TYLER, TX (KTRE) - The offseason is a term you take lightly as a professional athlete. Enjoy some time off, but there is still work to be done preparing for the upcoming year.
For former Angelina College Roadrunner Josh Tomlin, he's already back on the grind. Returning back to his roots, the Whitehouse native is in Tyler training at the APEC facilities.
Tomlin is coming off one of his best seasons. Tomlin won two postseason games that helped lead his Cleveland Indians all the way to a Game 7 against the Cubs last year.
Although Tomlin and the Indians didn't take home the title, making it to the World Series is a milestone many would relish for the rest of their life. For Tomlin, he said he's forgetting all about it to focus on the new year ahead.
"You try to block it out. You try to build off the momentum you had last year as a personal goal and you try to go out there, make your starts, and stay healthy. When you do that, I think the numbers kind of take care of themselves," said Tomlin. "For me, the numbers aren't a big testament to what you do for a team or what you're capable of doing. That's what happened that year, so you wash it out, try to get prepared for this year, and try to go out there and do whatever possible to help make your team win. I think we all kind of bonded with that last year. That's why we had a successful team."
The pitchers and catchers will be the first to report to spring training when the Cleveland Indians get started February 25th.