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When word began to spread around the internet like fire on Friday that the Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves were engaged in trade talks once again, it seemed like a tease of something quite possibly too good to be true for Tribe fans.
When the rumors became reality, the overwhelming sense of elation and glee was palpable.
How on earth had Indians general manager Chris Antonetti pulled it off? Not only had he found a taker for the disastrous and backbreaking contract that was obligated to Nick Swisher, but he had peddled Michael Bourn and his similarly immoveable pact into the same deal! And to top that off, he managed to do so while conducting business with a far more veteran general manager in John Hart, a name familiar enough in Tribe lore for his legacy in sculpting the 1990s Indians teams that the city remains enamored with to this day. It was not some rookie general manager that Antonetti was fleecing. Why would the Braves make this deal just to part with Chris Johnson, knowing full well how little the two returning players had contributed and played over the last season and a half?
The Cleveland Indians announced on Friday afternoon that the team had agreed to send outfielder Michael Bourn and outfielder/first baseman/designated hitter Nick Swisher to the Atlanta Braves with cash for infielder Chris Johnson, drastically changing the team’s future.
It comes on the heels of the club creating a new and horrifyingly frustrating way to hit the loss column as they dropped an opportunity to come home from a seven-game road trip on the positive side of the ledger. Instead, one out away from achieving that goal, Cody Allen lost all control and the Indians dropped a heart-breaker to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday afternoon in an ever-present reminder that this season has fallen far short of the lofty expectations placed on it at the beginning of the year.
1923 – Indians first baseman and right fielder Frank Brower has himself a career day at the plate as Cleveland stomps the Washington Senators, 22-2, at Griffith Stadium.
Brower, the number seven hitter in the Tribe lineup, is a perfect …
2002 – Future Indians slugger Travis Hafner makes his Major League debut with the Texas Rangers in a pinch-hitting opportunity in the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers.
Hafner entered with two outs in the ninth against knuckleballer Steve Sparks, …
2001 – “The Comeback” happens on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball as the Cleveland Indians score 13 unanswered runs to shock the Seattle Mariners, 15-14, in eleven innings.
Dave Burba, 9-8 with a 6.21 ERA coming in through 21 starts, matched …
1915 – Luke Easter is born in Jonestown, Mississippi, according to a birth certificate and census research, but not necessarily by the future Indians player himself.
The big left-handed hitting first baseman and outfielder seemed to have some fun with …
Even though it is now the first week of August, the Cleveland Indians are still facing opponents they have yet to see this season. This week, the Indians take on the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim for the first time this season.
The Indians (48-56) split in Oakland, taking the first two games behind strong complete game starting pitching efforts, then dropping the final two games as the offense remained notably absent, as has been the trend throughout the entire season. The Indians mustered just seven runs in the split, made possible as the pitching limited the Athletics to just nine games of their own in the four-game series.
1960 – Cleveland general manager Frank Lane pulls off yet another curious trade as he sends manager Joe Gordon to the Detroit Tigers for their skipper, Jimmy Dykes.
“Trader” Lane was known for his penchant for keeping clubhouses in a …
In a few short years, Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has advanced from a gritty, fresh faced rookie to a leader in the Cleveland clubhouse. It has been a long climb, one considered surprising by some, in a brief period of time for the player dubbed “Dirtbag” by former Tribe skipper Manny Acta for his playing style on the diamond.
It seems that the Indians’ leadoff man has seen a little bit of everything despite being in just his fifth year in the Major Leagues.
In a clubhouse that, at the beginning of the year, featured numerous players with more experience whom therefore seemed more likely candidates to step up into a leadership role, it has been Kipnis who has had his star shine this season in an otherwise disappointing effort for a Cleveland club with so much attention on it.