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Fans, players, coaches, family, and friends. A lot of people were excited when they found out Indians’ top prospect Franciso Lindor was promoted to Triple-A Columbus. But one person was arguably more excited than anyone else about the news. Columbus …
Stuck in the middle of it all sounds great, but from the Indians point of view, there isn’t much great about it at all.
The Indians have an off day on the field, but it’s very likely General Manager Chris Antonetti, Assistant GM Mike Chernoff and manager Terry Francona could be meeting at Progressive Field to discuss the team’s strategy for this week as the trade deadline approaches. At 52-53 and losers of six of their last eight, the Cleveland Indians are certainly not playing their best baseball, yet they find themselves just three games out of the last Wild Card spot.
Cleveland is in baseball purgatory. The Indians are too good to give up on their season, but after 105 consistently inconsistent games, not good enough to be a playoff team. Deciding to make a move to strengthen the team, or trading a veteran and planning for next year with 57 games remaining is a tough decision for the Tribe’s brass.
After starting the Indians 11 game road trip on such a positive note by taking three in a row in Detroit, the Tribe ended it on another positive note by salvaging the final game of their series in Kansas City …
This weekend, the Class of 2014 will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. For the third consecutive season, no former Cleveland Indians representative is to be enshrined.
The last time former Indians were added to the list of 306 members of the Hall of Fame was in 2011, when former second baseman Roberto Alomar and pitcher Bert Blyleven were selected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and joined executive Pat Gillick, who was selected by the Veterans Committee.
This year, all six men entering the Hall saw memorable moments in their careers against the Indians.
What looked to be a promising start ended in a disappointing finish in Kansas City on Saturday night, as Cleveland squandered a five-run second inning by allowing seven unanswered runs in the middle frames as the Royals came away with a 7-5 come-from-behind victory over the Indians.
The Royals erupted off of Indians starter Zach McAllister, chipping away at the Cleveland lead over the third and fourth innings before taking the lead for good in the fifth.
The 2014 season will mark 20 years of baseball at Progressive (ie Jacobs) Field. It’s been a relatively short history (although with the stadium building boom in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Progressive Field is the 13th oldest facility in the majors). Did the Tribe Win Last Night has compiled a list of the 20 most memorable moments in the field’s history. We’ll count them down for 20 consecutive Saturdays.
3. The Clincher – Sept. 8, 1995
In 1994, the Indians were leading for the wild card and were within striking distance of the American League Central Division when a strike wiped out the season.
Friday night’s game between the Columbus Clippers and Norfolk Tide was circled on a lot of calendars. Justin Masterson was making his second rehab start and Indians top prospect Francisco Lindor made his Huntington Park debut after being promoted from Akron to Columbus on Monday. The Clippers took an early 1-0 lead but the Tide scored two in the fourth and three more in the seventh to defeat the Clippers 5-2.
After 1-2-3 first, Masterson returned to the mound in the second and quickly had Christian Walker in a 0-2 hole. But his next four pitches were balls and Walker found himself on first base. Walker would be left stranded at first as Masterson battled back to retire the next three Tide hitters. This was the start of a pattern that would later get the best of Masterson.
The Clippers struck first in the bottom half of the second. After back-to-back one-out singles by Carlos Moncreif and Matt Carson, Ryan Rohlinger roped a two-out single to left to score Moncreif and put the home team up 1-0.
Similar formula, same result.
After letting the first game of the four game series get away from them on Thursday night, due to poor defense and untimely hitting, the Indians again had another winnable game slide through their fingers. This …
The 1987 Cleveland Indians might be the biggest disappointment in Cleveland sports history. The Tribe was supposed to be a contender. They had finished the 1986 season at 84-78, which was the downtrodden franchise’s best record since 1968. The Indians drew 1.47 million people went to Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium that summer, the largest number that the Indians had drawn since the pennant race of 1959. Hopes were high, excitement was in the air and the Indians had something in Cleveland that they hadn’t had in decades…optimism.
It wasn’t just the city of Cleveland that had high hopes for the Tribe either. The popular national sports magazine, Sports Illustrated put Indian stars Joe Carter and Cory Snyder on the front cover of their baseball preview issue with the title, Indian Uprising. The subtitle of the article read “Believe it! Cleveland is the best team in the American League.” The famous magazine had picked the Cinderella Indians to finish first in the American League Eastern Division and to win the American League pennant.
“It’s like getting your first baseball card,” Carter said when asked what it was like to be asked to be on the cover of the magazine, “We didn’t know (if we felt we were the league favorite) and we didn’t care. I was happy because I was going to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated.”
The predictions were a national feel-good story. The Indians had been so bad for so long and they finally had a nucleus of good players. A large percentage of the country was rooting for the Indians to finally break the curse that had been placed on the city since the trade of Rocky Colavito.
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer has always had a lot of talent in his right arm. If not, he would not have been tabbed as the third overall selection in 2011 amateur draft by Arizona Diamondbacks.
Talent, alone, will only take you so far. In Bauer’s case, it took him all the way through Triple-A and into Major League Baseball in little more than a year from the date he was drafted. That is quite the accomplishment for any professional baseball player. However, it was when he arrived in a Diamondbacks uniform that it was learned he still had a lot of growing to do.
During the 2012 season it was said that Bauer, then all of 21-years-old, had a tendency to act like the kid he was. Teammates were not fond of the fact that he marched by the beat of his own drum, which included constantly shaking off his catchers pitch suggestions and a workout routine that was looked upon as unorthodox. The Diamondbacks felt they had a headstrong kid on their hands, who may never mature.