Cleveland Indians Tickets
The Cleveland Indians are coming off their third straight winning season, the first time this has happened since 1999-2001. They certainly have the rotation to go far in the post season in 2016, yet possibly lack the offensive firepower to do so. During the offseason, Cleveland chose to keep their pitching arms intact rather than beef up the middle of the lineup. The Indians’ most consistent hitter Michael Brantley, will be out of the lineup for a bit due to shoulder surgery, so they signed Rajai Davis, traded for Collin Cowgill, and will audition a group of other talented outfielders to fill in. Cleveland also signed Mike Napoli to a one-year deal and along with Francisco Lindor and a healthy Yan Gomes should bolster their production offensively in 2016.
Cory Kluber remains their number one ace and with a healthy foot and a ramped up offense, should return to his 2014 Cy Young form. Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco, who both won 14 games in 2015 will fill out the middle of the rotation while Trevor Bauer, Cody Anderson and Josh Tomlin should compete to make up the back end. Jason Kipnis at second base and Lindor at shortstop are crucial to the success of the Indians this season. Leading off and hitting second, this impressive duo gets the job done not only with their bats, but defensively as well. Cleveland is looking at Napoli at first base and Giovanny Urshela at third with switch-hitter Jose Ramirez potentially jumping in at times at third base. Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez are a solid catching tandem as both have the ability to frame the plate and throw out potential base stealers.
This season should be an interesting one for the Indians as they have the talent, yet need to stay strong in a division which also boasts the Royals who are coming off two World Series appearances in a row. Be sure to secure your Cleveland Indians tickets and come out and support this worthy team as they attempt to emerge of the AL Central.
Progressive Field is home to Major League baseball’s Cleveland Indians and has been since it opened its doors April 2, 1994. At a cost of $169million. Together with Quicken Loans arena is part of the Gateway Sports and Entertainment Complex. Sports Illustrated ranked it as best ballpark in 2008 in a fan opinion poll.
Originally named Jacobs Field after team owners Richard and David Jacobs from 1994 until 2008 when the naming rights were purchased by locally-based Progressive Insurance Company who then changed the name to Progressive Field. The ballpark is still sometimes referred to as “The Jake” based on its original name. A major league record was set for attendance between June 12, 1995 and April 4, 2001 by selling out 455 straight games. This record held until Fenway Park beat them out by one more sold out game on 9/9/2008 with a record 456 sold out games. The Stadium has several unique features including several toothbrush shaped light poles that were incorporated from the previous stadium. This world class facility was created expressly for baseball and specifically for Cleveland. The urban ballpark offers a fan-friendly facility within an intimate environment. The bull pen has been raised so fans can see the players warming up, an APP for your iPhone personalizes your stadium visit with mobile check-in, social media offers, rewards and exclusive content. Special events for season ticket holders are held throughout the year. While attending a game there check out Heritage Park where you can see past Tribe greats in centerfield. Or you can get you and your whole group scheduled to go on a tour of the entire facility while you’re there.
Cleveland Indians History
The Cleveland Indians have been playing professional baseball since the beginning of the 20th century as part of the fledgling American League. In that time the franchise has won two World Series and five American League Pennants. At times Cleveland baseball has been so bad Hollywood would use the club as the MLB team to represent the ultimate underdog (Major League).
In the early years the only thing that saved the team from switching cities (instead of just changing names every six months) was the arrival of Nap Lajoie. The second baseman and Hall of Fame player gave the fans something to cheer for. He became a perennial batting champion and served as player-manager. The club became competitive and, at times, even contenders. Ultimately, the first World Series came after Lajoie had retired as both a player and manager. Then outfielder Tris Speaker and pitchers Jim Bagby, Stan Coveleski, and Ray Caldwell dominated the league. This squad would play the Robins in the World Series and win 5 games to 2.
It took a while, but a second World Series came in 1948. This was a truly impressive club, one ranked in the top 10 ever in the MLB. Second baseman Joe Gordon and third baseman Ken Keltner supplied the power while shortstop Lou Boudrea put up MVP numbers. Starters Bob Lemon, Bob Feller, and Gene Bearden were a terrific three-man rotation for the postseason. There they met the Braves, and won 4 games to 2.
Despite these singular great seasons, the Cleveland Indians did not have a true golden age. This changed in the 1990s. Then Albert Bell, Manny Ramirez, Kenny Loften, Roberto Alomar, Jim Thome, and Omar Vizquel were household names amongst position players among baseball fans across the country. Pitchers Orel Hershiser, Charles Nagy, Bartolo Colon, and Dennis Martinez were starters that hitters dreaded facing in the batting box. Yet, despite five division titles, two AL pennants, and a 100-win season, these Indians could not win a World Series and officially make this the Golden Age to be a Cleveland Indians fan.