Found January 26, 2012 on Indians Baseball Insider:
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Prince Fielder (Photo: AP)Well, with the signing of Prince Fielder the Detroit Tigers certainly sent a shot across the bow to the Cleveland Indians for the 2012 season and beyond. But in reality that is all it was, a warning shot.Yes, the Tigers are a major favorite to win the division now, but just ask the Boston Red Sox if throwing a bunch of money around in the offseason is any sort of guarantee for the postseason.So while it does feel like a major punch to the gut, it does not in any way preclude the Indians from making the playoffs in the 2012 season. Here are the Top 10 reasons the Indians can still be contenders this season:1. Expanded playoffs. As of this writing, Major League baseball is still debating whether to add a second Wild Card team in 2012 or 2013. There is significant momentum towards the expansion happening in 2012. Should it come to fruition this year, the Indians won’t even need to beat out the Tigers. As long as the Tribe takes care of their own business, ...
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