The 2015 Cleveland Indians’ roster should closely resemble last year’s version, which is a positive thing for this team.
Pitching stud Corey Kluber is the reigning Cy Young Award winner and should have another solid season for the Indians. LF Michael Brantley somewhat shocked most with a season that warranted MVP consideration finishing last season with a .327 batting average and the outlook looks great for momentum into the 2015 season.
Cleveland’s addition of Brandon Moss at first base/outfield should also impact the success of their season as he hit .234 with 25 homeruns and 81 RBI’s in 2014. With Carlos Santana, Nick Swisher’s potential bounce back, and Moss, as the three alternate between 1B/RF and DH they should rack up the runs for the Indians.
The key to the 2015 Indians’ season will ultimately be in the pitching. If they can repeat their success from last season along with a crop of young arms, things will go their way. As with any team, if Cleveland can stay healthy in 2015, their fans and Indians’ ticket holders will be looking at a legit contender in stopping the Detroit Tigers run of AL Central titles or at the very least, a Wild Card berth.
The Cleveland Indians are an intriguing franchise. They have had a run so bad that they were the club chosen for a major motion picture about the unlikeliest of winners (Major League), but, eerily, followed this movie up with a run of domination should have ended in more than two World Series losses. The team’s history is not solely defined by these two eras (the rough period from 1960 to 1993 and the glorious time from 1995 to 2001).
Previous to all this, the Indians won two World Series, first in 1920 and second in 1948. Tris Speaker’s impressive hitting and Jim Bagby’s stellar pitching led the Indians to the first. Joe Gordon, Ken Keltner, and Lou Boudreau were the offensive catalysts and the Bob Lemon, Bob Feller, and Gene Bearden dominated on the mound for the second.
The slump years followed and, like any MLB team, there had to be a curse. Rocky Colavito was traded to the Tigers in 1960 for Harvey Kuenn. Colavito would continue to thrive while Kuenn, a former batting champion did not. Colavito claimed never to have cursed the team. Instead, the era is more accurately named the Curse of Frank Lane, a GM with a talent for making disastrous moves.
Luckily, eventually John Hart took the GM job and he built a roster with plenty of young stars. Albert Belle, Jim Thome, and Manny Ramirez hit for power. Kenny Loften played amazing defense in center and dominated on the base paths. Roberto Alomar and Omar Vizquel played great defense up the middle. Add the efforts of Charles Nagy, Dennis Martinez, and Orel Hershiser and Cleveland won six AL Central titles in seven years. The Indians tried to recreate the success in the 21st century, but the baseball team would not quite enjoy the same success as the team only added one more division title.