The Cleveland Indians are trying to improve their team as we head into the last month of the MLB season. On Wednesday, they acquired outfielder Coco Crisp from the Oakland Athletics.
Initial reports of the trade came out on Tuesday night. The deal became on official on Wednesday, with the Indians receiving Crisp and cash in exchange for minor-league pitcher Colt Hynes. Crisp joins an Indians club that is currently sitting in first place in the AL Central. After their 2016 season got off to a mediocre start, Cleveland really started playing well in June. They had a 14-game winning streak spanning from mid-June until early July. Before the trade deadline, they acquired relief pitcher Andrew Miller from the New York Yankees. Even though they’re in first place, the Indians are still attempting to get better before the postseason arrives. Adding Crisp will help them do this.
Crisp, 36, has now returned to the place where his career started. He was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 1999 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. After spending a few years in their farm system, he was traded to the Indians. Crisp made his MLB debut on August 15, 2002. He spent four seasons in Cleveland before being traded to the Boston Red Sox following the 2005 season. Even though his tenure in Cleveland was short, Crisp was able to make a name for himself there. A speedy, switch-hitting center field with a great name, he became a fan-favorite. Now those same Indian fans who cheered for him in the early-2000s will get to watch him play once again.
Crisp spent three years in Boston before being traded to the Kansas City Royals. After an unsuccessful season in Kansas City that included a season-ending injury, he signed with the Athletics. He remained in Oakland until he was traded earlier this week. Some of the best years of Crisp’s career came with the Athletics. In 2011, he stole a career-high 49 bases. Arguably the best season of Crisp’s career was 2013, when he batted .261 with 22 home runs and 66 RBIs.
Crisp will definitely get some playing time with the Indians. Michael Bourn had to have season-ending shoulder in early August. Ever since then, Cleveland has been looking for another outfielder to replace him. It looks like they’ve found their guy in Crisp.
Because he’s a switch-hitter, Crisp will most likely play against righties and lefties. Even though he’s getting up there in age, that doesn’t mean he still can’t be a good everyday player. This season with Oakland he was hitting .234 with 11 homers and 47 RBIs.
Coco Crisp is back in Cleveland. For once, it’s an exciting time to be a sports figure in that city. The Cavaliers just won the NBA Championship and now the Indians have a legitimate chance to win the World Series. Crisp now has the chance to be a part of all of this.
Indians Retire Jim Thome’s Number 25
The Cleveland Indians have officially retired the number 25 worn by Hall of Fame slugger, and franchise career home run leader, Jim Thome on Saturday.
Thome was honored in a pregame ceremony, prior to the Indians game against the Baltimore Orioles, who Thome also played for during his long career, in which they lost 2-1.
During the ceremony, Thome took his familiar home run trot around the bases one final time, this time accompanied by his son, Landon, and was mobbed by his former teammates as he crossed home plate.
Thome’s retired jersey number will now be permanently displayed in the upper deck of Progressive Field between fellow Hall of Famers Bob Lemon’s 21 and Larry Doby’s 14.
Thome mashed 337 homers to become Cleveland’s career home run leader, and it will be fun to see if any player can catch, or surpass Thome’s number, making it fun for betting sites, such as bettingsites.ltd , to track in the years to come.
Many of Thome’s former teammates and managers were on hand for the celebration, including Omar Vizquel, Kenny Lofton, Carlos Baerga, Charlie Manuel and Mike Hargrove.
Current Indian players also paid homage to Thome, by wearing high socks that mimicked Thome’s look during his playing days.
“To have my jersey retired gives me the chills,” Thome said, according to ESPN News. “To see my number hanging in the rafters in the company of Bob Feller, Lou Boudreau, Jackie Robinson, Mel Harder, Larry Doby, Earl Averill, Bob Lemon and Frank Robinson, I don’t really know what to say. That’s some ‘Field of Dreams’ stuff right there.”
“To this day, these guys are my brothers, and I’m so touched that you all would take the time to come today,” Thome said.
Thome, who spent 13 years with the Indians organization, batted .276 and hit 612 home runs, eighth on the all-time home run list, during his MLB career.
“The ’90s were exciting times in baseball, and there was no place better than the corner of Ontario and Carnegie,” Thome continued. “This organization from top to bottom is first-class all the way. I was so proud to go into the Hall of Fame as a member of the Cleveland Indians.”
Additionally, Thome is the Indians’ career leader in walks (1,008) and is second in career RBIs (937).
Winsanity: Cleveland Indians Win 21st Straight Game To Set American League Record
First there was Moneyball in 2011.
Now, you gotta believe there’s a sequel in the works.
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) September 13, 2017
The Cleveland Indians won their 21st straight game Wednesday afternoon, completing a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field with a 5-3 victory. The win set a new American League record, exceeding the Oakland Athletics’ 20-game run in 2002—which of course was the subject of Moneyball.
Take a listen to the memorable call from Indians play-by-play announcer Tom Hamilton as history unfolded:
— Glenn Moore (@GlennMooreCLE) September 13, 2017
With 21 wins and counting, the Indians are tied with the 1935 Chicago Cubs for the second longest win streak in Major League Baseball’s modern era (since 1900). The 1916 New York Giants hold the record with 26.
Fellow Cleveland athlete and superstar LeBron James took to social media to praise his hometown Indians:
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) September 13, 2017
Tristan Thompson was also pretty excited:
21 21 21 @Indians !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Tristan Thompson (@RealTristan13) September 13, 2017
During their 21-game win streak, the Indians are outscoring opponents 139-35 and hitting .305 (226 for 741) as a team with 97 extra-base hits. They’re also pitching out of their minds. Of course you can pretty much assume that with 35 runs allowed in 21 games. Duh. Get this—starting pitchers are 19-0 with a 1.70 ERA (132 IP, 25 ER) during this historic run. Insane. Relievers have also been lights out, posting a 1.26 ERA. All without Andrew Miller too, arguably the best left-handed reliever in baseball. Imagine when he gets back.
Overall, the Indians have a 1.57 ERA during the streak. That’s the fourth best mark for a team in a 21 game span in the divisional era (since 1969). They also have seven shutouts during the streak. That’s more than 14 teams in the majors have all season.
Emerging AL Cy Young favorite Corey Kluber, Mike Clevinger, and Carlos Carrasco have led Cleveland’s rotation during this run. In 12 starts between them (four each), they’ve combined to go 11-0 with a 0.85 ERA (84 2/3 IP, 8 ER).
What about the offense?
Shortstop Francisco Lindor and third-baseman Jose Ramirez have been the Indians’ hottest hitters during their streak. Lindor’s batting .370 (30 for 81, .790 slugging %) with nine homers and 19 RBIs, while Ramirez’s batting .388 (26 for 67, .910 slugging %) with eight homers, nine doubles, and 14 RBIs.
Other notable offensive players during Cleveland’s streak are designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion (.574 slugging %, five homers, 15 RBIs), first-baseman Carlos Santana (.357 batting average, five homers, 13 RBIs), and catcher Roberto Perez (14 for 37, four home runs, 11 RBIs).
This article provides some additional facts about the Indians’ torrid run, my favorite one being that they’ve hit more home runs (41) than allowed runs (35) in the 21 games. I’m not even sure if that’s possible to achieve in a video game.
Here’s a graphic per ESPN Stats & Info that compares Cleveland’s first 20 games of this streak to Oakland’s 20-game tear in 2002:
Here's how the 20-game winning streaks in the AL stack up. Indians have thrown 7 shutouts in this span (A's had 2 during their streak). pic.twitter.com/l8tSzvD34F
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 13, 2017
What an unbelievable story. The Indians have polarized Major League Baseball with their streak and are looking like the team to beat in the playoffs each time they win. They’re a young group clicking on all cylinders and playing with the highest level of confidence, and that should be a problem to whatever team(s) they face in the postseason.
Since the beginning of the streak, Cleveland has gained 9.5 games on the Houston Astros to overtake them as the team with the AL’s best record. Houston’s currently down 8-0 in the fifth inning to the Angels, so if that holds up, the Indians will have gained a full 10 games since August 24 and will have a 2.5 game edge in the AL’s best record race.
Coming off a World Series loss last year to the Chicago Cubs in seven games after leading the series 3-1, you gotta believe the Indians are a hungry team. Hungry as ever. Their last championship was 1948, and it looks like they’re on a mission to end that drought.
It also doesn’t help when you’ve got this guy running things:
Why’d you have to let him go, Red Sox…
The Indians (90-56) will look to extend their historic streak as they begin a four-game home series against the Kansas City Royals beginning Thursday night.
(Update: Cleveland lost to Kansas City on September 15, snapping their 22-game win streak.)
Indians Set New American League Record With 21st Consecutive Win
The Cleveland Indians are not messing around. On Wednesday afternoon, they defeated the Detroit Tigers and set a new American League record in the process.
Wednesday’s game between the Tigers and Indians at Progressive Field was not your average September weekday afternoon game. It ended up having historic significance, as the Indians beat the Tigers 5-3. This was the Indians’ 21st straight victory, which means they now have the longest winning streak in the history of the American League.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Indians responded quickly in the bottom frame. Newly acquired slugging right fielder Jay Bruce hit a three-run home run, putting the Indians ahead 3-1. They did not relinquish the lead after this.
Going into the ninth inning, the Indians had a 5-3 lead. Closer Cody Allen came in to finish the job. With two outs and nobody on base, Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler hit a line drive to left field that was caught by a sliding Lonnie Chisenhall. This final out sealed the victory for the Indians and put them into the American League history books.
With the win, the Indians officially passed the 2002 Oakland Athletics for the longest winning streak in AL history. That Oakland team won 20 straight games. Their streak ended with a 6-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins on September 6, 2002.
As far as the longest winning streak in MLB history goes, the Indians are now tied with two teams for second place on that list. The 1880 Chicago White Stockings and 1935 Chicago Cubs both won 21 straight games. The longest winning streak in MLB history belongs to the 1916 New York Giants. That team technically won 26 consecutive games. In the middle of their streak, they actually tied a game. However, the game was replayed and the Giants won. The tie was never recorded.
One of the reasons that the Indians have been so hot lately is their pitching staff. As reported by ESPN Stats & Info, Cleveland has a team ERA of 1.57 during their 21-game winning streak.
During 21-game win streak, CLE has 1.57 ERA, the 4th-best mark by a team in any 21-game span in a season in the Div Era (via @EliasSports )
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 14, 2017
Perhaps the most remarkable stat about the Indians historic winning streak is that they have outscored their opponents 139-35 over the 21-game span. A tweet posted earlier by MLB Stat of the Day really sums up all of the unbelievable numbers surrounding Cleveland’s amazing run.
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) September 13, 2017
The Indians have really been able to accomplish something incredible over the past three weeks. If they win five more games in a row, they will be tied with the 1916 Giants for the longest winning streak in MLB history. Should they break that record, the 2017 Indians will be regarded as one of the greatest regular season teams in the history of baseball.
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