About Cleveland Indians
The franchise was established in 1901 as a charter member of the league and they has been known as the Cleveland Bluebirds until year later rebranding to Broncos took place which lasted one year too and then the franchise was known as the Cleveland Naps from 1903 to honour its first star Napoleon Lajoie, one if the best hitters in the history of MLB. During that era the Naps fought for only one league pennant but it was an unsuccessful attempt.
After Lajoie departure a newspaper contest led to the fans choosing the name Indians which had stayed with the team until now.
The franchise had managed to win only two World Series titles the last being in 1948 against Boston. The Indians had added three more AL Pennants since then but came shirt handed when it came to winning the World Series. Their last appearance there happened in 1995.
Late nineties were, to some degree, one of the most fruitful seasons in history of the team as they had won Central Division titles 5 consecutive years from 1995 to 1999, adding two more titles to their tally in 21st century with last one in 2007.
The team’s colours are navy blue, red and white and their 7 titles in the Central Division is the best result. Their official mascot is bird looking like fluffy Slider and he’s been with the team since 1990.
What the team might lack in championships it evidently makes up in personal championships as the Indians had their player named Strikeout Champion 19 times with Bob Feller being at the top 6 times, followed by five titles by Sam McDowell.
Add to it 15 seasons when Cleveland’s player was ERA champion and you do get a nice picture that the city has had success, perhaps not as much as a team on the whole.
The franchise can also be content with their drafting choices as they had 4 Rookies of the Year, and two of their players had won the league’s MVP award.
Unfortunately the baseball is a team sport so fans of the team would appreciate few more titles in the teams’ ownership. The Indians produced only two 100 win seasons with their best one 111-43 coming all the way from 1954 season.
The Indians will be looking to improve upon their last season record of 81-80 and hopefully be challenging for a playoff spot in 2016.