Today in Tribe History: October 22, 1997

The Cleveland Indians knot up their series with the Florida Marlins at two wins a piece with a strong 10-3 victory. It marked the second straight game that the Indians scored in double digits after a 14-11 loss in Game 3 of the World Series.

The Indians jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after three innings and made the advantage stand up behind a strong showing from rookie right-hander Jaret Wright, who improved to 3-0 in the postseason.

Manny Ramirez started the scoring in the first with a two-run home run and Sandy Alomar followed three batters later with an RBI-double. Three run-scoring singles in the third padded the lead. Alomar knocked in another run with an RBI-groundout in the sixth, Brian Giles singled home a run in the seventh, and Matt Williams cleared the wall in left in the eighth with a two-run shot for the final tally of the night.

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  1. Everybody yells about Larry Dolan and Mark Shapiro but John Hart bears a lot of blame for the problems of the Tribe as well. I think people realize that Hart lowballed Albert Belle and that they were not really disappointed to see Albert leave which turned out to be the right move. But they should have had Manny signed long before his contract came up and then they dumped the whole mess onto Larry Dolans lap.

    Then he traded away Jeff Kent, Richie Sexson, {and also Marcos Scutaro in that deal], Sean Casey, and especially Brian Giles for practically nothing. So not only did they lose Manny but also most of their hitting that would have replaced him. Then Hart bailed leaving Shapiro to rebuild.

    I always thought if they had Kent and Casey hitting in front of Jim Thome and Giles and Sexson in back of Thome Shapiro does not have to rebuild the team and does not have to trade Bartolo Colon. Then maybe Charlie Manual doesn’t walk up to Shapiro’s office and get himself fired. I figure if Manual stays Thome stays. So I believe that John Hart bears a lot of the blame for the Indians problems after 2001. It’s not all about Larry Dolan and Mark Shapiro.

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