A tough first half to the 2015 season created an uphill climb that Cleveland could not overcome. The Tribe finished with an 81-80 record, turning in a third straight winning season, but that was not the idea when the season began.
There was a spotlight on the Indians last spring. They knew the expectations were high both inside the clubhouse and around baseball and, following a slow start to the season, the weight of crumbling confidence hurt Cleveland’s chances as the summer turned to fall. The Tribe wants 2016 to be different.
Once the 2015 season concluded, Kevin Cash did not take solace in the fact the Rays finished with 80 wins, even though they came under extremely difficult circumstances.
Riley Unroe has gotten back on track this winter while playing in the Australian Baseball League, where he’s produced a .329/.398/395 batting line through 39 games for the Brisbane Bandits. The 20-year-old has been particularly hot of late, with a .436 (17-for-39) average over his last 10 contests.
The champagne from the Royals’ World Series win was still flowing when the Rays got busy preparing for the 2016 season by making a significant deal with the Mariners.
Who do the Athletics have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Oakland’s Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com’s Prospect Watch.
The exact year the Astros’ long-term rebuilding plan was to start paying dividends had been up for debate for a while. But even the most optimistic of the prognosticators didn’t pick 2015 as the Astros’ probable re-entry into the postseason.
Who do the Angels have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for the Halos’ Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com’s Prospect Watch.
November is at the heart of Honduras’ rainy season, and Angels starter Andrew Heaney was right in the middle of it, chopping down trees, mixing cement, digging trenches and laying cinder blocks for a future learning center, which would sprout in a region otherwise dominated by drugs, prostitution and poverty. That was two years ago.
For the Angels, the 12-month calendar was about as eventful as it gets. A contentious relationship with a high-priced left fielder began and ended. A fourth-year GM got fed up. A star player cemented his legacy. A short-handed team fought until the end. And a new era was ushered in.
Here are the top five questions facing the Angels as they enter 2016.
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