Cleveland Indians Spring 2017 Recap, Player Evaluations, and Predictions
hello there, Indians fans! how happy are you that Cactus League play is finally over? i know a lot of us have been very anxious for the 2017 season to get underway ever since things did not end how we wanted them to on the night of November 2, 2016. and now, after a shortened offseason and a longer spring training, we are just TWO DAYS away from meaningful game action and Indians Opening Day! this may arguably be the toughest weekend of the year for Tribe fans. so while everyone’s waiting, let me present a recap of the Tribe’s spring, including a review of player performances, as well as some predictions about how the reigning American League Champions will do this season!
Spring Training 2017 Overview
Indians Cactus League games took place from February 25 – March 31, consisting of three split-squad days and only two days off. the players all reported to Goodyear, Arizona, earlier than usual not only because some flew out there immediately after Tribe Fest on January 28, but also due to the World Baseball Classic being played during spring this year. as a result, spring training lasted longer. however, for the players who went to the WBC and missed a few weeks worth of games with the Indians, the extra time to be able to come back and rejoin the team was beneficial. the conclusion of the Tribe’s spring schedule found them in Phoenix on March 30 and 31 for two exhibition games against the Arizona Diamondbacks in their Major League ballpark, Chase Field. call that a little pre-season teaser road trip, if you will. though by that time, spring had more than worn out its welcome.