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The All-Time Best Cleveland Indians: Closers

October 25, 2011 |

The Cleveland Indians have a storied franchise that began back in 1901 when they were established in the American League. Over the years players have come and gone through the organization that have made a lasting impact. Some of these players have been talked up and others have not been talked about enough. I have decided to put a stamp on who I believe the best Tribe players were at their respective positions. Over the next several weeks I will be posting my Top Five Tribe Players at each position. Through research, analysis and opinion I will rank the players I see to be the best. I have a specific criteria I am looking for. For starters, I will only include players that played from 1901 and on. No Cy Young type players. Second, the players eligible needed to have played at least five seasons in a Cleveland uniform. No Gaylord Perry’s. Last, I took into account comparisons of what might have been. Sometimes players play so long that their legend becomes inflated or they play on terrible teams that do not get their accomplishments recognized like they should be. With that said I hope you enjoy these lists and I encourage you to give your own opinions as well. So without further adieu, I give you the top five Indians players of all-time at each position.

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Thome Speaks Of Past, Present and Future With Cleveland City Club

October 25, 2011 |

Monday afternoon Jim Thome added his name to another elite list, few baseball players have achieved when he spoke to the City Club of Cleveland. Thome became only the second Major League Baseball player to speak to the group, joining Babe Ruth.

The nearly hour long speech, moderated by Tom Hamilton, and question and answer can be heard in its entirety on istream, and has been reported upon and picked apart for nearly 24 hours already but I found several things interesting from the 41-year old slugger. Many of Thome’s comments can easily be interpreted.

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The All-Time Best Cleveland Indians: Starting Pitcher

October 18, 2011 |

By Jason Kaminski

The Cleveland Indians have a storied franchise that began back in 1901 when they were established in the American League. Over the years players have come and gone through the organization that have made a lasting impact. Some of these players have been talked up and others have not been talked about enough. I have decided to put a stamp on who I believe the best Tribe players were at their respective positions. Over the next several weeks I will be posting my Top Five Tribe Players at each position. Through research, analysis and opinion I will rank the players I see to be the best. I have a specific criteria I am looking for. For starters, I will only include players that played from 1901 and on. No Cy Young type players. Second, the players eligible needed to have played at least five seasons in a Cleveland uniform. No Gaylord Perry’s. Last, I took into account comparisons of what might have been. Sometimes players play so long that their legend becomes inflated or they play on terrible teams that do not get their accomplishments recognized like they should be. With that said I hope you enjoy these lists and I encourage you to give your own opinions as well. So without further adieu, I give you the top five Indians players of all-time at each position.
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Martinez and Peralta Similar In Many Ways, Yet Remembered So Differently

October 13, 2011 |

Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta. One is loathed by Cleveland Indians fans, one is still held in high regard. That is about where the differences end for the two former Indians now enjoying postseason life with the Detroit Tigers. Each of the two one-time Tribe cornerstones is in the ALCS for the first time since helping to get the Indians their in surprising 2007 campaign.

Both players made their debuts with the Indians, Martinez in 2002, Peralta a year later, and have put up very similar numbers ever since. Their career paths have been very similar, as well, from switching positions with the Tribe, to making a strong postseason run in 2007, to being sent packing before it was time for a free agent raise.

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What Happened to Tribe History?

October 6, 2011 |

By Jason Kaminski

This may come off as very opinionated and “rant”-like but I feel it should be said. Why have the Indians’ powers-that-be neglected to build statues for key players in the franchise’s history?

It was announced on September 26th, Jim Thome Day, that the team would be erecting a statue of Thome in the location of his record setting 511 foot homerun. I won’t get into whether or not Thome deserves a statue or not but I will definitely pose the question: why is he only the second Tribe player to have such an honor?

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Today In Tribe History: September 18, 1954, Indians Clinch Pennant

September 18, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

On Sept. 18, 1954, 57 years ago today, the Indians clinched the American League pennant on the way to making league history.

The Tribe was taking on the Tigers at what was then called Briggs Stadium in Detroit. The Tigers got out to a 1-0 lead after Indians starter Early Wynn gave up a sacrifice fly to Ray Boone, scoring Harvey Kuenn in the bottom of the third inning.

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Larry Doby To Receive Stamp In 2012

August 24, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

 

WKYC Channel 3 reported last week that Larry Doby, along with three other iconic Major Leaguers, will be memorialized on the newest Forever Stamps issued by the United States Postal Service.  Doby broke the color barrier in … Read More

Today In Tribe History: Ray Chapman Hit By Pitch

August 16, 2011 |

Today’s piece on Ray Chapman is an excerpt from, “Ohio Sports Trivia,” by DTTWLN writer, Vince Guerrieri and J. Alexander Poulton. Books can be purchased through Lone Pine Publishing, or clicking on the link of the book cover in the story.

By Vince Guerrieri

On August 16, 1920, 71 years ago today, the Cleveland Indians’ Ray Chapman became the only player in the history of Major League Baseball to die as a result of an injury on the field.

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Don’t Call It A Comeback!; August 5, 2001

August 5, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

On Aug. 5, 2001, 10 years ago today, the Indians were playing a nationally-televised Sunday night game on ESPN. They had their work cut out for them, playing a Seattle Mariners team that would go on to win 116 games in the regular season, tying a major league record.

And of course, the Indians laid an egg. Tribe starter Dave Burba gave up seven runs in two innings and change, and was replaced by reliever Mike Bacsick, who gave up five more runs in an eight-run third inning. After three, the Mariners were leading by two touchdowns, 12-0. Jim Thome hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to make it 12-2, but the Mariners added two more in the fifth to go up 14-2.

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Today In Tribe History: Lefty Grove Wins #300

July 25, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

The Indians were beginning a three-game set at Fenway Park with the Boston Red Sox 70 years ago today, July 25, 1941. They were facing a pitcher who was arguably the best of all time, Robert Moses “Lefty” Grove. Lefty was a two-time world champion with the Philadelphia Athletics, and won the inaugural American League MVP, but he was coming up to the tail end of his career.

Grove was sitting on 299 wins. He last two starts were hard-luck games that turned into losses for him, and he was aching for the milestone win, which had been accomplished only five times before in the modern era.

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Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven, Indians for a Time, Hall of Famers Forever

July 24, 2011 |

By Matt Van Wormer

Today, two great ballplayers have the honor of being inducted into the most selective brotherhood in all of baseball. Those men, Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven, both spent some of their careers with the Cleveland Indians. While Alomar only had to wait one extra year to get his invite to Cooperstown, it was a long journey for Blyleven to finally be able to sign “HOF” after his signature.

 

 

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Today In Tribe History: July 17, 1941

July 17, 2011 |

By Vince Guerrieri

On May 15, 1941, Joe DiMaggio began a hitting streak with a single against the Chicago White Sox. Two months later, DiMaggio’s streak had stretched to 56 games when he smashed a double and two singles against the Cleveland Indians at League Park on July 16, 1941.  DiMaggio had overtaken the modern major league record of 41 games by George Sisler, and Wee Willie Keeler’s ancient mark of 44 games.

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