ICYMI at DTTWLN – March 14 to 20

Almost nothing else that occurred in the past week in the world of the Cleveland Indians matters more than the triumphant return of Michael Brantley to Cactus League play over the weekend. With a homer and an outfield assist, he has given everyone some hopes that he could be both on the roster and in the lineup when the Indians and Red Sox do battle on April 4.

Meanwhile, the club got a bit of insurance for their messy outfield situation when they came to terms with free agent veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd on a minor league contract. He made his first spring appearance on Sunday afternoon and if he can get up to speed within three weeks, could factor in an undecided competition for platoon or reserve outfield spots on the Tribe’s bench.

Here’s what else you may have missed:

Stories You May Have Missed Last Week:
3/14/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 21: Catching Up With Mike Hargrove (Steve Eby)
3/15/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 20: Catching Up With Kevin Seitzer (Steve)
3/15/16 – Bradley Boasts Power Potential at a Position of Need for the Indians (Bob)
3/16/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 19 (Bob)
3/16/16 – ESPN Doc ‘Believeland’ Helmed by True Believer (Vince Guerrieri)
3/17/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 18 (Bob)
3/17/16 – Naquin’s Time In Cleveland Is Either Now or Never (Danny Madden)
3/17/16 – Indians Take Flyer on Byrd; Brantley Returns (Bob)
3/18/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 17: Catching Up With Marquis Grissom (Steve)
3/18/16 – Hillman One of Indians’ Impressive Pitching Prospects from 2015 Draft (Bob)
3/19/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 16: Catching Up With Jay Bell (Steve)
3/19/16 – Tribe Shouldn’t Rush Development of Dominant Youngster Justus Sheffield (Laurel Wilder)
3/20/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 15: Catching Up With Sandy Alomar (Steve)
3/20/16 – Aiken Aiming for a Healthy Return with Cleveland (Bob)

Last Week in Tribe History (Bob):
March 14, 1921
March 15, 1949
March 16, 1871
March 17, 1907
March 18, 1957
March 19, 1974
March 20, 1984

Podcasts You May Have Missed:
Tribe Time Now 43: Joltin’ Joe and Noah Sing the Blues

Spring Training Player Profiles (40-man and non-roster invites):
Austin AdamsCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 49 (Bob)
Jesus AguilarCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 36 (Bob)
Cody AllenCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 37 (Bob)
Abraham AlmonteCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 35 (Craig Gifford)
Cody AndersonCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 56 (Craig)
Shawn ArmstrongCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 51 (Laurel Wilder)
Dylan BakerBaker Looking to Bounce Back from Lost Season (Bob)
Trevor BauerCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 47 (Bob)
Michael BrantleyCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 23 (Bob)
Joey ButlerButler on the Bubble for an Indians Bench Role (Bob)
Marlon ByrdIndians Take Flyer on Byrd; Brantley Returns (Bob)
Carlos CarrascoCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 59 (Danny Madden)
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)
Collin CowgillCowgill is a Platoon Candidate in Tribe Outfield (Bob)
Kyle CrockettCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 57 (Bob)
Rajai DavisWhere Does Rajai Davis Fit Into Cleveland’s Plans for 2016? (David Freier)
Ross DetwilerCan Detwiler Crack Through Cleveland’s Crowded Pen? (Bob)
Erik GonzalezOn Lindor’s Heels, Erik Gonzalez Looks for a Hole to Fill (Laurel)
Tom GorzelannyGorzelanny Looking to Become a Lefty Tito Can Trust (Bob)
Robbie GrossmanIs Grossman a Candidate in Cleveland’s Outfield Competition? (Bob)
Jarrett GrubeGrube Looking to Build on Strong Second Half with Clippers (Bob)
T.J. HouseCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 58 (Danny)
Tommy HunterHunter Can Help Provide Relief in ‘Pen, When Healthy (Bob)
Jason KipnisCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 22 (Danny Madden)
Corey KluberCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 28 (Craig Gifford)
Michael MartinezMartinez Returns for Second Spring in the Sun for the Tribe (Bob)
Jeff ManshipCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 53 (Bob)
Zach McAllisterCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 34 (Bob)
Ryan MerrittMerritt Progressing on More Than Merit Alone (Bob)
Adam MooreMoore Back for More as Cleveland Catching Depth (Bob)
Mike NapoliA Well-Rested Napoli Ready to Power the Tribe’s Lineup (Bob)
Tyler NaquinNaquin’s Time In Cleveland Is Either Now or Never (Danny)
Dan OteroOtero on Long List of Tribe’s Bullpen Options (Bob)
Felipe PaulinoSpring Invite Paulino May Provide Pitching Depth (Bob)
Roberto PerezCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 55 (Bob)
James RamseyTribe’s Ramsey Needs to Regain Former Top Prospect Ranking (Bob)
Anthony ReckerRecker Looks to Catch on in Cleveland as a Reserve Backstop Option (Bob)
Shane RobinsonRobinson Looking for a Reserve Spot in Crowded Cleveland Outfield (Bob)
Danny SalazarCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 31 (Bob)
Carlos SantanaCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 41 (Danny)
Bryan ShawCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 27 (Bob)
Giovanni SotoCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 65 (Bob)
Craig StammenStammen Strengthens Cleveland’s Bullpen Depth (Bob)
Joe ThatcherThatcher Seeking a Chance to be One of Tito’s Lefties (Bob)
Josh TomlinCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 43 (Laurel)
Juan UribeUribe Shores Up All Indians Infield Question Marks (Danny)
Giovanny UrshelaCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 39 (Bob)
Will VenableVenable Vying for a Big League Job in Center in Cleveland Camp (Bob)

Spring Training Minor League Profiles:
Brady Aiken – Aiken Aiming for a Healthy Return with Cleveland (Bob)
Greg AllenIndians Have Another Smooth Tribe Outfielder in Greg Allen (Laurel)
Claudio BautistaClaudio Bautista Slowly Climbing Through the Minor League Levels (Laurel)
Bobby BradleyBradley Boasts Power Potential at a Position of Need for the Indians (Bob)
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)
Juan Hillman – Hillman One of Indians’ Impressive Pitching Prospects from 2015 Draft (Bob)
Luis LugoLuis Lugo Looking to Continue Climb Through Indians System (Bob)
Mark Mathias – Mathias Made Most of Time at Mahoning Valley (Bob)
Triston McKenzie – Tribe has Another Young, Standout Pitcher in 2015 Draft Pick Triston McKenzie (Laurel)
Francisco MejiaA Smart, Savvy Catcher who knows the Game: Francisco Mejia (Laurel)
Shawn MorimandoMorimando Making His Way Towards the Big Leagues (Bob)
Mike PapiPatience a Virtue for Indians Prospect Papi (David)
Adam PlutkoPlutko in Spring Camp with Tribe After Strong Summer on the Farm (Bob)
Dorssys PaulinoPaulino Progresses in First Full Season in Outfield (Bob)
Luigi RodriguezLuigi Rodriguez: On the Rise or Organizational Man? (David)
Nellie RodriguezYoung Tribe Slugger Rodriguez Plays with Something to Prove (Bob)
Justus SheffieldTribe Shouldn’t Rush Development of Dominant Youngster Justus Sheffield (Laurel)
Luke Wakamatsu – After High School Indians’ Career, Wakamatsu Joins New Tribe in the Pros (Bob)

1948 Cleveland Indians weekly rewind

It is coming down to the wire and even though the 1948 Cleveland Indians are clinging to a one and a half game lead in the American League pennant race, their lighter schedule, coupled with a head-to-head series between two of their obstacles at the top of the AL, Boston and New York, bode well for Cleveland as the season enters its final week.

After a painful one-run loss to Detroit, the Indians rode strong pitching performances to win four straight to wrap up the seven-day stretch and head into their final handful of games in full control of their destiny. They could use a little help though and have to hope that the Red Sox and Yankees beat up on each other to provide the Tribe with a little bit of wiggle room.

Playoff Scenarios Set By American League (Mike)
Tribe Loses, Joins 3-Way Tie at Top of Standings; Tigers 4, Indians 3 (Mike)
Tribe Rides Bearden and 14 Hits to Remain Tied at Top; Indians 9, Tigers 3 (Mike)
O’Neill and Other Non-Contenders Sending Their Best in Final Week (Mike)
Feller Fires Five-Hitter to Put Tribe in Sole Possession of First Place; Indians 4, Tigers 1 (Mike)
Boudreau Likes Tribe’s Chances After Feller Gem (Mike)
Out of Town Fans Working With Postmasters to Get to Series (Mike)
Rosen Eligible for World Series (Mike)
Don Black Taken Off Danger List (Mike)
Tribe Provides Big Show on Joe Early Night; Indians 11, White Sox 0 (Mike)
Hegan the Best There Is According to Bearden (Mike)
Gordon and Keltner Help Tribe Close In On Pennant; Indians 5, White Sox 2 (Mike)
Over 2.5 Million Tickets Requested for Tribe World Series (Mike)

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1948 American League standings (as of the end of day, September 30th)

Cleveland 95-56 0.629
Boston 94-58 0.618 1.5
New York 94-58 0.618 1.5
Philadelphia 84-68 0.553 11.5
Detroit 76-75 0.503 19.0
St. Louis 58-92 0.387 36.5
Washington 54-97 0.358 41.0
Chicago 49-100 0.329 45.0

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Photo: Cleveland Memory Project

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