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Countdown to Opening Day – 19 days
If you ask Clevelanders which player was the best to wear the number 19 while representing the city in a sporting event, chances are you will get a lot of answers naming former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar as their pick.
No knock on Bernie, but he doesn’t hold a candle in comparison to the best 19 possibly to play the game of baseball, Bob Feller.
After arguably one of the worst seasons of his Major League career, Cleveland superstar Bob Feller asks for and receives a pay cut following a disappointing 1949 season with the Indians. His salary decreases from $65,000 to $45,000.
Bob Feller makes his first Major League appearance since 1941 and judging by the results, it looked as though he never left as the 26-year-old allows just two runs on four hits with 12 strikeouts in a complete game victory over the Detroit Tigers.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame welcomes in four new members, including two with direct ties to the Cleveland Indians organization. Legendary pitcher Bob Feller and infielder Jackie Robinson, voted in by the Baseball Writers Association of America, are joined by manager Bill McKechnie and outfielder Edd Roush via Veteran’s Committee selection.
After several years of being snubbed, and nearly falling short of the American League All-Star team for a third straight year this season (despite statistically deserving consideration), Corey Kluber will finally make his long anticipated debut in the Midsummer Classic on Tuesday night when the AL team takes on the National League squad from Petco Park in San Diego, California.
The 2014 Cy Young winner nearly missed the game altogether after failing to make the initial roster. An injury to Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada got him a ticket to the game and AL manager Ned Yost has tabbed Kluber to take the mound second as the league looks to lock up home field advantage in the World Series.
His fellow starting rotation member, Danny Salazar, was selected to the team last Tuesday, but he has since bowed out of the game to rest his sore right elbow and was replaced by Chicago left-hander Jose Quintana. Indians teammate Francisco Lindor will come off of the bench for the AL at some point in the contest.
The All-Star honors were the first in the careers of all three Indians players.