Cleveland Indians 2014 News and Updates
3/13/14 - They don’t count, after all, but fans have to be encouraged about the Cleveland Indians’ MLB best spring record, at 11-2 two losses better than Cactus Leaguers Seattle. The Tribe just announced on March 11 that Justin Masterson, who threw four innings of no-hit ball in his last outing, against Arizona, would be the team’s Opening Day starter. Masterson has had a very strong spring, allowing just four hits without a single run scored in eight total innings of work. Also, Carlos Santana (no, not that one, the other one) is working diligently on a position change, abandoning the “tools of ignorance” at catcher to take up the Hot Corner at third base. During the offseason, Santana played third in the Dominican Republic’s winter league, receiving instruction from former big leaguer Fernando Tatis.
3/6/14 - Possibly the most interesting news out of the Cleveland Indians training camp up to this point had nothing to do with baseball. New Indians reliever John Axford had a cinematic perfect game this past weekend, correctly predicting 18 Academy Award categories in a post on his Facebook and Twitter accounts before the prestigious film awards were handed out on Sunday evening. This wasn’t the first time that Axford had done the Oscars; he was 14 out of 15 in 2013. In baseball related news, Indians starter Justin Masterson, still in negotiations with the Tribe front office over a new contract, may be open to a shorter deal if the money is right, according to a report from CBSSports.com.
2/27/14 - It could be a very good summer in Ohio for baseball fans, what with the Cincinnati Reds as perennial NL contenders, and the Cleveland Indians regaining respectability. Last season the Tribe finished with a 92-70 record and a second place finish in the American League’s Central Division, good enough to qualify for the newly expanded MLB postseason. While the Indians ultimately lost the AL’s wild card game to Tampa Bay, continued strong pitching will be a key to watch going forward into 2014, including Ubaldo Jimenez; the recently-signed Justin Masterson; and highly touted prospect Danny Salazar, who impressed many (highlighting Grantland’s Jonah Keri) with a solid major league debut last season.
2/11/14 - Spring Training has arrived! Cleveland Indians pitchers and catchers are currently reporting for action, followed by all position players in four days. The Indians are ready for another long season, and proved it further when they avoided arbitration and signed key outfielder Michael Brantley to a four-year $25 million contract, cementing his place on the team as a young, core player. See him in action for the first game in Arizona (against Cincinnati) for just $5!
1/27/14 - Though there’s some time left, the Cleveland Indians are the only team left in their division not to have made a major free-agent sign or trade this offseason, instead, preferring to return their gifted lineup with Spring Training on the horizon. With nil action this winter, can the Indians make another convincing run while all other AL Central teams have made bigger acquisitions? Cleveland Indians tickets are $38 to see these strong returners in action this spring—get in for as low at $10 for their opening game against the Cincinnati Reds Feb 26!
9/30/13 – For the first time since 2007, the Cleveland Indians will make an appearance in the MLB Playoffs. With a victory Sunday over Minnesota, Cleveland clinched a Wild Card spot and will play the winner of tonight’s AL tiebreaker between the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers. Cleveland Indians tickets to Wednesday’s Wild Card game range from $85 - $378. Should the Indians win the Wild Card game, they will move on to the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox.
7/25/13 - These are heady days along Ohio’s “North Coast,” where the Indians are one of a few surprise teams in mid-season contention for a playoff spot. Two names come to the fore for the Tribe: second baseman Jason Kipnis, and pitcher Justin Masterson. Kipnis leads the Indians in most offensive categories, while ace Masterson is the top starting pitcher. Indians fans are hoping these two can lead the way back to the playoffs.
4/3/13 - Reports say that Cleveland Indians ticket sales are up and fans are excited about their restructured squad. The Indians proved they are capable of winning in their season opener against World Series favorites, Toronto Blue Jays. Cleveland’s gloves were golden that night and the Indians managed to score four runs off NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey. The tribe will return to Progressive Field for Opening Weekend against the New York Yankees Monday. The series is the most expensive this season but Opening Day tickets are averaging $13 less a seat since last month, now just $93. If you recall, the Indians broke the Opening Day attendance record for Progressive Field last year. The Indians have the seventh most expensive ticket in April (avg. $61) and will matchup against some big market teams - New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, and Philadelphia Phillies.
Cleveland Indians 2014 Season
Last year the Cleveland Indians finished their stellar regular season by making the playoffs for the first time in six years under second year manager and two-time World Series winner Terry Francona. The teams recent success is attributed to Cleveland’s fifth highest ranking run total in the majors, at 745, and the Tribe’s offense is looking as solid as ever, even after trading off Drew Stubbs to the Colorado Rockies
in favor of David Murphy and Ryan Raburn. With their future Hall of Famer manager returning to Cleveland, this team is poised for another long postseason run, after all, Francona turned a shoddy 94-loss team (2012) into a 92-win playoff team last year.
Despite losing much in the bullpen (Scott Kazmir, Joe Smith, Ubaldo Jimenez and setup man Chris Perez), the Tribe has acquired John Axford who will fill the fifth remaining spot in the Indians’ five-man rotation. Other than internally filling holes in the pitching lineup, Cleveland has yet to make any major moves this winter, so the ballpark will look strikingly familiar to last year’s winning equation!
The Cleveland Indians have acquired some key acquisitions this offseason. The Indians added RHP Trevor Bauer in a three-way trade along with starting pitcher Brett Myers, shortstop Mike Aviles, first baseman Mark Reynolds, and outfielders Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn. The Indians roster is young; 42-year old Jason Giambi may be the Veteran the Indians need to play the mentoring role — that is if he can prove his value at camp.
With Major League Baseball's assignments of "permanent rivals," the Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates will play just every third season. The Cleveland Indians assigned rival is the Cincinnati Reds who they will play twice at Progressive Field each year. This year Reds vs Indians tickets are averaging $47. The Cleveland Indians schedule includes matchups against division rivals Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, and Detroit Tigers.
Cleveland Indians tickets are the third cheapest in the League with regular season tickets averaging just $9 more than Indians Spring Training tickets. The average Indians baseball tickets are $45 for the 2013 season. Cheap Indians tickets are available for many home games with a get-in price of $20 or less. To see the Indians on the road, you'll pay $30 more per ticket on average.
Don't miss out on Indians tickets this season. Back in the late 90's it was the Indians who sold out 455 consecutive home baseball games as the demand for Cleveland Indians tickets was at an all-time high. If this young Indians roster can match the success of those 90's teams, expect Indians tickets to sell out once again.