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|Colors:||Red, navy blue & white|
|Hall of Famers:||Roberto Alomar, Larry Doby, Ralph Kiner, Phil Niekro, Billy Southworth, Earl Averill, Dennis Eckersley, Bob Lemon, Satchel Paige, Tris Speaker Harold Baines, Billy Evans, Gaylord Perry, Jim Thome, Bert Blyeven, Bob Feller, Jack Morris, Sam Rice, Hoyt Wilhelm, Lou Boudreau, Joe Gordon, Eddie Murray, Frank Robinson, Dick Williams, Steve Carlton, Walter Johnson, Hal Newhouser, Joe Sewell, Dave Winfield, Stan Covelki & Early Wynn|
|Hall of Fame General Managers:||Al Lopez|
|Rivals:||Kansas City Royals|
|Legends:||Omar Vizquel, Kenny Lofton, Bob Feller, Jim Thome, Carlos Baerga, Lou Boudreau, Francisco Lindor, Frank Robinson, Manny Ramirez, Andre Thornton, Albert Belle & Bob Lemon|
|Retired Numbers:||9: 3, 5, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25 & 42|
|World Series Championships:||2: 1920 & 1948|
First things first, you are probably wondering where the Cleveland Indians have gone! Well, if you haven’t already heard the Cleveland Indians changed their name at the end of the 2021 season to the Cleveland Guardians. Now let’s dig into the history.
While the Cleveland Guardians haven’t won a World Series in 72 years, and currently has the longest drought within any MLB franchises, they have been on top of their game for the last few years, and perhaps success is only around the corner.
While many teams have suffered droughts throughout their existence none have suffered what the Guardians have (although the Chicago Cubs come pretty close). Established in 1894 the Guardians (known as the Grand Rapid Rustlers at the time), were one of the charter teams for the American League which began in 1901.
By this time they were known as the Bluebirds, but little did they know they were playing the long game. That long game took 17 years following the introduction of the World Series in 1903 when they claimed their first World Series title over the Brooklyn Robins in 1920.
If the early years were anything to go by, then the Guardians were once again going to be in the wilderness. That lasted nearly three decades, as the Guardians often finished between 3rd to 5th spot and only managed to finish in second place three times throughout their 28-year drought in between World Series.
By 1948, and after nearly three decades away from the limelight, they finally appeared in and claimed their second World Series and to this day their most recent when they finished first in the American League, where they met the Boston Braves and won the Series 4-1.
Five years later in 1954, they made it to their third World Series, however, they unfortunately lost the series to the New York Giants and that was the only highlight as it started a downfall for the Guardians.
Little did the Guardians know they were in for 41 years of pain, as they often were the cellar dwellers in the American League and in their division when the league introduced the new divisions in 1969, where they played in the American League East Division.
After being in the bottom half of the table for four decades, the Guardians finally brought through a golden generation to the Cleveland Guardians as they became a postseason regular and brought joy to the team, they made the playoffs six times in seven years.
That golden generation began in 1995, where the Cleveland Guardians were led by relief pitcher Jose Messa, left fielder Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez and Kenny Lofton all helped the Guardians return to the postseason and more importantly it saw them return to the World Series for the first time since 1954.
Belle, who had a really good season, finished second in the MVP award, scored 121 runs, 50 home runs and only missed one game of the season. Pitcher Messa, would also have a really good season as he finished second in the Cy Young award after pitching 62 times throughout the season (57 of those as starters) and having an earned run average of 1.13.
Ramierez also contributed to the cause as he played 137 games, scoring 85 runs and 31 home runs, while Lofton played the least amount of games (118), he still had a big impact as he scored 93 runs but only hit seven home runs, however, he did win the golden glove.
Although Ramierez, Messa, Lofton and Belle all had outstanding seasons it wasn’t enough to break the 47-year wait for a World Series as the Guardians lost to the Atlanta Braves in the World Series, after having beating the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS and the Seattle Mariners in the ALCS.
But this though, was just the start, the next season was just as good as the Guardians finished first in the American League Central by winning 99 games, however, they couldn’t quite repeat their efforts from the previous season as they only went as far as the ALDS where they lost to the Baltimore Orioles.
They returned to the World Series in 1997, when they once again finished first in the American League Central. After knocking off the New York Yankees in the ALDS 3-2, they then claimed the ALCS with a win over the Orioles 4-2, however, they couldn’t get over the final hurdle and they lost to the Miami Marlins in the World Series.
Since then, they made back-to-back postseason appearances in 1998 and 1999, where they crashed out in the ALCS to the New York Yankees after winning the ALDS over the Red Sox in 1998. A year later in 1999, they took a step backwards, as the Red Sox got revenge as they defeated the Guardians in the ALDS.
They returned in 2001, but they still couldn’t quite get going despite finishing first in the American League Central, and they went down to the Seattle Mariners in the ALDS, much to the disappointment of devoted fans.
After a few years without any postseason action the Cleveland Guardians returned five years later, and got one step further than they did previously when they eventually crashed out of the ALCS to the Red Sox.
After losing the ALWC in 2013 to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Guardians returned to the top of their game in 2016 which kickstarted the Guardians to be a regular in the postseason (except for the 2019 season where they missed the postseason entirely).
After finishing third two years in a row, the Guardians rose up in the standings to finish in first place and they won 94 games in the 2016 regular season. They met the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS, and won the series convincingly when they defeated them 3-0.
It was another comprehensive display when they met the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALCS, they won the first three games of the series before the Blue Jays won game 4, however, the Guardians responded to win game 5 to advance to the World Series.
The Guardians met the Chicago Cubs who were appearing in the first World Series since 1945, while the Guardians returned for the first time since 1997. The first few games of the series were an arm wrestle as the Guardians took out game 1, before the Cubs winning game 2. The Guardians were then victorious in their next two games claiming games 3 and 4 to have a 3-1 overall lead.
But there were fragile signs for the Guardians and there was no stopping the Cubs as they got on a roll, and they won games 5, 6 and the 7th game of the series to win 4-3 and to end their 108-year drought.
The next two years the Guardians could only go as far as the ALDS, despite topping the AL Central Division where they lost to the New York Yankees in 2017, when they won 102 regular season games and falling to the Houston Astros in the 2018 addition.
The 2020 season threw up lots of curveballs for the league, as the MLB started on July 24 due to the COVID-19 pandemic which saw every franchise play 60 games instead of the traditional 162.
The Guardians finished second in the American League Central which was enough to grant them another postseason appearance, but they couldn’t progress any further than the ALWC as they were defeated by the New York Yankees.
The Guardians finished the 2021 season with a record of 80-82, which was good enough to place them in second in the AL Central, considering it wasn’t a very competitive division in the AL. They finished with the same record when playing at home, compared to when they played on the road, as 40-41.
If you are a fan of the Cleveland Guardians, then you know that the only thing that matters right now is how they are expected to perform in the 2022 season. Do the Cleveland Guardians have the star power to make it all the way to the World Series in 2022?
2021 was sort of a weird year for the Indians, as injuries really hampered their season. Now with a new name in 2022, a new outlook is expected, unfortunately for Guardians fans, it’s still the same cheap ownership so don’t expect much this year either.
Coming into his 22nd season as a Major League Baseball manager, Terry Francona currently has a 1722-1448 win-loss record in charge of the Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox and now the Cleveland Guardians.
At the conclusion of his nine year playing career with the Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Guardians and Milwaukee Brewers, Francona began his career as a coach in 1991 with the Chicago White Sox, managing the Sarasota White Sox in the Gulf Coast League.
After several years and a plethora of accolades in the minor leagues, Francona became the third-base coach for the Detroit Tigers in 1996, working under new skipper and former teammate Buddy Bell.
At the end of the 1996 season, Francona was hired as the new manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, who had then had three consecutive losing seasons since winning the NL pennant in 1993.
Francona held the role until the end of the 2020 season, when he was fired by the Phillies with a 285-363 record. Philadelphia failed to record a winning season in his four years in charge.
After being knocked out of the 2003 ALCS, the Red Sox hired Francona for the 2004 season and were immediately rewarded. Boston won 98 games in the regular season and went on to win the 2004 World Series, Francona’s first Major league championship.
Just three years later, Francona led the Red Sox to the summit once again, winning the 2007 World Series after a 96-66 regular season that saw Boston finish first in the AL East.
Boston won two championships and one division title in Francona’s eight years with the franchise, recording six 90+ win seasons and making five trips to the playoffs with a 744-552 record in the regular season and a 28-17 postseason record.
Francona was hired by the Guardians in October of 2012, and has since led Cleveland to a 673-498 regular season record in eight seasons. In that time, Cleveland have won the AL Central Division on three occasions and made five trips to the postseason for a 12-14 record, including a losing trip to the World Series in 2016.
26 year old pitching sensation Shane Bieber is undeniably the Guardians most promising asset entering the 2022 season. Bieber made his Major League debut in 2018 and finished his rookie year with an 11–5 record, a 4.55 ERA, and 118 strikeouts in 20 appearances. Bieber was named the Guardians Opening Day pitcher to start the 2022 season.
This will be his third straight opening day start for Cleveland, which puts him with an exclusive list of Guardians greats like Bob Feller and Corey Kluber. Bieber should have another excellent season as the Cleveland Guardians ace.
Another Cy Young award could even be in the realm of possibility as Bieber should win another 15-20 games this year and show why he’s a top five pitcher in Major League Baseball.
Jose Ramirez has been with the Guardians since 2009, signing out of the Dominican Prospect League. After a three season stint in the minors, Ramirez was promoted to the major league in 2013 to make his MLB debut.
It is fair to say it took some time for to Ramirez to establish himself as a Major League Baseball star, however after finishing the 2016 season with then career-highs of a .312 batting average, 46 doubles, 11 home runs, 76 RBI, 22 stolen bases, Ramirez was read to make his name in the league.
With the Guardians looking to extend Ramirez before the 2022 season begins it will be interesting to see how Jose Ramirez produces this season. There is no doubt that he is a top ten player in the American League and he is a guy that Cleveland would love to keep around for a long time.
The Cleveland Guardians were given +1000 odds to win the 2022 American League Central division this season. Their odds to win the American League Pennant were +3000 prior to the season starting.
While their odds to take home the Commissioner’s Trophy and win the World Series were set at +7000. Their total over/under for victories this season is set at 76.5, With odds of (-115) for the over and (-110) for the under. Last season they managed to finish the season with a record of 80-82.
Their odds to win their division are the 2nd highest odds in the division. While their odds to win the American League pennant are the 12th highest. They rank 20th in total odds among the entire league to win the World Series this season.
Still got some burning questions about the Cleveland Guardians? Well, we have answered some of the most common questions people have, hopefully, you will find the answer you are looking for below!
Where do the Cleveland Guardians play?
The Cleveland Guardians play their games at Progressive Field.
Who owns the Cleveland Guardians?
The Cleveland Guardians are owned by Larry Dolan.
Have the Cleveland Guardians won an MLB World Series?
The Cleveland Guardians have won two World Series in 1920 and 1948.
Who is the Cleveland Guardians general manager?
Mike Chernoff is the general manager of the Cleveland Guardians.
Do the Cleveland Guardians play tonight?
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What is the Cleveland Guardians record?
The Cleveland Guardians had a 80-82 win-loss record for the 2021 MLB season.
Did the Cleveland Guardians win last night?
Fans of the Cleveland Guardians are all wanting to know if they won the game last night. You can find more information in relation to the team’s recent form in games on the page at the top.
How much are the Cleveland Guardians worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Cleveland Guardians are worth $1.16 billion.
Who do the Cleveland Guardians play tonight?
Like a lot of things in the MLB, things change pretty quickly. So, if you are looking for more information about who the Cleveland Guardians play tonight, you have come to the right place. We have all this information for you in detail, you can find these details for upcoming games at the top of the page.
How to watch the Cleveland Guardians?
You can watch the Cleveland Guardians games on TV channels like Sports Time Ohio, ESPN, Fox Sports and the MLB Network such as MLB.TV.
Will the Cleveland Guardians make the playoffs this year?
The Cleveland Guardians did not make the playoffs in the 2021 MLB season as they finished in second place in the American League League Central with a 80-82 win-loss ratio.
Will the Cleveland Guardians get the 1st pick in the MLB draft?
The Cleveland Guardians received the 23rd pick in the 2021 MLB draft.
When do the Cleveland Guardians play?
Cleveland Guardians fans are always looking for more information about when their team plays the next game. For all the information you have been craving and more, be sure to check the top of this page. Here at SportsTips, we list all the information you need like the time of the first pitch, location of the game, and the all-important MLB odds.
Where did the Cleveland Guardians finish the season?
The Cleveland Guardians finished the 2021 MLB season in second place in the American League Central.
How many games did the Cleveland Guardians win?
The Cleveland Guardians won 80 games during the 2021 MLB season.
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