Daily Archives: April 3, 2016
hey there, Tribe fans! Happy day before Indians Opening Day! baseball is just about back and that means it’s time for 216clevelandgirl to recap the Tribe’s spring and give my thoughts about the roster and the team’s chances in 2016. so here we go!
while spring training is an important part of a baseball players’ preparation, as tedious as it may be, the outcomes of the games don’t always mean a whole lot. this year, in 34 games, including the two exhibition contests in Texas on April 1 and 2, the Tribe’s spring record was 18-12-4, 3rd best in the Cactus League. while that looks pretty good, it could have been even better.
he tried to avoid it, but unfortunately it could not be avoided. today, on April 3, the Cleveland Indians announced that Michael Brantley was placed on the 15-day DL as he continues to recover from offseason right shoulder surgery. we’ve all known this was going to happen for some time, but the roster transaction did not become official until now. the good news about his DL stint is it’s retroactive to March 25. that means, if Michael was ready, he could be activated as early as April 9 and would only miss the first week–just 4 games–of April, as opposed to missing the first two weeks or more of the season. while that once seemed like a real possibility, it now doesn’t appear as though he will be back that fast.
The 1919 Chicago White Sox are the most infamous team in baseball history. Eight members of their squad knew about and/or participated in a plot with gamblers to throw that year’s World Series to the underdog Cincinnati Reds. Known as the Black Sox, those eight players were ultimately banned from baseball for life by Commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis. Although that team is now notorious for the actions of some, they had teammates who gave it their all, yet aren’t remembered nearly as much. One of those was pitcher Dickie Kerr, who once went on the record about his experience.