Asdrubal Cabrera is once again rewarded for his breakout season at the plate as he is named the winner of the Silver Slugger Award in the American League at shortstop. It is the first and only time in his career he has received the honor.
When your offense has been struggling and proceeds to get outscored 20-10 in a rain-shortened three-game series, odds are that your team took another step backwards or two in the standings.
That’s what makes baseball a funny game sometimes.
After rain postponed Monday’s series opener for the Indians (31-34) with Chicago at Wrigley Field, they took two of three from the Cubs despite being noticeably outperformed offensively. But, as has been the case quite a few times this season, the Indians made the runs count when they actually scored some.
The unassisted triple play requires a confluence of circumstances and a well-hit ball, typically in the vicinity of a middle infielder.
It’s been called the rarest play in baseball – but for the Indians, it’s practically a signature play. The team’s been involved in six of the 15 unassisted triple plays in modern major league history – executing three of them, and being the victims of three others.
The most recent unassisted triple play by the Indians was Asdrubal Cabrera on May 12, 2008. Cabrera, playing in his first full season with the Indians since capturing fans’ imagination as a callup for the team that won the American League Central the year before, was playing shortstop in the second game of a doubleheader against the Blue Jays.
This season did not turn out the way the Indians had anticipated when they started 2014. Playoff dreams remained just that, dreams, and despite their overall winning record, the team still ended their season without ever seeing an October game.
However, not every player who started on the Indians’ roster ended their season in that same way. The Indians parted with three well-known and long-term players this season who were able to move farther in the post season that they would have in an Indians’ uniform. While none are playing in the Fall Classic right now, it’s still worth it to give these departed players a nod and recap their seasons:
Today begins DTTWLN’s three week examination of the Indians 2014 season and where it fell short of the playoff expectations established last winter. The staff will examine where the season went wrong and the challenges the front office faces to make the Indians contenders in 2015.
This wasn’t the plan when the Indians entered spring training.
After a breakout 2013 season, finishing with a 10-game win streak, the Cleveland Indians were a surprise member of the American League playoffs a year ago. And despite a quick exit after a 4-0 defeat to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Indians had new expectations around the league, with their fan base and in their own locker room.
The 2014 season was a simple theme: Unfinished Business.
He might be the right spark at just the right time.
Jose Ramirez was quite the spark this past weekend, logging seven hits in the three-game series versus Houston. Seven hits is a good weekend, but a game-winning base hit in the ninth on Saturday and a key, two-out base hit to drive in a run on Sunday makes a great weekend.
It’s been an up and down week for the Cleveland Indians, just like the rest of the season. After a disappointing road trip to start the second half and losing two out of three to the Seattle Mariners at home, the Indians traded veterans Justin Masterson and Asdrubal Cabrera for Triple-A players. While Indians manager Terry Francona insists they aren’t waving the white flag, clearly there is an eye toward next season as the Tribe has just 50 games remaining.
Then the Indians sweep the Texas Rangers and find themselves just three games back of the final Wild Card spot by this morning. It’s been that kind of strange year for the Indians, and like a lot of people, I’m full of frustration, remaining guarded optimism and a dose of reality.
I couldn’t possibly put all my thoughts into one column at this point, so instead I welcomed our readers to fire questions and topics my way. I like this from time to time because I get a feel for the things readers have the most concern about and it’s a great way to fill one column full of links that might give you even more insight to your questions. Hopefully, you enjoy.
Leading off, @boomhauertjs asks, “Is it safe to say 2017 is the next realistic year of contention since the Swisher/Bourn contracts are off the books?”
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona told the media Wednesday that the club was, “not raising the white flag. That is not an option.”
That was just hours after the Tribe traded away former ace Justin Masterson to the St. Louis Cardinals. On Thursday, Cleveland General Manager Chris Antonetti and the rest of the front office remained busy, shipping off former All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to the Washington Nationals.