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Michael Brantley hopes to be back by Opening Day

Morning news & notes for Tuesday, February 23, 2016.

If I play, I get a free snow cone at the end of the game.
If I play, I get a free snow cone at the end of the game.
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Last year, my two best friends and I made our way out to Arizona for a week of Spring Training.  We saw six games in five days, and it was one of the best trips I've taken.  Unfortunately, due to work and  financial constraints for the three of us, we won't be heading back to Goodyear this season.  But, I think I can settle for waiting a year so I can visit the spring training camp of the reigning 2016 World Series Champions.

If you are in Arizona for Spring Training, it looks like it's shaping up to be an exciting race for a few remaining roster spots.  Yesterday, it came out that Tito firmly believes that at least one of the NRIs will make the roster; specifically, some attention was given to Joba Chamberlain.

Now, I'll be the first to say that I do not like Joba Chamberlain.  Maybe it's because, over his career, he's held the Indians to a .214/.301/.357 batting line over 144 PAs.  Maybe it's because, up until just recently, he played for the Detroit Tigers, which is the team I actively despise the most (although, to be fair, the Royals are giving them a run for their money).  Or, maybe it's his face...Okay, that last one is irrational and not fair to Joba, but my point is this: the idea of Joba pitching for the Tribe is not my idea of a good time.

But, alas, I trust Tito and hope that he'll make the best decision for the team.  If that means seeing Joba every other day in relief, I'll just have to grit my teeth and bear it.  So, good luck to Joba and the rest of the players fighting for a roster spot; may the best man win!  Now, onto the news and notes for this fine Tuesday.

Indians news

  • Brantley reiterates desire to return by opener | MLB
    Reports have been coming in that Dr. Smooth has been progressing rapidly along his rehabilitation path, which should make Tribe fans feel ecstatic.  The man himself believes that he can still shoot for being on the field comeOpening Day.  It's a lofty goal to shoot for, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

  • Ramirez assumes Tribe's super-utility role | MLB
    In the absence of Golden Calves, it's looking like the Angry Hamster is gearing up to be the all around backup for the Tribe, which will include some time spent playing in both left and center field.  Having one guy that can play multiple positions is a fantastic asset to have on any team; the question is can he play multiple positions well?

  • Giambi eager to help Tribe as guest instructor | MLB
    He has been sent back until his task is done.  Giambi The White rises once again to lead his fellowship towards victory.  Okay, so we won't get any new instances of this, but Jason Giambi will be in camp to help the Tribe gear up for the 2016 campaign.  Welcome back, Jason!

Around The League

  • A three way trade discussion between the Blue Jays, the Reds, and the Angels, a trade in which would have seen Jay Bruce heading to Toronto, has been halted due to health concerns of one of the players
  • LGFT Jeff Francoeur has signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves.
  • Bat flip aficionado Jose Bautista has given the Toronto Blue Jays his price and he is willing to play the waiting game.
  • Big Papi and David Price have reconciled their tumultuous relationship.  Yay for camaraderie?

Question from /r/baseball

From /u/slightlyaw_kward:  Which player with a very good reputation is not actually good?