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The bad news is that the Baseball Hall of Fame didn’t come calling for Omar Vizquel.
The good news is that it appears it will only be a matter of time.
So, uh, maybe it wasn’t sour grapes with Trevor Bauer?
The erstwhile Indians pitcher said in 2018 that there was something suspicious about the sudden increase in velocity by pitchers for the defending world champion Astros. Those remarks inspired Houston manager AJ Hinch to say to MLB.com, “I do think people need to sweep their own front porch and deal with their own situations rather than throw accusations that are unfounded.”
A bat used in Cleveland for one of the milestone home runs in major league history was sold for more than $1 million.
The bat Babe Ruth used to hit his 500th home run at League Park in 1929 sold for $1.08 million to an unidentified bidder through SCP Auctions. It was given a condition of 10, the highest available, prior to the auction, which started in November and ended yesterday.
Riddle me this, Tribe fans: What’s worse than dealing defending Cy Young Award winners in back-to-back years?
The answer may be dealing a two-time Cy Young Award winner and getting peanuts in return.
Corey Kluber’s headed to Texas, dealt to the Rangers for outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. and reliever Emmanuel Clase. Mets and Phillies reliever Tug McGraw referred to his fastball as the Peggy Lee, because it left him wondering, “Is that all there is,” the title of her most famous song (which Clevelanders can STILL hear at the end of “Big Chuck and Li’l John”).
A former Cy Young Award winner for the Tribe is among the first-year candidates on the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot for the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is probably the closest thing there is to a lock for induction among first-year candidates, but after that, the field gets far murkier. Other first-year candidates on the ballot are Bobby Abreu, Josh Beckett, Heath Bell, Eric Chavez, Adam Dunn, Chone Figgins, Rafael Furcal, Jason Giambi, Raul Ibanez, Paul Konerko, Cliff Lee, Carlos Pena, Brad Penny, J.J. Putz, Brian Roberts, Alfonso Soriano and Jose Valverde. Former Indians Jake Westbrook, Travis Hafner and Derek Lowe dropped off the ballot after making their first appearances last year.
In honor of Veterans Day, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look back at one of many heroes who represented the Indians on the field and the United States on the battlefield. This story by Vince Guerrieri was originally published December 24, 2013. – BT
At first glance, Lou Brissie’s major league career doesn’t look very impressive.
Brissie, whose seven-year career included three with the Indians, went 44-48 with a 4.07 career ERA, one All-Star Game appearance and no postseason experience.
But Brissie had an amazing career just by making it to the major leagues.
Because I’m middle-aged, and have friends of similar vintage or older, the Browns laying an egg this season after being on the Sports Illustrated cover as the trendy pick to win the division – and possibly more – has brought a lot of comparisons to the “Indian Uprising” cover of 1987.
The year before, the Indians fielded a lineup with four .300 hitters and finished with a winning record for the first time in seven years. Sports Illustrated said the 1987 Indians were the best team in the American League. They went on to lose 101 games, the second 100-loss season for the Tribe in three years.
It was a bad combination of a staggering fall after elevated expectations – exactly what this season appears to be for the Browns.
A bat believed to have been used in Cleveland for one of the milestone home runs in major league history is coming to the auction block.
In Babe Ruth’s time with the Yankees, slugging records fell at a, well, record pace, and on Aug. 11, 1929, Ruth became the first major league player to hit 500 career home runs. The Yankees were playing the Indians at League Park, with its inviting short right field fence, at just 290 feet. Not even the 40-foot-tall wall could keep Ruth from popping baseballs over it. (All told, he hit 46 home runs at League Park, more than any other opposing player.)
A generation later, Indians fans held the same hopes about another manager who brought with him certain headaches but could be counted on to win: Billy Martin.
It is entirely possible we’ve seen Jason Kipnis in an Indians uniform for the last time.
Sadly, it’s more than possible.
Kipnis was lifted from Sunday’s game with wrist soreness. An MRI revealed a broken hamate, one of the carpal bones in his right wrist. The break will require surgery, shelving him for 4-6 weeks, which means even if the Indians make a deep postseason run – which seems less probable by the day – he probably won’t be able to return for the Indians this year.
Editor’s note: This story was originally published on 9/23/15 by Vince Guerrieri – BT
The 1908 season – like so many since – ended in disappointment for Cleveland baseball fans.
But it was a wild ride for the last two weeks of the season.
Going into the series with the Boston Red Sox on September 17, the Naps were in second place in the American League, tied with the Detroit Tigers in the win column with 78, but with four more losses, putting them two back with 16 to play.