One day away from the Cleveland Indians’ home opener against the Kansas City Royals and on the day that Major League Baseball opens its 2020 schedule, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue our countdown until the long awaited first pitch of the pandemic-shortened campaign. – BT
Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 1
The number one will return to the field for the Cleveland Indians in 2020, which was confirmed on Wednesday when manager Terry Francona announced that outfielder Greg Allen was to be one of 30 players breaking Summer Camp with the big league club.
The good news for Allen is that he will be on the bench for the Indians to open the season, but he could be a candidate to be optioned later on down the road as Cleveland’s current roster is rather heavy in outfield options, even when utilizing the designated hitter spot to deploy a fourth one in the lineup daily. Allen has one minor league option remaining, giving the Indians extra flexibility with him in that regard.
For the 21st time ever, the best of the American and National Leagues met on the diamond for the annual Midsummer Classic and for the second time, the event headed to Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday, July 13, 1954.
The ’54 season had all the makings of being a special year for the Indians and it only seemed fitting that the top club in the American League (Cleveland held a half-game lead over New York with one fewer loss at the break) had the opportunity to host the event for the first time since 1935, when a then-record 69,812 filled the seats along the shores of Lake Erie. It was a star-studded event as All-Star Games tend to be, with 17 of the 55 players and three of six managers/coaches on the collective rosters eventually taking up residence in Cooperstown.
On Thursday, the 2019 Major League Baseball season will formally kick off as all 30 teams take the field together. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our long countdown to Opening Day – BT
Countdown to Opening Day – 1 day
Barring an unexpected last minute change, Greg Allen will be with the Indians in the number 1 as one of a handful of outfielders on the 25-man roster to open the season on Thursday in Minnesota.
Entering his third year, the speedy outfielder (who switched last year from the number 53 to 1) has a chance to make his mark in an uncertain mix at his position. While his center field job was taken by Leonys Martin (picked up last July from Detroit), opportunities in left and right field were both available this offseason after significant departures from the roster at the positions, including regulars Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall. The team had several candidates in camp to consider, but the versatile Allen was able to claim one of the spots on the club.