Sandy Alomar Jr. was a good catcher for the Cleveland Indians

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 22 August 2016 at 8:57 pm

The Cleveland Indians’ first base coach, Sandy Alomar Jr., was a darn good catcher as player for them!  Alomar Jr. played in 985 games in his 11 years with the Cleveland Indians and he was 944 of 3,409 (.277 avg, .734 OPS) with 416 runs scored, 92 homers, 453 RBIs and 24 stolen bases.  He also played in 49 games in the post-season for the Tribe in which he was 37 of 173 (.214 avg, .611 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 5 homers and 28 RBIs.  Alomar Jr. was an All-Star six times with the Indians and he also won 1 Gold Glove Award with them.  Alomar Jr. burst onto the scene with the Indians in 1990, when he played in 132 games in which he was 129 of 445 (.290 avg, .744 OPS) with 60 runs scored, 9 homers, 66 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He won the Rookie of the Year Award for the Indians in 1990.  He was also an All-Star and he won a Gold Glove for the Tribe in 1990.  But, his best year for the Indians came back in 1997.  Alomar Jr. played in 125 games for the Indians in 1997 and he was 146 of 451 (.324 avg, .900 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 37 doubles, 21 homers and 83 RBIs.  He was an All-Star in 1997 and he was 14th in the voting for the A.L. MVP Award!  Alomar Jr. is still #30 in games played (985) in Indians’ history.  He is also #47 in runs scored (416), #38 in hits (944), tied for #25 in doubles (194), #29 in homers (92) and he is #34 in RBIs (453) in Cleveland Indians’ history!

Johnny Burnett of the Cleveland Indians still holds the record for most hits in a game

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 9 August 2016 at 3:40 pm

Shortstop Brandon Crawford of the San Francisco Giants got seven hits including the game winning hit in the 14th inning!  But, lefty swinging shortstop Johnny Burnett of the Cleveland Indians still holds the record of hits in a Major League game!  Back on July 10th, 1932…….Burnett went an amazing 9 of 11 with 4 runs scored, 2 doubles and 2 RBIs……but the Indians still lost 18-17 in 18 innings to the Philadelphia Athletics!  1932 was Burnett’s best year for the Cleveland Indians.  He played in 129 games for the Indians in 1932 and he was 152 of 512 (.297 avg, .744 OPS) with 81 runs scored, 4 homers, 53 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Burnett played in 488 games in his 8 years with the Indians and he was 475 of 1,629 (.292 avg, .729 OPS) with 271 runs scored, 9 homers, 187 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.

Ray Narleski was a solid pitcher for the Cleveland Indians a long time ago

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 24 July 2016 at 12:43 pm

Righty reliever Ray Narleski was a solid pitcher for the Cleveland Indians a long, long time ago.  Narleski pitched in 224 games (42 starts) in his five years with the Indians and he was 39-21 with 53 saves, a 3.22 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  He gave up 501 hits and 276 walks while whiffing 383 batters in 597 2/3 innings for the Tribe.  He was an All-Star in 1956 and 1958 for the Cleveland Indians.  But, I think his best overall year was in 1955 for the Tribe.  He pitched in 60 games (1 start) for the Indians in 1955 and he was 9-1 with 19 saves, a 3.71 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.  He gave up 91 hits and 52 walks while whiffing 94 batters in his 111 2/3 innings in 1955.  Narleski led the Majors in both games pitched (60) and saves (19) in 1955.  Narleski also pitched in 2 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Indians and he was 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA and a 0.50 WHIP.  Narleski is still #7 in Indians’ history with his 53 saves!  He is also tied for #25 in ERA (3.22), #37 in WHIP (1.30) and he is tied for #37 in games pitched (224) in Tribe history!

Greg Swindell was the best starting pitcher for the Cleveland Indians for a couple of years

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 27 May 2016 at 7:01 pm

Lefty starting pitcher Greg Swindell was the best the Cleveland Indians had to offer for a couple of years.  He pitched in 166 games (154 starts) in his seven years with the Tribe and he was 61-56 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  In 1988, Swindell pitched in 33 games (all starts) for the Indians and he was 18-14 with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  He threw 12 complete games, 4 of which were shutouts for the Indians in 1988.  He pitched 242 innings in 1988 in which he gave up 234 hits and 45 walks while whiffing 180 batters.  Swindell followed up his great year in 1988 with his only All-Star Game appearance for the Tribe in 1989.  He pitched in 28 games (all starts) for the Tribe in 1989 and he was 13-6 with a 3.37 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.  Despite only pitching seven years with the Indians, Swindell is #18 in strikeouts (777) in team history!  He is also tied for 26th in games started (154), tied for 35th in wins (61), tied for 21st in WHIP (1.24), #33 in innings pitched (1,071 2/3) and he is tied for 40th in shutouts (7) in Indians’ history!

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.

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