“Dolan said that in the 14 years that his family has owned the franchise, the 68-94 record in 2012 was “the worst” season that he’s endured.
“We didn’t want to go through something like that again,” he said. “In some ways, it was a shock we needed.”
The Tribe had an 80-82 record in 2011. It was 50-49 on July 26, 2012, only 3.5 games behind Detroit in the Central Division — and then finished 18-45.
“The cataclysmic collapse made it clear that we were not going in the right direction,” said Dolan.
The Indians drew only 1,603,596 fans — the second-lowest total since the team moved to Progressive Field. Dolan didn’t give the number, but I heard the season ticket base was barely above 5,000 not long after the season. Now, it’s approaching 7,000.”
The Indians spent over $100 million in offseason acquisitions Nick Swisher, Mark Reynolds, Brett Myers, and Michael Bourn. They also acquired Trevor Bauer, Drew Stubbs, and Mike Aviles via trades.
Kirk Lammers grew up on the Marblehead Peninsula and is a graduate of THE Ohio State University. He now lives in Northeast Ohio, and you can find him at the ballpark, at the Q, or far too often on Twitter (@WFNYKirk)."