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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|
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While the Cleveland Indians 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 Indians have (although the Chicago Cubs come pretty close). Established in 1894 the Indians (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 Indians were once again going to be in the wilderness. That lasted nearly three decades, as the Indians 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 Indians.
Little did the Indians 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 Indians finally brought through a golden generation to the Cleveland Indians 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 Indians were led by relief pitcher Jose Messa, left fielder Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez and Kenny Lofton all helped the Indians 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 Indians 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 Indians 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 Indians 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 Indians 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 Indians returned to the top of their game in 2016 which kickstarted the Indians 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 Indians 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 Indians responded to win game 5 to advance to the World Series.
The Indians met the Chicago Cubs who were appearing in the first World Series since 1945, while the Indians returned for the first time since 1997. The first few games of the series were an arm wrestle as the Indians took out game 1, before the Cubs winning game 2. The Indians 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 Indians 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 Indians 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 Indians 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.
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After opening their 2020 season with a win over the Kansas City Royals, the Indians were valued at +1600 to make it to the World Series, and even after losing to the same opponent a day later their odds didn’t change.
A few days later, the Indians were at their lowest odds for the entire season as they were valued +1200 on July 28 following a three game winning streak (one game was postponed while they also managed two wins in one day).
From there, their odds stayed relatively consistent as they often fluctuated +1533 on August 5 to +2000 on August 31, their form dipped a bit during the month of August. They didn’t get off to a good start when they dropped their first three games of the month. They responded by winning their next three games but even coming off a three game winning streak they were valued at +1667 on August 7.
Not even a six game winning streak was enough to lower their odds as on August 20, they still had a high value of +1800. The Indians would win four games in a row and then drop their last two games of the month which caused them to have a value of +2000 on August 31.
Despite paying +2500 at the beginning of September, the Indians got off to a good start with wins over the Kansas City Royals in the first two days of the month, and despite dropping one game on September 4, the Indians won their next three games. However, even that wasn’t enough for a change in the odds and they were valued at +2800 by September 8.
A form slump occurred between September 8 to September 16 which saw the Indians lose eight consecutive games and saw their value dip to +2000. The Indians then won nine of their remaining 11 games for the month.
However, they reached their highest value on September 27 which saw them have +4750 odds for a place in the World Series. Ultimately though, that’s where their odds finished as two days later they lost the ALWC to the New York Yankees.
At the conclusion of the 2020 MLB season, the Indians finished in 11th place in terms of the overall run line as they had a record of 32-30-0. They dropped down five places when they were the home team and they were ranked 16th in the MLB with a record of 15-17-0.
They improved when they were the away team as they managed to sneak into the MLB top 10, where they were placed in eighth spot with a run line record of 17-13-0. In terms of the over / under the Indians were the third worst team in the league as they had a 23-35-4 record placing them 28th in the MLB.
They improved ever so slightly when they were the home team as they were ranked 26th in the MLB with a record of 12-17-3. They were once again the third worst in the league when they were the away team and they had a record of 11-18-1, placing them 28th in the MLB.
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Where do the Cleveland Indians play?
The Cleveland Indians play their games at Progressive Field.
Who owns the Cleveland Indians?
The Cleveland Indians are owned by Larry Dolan.
Have the Cleveland Indians won an MLB World Series?
The Cleveland Indians have won two World Series in 1920 and 1948.
Who is the Cleveland Indians general manager?
Mike Chernoff is the general manager of the Cleveland Indians.
Do the Cleveland Indians play tonight?
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What is the Cleveland Indians record?
The Cleveland Indians had a 35-25 win-loss record for the 2020 MLB season.
Did the Cleveland Indians win last night?
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How much are the Cleveland Indians worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Cleveland Indians are worth $1.15 billion.
Who do the Cleveland Indians play tonight?
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How to watch the Cleveland Indians?
You can watch the Cleveland Indians games on TV channels like Sports Time Ohio, ESPN, Fox Sports and the MLB Network such as MLB.TV.
Will the Cleveland Indians make the playoffs this year?
The Cleveland Indians did make the playoffs in the 2020 MLB season as they finished in second place in the American League League Central with a 35-25 win-loss ratio which meant they played in the Wild Card game, but went down to the New York Yankees.
Will the Cleveland Indians get the 1st pick in the MLB draft?
The Cleveland Indians received the 23rd pick in the 2021 MLB draft.
When do the Cleveland Indians play?
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Where did the Cleveland Indians finish the season?
The Cleveland Indians finished the 2020 MLB season in second place in the American League Central.
How many games did the Cleveland Indians win?
The Cleveland Indians won 35 games during the 2020 MLB season.
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