Today in Tribe History: July 9, 1996

1996 – Cleveland sends left-handed reliever Jim Poole to the San Francisco Giants for first baseman/outfielder Mark Carreon.

Poole had started the season 4-0 in 32 games of relief with a 3.04 ERA after joining the Indians in 1995. He will return to Cleveland in 1998 and again in 1999, spending in total parts of four years with the club. He will sign again with the Indians in 2000 after his release from the Montreal Expos, but will work in just ten games of relief at Triple-A Buffalo and will never play again with the parent club. He may best be remembered by Cleveland fans for his game-deciding solo home run surrendered to David Justice in Game Six of the 1995 World Series.

In joining the Tribe, Carreon became a second-generation Indians player, following in the footsteps of his father, Cam Carreon, who was a catcher for the club in 19 games in 1965. The younger Carreon had spent parts of ten seasons with the New York Mets, Detroit Tigers, and San Francisco prior to coming to Cleveland. After hitting .260 with the Giants with nine homers and 51 RBI in 81 games, he hit .324 for Cleveland with two homers and 14 RBI in 38 games. He worked primarily at first base, but logged some innings in center and right field. He will play overseas with the Chiba Lotte Marines in 1997 and 1998 after becoming a free agent and will return to the states with the Jackson Diamond Cats of the independent Texas-Louisiana League in 2000.

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