Spring is just around the corner. It might not seem like it with the up and down winter weather that we have been having in the Cleveland area, but one true sign of spring is baseball teams reporting to spring training camp! The Cleveland Indians players reported to spring training camp in Goodyear, Arizona just a few weeks ago. The team just completed its first full week of their spring Cactus League play.
Indians Spring Training
The American League Champion Cleveland Indians are preparing to make a return to the World Series this year. The start of every spring training camp brings hope for a great season. This year more than most. During the off season, the Indians signed Edwin Encarncion as a free agent from the Toronto Blue Jays. Encarcion’s bat is just what the Indians need to take their offense to the next level. The starting rotation will be back at full force with the return of Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar in combination with Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomblin. The bullpen remains strong behind closer Andrew Miller and Cody Allen. There is a competition for positions within the bullpen that will be sorted by the end of camp.
The Cleveland Indians spend their spring training at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona. The facility is a state-of-the-art player development complex that is shared with the Cincinnati Reds. The Indians have held spring training in both Florida and Arizona in multiple locations. In 2009, the team returned to spring training at the new Goodyear training facility. Spring training is a great destination for Cleveland baseball fans looking to escape winter weather. The ballpark features 8,000 stadium seats and 1,500 berm (or grassy outfield) seats.
During spring training, The Cleveland Indians compete in the Cactus League against a mixture of American and National League teams that train at various facilities around Arizona. Since 1947, the Cactus League has hosted spring training camps, thousands of baseball fans and tourists. There are 15 teams that train in ten facilities with most the parks located around the Phoenix area. The teams spend the first couple of weeks with physical training and special training exercises. Then the Cactus League season opens February 25th with games being played until the end of March.
Spring training games have been a bumpy road for the Tribe so far. On Friday, they were handed a 16-7 loss from the Colorado Rockies. On Saturday, they turned it around and beat the Oakland A’s 15-5. Currently, they have 4 wins and 4 loss record (as of Sunday, March 5th). Some of the bigger names haven’t played yet. Corey Kluber starts his first game on March 6th. Jason Kipnis has missed the first week of games due to a rotator cup strain and Michael Brantley hasn’t yet returned to play. Players at all levels or development are trying to get a spot on the 2017 Indians roster. Those that don’t make the 2017 Indians team will be split to the minor league teams for further development and training or players can be released to be picked up by other teams.
Single Game Tickets Go on Sale
Single game tickets go on sale online for the 2017 season on Monday, March 6th. The game tickets will be available exclusively online until March 13th. After that date, the tickets can be bought in person at the Indians Team Shop and the Progressive Field box office. The Indians will start their season away on April 3rd against the Texas Rangers. The home opener is Tuesday, April 11th against the Chicago White Sox. The home opener sold out in five minutes, but tickets for other games throughout the season are still available. Get your tickets now to support your American League Champions.