Posts By Bob Toth
Major League Baseball is currently asking its fans to determine the four most impactful players who have best represented the history of each of its 30 teams. The winners of the fan vote for the “Franchise Four” will be revealed on July 14th before this year’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati.
The Cleveland Indians, one of the charter members of the American League in 1901, have a storied past littered with very mixed success while easily replacing the city’s epically and embarrassingly dismantled 1899 National League Cleveland Spiders club. That has not stopped some of the best players throughout baseball history from adorning a Cleveland jersey while representing the franchise on the field.
The weather returned to chilly in northeast Ohio and the Cleveland bats remained the same as the Indians continue to look lost at the plate. But, if there is a time to catch the Detroit Tigers reeling, now is as good of a time as any for the Cleveland Indians. The Indians head into Comerica Park this weekend for a three-game series to conclude their ten-game road trip, while the Tigers are just 3-4 on their current ten-game homestand.
The going has been tough for the Indians, but the tough have yet to get going as they continued to struggle through a long hitting drought and issues from the bullpen. They lost their fifth straight series opener on Monday night, dropping a heartbreaking 4-3 final after Cody Allen blew a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth, spoiling another stellar outing from Trevor Bauer. After falling in an early 1-0 hole, the Indians fought back with six runs, including a pair of solo homers, on the way to a 6-2 win on Tuesday. The Indians were blanked on Wednesday, 6-0, as Corey Kluber was outlasted by Jeff Samardzija.
1967 – Fan favorite and longtime Major Leaguer Omar Vizquel is born in Caracas, Venezuela.
The slick fielding shortstop played 24 years in the Majors, with the best years coming in a Cleveland Indians uniform. Vizquel logged 1,478 games in …
1959 – Current Indians manager and their former designated hitter Terry Francona is born in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
“Tito” played college ball at the University of Arizona and was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the first round of the …
If it seems as though the Indians and White Sox just played one another, you are correct. The two clubs meet again this series for a second consecutive week and find themselves in extremely similar situations. Both teams, with lofty expectations hanging over their seasons, have stumbled a bit out of the gate against divisional opponents.
Cleveland, gracing a regional Sports Illustrated cover and bringing back memories of a jinx of nearly 30 years ago, returned very much the same roster with a new addition in Brandon Moss in the lineup. Chicago, after an elaborate and expensive shopping spree in the offseason, jumped from pretender to contender. So far through the first eleven games, the two teams have one big thing in common – they sit in the cellar of the American League Central with identical 4-7 records, five and a half games out of first.
Prior to Saturday’s game, the Cleveland Indians made yet another transaction that directly affected their bullpen, as reliever Austin Adams was optioned back to Columbus for the second time in the first ten games of the season to make room for starting pitcher Danny Salazar.
The move paid off for the starting rotation, as Salazar struck out ten in one of the strongest outings he has had in his short Major League career, scattered now over parts of three seasons. The team was able to recall him and insert him into the rotation after Zach McAllister lost his starting spot that he had earned out of Spring Training, maybe as much by default as anything else. The veteran right-hander was out of options and neither Salazar nor the injured Josh Tomlin showed that they could handle the pressures of being out there every fifth day.