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After a slow offseason, Indians don't see reason for pessimism ahead of 2018 season

Ryan Lewis, Akron Beacon Journal on

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If there is pessimism from any Indians fans at TribeFest this weekend, those in the clubhouse don't feel it.

"They're looking too short-sighted and they'll realize as soon as Opening Day comes around, the lineup we're putting out, 'Oh, yeah, we've won a lot of games with these people,' " Jason Kipnis said. "It wasn't one person who won 102 games. It wasn't one person who won the 22-game winning streak. It was a group effort there, and this group is still capable of everything we want to accomplish."

According to Trevor Bauer, the mistake being made is that too much focus in on the players who left Cleveland in free agency this winter -- Carlos Santana, Jay Bruce, Bryan Shaw and Joe Smith -- instead of on those who are returning.

"You can focus on what we've lost all you want, but nobody seems to be focusing on what we're bringing back, which is the best pitching staffs in the big leagues last year on the starting side -- one of the best starting staffs of all time, actually, if you look at WAR and stuff like that," Bauer said. "Largely the same offense. Hopefully, guys are healthy this year. We had a lot of injuries last year that people don't talk about. Kip was banged up quite a bit, (Michael) Brantley was banged up quite a bit. When you're banged up like that, it's hard to have the offensive season you're capable of."

Jose Ramirez added a message for fans clamoring for some type of a major move.

 

"I'd tell the fans that they need to trust us, and trust those of us who are here," Ramirez said. "We're going to keep on giving our very best and we're going to come out every day to win, for ourselves and also for our fans, because they're so important. They're the ones out there supporting us every single day. So trust in us -- we're going to do our best for you all."

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