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Sometimes one good pitch is really all a pitcher needs.
“I got to the Major Leagues as a conventional pitcher,” former Tribe starting pitcher Tom Candiotti said. “I had a very good curveball and very good control but I didn’t throw hard enough. I was the guy who was called up and sent down all of the time and I just couldn’t stick.”
Candiotti turned to what is commonly known as a “last resort” for pitchers trying to save a career—the knuckleball.
After travel restrictions were lifted for 1919, Indians owner Jim Dunn started holding spring training in New Orleans, and 1920 spring training arrangements were going to be difficult. The Indians would be fighting for lodging and other accommodations, as the city was taken over for horse racing through April.
Dunn realized he would incur more expenses than the average owner, but thought of it as an investment, said Plain Dealer sportswriter Harry Edwards.
“Jim has spent lots of money on the team,” Edwards wrote. “The training schedule has been costly. The Indians won’t make as much out of exhibition games as most of the other clubs, but Dunn sees farther. He sees crowded stands throughout the coming season because the Indians are almost sure to be up there. And even though the training season is more costly to him, he’ll catch up with the profits later on.”
It could be argued that the Indians dynasty of the 1990s actually began Dec. 6, 1989.
Carter was the Tribe’s marquee slugger for the 1980s, hitting 151 dingers for the Tribe from 1984-1989. But he was a free agent after the 1990 season, and new Indians general manager Hank Peters decided that if he couldn’t re-sign Carter, he would trade him. Carter had turned down a five-year, $9.6 million deal after the 1988 season.
Last offseason, the Cleveland Indians made it clear their intent to lock up the young talent on the team. The moves, which inked left fielder Michael Brantley, catcher Yan Gomes, and second baseman Jason Kipnis to contract extensions that bought out several years of salary arbitration, secured three pieces of the Tribe’s future at club-friendly rates.
So far this offseason, the primary talk has revolved around doing the same with 2014 American League Cy Young winner and sudden and surprising staff ace Corey Kluber. A subsequent scenario involving right-handed closer Cody Allen has also become a whisper in the snowy winter winds of parts of northeast Ohio.
Is now the right time to lock up Allen long-term?
Cleveland Indians fans, it might be safe to say at this point that you do have an every day player at superstar status. At least the baseball world seems to think that.
Outfielder Michael Brantley was unable to break the teams long drought without a league MVP, as the last Tribe player to earn the honor was Al Rosen in 1953. However, he came a lot closer than anyone would’ve guessed when he signed his four year extension in the spring.
Major League Baseball was at a crossroads in 1920. After weathering the storm of the Federal League, the American and National Leagues – then run as separate businesses – were facing a crisis of leadership and issues that could tear apart the game itself.
The Indians represented one of the most stable clubs in the American League, but it looked like other teams in the junior circuit were coming apart at the seams.
At the time, the game was overseen by a national commission of three men: American League President Byron “Ban” Johnson, National League President John Heydler and Reds owner Garry Herrmann. Johnson was issuing directives that were being ignored, and ignoring problems that threatened the foundation of the sport.
Kluber joined the ranks of recent Indians’ greats CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee as pitchers worthy of the highest acknowledgment of pitching prowess. Looking further back, he also joins Gaylord Perry in the club of Cleveland Indians pitchers to win Cy Young awards since the award’s inception in 1956. The Cy Young was originally given to the best pitcher in all of baseball, but is now given to the best pitcher in each respective league.
After retiring from playing Major League Baseball, former Indians first baseman Paul Sorrento did something that was normal for a lot of newly retired fathers.
“I’ve been a dad,” Sorrento said. “I’ve got two kids. My son is 16 and my daughter is 14. I retired in 2000, so from 2000 to 2011 I was just raising my kids.”
It wasn’t until 12 years after retiring from playing baseball that Sorrento’s ‘retirement’ became somewhat abnormal compared to the rest of us.
“Then in 2012 I started coaching in the Angels system,” Sorrento said. “I coached one year with their California League affiliate and then in 2013 I was the hitting coordinator.”
Tris Speaker was the leader of the 1920 Indians, but the heart and soul of the team was its shortstop, a man who led singalongs in the clubhouse and smuggled baseballs out of League Park to give to kids after baseball games.
By 1920, Ray Chapman was regarded as one of the best all-around shortstops in Major League Baseball. F.C. Lane of Baseball Magazine said Chapman was as good as the legendary Honus Wagner. But after a seven-year career, Chapman was teetering on a farewell tour.
With the conclusion of the World Series, contract options picked up or declined and qualifying offers extended the offseason is in official full swing.
For the Indians, they’ve had about six weeks to evaluate how their 2014 season, with the goal of Unfinished Business, became one of Royal Disappointment. The Tribe has quietly already been busy. Two weeks ago the Indians exercised Mike Aviles’ option for 2015 and last week Terry Francona’s contract was extended two more years. The Tribe’s skipper is now signed through 2018, with options for 2019 and 2020.