The latter half of the 1990s were certainly a fun time to be a baseball fan in Cleveland. The Indians were a consistent championship contender for eight straight seasons. The league had numerous players breaking records and doing things never before done. Baseball hit something of a peak, both nationally and locally during that time.
Now, fans are being reminded about all that was good during that period of baseball. Over the last few years, a number of players from that period have gained entrance into the hallowed halls of Cooperstown with enshrinement in the Baseball Hall of Fame. This past Wednesday, Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez, and Tim Raines were named the newest inductees. Bagwell and Rodriguez were at the tops of their games during the Tribe’s memorable run of success from 1994-2001. Raines’ best seasons came a little earlier.
Starting next year, Indians fans will really get to take a trip down memory lane as two of the team’s all-time greats will be eligible for induction alongside the best who have ever played the game.
The Cleveland Indians are four outs from elimination against the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series when single runs in the bottom of the eighth and ninth innings give the Tribe a 3-2 win to force Game 5.
With a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles, the Cleveland Indians clinch the American League Central Division crown. With the season shortened at the front-end of the schedule, it was the 123rd game of the season, the fastest that any team has won a title in Major League history. The Indians improve to 86-37 with the win.
The Midsummer Classic is upon us and the first place Cleveland Indians have three representatives in the annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
This season, Francisco Lindor, Danny Salazar, and Corey Kluber represent the Tribe on the American League squad. The two Tribe players who will take the field (Salazar is out with a sore elbow) may be highly motivated to excel in the exhibition game due to the Indians current spot at the top of the American League Central Division standings.
The winner Tuesday night will claim home field advantage for the World Series, a final destination far more in the sights of the Indians this season than in recent memory.
When Omar Vizquel retired from Major League Baseball following the 2012 season, there seemed to be two certainties that would come to him in life after his playing career – that there would be an intriguing and lengthy debate over his candidacy for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and that the 24-year veteran would not be on the outside of the game for long, given his interests in becoming a manager someday.
Vizquel will get that opportunity next year, as he was named the manager of a potentially dangerous Venezuelan team for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
It has been a good start to the year for former Cleveland Indians players being inducted into various Halls of Fame, even though none was selected for baseball’s top honor in Cooperstown as part of the National Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2016
Dennis Martinez became the latest former Tribesman to earn an induction when it was announced on Tuesday that he was part of a six-member class heading into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in June.
Martinez, a longtime member of the Montreal Expos, is joined by former Toronto pitcher Pat Hentgen, Canadian scout Wayne Norton, Toronto executive Howard Starkman, former Blue Jays analyst Tony Kubek, and the late William Shuttleworth, who is considered the “Father of Canadian Baseball”.