ICYMI at DTTWLN – March 21 to 27

A week from today, the city of Cleveland will be celebrating its unofficial holiday, the Indians’ home opener. Meanwhile, the team is still in Goodyear, Arizona, ironing out the final difficult roster decisions.

Those questions may have gotten harder once again as Michael Brantley appears to be heading to the disabled list. Tyler Naquin was awarded a well-deserved spot on the roster after his stellar spring, outfielder Joey Butler was optioned to Triple-A, and veteran Will Venable was granted his release. Ross Detwiler was the surprise winner of the left-handed reliever battle, as Joe Thatcher was released and Tom Gorzelanny was told that he would not make the club.

Our stories covered the past, the present, the future, and even Joel Skinner this week (yes, still too soon), so read on to see what you may have missed…

Stories You May Have Missed Last Week:
3/21/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 14 (Bob)
3/22/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 13: Catching Up With Joel Skinner (Steve Eby)
3/22/16 – Kaminsky a Top Prospect in Tribe’s Prosperous Pitching Pipeline (Eddie Kerekes)
3/22/16 – The Doctor is in and the Kids are All Right (Bob)
3/23/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 12 (Craig Gifford)
3/23/16 – Lane Hit on Deal Sending Doby to Detroit for Francona (Vince Guerrieri)
3/24/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 11 (Danny Madden)
3/24/16 – Frazier Thrives on Development, Shouldn’t Be Rushed Through System (Laurel Wilder)
3/25/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 10 (Bob)
3/25/16 – Indians’ Bradley Zimmer Has Got “The Goods” (David Freier)
3/26/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 9: Catching Up With Buddy Bell (Steve)
3/26/16 – Indians’ Roster Taking Shape, But Brantley Likely Shelved (Bob)
3/27/16 – Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 8 (Bob)
3/27/16 – Indians Luck Out With Worst Division in Baseball for Interleague Play (Eddie)

Last Week in Tribe History (Bob):
March 21, 1959
March 22, 1972
March 23, 1993
March 24, 1973
March 25, 1996
March 26, 1962
March 27, 1948

Podcasts You May Have Missed:
Tribe Time Now 44: Who’s This Brantley Guy Starting in Left?

Spring Training Player Profiles (40-man and remaining roster candidates):
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)
Lonnie ChisenhallCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 8 (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)
Yan GomesCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 10 (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)
Francisco LindorCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 12 (Craig)
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)
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)
Jose RamirezCountdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 11 (Danny)
James RamseyTribe’s Ramsey Needs to Regain Former Top Prospect Ranking (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)
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)

Spring Training Minor League Profiles and Other Non-Roster Invites:
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)
Michael ChoiceCleveland Has a Choice in Their Spring Training Outfield Mix (Bob)
Yandy DiazCould Yandy Diaz Be a Future Solution at Third Base? (Danny)
Clint FrazierFrazier Thrives on Development, Shouldn’t Be Rushed Through System (Laurel)
Tom GorzelannyGorzelanny Looking to Become a Lefty Tito Can Trust (Bob)
Juan HillmanHillman One of Indians’ Impressive Pitching Prospects from 2015 Draft (Bob)
Rob KaminskyKaminsky a Top Prospect in Tribe’s Prosperous Pitching Pipeline (Eddie Kerekes)
Luis LugoLuis Lugo Looking to Continue Climb Through Indians System (Bob)
Mark MathiasMathias Made Most of Time at Mahoning Valley (Bob)
Triston McKenzieTribe Has Another Young, Standout Pitcher in 2015 Draft Pick Triston McKenzie (Laurel)
Francisco MejiaA Smart, Savvy Catcher Who Knows the Game: Francisco Mejia (Laurel)
Adam MooreMoore Back for More as Cleveland Catching Depth (Bob)
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)
Anthony ReckerRecker Looks to Catch on in Cleveland as a Reserve Backstop Option (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)
Joe ThatcherThatcher Seeking a Chance to be One of Tito’s Lefties (Bob)
Will VenableVenable Vying for a Big League Job in Center in Cleveland Camp (Bob)
Luke WakamatsuAfter High School Indians’ Career, Wakamatsu Joins New Tribe in the Pros (Bob)
Bradley ZimmerIndians’ Bradley Zimmer Has Got “The Goods” (David)

1948 Cleveland Indians weekly rewind

With everything on the line, the 1948 Cleveland Indians held a bit of an edge heading into their final three games of the regular season facing a Detroit Tigers team that was just one game over the .500 mark on the season, while Boston and New York were facing off. The Indians controlled their destiny, but instead, they Cleveland’d things up.

They blew a chance to clinch a tie for the pennant with a ninth inning defeat before an 8-0 victory secured the club at least a tie for the AL pennant. With Bob Feller on the mound, they were shellacked 7-1, forcing a one-game playoff in Boston against the Red Sox.

Lou Boudreau opted for rookie lefty Gene Bearden and the two guided the Tribe to just their second pennant in franchise history and secured a World Series matchup in Boston against the Braves. A controversial call in the eighth inning led to the winning Braves’ run in a fantastically pitched 1-0 win for Boston in the opener, but the Tribe struck back in game two, winning a 4-1 final to even the series as it headed back to Cleveland for the first time since 1920.

Cleveland Ready for a Pennant Party (Mike)
Tribe Drops Game, Pennant Tie in Ninth Inning; Tigers 5, Indians 3 (Mike)
Tribe Stomps Tigers, Earns at Least Tie for Pennant; Indians 8, Tigers 0 (Mike)
Feller the One to Pitch Tribe to Pennant (Mike)
Tribe Routed Early, Will Face Boston in One-Game Playoff Tomorrow; Tigers 7, Indians 1 (Mike)
Fans Remain Faithful, Over 1,000 See Tribe Sendoff (Staff Special)
Galehouse Unlikely Starting Selection for Sox, Tribe Mum on Starter (Vince)
Bearden’s Surprise Start and Three Homers Send Tribe to Series; Indians 8, Red Sox 3 (Mike)
Tribe Celebrates In Clubhouse After Clincher (Mike)
Boudreau’s Selection of Bearden Was Secret But Easy Choice (Mike)
Indians Get Their First Look at the Boston Braves (Bob)
Indians and Braves Ready for Game One (Bob)
Classic Pitchers’ Duel Favors Boston; Braves 1, Indians 0 (Bob)
Controversial Call Looms Large in Game One Loss (Bob)
Indians Even Series Behind Strong Lemon Outing; Indians 4, Braves 1 (Bob)

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1948 American League final standings (as of the end of the season, October 4th)

Cleveland 97-58 0.626
Boston 96-59 0.619 1.0
New York 94-60 0.610 2.5
Philadelphia 84-70 0.545 12.5
Detroit 78-76 0.506 18.5
St. Louis 59-94 0.386 37.0
Washington 56-97 0.366 40.0
Chicago 51-101 0.336 44.5

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Photo: Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer

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