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Future Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Lemon is born. The successful pitcher began his baseball career as an outfielder, shortstop, and third baseman in the Indians’ farm system before transitioning into a role on the mound. Once there, he became …
If it were not for the presence of Terry Francona in the dugout, the Cleveland Indians would not be playing meaningful baseball in September, even if the chances of a return to October are becoming more and more fleeting by the day.
It’s strictly opinion, of course, as there is no way of proving otherwise. Yet I feel justified about the statement, especially after years of watching younger and inexperienced managers at the helm of the Tribe fail to maximize on their returns from the club.
How many teams could have survived the midseason trades of two former American League All-Stars while still very much in the thick of both the division and wild card races?
Sam McDowell is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The hard-throwing southpaw will be tied to the northeast Ohio region throughout his life, starting when he attends Cleveland’s Central Catholic High School. He will be signed by the Indians in 1960 and …
Plenty of people have written off the Cleveland Indians this season, thanks in part to a horrific defensive effort, occasionally suspect pitching, and an absolutely anemic offense. Yet somehow, with ten games on the calendar to close out the season, they are lurking just outside of the playoff picture, waiting for a moment to strike. Their series in Minnesota this weekend with the Twins could keep the dream alive or eliminate all doubt.
Cleveland (79-73) stumbled out of the gate in a four-game series with the Houston Astros during the week. The Indians’ bats could not get going on Monday, supplying spot starter Zach McAllister (3-7) with just one run of support in a 3-1 loss. They recovered with four runs, two supplied by Yan Gomes, on Tuesday in an outstanding effort from the starting rotation in a 4-2 win. Carlos Carrasco’s two-hit, 12-strikeout complete game masterpiece was one for the record books on Wednesday, as the Indians blanked the Astros 2-0, powered by more runs from Gomes. Thursday’s game needed 13 innings, but the Indians avoided the split and won the series on a shallow sacrifice fly from Mike Aviles to score Jose Ramirez with the go-ahead run in a 2-1 win.
The Indians are five games in back of the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central. They are four games in back of the free-falling Oakland A’s for the second Wild Card spot and just four and a half games in back of the Wild Card leading Kansas City Royals, with whom the Indians still have four games to finish on the docket. The Royals and Tigers square off for three this weekend.
Cleveland slugger Albert Belle leads off three innings against three different Chicago pitchers with solo home runs in an 8-2 victory for the Indians over the White Sox.
The Indians left fielder has hit five home runs in the last two games …
The Indians win their ninth straight game and clinch their third American League pennant in club history with a 3-2 victory over the Tigers at Briggs Stadium. Cleveland’s Early Wynn earns his 22nd win of the season. Longtime Cleveland pitcher …
The Cleveland Indians dropped a big opportunity over the weekend with a chance to gain significant ground in the divisional and Wild Card races when they were swept by the Detroit Tigers. If any of their playoff hopes are to remain, they will need a big series in the state where everything is bigger as they take on the Houston Astros in Texas for four straight at Minute Maid Park beginning Monday night.
The Indians (76-72) had an opportunity again against the Tigers and watched leads fade away in the late innings over the weekend. On Friday night, the Martinez combo of Victor and J.D. pummeled the Indians into submission, as the two combined for five of the seven Tigers runs in a 7-2 Tribe loss. Alex Avila took Bryan Shaw deep for a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning on Saturday to give the Tigers a 5-4 win. Shaw was tagged again on Sunday, as Ian Kinsler’s two-run shot in the seventh put Detroit up for good in a 6-4 win.
The sweep at the paws of the Tigers put Detroit back in the driver’s seat in the American League Central and knocked the Indians six and a half games off the pace in the division. They trail the second AL Wild Card team, the Kansas City Royals, by five games with 14 to play.
Nap Lajoie knocks his 3,000th hit of his Major League career against Detroit off of Pug Cavet. Lajoie joins a then exclusive club, including just Honus Wagner and Cap Anson, as the only players to reach the milestone.
The 1914 season was Lajoie’s …
After an exciting, but ultimately disappointing, end to the 2013 season that thrust the Cleveland Indians back into the playoffs for the first time since 2007, there were lofty expectations on the team heading into 2014.
The team that ripped off ten straight wins to wrap up an incredible month of September last year was nearly identical to the squad set to take the field this season, especially in the field. With Terry Francona at the helm and the expectation that the young team could play just as well, if not better, than they had a year ago in a division that looked very much up for grabs gave some hope to Tribe fans that last year was just a taste of what the Indians would be able to do on the field for several years to come.
Instead, plenty of things went wrong and it all started last offseason with the Indians’ unwillingness to add to the existing cast of characters.