July 22, 2014

The Top Five Tribe Rotations of the Past 20 Years

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With the 20-year anniversary of Jacobs/Progressive Field almost upon us, we will be taking a look at top-fives in each aspect of the Indians on the field.  We started last week with the bullpens and today we will move to the starting rotations. Coming up with five groups was not an easy task. Let’s be honest here: The Indians have for the most part, been built around their offense and bullpen. That was the John Hart model. Hart’s protégé was Mark Shapiro, who took over the GM reigns during the transition of 2001. Shappy groomed current GM Chris Antonetti, but the landscape has changed over the past six years. When the Indians had their best success, it was because their starting pitching was at its strongest.

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Thome statue unveiling among highlights of Indians ’14 promotional calendar

The Cleveland Indians announced significant details of their 2014 promotional calendar during today’s TribeFest event at Progressive Field.

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The much-debated Jim Thome statue will be unveiled in a ceremony on August 2. There will be replica statues given away that night. That evening will mark just over 34 months after details for the Heritage Park statue were first announced. Thome joined the Chicago White Sox as a special assistant last season.

There will be four bobblehead giveaways this season: Orel Hershiser on May 3, A “Bro-Ohio”-themed Nick Swisher one on May 31, Michael Bourn on June 3 and Jason Kipnis on July 8. Hershiser is perhaps a slight surprise, as the long-time Dodger only played three late-career seasons with the Tribe. But those were of course the great years of 1995-97.

There also will be four replica jersey nights: Omar Vizquel on June 21, Larry Doby on July 5, Kenny Lofton on July 12 and Terry Francona on August 23. Vizquel’s giveaway day coincides with his induction to the Indians Hall of Fame, which was announced last week.

There also will be two additional two-shirt giveaways. One, on June 18, will be designed by our friends at GV Artwork & Design. That’s a pretty awesome honor. The other, on September 6, will be decided among the fans. Fans can submit designs at Indians.com/tshirtdesign.

Last year’s promotional calendar was headlined by bobblehead giveaways of former Indians legends Vizquel and Albert Belle. Overall this season, there will be 15 fireworks nights and 13 Dollar Dog games. Last year, there were 16 fireworks and 15 Dollar Dog contests.

[Related: Carlos Santana moving to third base, Chris Antonetti looking for free agents: Thursday Tribe Notes]

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15 Years Ago: The Team Of (Almost) Destiny

Strap in folks, this is a long one……

I love Twitter for so many reasons. It’s my source for news, sports, comedy, etc. I am a Twitter junkie no doubt. I feel like I’ve read so many articles and stories that I would have had no clue existed if not for my timeline.

Then there are the stats or the pieces of history that you can be alerted to. Take two days ago for example. Our buddy from Indians.com Zack Meisel tweeted out that it was exactly 15 years ago Monday that Tony Fernandez hit a 10th inning, solo home run off of Baltimore reliever Armando Benitez in Game six of the 1997 American League Championship series, vaulting the Indians into the World Series for the second time in three years. [Read more...]