Today in Tribe History: November 9, 1970
Bob Toth | On 09, Nov 2019
Pitcher and Cleveland Indians’ 1997 World Series standout Chad Ogea is born in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
The former Louisiana State University Tigers pitcher spent six years in the Majors from 1994 to 1999, five with the Indians and one final year with the Philadelphia Phillies. He posted a career 37-35 record while bouncing between the starting rotation and the bullpen for the two clubs.
He was just 8-9 with a 4.99 ERA during the 1997 regular season, but rebounded strong (after two losses to the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Championship Series) with a pair of wins and a 1.54 ERA in two World Series starts against the Florida Marlins.
Following the 1998 season, he was dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies for reliever Jerry Spradlin. He spent one season in Pennsylvania, going 6-12 with a 5.63 ERA in 36 games before signing a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers in free agency. His stay with the Tigers was short, however, as after just three weeks, he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the Rule 5 draft. He did not play for Tampa Bay or its minor league affiliates, but did return to the Indians organization at the start of the 2000 season on a minor league contract two weeks after he was released by the Devil Rays.
He played five games in the minors for the Tribe that season and spent eight games during the 2001 season with the New York Yankees in their farm system, reuniting him with the team that drafted him out of high school in the 41st round of the 1988 draft, several years before the Indians claimed him in the third round of the 1991 June draft out of LSU.