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Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today we catch up with former starting pitcher Charles Nagy.
As a key pitcher on the most successful teams in recent Cleveland Indians history, the name of former Tribe starter Charles Nagy will never be forgotten.
But it hasn’t always been that way.
“He called me Steve for my entire first season,” Nagy spoke of his first Major League manager, John McNamara. “Steve Nagy. He was a bowler, I guess. Everyone wondered why I didn’t correct him. What was I going to say? He’d just say, nice job Steve.”
Maybe Johnny Mac wasn’t too far off, however.
While Steve Nagy was one of the pioneers of professional bowling and a PBA Hall of Famer, Charlie Nagy was one of the pioneers of the 1990’s Indians juggernaut and—after winning 129 games for the Wahoos—a future member of the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame.
With sports, sometimes it is difficult to determine which angle of the story to tell. In regards to the Cleveland Indians, choose the one that you prefer to follow: the Indians are six games below the .500 mark, or the Indians are within five games of the American League Wild Card race with a little over a month left to play.
Regardless of which version of the story you prefer to gravitate to, there is plenty left to watch as the Tribe (60-66) trudges forward on a season full of missed opportunities, roster overhauls, and lingering questions for the future.
They were expected to contend. They haven’t. The offense was supposed to contribute. It has been lacking. The bullpen was supposed to be a strength. It has left fans wanting. The starting rotation was supposed to be good. It has, at times, been great, but is still not without fault or concern. Now, a young group of prospects and fringe players look to make their mark on the 2016 roster by clicking in with the core heading forward, all while still mathematically within range of a Wild Card run, for those hopeful readers in the crowd.
Luis Lugo stands 6’5” 200 lbs., an imposing figure on the mound. Ranked as the Indians #21 prospect by Baseball America, the young left-hander from Venezuela, who turned 21 just before the start of the season, has made significant gains in his proficiency on the mound this year.
The 2015 season is Lugo’s fifth in the Cleveland farm system. His offerings include a fastball clocked in the low 90’s, a change-up, a sweeping curveball, and a hard slider that was added to his repertoire late in the 2014 season.
Where he has really made gains this year is in his consistency.
“He’s starting to mature, not only physically, but emotionally and mentally.” said High Class-A Lynchburg pitching coach Rigo Beltran, a former Major League pitcher himself.
The Lake County Captains will always have a roster of younger names but, this season, the youngest members of the squad have been the most noteworthy as two 19 year-olds have dominated the field.
A few weeks ago, we profiled Bobby Bradley, the Lake County Captains first baseman who was drafted in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. Bradley, who is 19 years old, was drafted out of Harrison Central High School in Gulfport, Miss., and has quickly become known around the organization for his impressive bat.
If Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is not careful, he could end up in the debate for American League Rookie of the Year. Actually, since the All-Star break, Lindor has looked more like a seasoned league MVP than a player getting his first taste of Major League Baseball action.
Lindor certainly has more to learn, as any 21-year-old would. However, he seems so far ahead of the game at this stage of his career than most young players. It would be a cherry on top of a nice first year if Lindor could become Cleveland’s first ROY since Sandy Alomar, Jr. in 1990.
One of the youngest players in the Majors, Lindor entered action on Wednesday hitting a fine .306 with seven home runs and 30 RBI. Over the past month, when the Indians have put together rallies, Lindor has seemingly been right in the middle of most of them. He has taken nicely to the number two spot in manager Terry Francona‘s batting order. Nestled in between all-stars Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley, Cleveland’s young, budding star certainly has plenty of protection around him.
As the Cleveland Call and Post said, the Buckeyes were “drunk with recent successes” with “blood in their collective eyes and a yen for bear” when the Chicago American Giants came to League Park for a doubleheader on June 17, 1945. The Buckeyes had just beaten the Kansas City Monarchs 5-0 in Belleville, Ill., coming within one hit of a perfect game. But the Buckeyes were only able to split the twin bill against the American Giants – and might not have even done that were it not for a controversial call.
The first game seemed interminable, locked in a tie going into the 13th inning. Avelino Canizares walloped a double to lead off the home half of the inning. Ducky Davenport hit a comebacker to the pitcher, Gready McKinnis, who tried unsuccessfully to take Canizares out at third. Davenport was safe at first, and the winning run was 90 feet away from home. An intentional walk loaded the bases, and Parnell Woods was up to bat.
No matter how well the Cleveland Indians’ starting pitchers have pitched at times this season, too often the team has come up just short.
The Indians (58-66) finally return to their home sweet home after the completion of their eleven-game, four-city tour of the United States to host the Milwaukee Brewers as the clubs meet for the second and final time this season. It will be the final interleague series of the year for both teams.
Cleveland wrapped up its roadie with a one-game swing through the Windy City as it made up its earlier June rainout against the Chicago Cubs. Unfortunately, with an opportunity to come home with a winning road trip against Minnesota, Boston, New York, and Chicago, the Indians lost a tough pitchers’ duel, 2-1, as a walk-off home run from Kris Bryant spoiled Cleveland’s ninth inning rally and got Corey Kluber off the hook in yet another start that flirted with perfection while marred by nonexistent run support.
There’s a new big guy in Akron.
For a team that had very little power production during the first month of the season, they have now been supplied with yet another big bat from High-A Lynchburg. This time it’s in the form of right handed hitting first basemen Nellie Rodriguez.
Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back August 25, 1995.
One trend for the 1995 season ended on Friday night, but another one just kept right on going.
Even after Tribe closer Jose Mesa blew his first save of the season after starting out a Major League record 38 for 38, the Indians still were able to defeat the Detroit Tigers 6-5 on some more Jacobs Field magic—this one a walk-off homerun by catcher Sandy Alomar, Jr. in the bottom of the 11th inning.
If only every series this season had turned out as favorable as the Cleveland Indians trip through the Bronx this season, the month of September would have a completely different level of interest from Tribe fans.
For those hopeful that the Indians (58-65) can make a run at the American League Wild Card race, they did gain some ground by taking three of four from the New York Yankees over the weekend to finish the season with five wins in seven opportunities against their one-time rivals. That stretch, combined with another good run from the Toronto Blue Jays, has given the AL two new leaders in the Wild Card spots, the Yankees and the Texas Rangers. The Indians now reside six games in back of the Rangers.
The Tribe messed up the Yankees plans by improving to 34-31 on the road this season and surprising the New York club that entered the series with a 35-21 record at home this year. The Indians held off a late push by the Yankees on Thursday night in a 3-2 win. A three-run ninth inning gave the Tribe some much needed insurance runs in a 7-3 victory Friday. Five runs in the first two innings were plenty for the Yankees on Saturday afternoon as they gave rookie starter Luis Severino his first MLB win in a 6-2 final. On Sunday, the Yankees scored two in the seventh to tie the game, but Francisco Lindor homered off of All-Star reliever Dellin Betances in the eighth to give the Indians a 4-3 win to take the series.