The history of the Cleveland Indians goes all the way back to the beginning of
professional baseball. Cleveland was one of several cities to establish a professional
baseball team. Their team’s name was the Forest Citys and they joined the National
Association of Professional Baseball Players in 1871. In 1901, the team’s name was
changed to the “Bluebirds” and the team was one of the charter members of the American
League. As a result of a write-in contest held by a newspaper in 1903, the teams name
was changed to the “Naps.” In 1912 the team’s name was again changed to “Cleveland
Molly McGuires” after coal miners who were trying to start a union. The name proved to be
unpopular and a local newspaper was requested to come up with a new nickname for
the team. The paper came up with “Indians", which became the team’s official name in
1915. In 1920, fans purchased Cleveland Indians tickets to see the team win its first
The Cleveland Indians were also one of the first teams to break the color barrier in
Major League Baseball. Eleven weeks after Jackie Robinson signed with the Dodgers,
the team signed Larry Doby who had played in the Negro Leagues.
They won their second World Series in 1948 defeating the Boston Braves 4-2.
The Cleveland Indians are a very popular franchise. The fans who purchased Cleveland
Indians tickets for the April 5, 2012 game against the Toronto Blue Jays were part
of an Opening day crowd that set an attendance record of 43,190. It was also the
longest opening day game ever, lasting 16 innings and taking 5 hours and 14 minutes.
Unfortunately the Indians lost the game 7 – 4.
3-5-14: The Cleveland Indians have seemingly begun to transition there once young starting catcher Carlos Santana into a third basement. The young slugger will make periodic starts at third base throughout the spring. The Indians organization have made it clear that they are interested in extending the contract of 26-year-old Jason Kipnis.
1-24-14: The Cleveland Indians are hoping that Danny Salazar can live up to expectations as he is being heralded as the best Indians pitching prospect since CC Sabathia. One interesting note is that the Indians are debating changing catcher Carlos Santana to third base as prospect Yan Gomes has been climbing through the ranks and appears poised to win the starting job.
1-7-14: It's looking as if Ubaldo Jimenez will no longer be a member of the Cleveland Indians as he recently announced that he is looking for four-year deal worth up to $20 million per season. Although it's reported that his asking price may have come down is unlikely that the Indians will get into a bidding war with the Yankees or Blue Jays who were also rumored to be heavy Suiters.
12-9-13: The Cleveland Indians made many improvements last season including winning 10 straight games to finish the season. Unfortunately their winning streak with snap as soon as possible season play began as they lost to the Tampa Bay rays in the one game playing game. Not enough credit can be given to manager Terry Francona who took in unflattering roster and led them to 92 wins finishing just one game behind the tigers for first place in the Central division. The Indians will return with much of the same roster as they did last year hoping to continue the success they had in their home ballpark with a posted a 51–30 record.
9-30-13: Despite not having a roster filled with all-star names it is not much of a surprise that the Cleavland Indians are in the playoff hunt. Under the leadership of Terry Francona and a veteran ballclub the Indians of manage 90 winds and currently are the second American League wild-card team. Coming into the weekend the Indians hold a one game lead over Texas who is also fighting for that final playoff spot. Cleveland has been friendly to the Indians as they posted a 51–30 record at home. Nick Swisher led the team in homeruns with 21 this season. The Cleveland Indians scored 735 run so far this season and that ranks fifth best in all of baseball. Over the weekend they will face the rival Minnesota Twins in Minnesota.
8/20/13 - The Cleveland Indians are in second place with a record of 68 – 58. They Trilva division leading Detroit Tigers by 6 games. The Indians are five and five in the last 10 games. This week Cleveland is on the West Coast to face the Los Angeles Angels. They opened up that road trip with a 5-2 win over the Angels.
In terms of the wildcard race in the American League the Cleveland Indians are 4.5 games behind the Tampa Bay rays and theOakland Athletics.
8/6/13 - The Cleveland Indians of surprise many with their strong play throughout the season. Currently they are in second place in the Central, but also hold the second wild-card position in the American League. The Indians have a 9-1 record in their last 10 games.
7/31/13 - The Indians have acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski from the St. Louis Cardinals for a minor league infielder.
7/18/13 - Through the first half of the season under new manager Terry Francona the Cleveland Indians have impressed. With limited offensive power and not many big names to speak of the Indians have one for the road heading into the break. Behind the bat of second baseman Jason Kipnis and the solid pitching from Justin Masterson the Indians are currently in second place with 51 wins. The Indians are currently only 1.5 games out of first place behind the Detroit Tigers. Once the regular season resumes the Indians will head to Minnesota for series against the Twins.
7/7/13 - Two Cleveland Indians were selected for the 2013 American League All-Star Game. 10-game winner Justin Masterson and second baseman Jason Kipnis will both be making their first all-star game appearance.
6/12/13 - Losers of 8 in a row, the Cleveland Indians are the only second-place team in baseball with a losing record. Playing in a weak division under new manager Terry Francona The Indians will try to break their losing streak against the Texas Rangers this week. Newly acquired Nick Swisher Is hitting 240 with seven homeruns. The young leftfielder Michael Brantley is leading the team in batting average hitting 284.