Cleveland Indians Information
The Cleveland Indians are one of the charter members of the American League. They currently play in the AL Central Division. Although they were successful in the 1990's the Indians haven't won a World Series since 1948. They have 2 World Championships overall. They have 5 AL Pennants and have won the Central Division 6 times from 1995-2001.
In 2007, the Indians came out successful, winning their division. After a disappointing run in 2006, Cleveland turned to veteran leadership, signing Trot Nixon and David Dellucci. With their help the Tribe finished with a 96-66 record, moving on to their first playoff appearance since 2001. Grady Sizemore received the Gold Glove award and CC Sabathia won the Cy Young despite coming up short in the playoffs. They started their post-season run by defeating the New York Yankees 3-1 in the ALDS. They continued on to the ALCS only to lose to the Boston Red Sox in 7 games.
Due to a number of injuries, the 2008 Indians concluded the season at 81-81 and failed to make the playoffs. Last year the Tribe could never find their rhythm, finishing behind the Twins, Tigers and White Sox with a 65-97 record.\
In 2010, the Indians started off with new manager, Manny Acta, and by the trade deadline, had traded away some of their major players, including Jhonny Peralta and Jake Westbrook. They finished a disappointing season with a 69-93 record. 2011 was a much better year for the Indians. Although they still finished with a losing record, 80-82, it was good enough to place second in the division.
The 2012 Cleveland Indians will look to improve even more on last seasonâ€™s record.
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