Cleveland Indians Tickets
Coming off a season where they surprisingly stretched the World Series to seven games, the Cleveland Indians are in an excellent position to make a deep playoff run again in 2017. While the rest of the AL Central is in rebuild mode, Cleveland will look to extend their winning season streak to five straight and if they can remain relatively healthy, have fantastic odds of doing so.
The Indians pitching rotation is certainly up there with the best, with Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Josh Tomlin and Trevor Bauer. Both Carrasco and Salazar were injured last September and were completely absent from playoff baseball, besides two relief appearances by Salazar. All members of Cleveland’s rotation are entering spring training at 100 percent, which bodes very well for this team. Last July, the Indians acquired Yankee Andrew Miller for four prospects, sealing up a very formidable bullpen that consists of Dan Otero, Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen. Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis are a solid tandem in the middle of the infield for this Cleveland squad. At shortstop, Lindor won his first Gold Glove in 2016 and provides this roster with speed and power, along with youth. The Indians filled a major hole in their lineup by signing Edwin Encarnacion, who should split time at first base with Carlos Santana, who racked up a career high 34 home runs last season. Jose Ramirez moved from left field to third base last summer and owned it. The switch hitter provides power and the speed ability needed for stolen bases. In 2016, Indians manager Terry Francona achieved solid results using a platoon in all three outfield positions. If Michael Brantley is truly healthy after two shoulder surgeries, he could be back fulltime in left field, but both center and right field could be platoons once again this season. Abraham Almonte and Tyler Naquin could split time in center field, with Lonnie Chisenhall and Brandon Guyer in right. The catcher position is still up in the air heading into spring training as both Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez are attempting to rebound from injuries that kept them off the field for a large chuck last season.
In 2017, the Indians will be going for their fifth consecutive winning season, along with a trip back to the World Series. Their home at Progressive Field has received a makeover making the venue more fan friendly. So be sure to secure your Cleveland Indians tickets far enough in advance, so that you don’t miss out on all the fun!
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.