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Cleveland Indians' trucks depart for spring training in Goodyear

Only nine days separate pitchers and catchers from the commencement of spring training workouts held in Goodyear, AZ. The full roster representing the 2017 Cleveland Indians will report on Feb. 16. The IBI's John Alfes has the latest coverage regarding the annual departure of the team's equipment trucks from Cleveland, OH...

Over 15,000 pounds of baseball equipment, water bottles, bubble gum, sunflower seeds and other miscellaneous supplies needed for spring training was jam-packed onto trucks on Friday morning.

The reappearance of manager Terry Francona's scooter can only mean one thing...

Baseball is near.

Cleveland Indians clubhouse manager Tony Amato met with the media to discuss the trip and the preparation that goes into it.

"As soon as the season was over, it rolled right into budgeting and ordering within two days when the season ended," said Amato to the group of assembled reporters. "From that end, it was a lot more challenging."

With the Tribe playing into November, Amato's traditional off-season procedures were pushed back approximately one month. Nevertheless, his staff efficiently loaded the trucks with a barrage of gear.

"A little bit of everything," Amato said in regards to what is packed on the trucks. "Water, sunflower seeds, we should be getting some of that shipment down there for sunflower seeds and some more gum."

Not only is the team loading a day earlier than normal due to the World Baseball Classic, but they have packed more than ever before including 1,500 dozen baseballs (already shipped), 15 bikes and the skipper's scooter.

"Tito has his own truck for his scooter," joked Amato. "That's enough."

Coming off a loss in Game 7 of the World Series, the eager vibe around the organization continues to grow.

"Once you start getting into the workload, you're right back into it," Amato said. "You forget about what happened or how it ended or anything like that. You just go into 2017."

Pitchers and catchers will report to Goodyear, AZ on Feb. 12 while the full squad is slated to begin on Feb. 16.

John Alfes has covered the Indians for IBI since August of 2016. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.

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