1997 Cleveland Indians season


1997 Cleveland Indians season

MLB yearly infobox alt
name = Cleveland Indians
season = 1997
misc = AL Champs
AL Central Champs

current league = American League
y1 = 1901
division = Central Division
y2 = 1996
Uniform
ballpark = Jacobs Field
y4 = 1994
city = Cleveland, Ohio
y5 = 1901
owners =Richard Jacobs
general managers =John Hart
managers = Mike Hargrove
television = WUAB
(Mike Hegan, Jack Corrigan)
SportsChannel Ohio
(John Sanders, Rick Manning)
radio = WKNR
(Herb Score, Tom Hamilton)|
The by|1997 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Indians making their second World Series appearance in three years. The Indians finished in first place in the American League Central and hosted the 1997 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Offseason

*November 13, 1996: Matt Williams was traded by the San Francisco Giants with a player to be named later to the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named later, Jeff Kent, Julian Tavarez, and Jose Vizcaino. The Cleveland Indians sent Joe Roa (December 16, 1996) to the San Francisco Giants to complete the trade. The San Francisco Giants sent Trenidad Hubbard (December 16, 1996) to the Cleveland Indians to complete the trade. [ [http://www.baseball-reference.com/w/willima04.shtml Matt Williams Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com ] ]
*December 10, 1996: Eric Plunk was signed as a Free Agent with the Cleveland Indians. [http://www.baseball-reference.com/p/plunker01.shtml]
* December 13, 1996: Kevin Mitchell signed as a Free Agent with the Cleveland Indians. [http://www.baseball-reference.com/m/mitchke01.shtml Kevin Mitchell Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com ] ]
*December 19, 1996: Les Norman was signed as a Free Agent with the Cleveland Indians. [ [http://www.baseball-reference.com/n/normale01.shtml Les Norman Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com ] ]
*January 1, 1997: Casey Candaele was signed as a Free Agent with the Cleveland Indians. [http://www.baseball-reference.com/c/candaca01.shtml]
*January 31, 1997: Greg Cadaret was signed as a Free Agent with the Cleveland Indians. [http://www.baseball-reference.com/c/cadargr01.shtml]

Regular season

*The season started with several new faces. The Indians acquired home run hitter Matt Williams. On March 25, 1997, the club traded All-Star Kenny Lofton and pitcher Alan Embree to the Atlanta Braves for Marquis Grissom and David Justice.

*June 16 - The first interleague game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians took place at Jacobs Field. The rivalry would be known as the Battle of Ohio. The Reds won the game by a score of 4-1. [ http://baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=199706160CLE]

Most Starts by Position

Other batters

Relief pitchers

Game 3

October 4, Jacobs Field

American League Championship Series

Game 1

October 8, Camden Yards

Game 4

October 12, Jacobs Field

World Series

Game 1

October 18, 1997 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida

Game 4

October 22, 1997 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Game 7

October 26, 1997 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida

Award Winners

* Marquis Grissom, Outfield, ALCS MVP

All-Star Game
* Sandy Alomar, Jr., Catcher, Reserve
* Jim Thome, First Baseman, Reserve
* David Justice, Outfield, Reserve

References

* [http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/CLE/1997.shtml 1997 Cleveland Indians team page at Baseball Reference]
* [http://baseball-almanac.com/teamstats/roster.php?y=1997&t=CLE 1997 Cleveland Indians team page at www.baseball-almanac.com]
* [http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/1997_WS.shtml 1997 WS page at Baseball Reference]

succession box
title = AL Central Championship Season
years = 1997
before =Cleveland Indians
1996
after = Cleveland Indians
1998

succession box
title = American League Championship
years = 1997
before = New York Yankees
1996
after = New York Yankees
1998


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