The Cleveland Indians are one of Major League Baseball’s longest-serving sides, having been part of the American League since 1901. Originally as the Bluebirds, before changing names numerous times, the Indians settling on their current name during the First World War, in 1915. The Indians have been a successful side in the MLB, with two historic World Series wins supplemented by a collection of five American League pennants and seven Central Division titles, their most recent of which came in 2007.
The club’s all-time record, as of the end of the 2015 season, was 9,096-8,768. Record-holders in terms of Central division wins, they’ll be desperate to make 2016 the year that they make a long-awaited return to World Series glory.
One of Cleveland’s earliest heroes was Nap Lajoie, who descended from Native Indians and who led the side during their ‘Naps’ phase. He’s a Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, his transfer to the fledgling American League helping grow an audience base. Despite Lajoie’s presence, Cleveland suffered from below-par pitching, negating the attacking prowess of their Native Indian and ‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson, so named because he suffered from blisters on his foot. They hurt so badly that he removed his shoes to hit. As he ran to third base, so the legend goes, Jackson overheard fans shouting ‘You shoeless son of a gun, you!’ and the name stuck.
The Indians moved to Jacob Field in 1994 when they were just one game behind the more consistent Chicago White Sox. A mid-season strike eradicated what could have been a great season from the record books. 1995 saw them begin again, starting as they left in 1994. Their opening 144 games saw them post a record of 100-44, nothing short of phenomenal form. They won the Division Series after beating the Boston Red Sox, then dispatching the Seattle Mariners in the ALCS. But their attempt to win a first World Series in 50 years faltered at the final hurdle as they fell in six games to the Atlanta Braves.
In 1997, the Cleveland Indians got even closer to winning the World Series in what is now regarded as one of the most agonising defeats in sporting history. After beating the New York Yankees in the Division Series 3-2, they went on to defeat the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS. The Florida Marlins awaited in the World Series final. With the series tied after six games, the deciding match saw a tense game go into the ninth inning with Cleveland just three outs from victory. Alas, they saw The Marlins’ Mesa tie the game, and in the 11th inning, Renteria drove home the winning run to snatch victory away from The Indians and make them the holders of a bizarre and cruel record – they are the only team to have lost the World Series having led into the 9th inning.
Having rebuilt yet again between them and the mid 2010’s, the Cleveland Indians are back, with three consecutive winning seasons, their 2015 record being 81-80. Only eliminated in the American League Wild Card Race in the final week, The Indians will be desperate to make the MLB playoffs in 2016.
Who Do Cleveland Indians Play Next
The Cleveland Indians play in the American League’s Central Division. See if they can make it four winning seasons in a row by studying their latest opponents.
Cleveland Indians Game Schedule
Check out the calendar below for all of the Cleveland Indians and their forthcoming games. If the Indians can put together a strong run, they migh have a chance at playoff baseball.
What Are The Cleveland Indians Standings Today
Follow the Cleveland Indian’s progress here and see if they can maintain their form right until the end of the 2016 season. We hope it comes down to the wire this season.
|1||Tampa Bay Rays||1||1||0||7||3||1.000|
|3||St. Louis Cardinals||1||1||0||4||3||1.000|
|5||Los Angeles Angels||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|8||Boston Red Sox||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|14||New York Mets||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|19||Toronto Blue Jays||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|20||Chicago White Sox||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|22||Los Angeles Dodgers||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|23||San Diego Padres||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|25||Kansas City Royals||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|28||San Francisco Giants||1||0||1||5||6||0|
|30||New York Yankees||1||0||1||3||7||0|
How to Make Money on the Cleveland Indians
With powerful hitters in their line up, The Indians know how to use their bats. But can they find the blend needed to challenge for the division title?
We think they’ll leak runs, especially late in games. Early season can be a good indication of how they will approach the push for a postseason.