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2019 Spring Training

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 37

February 19, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 37 days

Like so many others around baseball, Cody Allen has reported to Arizona. This time, however, his home for the spring will not be in Goodyear, but will instead be an hour east in Tempe, home of Tempe Diablo Stadium and the training site of the Los Angeles Angels.

Allen left the Indians this offseason after hitting free agency for the first time. He signed across the country with the Angels in January, agreeing to a one-year deal that will pay the seven-year big leaguer an $8.5 million base contract with another $2.5 million possible in incentives. It was likely not the deal that Allen hoped to find this winter, but it came directly after the worst season of his career, one that cost him many millions of dollars. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 38 – Eric Haase

February 18, 2019 |

The Cleveland Indians will conduct their first full-squad workout today ahead of Major League Baseball kicking off the 2019 season. All 30 teams will take the field on March 28 with the league’s earliest start ever (excluding international openers). Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 38 days

The Indians seemed to be showing some faith in the catching depth in the organization since last July, trading away top prospect Francisco Mejia to the San Diego Padres at the trade deadline and All-Star backstop Yan Gomes to the Washington Nationals in November. The moves took the position from an area to strength to a sudden area of concern, as light-hitting defensive specialist Roberto Perez and #38 Eric Haase became the only two catchers on the 40-man roster.

Haase, 26 and a 2011 seventh round pick, spent the majority of his eighth season in the organization at Triple-A Columbus last season, his first full season with the Clippers (he played the final two games of the 2017 season there as well). One of the club’s big movers in the last couple of years, thanks in large part to the systematic emphasis on launch angle to help revolutionize the long ball in its most prolific increase since the steroid era, Haase has to feel good about where he stands in the front office’s eyes if they were willing to move the present and the future of the position to bring in All-Star closer Brad Hand and to free up money over the course of the next few years. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 39 – Oliver Perez

February 17, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 39 days

Where would the Indians’ bullpen have been in 2018 if not for the mid-year acquisition of left-handed reliever Oliver Perez?

Scooped up at the beginning of June as a free agent after being released from his minor league contract with the New York Yankees, the 35-year-old Perez flourished in Cleveland with one of his better seasons on the mound since becoming a full-time reliever. Despite missing the first two months of the big league schedule while working with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at the Triple-A level, Perez put up impressive numbers of all sorts during his 16th season on a Major League mound while donning the number 39 for the first time in the Bigs. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 40

February 16, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 40 days

There was a point in time nearly a decade ago that the professional career of Bartolo Colon appeared to be at its end. Somehow, with a fraction of the stuff that he had when he hit the pro game with the Cleveland Indians in 1993, he has stayed in the game, been a serviceable pitcher, and is relatively beloved by fans across the nation and the world.

Sure, he has had a long and sometimes successful Major League career, keeping his name in the news during springs and summers since debuting with the Cleveland Indians in 1997. But now, many years removed from a slimmer, more dominant flame-throwing version of himself, Colon now looks like an everyman, resembling more of a middle-aged man who had let himself go and now is attempting to squeeze his dad bod into a pair of baseball pants during some sort of midlife crisis at a winter fantasy camp. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 41 – Carlos Santana

February 15, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 41 days

The number 41 has not gotten a lot of use in Indians history, but last season marked the first time the number had gone unused since 2003. The last three players to wear the number, however, have left significant marks on the franchise (including a pair of switch-hitting catchers turned first basemen) and one of those players will make his triumphant return home to Cleveland back in the digit for the 2019 season. Read More

Tribe Adds Three More Spring Invites to Camp

February 14, 2019 | | One Comment

As players gather in Arizona and Florida for the beginning of official 2019 related baseball activities, the Cleveland Indians extended invitations to three more players on Thursday to join their spring camp at Goodyear.

The Indians announced the signings of catcher Tim Federowicz and pitcher Asher Wojciechowski to minor league contracts with non-roster invitations to spring training. In addition to the two veteran adds, the team also announced that Ernie Clement, the club’s fourth round pick in the 2017 draft out of the University of Virginia, has also been granted an invitation to participate with the big league club this spring. Read More