Every Picture Tells A Story At Spring Training

Editor’s Notes: Chuck Murr, one of the Captains’ official scorers, is spending the next few weeks at Indians Spring Training in Goodyear, AZ. He spends his mornings at the Tribe’s Minor League camp, watching drills and instructions, and he spends his afternoons watching the Indians’ Major League Spring Training games (not a bad life, huh?). Chuck is kind enough to send us tidbits like these during his stay in Arizona, which we hope you will enjoy. He also sends us regular videos and pictures, which we will share with you in various upcoming posts. Our thanks to Chuck for being our eyes and ears in Tribe Camp.

The best time to get an autograph at the big-league camp is just after morning workouts, usually around 11 to 11:30 p.m. The key is to be respectful — and keep in mind that on this particular day, your favorite player may not have time. He may have to go do work in the weight room, or visit the trainer’s table, or have to attend a meeting. Spring training is about getting ready for the season. Every day is a work day and that takes precedence over everything else.
Fans are not permitted into the actual facilities, so let’s give them a little look. This giant-sized photo adorns the corridor of the Minor-League Clubhouse. Players still in the organization will fondly recall that special night … and perhaps players new to Lake County this season get a taste of the team’s tradition.
More Captains tradition. A uniform of each of the Indians’ Minor-League teams is on display.
More Minor-League tradition. Award winners and league champions abound.
The front entrance to the Major-League compound has this giant mural, which is probably 16 feet tall.
Here’s something you will not see every day. A bat company was in camp, trying to persuade players to sign with them. This was brought along by the representative, showing the stages of how wood from a tree becomes that trusty piece of equipment integral to hitting .300.
A blast from the past … Kelvin De La Cruz works out. The left-hander went 8–4 with a sparkling 1.69 ERA at age 19 for the Captains in 2008 and was one of the top prospects in the Indians’ system. He got off to a 2–0 start the next year at Kinston before hurting his arm. He left the Indians’ organization in 2012 and has been with the Tigers, Dodgers and Orioles, making it to Triple-A. He also pitched in Mexico and Venezuela and is in camp as an unsigned free agent.