This has been the most difficult stretch we’ve had as owners. At the end of July, we were in the playoffs or on the verge of the playoffs having just beat [Detroit starter Justin] Verlander, then it all fell apart. We have to understand what happened and I’m not going to make judgments on [the future of the front office] right now. But it’s certainly been a very, very difficult stretch for us. […] In our entire tenure of ownership, we have not seen a contending team deep into the season collapse like this. I don’t really know what’s happened to this team other than we haven’t performed at virtually every level of the game for the last month. […] It’s going to take more time to assess what we have and what we need and what we’re capable of doing. Hopefully sometime this offseason, we’ll be able to assess and move from there.
— Cleveland Indians CEO Paul Dolan, Thursday, addressing the local media amid his baseball team losing 21 of their last 25 games. Opting to not make a move at the MLB Trade Deadline, the Indians went from first place on June 23 to being 14.5 games back just two months later. Dolan stated that he is “not convinced” that the team standing pat has had any bearing on the team’s collapse. Under the Dolan ownership, which began in 2000, the Indians have reached the playoffs just two times, having won one playoff series.