Happy Friday, everyone! It’s February as of yesterday, which means spring training is THIS MONTH. The light at the end of the tunnel is in sight, and in less than two weeks, we’ll have some actual baseball players doing actual baseball things.
After Kluber, Carrasco, and Bauer, the Cleveland rotation is up for grabs. The quartet of Clevinger, Salazar, Merritt, and Tomlin are each vying for one of the two remaining rotation spots. Tomlin has been fairly consistent throughout his career, albeit never amazing. He’s got his work cut out for him, but spring training will show whether or not the Little Cowboy will ride again.
The pair of Cleveland trucks set off on their cross country journey yesterday en route to Goodyear, Arizona. Stocked with baseball equipment, jerseys, sunflower seeds and bubblegum, the trucks have signaled that spring training is right around the corner. Unfortunately, Tito’s scooter is not aboard; I hope that he is personally riding it to Arizona.
Around the league
- Pitch clocks won’t be heading to MLB in 2018, and mound visits will be limited to six.
- Shelby Miller won his arbitration case against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
- Mark Appel is stepping away from baseball.
- MLB will have extended netting at all 30 MLB stadiums by Opening Day.
- Kevin Kiermaier seems to be irritated by the constant drug testing this offseason.
- Here’s your “Tony Gwynn was really good” fact of the day: