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Because of 93 wins, the American League Championship Series, and an AL Central Division championship, 2013 was a huge success for the Tigers.

Yet a team with the returning MVP, Cy Young Award winner and championship expectations finds itself at a crossroads. It starts with the retirement of longtime manager Jim Leyland, a Perrysburg native and former Pemberville American Legion Post No. 183 baseball player, where he teamed with current Pemberville Legion coach Don “Chopper” Schmeltz.

In addition, the Tigers made sweeping changes to its roster. After numerous trades, signings and injuries the Tigers have more questions than answers heading into the season.

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The Cleveland Indians surprised a lot of people last year by finishing the season strong and qualifying for the playoffs, falling to Tampa Bay, 4-0, in their single-game wild card matchup.

Now, the Indians are looking to harness some of the momentum built up last season and make it back to the postseason.

This, despite the fact that the team allowed two of its starting pitchers, Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir, and relief pitcher Joe Smith to leave via free agency. The owners, the Dolan family, as they're accustomed to doing, decided not to spend the money necessary to keep the team's top free agents and time will tell if it comes back to haunt the club.

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Central Catholic boys basketball coach Jim Welling, a 1977 Eastwood graduate who now resides in Northwood, has been named Three Rivers Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

Welling was rewarded for leading the Irish to a 20-4 season and TRAC championship with a 13-1 league record.

One of his former assistants, Clay girls coach Corey Slovak, was glad to see it. Slovak got the same award on the girls side of the ledger.

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