CLEVELAND, Ohio -- This winter can't last forever, right?
One of the sure signs that the snow will eventually stop and the ice will melt takes place Friday when the Indians' equipment truck leaves Progressive Field for Goodyear, Ariz., to prepare for spring training.
Indians pitchers, catchers and injured players report to Goodyear on Feb. 15.
As recently as last week, at least a dozen players were already taking advantage of the Indians' pristine training facility in the Arizona desert. If they're escaping the kind of weather that's gripped the greater Cleveland area this winter, it's hard to blame them.
Tony Amato, the clubhouse and equipment manager, will oversee the packing of equipment.
Indians pitchers and catchers will have their first workout Feb. 17. Position players report a day later and the first full-squad workout is Feb. 20. The Indians play Cincinnati in the Cactus League opener at Goodyear Ballpark on Feb. 27
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- There's no turning back now. Spring training is upon us.
The sure sign of that is when the Indians equipment truck heads for Goodyear, Ariz. The truck leaves Progressive Field on Monday at 9:30 a.m.
Before the truck pulls away Tony Amato, clubhouse and equipment manager, and assistant Marty Bokovitz will be available for interviews. The truck is not scheduled to speak.
Indians pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 21 with the first workout taking place Feb. 23. Position players report Feb. 24, take their physicals Feb. 25 and will join pitchers and catchers for the first full-squad workout Feb. 25.
The Indians, who will share Goodyear Ballpark with the Cincinnati Reds for the first time this spring, open Cactus League play against them on March 5. This will be the Reds first year in the desert after leaving Sarasota, Fla. Goodyear built the Reds a brand new training facility just as they did the Indians.
The Tribe left its Florida home in Winter Haven for the Arizona desert in 2009.