Jim Thome was one of the best hitters in Cleveland Indians’ history!

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 14 September 2016 at 1:25 pm

Lefty swinging 3B/1B Jim Thome was one of the best hitters in the history of the Cleveland Indians!  He played in 1,399 games in his 13 years with the Indians and he was 1,353 of 4,711 (.287 avg, .890 OPS) with 928 runs scored, 337 homers, 937 RBI and 18 stolen bases.  He also walked 1,008 times while whiffing 1,400 times for the Tribe!  Thome played in 55 games in the playoffs for the Indians and he was 43 of 188 (.229 avg) with 32 runs scored, 17 homers and 36 RBI.  He was a part of the Indians’ teams that lost the World Series in 1995 to the Atlanta Braves and 1997 to the Florida Marlins!  Thome’s best season was his last one in Cleveland before he left to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies (he came back to the Indians in 2011).  Thome played in 147 games for the Indians in 2002 and he was 146 of 480 (.304 avg, 1.122 OPS) with 101 runs scored, 52 homers, 118 RBI and 1 stolen base.  Thome led the American League in SLG (.677), OPS (1.122) and walks (122) in 2002.  Thome was an All-Star three times with the Indians and he won one Silver Slugger Award with the Tribe.  Thome had 102 or more RBI in a season six times for the Indians and he scored at least 101 runs in a season six times.  He his 30 or more homers in 7 of his years with the Indians and he had 6 years of 111 or more walks (led the American League three times).

Jim Thome is still the Cleveland Indians’ all-time leader in both home runs (337) and walks (1,008)!  Thome is also still #42 in batting average (.287), #3 in OBP (.414), #3 in SLG (.566), #3 in OPS (.980), #12 in games (1,399), #5 in runs scored (928), #12 in hits (1.353), #10 in doubles (263) and he is still #2 in RBI (937) in the history of the Cleveland Indians!

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!

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