Through the Minor League Levels (Laurel)
Sean BradySean Brady is a Young Pitcher with Potential (Laurel)
Mitch BrownMitch Brown Looking to Build on Second Half Success (Bob)
Yu-Cheng ChangYu-Cheng Chang Needs a 2016 Without Injury to Demonstrate True Skills (Laurel)
Yandy DiazCould Yandy Diaz Be a Future Solution at Third Base? (Danny)
Luis LugoLuis Lugo Looking to Continue Climb Through Indians System (Bob)
Mark Mathias – Mathias Made Most of Time at Mahoning Valley (Bob)
Shawn MorimandoMorimando Making His Way Towards the Big Leagues (Bob)
Dorssys PaulinoPaulino Progresses in First Full Season in Outfield (Bob)
Luigi RodriguezLuigi Rodriguez: On the Rise or Organizational Man? (David Freier)
Nellie RodriguezYoung Tribe Slugger Rodriguez Plays with Something to Prove (Bob)
Luke Wakamatsu – After High School Indians’ Career, Wakamatsu Joins New Tribe in the Pros (Bob)

1948 Cleveland Indians weekly rewind

Pushing onwards through an intense 16-game road trip up the east coast before bouncing out to the midwest, the 1948 Indians continued to tread water in a hard-fought American League pennant chase. After squandering their opportunity against Boston, they stumbled against New York, dropping two of three while still dealing with injuries to some of their star players and an implosion of their formerly helpful bullpen arms. The biggest arms in the rotation did their part during this week, however, as Lemon, Feller, Bearden, and Paige came away with good outings. Despite their efforts, the Tribe ends the stretch a game and a half in back of the Red Sox and in third place in the AL.

Tribe Heads to Gotham to Continue Pennant Battle (Mike)
Feller Flings Six-Hitter in New York for Game One Win; Indians 8, Yankees 1 (Mike)
Big Inning Forces Tribe to Settle for Split, Fall One Game Behind Boston; Yankees 7, Indians 2 (Mike)
Feller’s Win May Finally Turn the Corner in his Season (Mike)
Indians Give Game Away In the Ninth; Yankees 3, Indians 2 (Mike)
Bullpen Woes Jeopardizing Pennant Push (Bob)
Lemon’s Three-Hit Gem Shuts Out Nats; Indians 6, Senators 0 (Bob)
Wynn Wows Indians to Split Twin Bill; Senators 5, Indians 2 (Bob)
Early Runs Pace Paige to Victory; Indians 10, Senators 1 (Bob)
Admiration for Dale Mitchell (Bob)
Bearden and Boudreau Lead Tribe Past Philly; Indians 6, Athletics 1 (Steve)
Indians’ Aging Infield Gets a Youthful Boost as Boone is Promoted, Rosen Could Follow Soon (Steve)
Feller Dazzles, Cleveland Sweeps A’s; Indians 8, Athletics 1 (Steve)
Indians Finished with the East, Now Head West (Steve)

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1948 American League standings (as of the end of day, September 2nd)

Boston 77-48 0.616
New York 76-49 0.608 1.0
Cleveland 76-50 0.603 1.5
Philadelphia 73-55 0.570 5.5
Detroit 59-62 0.488 16.0
St. Louis 47-75 0.385 28.5
Washington 49-77 0.389 28.5
Chicago 42-83 0.336 35.0

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Photo: John Kuntz/The Plain Dealer

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