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Posts By Craig Gifford

Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #2 Brett Butler

February 18, 2012 |

Today continues our countdown to the start of Indians pitchers and catchers reporting to Goodyear, Arizona on February 20. We’ll count down the days, profiling a former Indian who wore the corresponding number. Some players will be memorable, others just our favorites and some, the only one we could find who wore that number. Today, we chronicle the career of Brett Butler.

By Craig Gifford

Before the Indians had Kenny Lofton swiping bases at a record pace through the 1990s, Brett Butler was enjoying similar thievery on the base paths in the 1980s.

Butler set the table for some teams that has a lot of talent but could never seem to put it together in the win column. With Butler leading off and power hitters like Cory Snyder, Joe Carter and Brook Jacoby following, Sports Illustrated actually picked the Tribe to win the World Series in 1987.

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #8 Albert Belle

February 13, 2012 |

Today continues our countdown to the start of Indians pitchers and catchers reporting to Goodyear, Arizona on February 20. We’ll count down the days, profiling a former Indian who wore the corresponding number. Some players will be memorable, others just our favorites and some, the only one we could find who wore that number. Today, we chronicle the career of Albert Belle.

By Craig Gifford

Albert Belle had as surly a demeanor as anyone could have. However, fans of the Cleveland Indians were able to look past that the first eight years of his career as he hammered the ball like few before him and few since on the shores of Lake Erie.

In those eight seasons with the Indians, the team with whom Belle broke into the majors in 1989, the masher nailed 242 home runs and batted .295. He was a major cog in the 1995 World Series club and helped the Tribe to the postseason in 1996.

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #9 Carlos Baerga

February 11, 2012 |

 

Today continues our countdown to the start of Indians pitchers and catchers reporting to Goodyear, Arizona on February 20. We’ll count down the days, profiling a former Indian who wore the corresponding number. Some players will be memorable, others just our favorites and some, the only one we could find who wore that number. Today, we chronicle the career of Carlos Baerga.

By Craig Gifford

Carlos Baerga is likely the only player in Cleveland sports history to be a part of two infamous deals that started out as head scratchers, but worked out beautifully for the home team.

In December 1989, the Tribe sent its best player, Joe Carter, to the San Diego Padres for a pair of relatively unknown rookies – second baseman Baerga and catcher Sandy Alomar, Jr. Alomar, and Baerga went on to become multiple time all stars and help lead the Indians from despair into great heights the team soared to through much of the 1990s.

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #15 Sandy Alomar Jr.

February 5, 2012 |

 

Today continues our countdown to the start of Indians pitchers and catchers reporting to Goodyear, Arizona on February 20. We’ll count down the days, profiling a former Indian who wore the corresponding number. Some players will be memorable, others just our favorites and some, the only one we could find who wore that number. Today, we chronicle the career of Sandy Alomar Jr.

By Craig Gifford

When you think of Sandy Alomar Jr., the first thought likely is “what if?”

What if Alomar, who spent 11 of his 20 big league seasons in a Cleveland Indians uniform, had been able to stay healthy the majority of the time? Could he have gone down as one of the top five catchers in baseball history? Surely he could have gone down as one of the all-time Indians greats. As it stands, Alomar, despite playing more than 100 games four times in his career, still goes down as one of the most popular players of the Tribe’s great 1990s teams.

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #22 Brian Giles

January 29, 2012 |

Today continues our countdown to the start of Indians pitchers and catchers reporting to Goodyear, Arizona on February 20. We’ll count down the days, profiling a former Indian who wore the corresponding number. Some players will be memorable, others just our favorites and some, the only one we could find who wore that number. Today, we chronicle the career of Brian Giles.

By Craig Gifford

If Brian Giles were trying to break into the current Cleveland Indians outfield he would likely have no trouble at all. However, the Tribe outfields of the latter part of the 1990s never allowed the player with boatloads of potential to make his true mark on the shores of Lake Erie.

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Tribe Needs To Remember How To Build Core

January 25, 2012 |

 

By Craig Gifford

Remember the days when the Cleveland Indians went to arbitration due to contract disputes with their players?

If that answer is no, you are likely not alone. The last time the Cleveland Indians had a player go to arbitration was 1991 when both second baseman Jerry Browne and starting pitcher Greg Swindell did. It’s not happened since, but may very well this year.

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Tribe Should Consider Some Glove, One More Time

January 22, 2012 |

By Craig Gifford

Jim Thome last season, and Kenny Lofton in 2007, each had the chance to play in front of Cleveland fans one final time. Two beloved players who were key components to the Indians’ run of success in the late 1990s and early 2000s who left for other cities, had the chance to receive the adulation from the town that originally loved them one last time.

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #32 Roger Maris

January 19, 2012 |

Today continues our countdown to the start of Indians pitchers and catchers reporting to Goodyear, Arizona on February 20. We’ll count down the days, profiling a former Indian who wore the corresponding number. Some players will be memorable, others just our favorites and some, the only one we could find who wore that number. Today, we remember the short Indian stint of young, Roger Maris.

By Craig Gifford

In Cleveland, one well-known phrase is, “The Curse of Colavito.” It’s generally thought that when the Tribe traded Colavito to Detroit after the 1959 season, it would prevent them from winning another championship. The trade of the player who had four great seasons with the Indians has been followed by zero championships for the Indians to this point.

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #34 Joe Charboneau

January 17, 2012 |

Today continues our countdown to the start of Indians pitchers and catchers reporting to Goodyear, Arizona on February 20. We’ll count down the days, profiling a former Indian who wore the corresponding number. Some players will be memorable, others just our favorites and some, the only one we could find who wore that number. Today, we remember the short career of Joe Charboneau.

By Craig Gifford

With the city’s last major sports championship coming in 1964, Cleveland is generally thought to be the most cursed sports town in America. The three major teams (Indians, Browns and Cavs) have all found unique ways to get oh-so-close and then break the hearts of their fans over the past 48 years.

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #61 Jason Stanford

December 21, 2011 |

Today continues our countdown to the start of Indians pitchers and catchers reporting to Goodyear, Arizona on February 20. We’ll count down the days, profiling a former Indian who wore the corresponding number. Some players will be memorable, others just our favorites and some, the only one we could find who wore that number. Today, we chronicle the career of pitcher, Jason Stanford.

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Lopez and Pie Provide Depth and Possibility To Tribe

December 20, 2011 | | One Comment

 

What was one of the biggest reasons the wheels fell off for the Cleveland Indians in 2011 after a torrid start? The quick answer is depth.

The Indians were hit hard by the injury bug and really didn’t have the backup pieces in place to absorb the losses. A team that began the season 30-15 spiraled down to a final record of 80-82 and 15 games off the pace in the AL Central Division.

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Tribe Will Have To Win Division In 2012 To Reach Playoffs

December 8, 2011 |

With Major League Baseball’s recent addition of a second Wild Card playoff team, to begin in 2012, the thought was it would help the small-market, money-tight teams earn more entry into the postseason.

After Thursday’s free agent splash by the Los Angeles Angels, that may not be the case for the Cleveland Indians and the rest of the American League. The Angels threw $331 million at this offseason’s two top prizes – first baseman Albert Pujols and ace starter C.J. Wilson. You can put them up there now with the usual AL East free-spenders, the Red Sox and Yankees. Add the fact that, despite losing Wilson, defending World Series Texas should still be a contender in 2012, it seems the market on the Wild Card (now cards) is again cornered by the big boys.

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