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With Johnny Manziel-mania having already swept through Cleveland, Berea and Browns Backer’s bars across the nation, the rookie quarterback who had never taken an NFL snap brought his fanfare and Hollywood-like swagger to Progressive Field on Wednesday night, June 4.
Manziel, along with cornerback and eighth overall pick Justin Gilbert, was scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Indians final game against the Boston Red Sox. Not since former President Bill Clinton tossed out the first pitch on Opening Day over 20 years ago has the approximately 15-second pregame ceremony gotten so much fanfare. Tribe fans were ready to stampede the box office to get a glimpse of Johnny Football’s first “pass” in Cleveland’s city limits.
If you followed along with the heavily active Winter Meetings this past week and came away disappointed that the Cleveland Indians were not more active, you were probably not alone.
After an 85-77 finish to follow a wild run to the AL Wild Card game the previous season, there were holes to consider filling on the roster, but so far, the Indians have made just one substantial roster move.
It really should be of no surprise. The Indians, strapped by the financial limitations of a small market club that has failed to place fans in the seats with regularity, seem to feel content with the returning roster and have hopes that some of those players (i.e. Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Jason Kipnis) who have not quite lived up to their paychecks, whether it be due to injuries, struggles on the field, or a combination of both, find a way to play closer to the expectations set by their more successful efforts in years past.
When the Indians swung a deal with the Oakland Athletics on Monday to acquire veteran first baseman and outfielder Brandon Moss it was a bit of a surprise. However, it should certainly be viewed a pleasant one.
Granted the deal had been rumored since late last week, it was surprising in that Tribe management made a move to upgrade the everyday lineup after maintaining from the start of the offseason that the pitching staff would be the top priority this winter.
The Yankees, an also-ran in the American League since they relocated to New York from Baltimore in 1903, might not have fully formed in 1920 as the dynasty they would become, but they were already the biggest draw in Major …
With the Indians’ acquisition of Brandon Moss, the talks have started that someone will need to go in order to make room on the field for the first baseman/outfielder. The only question is, who would that be?
Carlos Santana will be returning as the Tribe’s first baseman, while the entire outfield is back in Michael Brantley, Michael Bourn, and David Murphy. Ryan Raburn is also in the mix as an option in the outfield and as DH. Of course, Nick Swisher is another member of the Tribe’s roster whose status is a question mark with the Moss trade.
Former Indian Kevin Seitzer had to wait until the end of his long career before finally making it to the postseason with Cleveland, but by that time he had already made an impression on Major League Baseball long ago.
As a rookie for the Kansas City Royals in 1987, Seitzer had one of the greatest seasons by a first year player in the past half century. He played in 161 games logging an AL best 725 plate appearances while batting .323 with 15 homeruns, 83 RBI, 33 doubles, eight triples and a league best 207 hits during his first year. Seitzer was the first rookie to amass 200 hits since 1964, when Tony Oliva of the Twins and Dick Allen of the Phillies both accomplished the feat, and was just the 12th rookie ever to do it. Only Nomar Garciaparra of Boston in 1997 and Ichiro Suzuki of Seattle in 2001 have done it since.
The 2014 season was a big year for the Double-A Akron team.
After owner Ken Babby decided it was time to change the team name from the Akron Aeros to the Akron RubberDucks, it was time for this team to start bringing back their fans and show Akron why they are important to this city. In order to do that, the RubberDucks front office had to get creative in ways to attract fans and fill the seats at Canal Park. At the end of their inaugural year of the name change, the RubberDucks seemed to have achieved that goal. In recognition of their success, the Akron RubberDucks were nominated for the Larry MacPhail award for exemplifying creative promotions and marketing throughout the season.
On May 28, the Indians stopped in Pittsburgh for an exhibition game against the Pirates at Forbes Field. In-season exhibitions were surprisingly common during the year, and it wouldn’t be the last one the Tribe would play in the 1920 …
The Cleveland Indians have started the 2014 Winter Meetings with a trade Monday afternoon. The Indians have acquired Brandon Moss from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league second baseman Joe Wendle.
Moss, a left-handed hitting corner outfielder and first baseman, was a 2014 All-Star for Oakland. The 30-year old hit .234, with 25 home runs and 81 driven in during the 2014 season. He will help the Indians average offense in the power department. Last season the Indians were ninth of 15 American League teams in home runs. Moss provides offensive production to the lineup, but is below average defensively in both the outfield and at first base. He is under team control through the 2016 season and is projected to make about $7.1 million in salary arbitration this winter. underwent right hip surgery (torn labrum/impingement) on October 23 and is expected to be ready for the start of the 2015 season.
This morning the Winter Meetings open in San Diego and, according to Buster Olney, the Indians are looking to make a deal.
Trades are tough to make, but may be even tougher for the Indians. Financially strapped with an approximate …