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I present to you, courtesy of team photographer Dan Mendlik, an all-access journey through the Indians’ brand-spanking-new Spring Training facility in Goodyear, Ariz. Unfortunately, this journey does not involve pictures of such famous Goodyear landmarks as the new Red Lobster on McDowell Road or the YMCA on Litchfield Road, but that’s life.

(UPDATE: Thanks to reader Casey W. for reformatting the pictures below so that they don’t come out all stretched and distorted on your screen. Hey, I never claimed to be a picture guy. I’m a word guy. Stay with me. This multifaceted blog thing remains a work in progress.)

We begin with this exterior shot of the 10,000-seat Goodyear Ballpark, which the Indians will share with the Reds, beginning next spring. I already mentioned my favorite feature of the ballpark — the huge picture of Brandon Phillips on the exterior of the third-base side — but unfortunately that is not depicted here.

 

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I can, however, provide you with a photo of this piece of … art? This sculpture is an attempt to incorporate baseball and flight, as the facility rests just west of the Phoenix Goodyear Airport.

 

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Moving away from the ballpark and the confounding concept of modern art, we make the half-mile trek to the Cleveland Indians Player Development Complex…

 

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After a quick stop in the media workroom, where we swipe a Peanut Butter cookie from PR guru Bart Swain’s office, we head to the low-Minors clubhouse…

 

 
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…and then the high-Minors clubhouse…

 

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Feeling the need to work off that cookie, we head into the 3,900 square foot weight room…

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…and jump on the treadmill.

 

 

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Now we’re feeling energized. So let’s pop outside for a little Home Run Derby on Practice Field No. 1, which has the exact dimensions of Progressive Field. Think you can hit one over the 19-foot wall in left? 

 

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By now, our feet are getting a little tired. So let’s head into the Major League training room for a quick rub down.

 

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And we’ll end our tour here, in the 2,450 square foot Major League clubhouse. The elliptical shape is supposed to encourage teammates to congregate freely amongst one another, and the four large flat-screen televisions in the center are supposed to encourage the high-def viewing of old episodes of “Family Matters.” OK, I might have made that last part up.

 

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Obviously, there’s a lot more where those shots came from. Actually, the real point of this post is to point you to Mr. Mendlik’s daily photo galleries on Indians.com. Here is the link to yesterday’s gallery. 

It’s a beautiful facility. I hope you enjoyed the quick tour. That’ll be 20 bucks.

~AC

21 Comments

The confounding concept of modern art in front of the new stadium does look suspiciously like an Indian feather too….hummm.

wilco references and pictures. if it wasn’t my favorite blog before it sure is now!

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I think the sculpture is supposed to be an adaptation of the Constantin Brancusi sculptures of “birds,” one of which is pictured here: http://www.reczekart.com/images/brancusi-02X.jpg

That said, I kinda like it :)

Wilco!!!! I knew I liked reading your stuff for a reason Castro!

These look like great photos, but they’re really compacted left-right and really stretched out up-down. Am I the only one whose browser is making it appear this way?

Thank you for the in depth tour. It really makes a difference to see this and realize it can be used year round. I can’t wait to see the complex for games when I go later in the month. What a difference a year makes! We are so lucky to have such a complex as an organization.

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Thanks for the pics AC! They were cool to look at, but I think some of them were a little too big. They looked a little funny so stretched.

timryan, I’m getting that too, but if you right click and save as, then when you open up they’ll be in the right ratio :)

It’s like I snuck into Goodyear and peeped around the place – even better than I imagined! (Though in my imaginary pictures Grady is roaming around the lockerroom somewhere. Usually shirtless.)
Can’t wait – Go Tribe!!
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This seems like a really great facility. I’m surprised it doesn’t have a luxury suite, and swimming pools. Hopefully this will be a good omen for the Indians this year. They haven’t had the greatest luck the past couple of seasons. It’s there time to shine!

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