Dennis Martinez gave everything he had left in his gas tank to the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 16 May 2013 at 11:04 pm

The Cleveland Indians had a rock solid team in the field when they moved into Jacobs Field in 1994.  But, they lacked starting pitching, which led to them signing the then 39-year old righty Dennis Martinez to head the rotation.  Martinez was solid in 1994, but 1995 was his best year with the Tribe.  Martinez pitched in 28 games (all starts) for the Indians in 1995 and he was 12-5 with a 3.08 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  He made the A.L. All-Star team in 1995 for the Tribe.  Martinez also pitched in 5 games (all starts) in the playoffs and World Series for the Indians in 1995 and he was 1-2 with a 2.73 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  Martinez pitched in 72 games (all starts) in his three years with the Tribe and he was 32-17 with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  He was only with the Indians for three short years, but he made his mark in Cleveland.

Toby Harrah was a solid 3B for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 20 April 2013 at 1:18 am

Righty swinging 3B Toby Harrah was acquired by the Cleveland Indians for fellow righty swinging 3B Buddy Bell on December 8th, 1978.  The Rangers wound up getting the better end of the deal as Bell really blossomed as a player with them.  But, Harrah was solid in his time with the Tribe.  Harrah played in 712 games in his five years with the Indians and he was 725 for 2,577 (.281 avg, .799 OPS) with 444 runs scored, 70 homers, 324 RBIs and 82 stolen bases.  Harrah’s best season for the Indians came back in 1982, when he was an A.L. All-Star and finished #20 in the voting for the A.L. MVP Award.  Harrah played in 162 games for the Indians in 1982 and he was 183 of 602 (.304 avg, .888 OPS) with 100 runs scored, 25 homers, 78 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.  Harrah also showed a good eye at the plate in 1982 as he walked 84 times while only whiffing 52 times.

Len Barker had his moment in the sun for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by admin on Wednesday 4 July 2012 at 2:47 pm

Righty starting pitcher Len Barker had the best times of his career with the Cleveland Indians.  Barker pitched in 144 games (134 starts) in his five years with the Tribe and he was 56-49 with a 4.31 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  He made it to his only All-Star Game of his major league career in 1981 for the Indians.  It was a strike shortened season in which he pitched in 22 games (all starts) in which he was 8-7 with a 3.91 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.  Barker had 9 complete games, 3 shutouts and he led the American League in whiffs with 127 of them.  He also led the A.L. in whiffs in 1980 with 187 of them as he was 19-12 for the Indians that year.  But, his greatest achievement with the Cleveland Indians came back on May 15th, 1981 when he threw a perfect game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Carlos Baerga had a nice run for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by admin on Thursday 31 May 2012 at 6:20 pm

Switch-hitting 2B Carlos Baerga had a nice run with the Cleveland Indians.  He played in 941 games in 8 years with the Indians and he was 1,097 for 3,666 (.299 avg, .783 OPS) with 549 runs scored, 104 homers, 565 RBIs  and 49 stolen bases.  Baerga’s best season with the Tribe came back in 1993, when he was an A.L. All-Star, won a Silver Slugger Award and he was 10th in the MVP Voting in the A.L.  Baerga played in 154 games for the Tribe in 1993 and he was 200 for 624 (.321 avg, .840 OPS) with 105 runs scored, 21 homers, 114 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.  Baerga made it to 3 All-Star teams with the Indians and he also won tw0 Silver Slugger Awards with them.  Baerga had the best years of his career with the Cleveland Indians.

Mike Hargrove was one of the most important men in the success of the Cleveland Indians in the 1990′s

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by admin on Monday 23 April 2012 at 4:35 pm

Lefty swinging 1B Mike Hargrove started his career as a player for the Cleveland Indians in 1979.  He played in 888 games in his seven years with the Indians and he was 860 of 2,945 (.292 avg, .778 OPS) with 388 runs scored, 33 homers, 383 RBIs and 14 stolen base.  His best season with the Indians as a player was back in 1980.  Hargrove played in 160 games in 1980 for the Tribe and he was 179 of 589 (.304 avg, .819 OPS) with 86 runs scored, 11 homers, 85 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Hargrove showed off his great eye at the plate by walking 111 times while only whiffing 36 times in 1980 for the Tribe.  Mike Hargrove changed gears after his playing career was over as the Indians hired him to manage the team starting in 1991.  Hargrove went on to compile a 721-591 (55%) record in his 9 years during the regular season in charge of the Tribe.  He was also 27-25 (51.9%) in the post-season as the Indians’ manager, leading them to the World Series in both 1995 (lost in six games to the Braves) and 1997 (lost in seven games to the Florida Marlins).  History has reflected well on Mike Hargrove for a job well done, both as a first baseman and a manager for the Cleveland Indians.

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