Greetings from Goodyear

SantanaI shoveled my driveway at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning, caught a cab and took off from Cleveland without delay. Now, here I am, covering Spring Training for the 10th time (fourth on the Tribe beat).

It’s not a bad gig, especially for those of us who get to escape real winter, and the extended time away from family is certainly easier these days with FaceTime, Facebook and Skype. The best part about it, though, is simply knowing that baseball season is back.

With the exception of a one-week break in March to see my wife and kiddos, I’ll be here for the duration, and then off to the West Coast for Opening Day in Oakland.

As laid out on Indians.com a few days ago, there is certainly no shortage of storylines in Tribe camp this spring, and there are obviously heightened expectations. Terry Francona’s Wild Card-clinching Wahoos won’t be taking anybody by surprise during the 2014 season.

You can keep checking MLB.com and Indians.com for all the latest from Spring Training, and I’ll use this space for a regular round-up of what’s going on with the team, too. Also, if you’re not already, follow me on Twitter (@MLBastian) and Instagram (bastianmlb) for even more updates, quotes, tidbits and photos from Arizona.

Here are some links from the first few days of camp:

More on Thursday, when the pitchers and catchers will run through the team’s first official workout.

–JB

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