Spring training is finally here.
While many players reported to camp last week, Monday marks the first official day of workouts for the Cleveland Indians. What this also marks is the beginning to another magical season on Lake Erie.
Absent the major free-agent signings from a year ago, the Tribe are poised to challenge the Detroit Tigers for the AL Central crown during the 2014 season.
There is a lot to look forward to this spring.
Perhaps the most versatile player on the Indians roster, Carlos Santana will get some looks at third base and allow manager Terry Francona to make the decision as to whether or not his primary catcher in 2013 is ready to make the jump to the hot corner.
Nick Swisher and Asdrubal Cabrera have returned to camp free of the injury bug that led to a modest season despite the Tribe's triumphant return to the postseason.
Michael Brantley (and his new contract) and Jason Kipnis will look to improve upon their impressive campaigns a year ago to take the Tribe back to the promised land this October.
Justin Masterson begins his argument for a long-term deal, too, as he looks to anchor a promising, young pitching staff.
That only scratches the surface of the excitement.
Can Mickey Callaway rejuvenate the career of Shaun Marcum or Aaron Harang the way he did for Scott Kazmir last season? Can Jeff Francoeur or Nyjer Morgan return to contribute at the big league level the way Ryan Raburn did last season?
There are so many questions to ask, and there are so many questions that will go unanswered.
Without looking too far ahead, let's see what Twitter is saying about the Tribe's first official day of camp this spring:
CLE Plain Dealer: Five things to look for as Cleveland Indians officially start spring training http://t.co/RqqwODEl4K— FLGM_AL_news (@FLGM_AL_news) February 17, 2014
#Indians holding their first "official" full squad workout here in Goodyear, AZ. Now it feels like spring camp is starting!— Nick Camino (@NickCaminoWTAM) February 17, 2014
Heard Reds getting close to 6-year deal in $100 million range with Homer Bailey. Bound to influence Indians talks with Justin Masterson.— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) February 17, 2014