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Spring Training Countdown

Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #1 Bobby Avila

February 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 chronicle the career of Bobby Avila.

By Mike Brandyberry

The Tribe’s second baseman during the 1950s helped the Indians compete with the Yankees each season, but his contribution to baseball may have been even greater.

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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: #3 Earl Averill

February 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 chronicle the career of Earl Averill.

By Vince Guerrieri

Earl Averill hasn’t played a game for the Indians in more than 70 years. But even after he was traded from the Tribe to the Tigers during the 1939 season, Averill’s name is still on the Indians record books as the career leader in total bases (3,200), RBI (1,084), runs (1,154), triples (121) and extra-base hits (724). And his 226 home runs with the Indians stood as a club record until Albert Belle broke it in 1996 (Jim Thome currently holds the mark).

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #4 Jim Hegan

February 16, 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 Jim Hegan.

The modern era would be far more cruel to a player like Jim Hegan.

The Tribe catcher for 14 seasons—11 of which were as the Tribe’s starter—may never have been more than a back up player or someone with a limited ceiling in today’s game because he lacked the offense to produce. Hegan’s intangibles proved more valuable than his bat, however.

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #5 Lou Boudreau

February 15, 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 Lou Boudreau.

By Vince Guerrieri

At the age of 24, Lou Boudreau became player-manager for the Indians.

Six years later, he was named the American League MVP when the led the Tribe, on the bench, at bat and in the field, to the team’s most recent World Series championship.

And in 1970, at the age of 50, his uniform number 5 was retired – the same year he was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #6 Rocky Colavito

February 14, 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 Rocky Colavito.

By Matthew Van Wormer

The next name on our list is most prominent due to the “curse” that supposedly haunted the Indians for years when they traded away the ever popular, Rocky Colavito. Colavito made his debut with the Indians on September 10, 1955, joining the club with the rest of the September call-ups. He played in just five games down the stretch, getting four hits in his nine at bats. The Indians were excited about what this youngster could do.

The next season, Cleveland got a taste of the power that would come off the bat of Colavito as he clubbed 21 home runs and hit .276 while the Indians finished nine games back of the Yankees in the American League standings.

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #7 Kenny Lofton

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 Kenny Lofton.

By Jason Kaminski

When I was a kid growing up in the Cleveland area I always rooted for the hometown teams. It was engrained in me by my father who was (and still is) a diehard Cleveland sports fan. I can remember going to games with my father at the old stadium and watching teams that were not very good, although it never really occurred to me because in my eyes they were heroes. I had favorite players like Cory Snyder, Joe Carter and Julio Franco but none of them became so beloved to me as Kenny Lofton in the 1990’s.

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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: #10 Max Alvis

February 10, 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 Max Alvis.

By Mike Brandyberry

It takes a lot to be a major league baseball star, hard work, skill and some luck. Even when it all comes together, things can change in an instance. That’s the story of Indians’ third baseman, Max Alvis.

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #11 Toby Harrah

February 9, 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 Toby Harrah.

By Mike Brandyberry

In what was an above average career, Toby Harrah seemed to have several exceptional moments through his 17 year tour as a Major League Baseball player.

Harrah attended Elgin High School, near Marion, Ohio and was signed by scout Tony Lucadello for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1966. Lucadello scouted, who was based out of Fostoria, Ohio, scouted northwest Ohio and thought he had found another star. Harrah was working in a factory after high school when he signed.

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Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #12 Don Mossi

February 8, 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 Don Mossi.

By Mike Brandyberry

In a tale of two careers sewn into one, Don Mossi shined as a relief pitcher with the Indians before becoming a quality starter in the Motor City.

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