The Cleveland Indians seemed to have found a power bat since both Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome left town. His name is Travis Hafner. Hafner burst onto the scene last year in a big way and almost single-handedly pushed the Indians into the playoffs. This year he is off to a great start with 7 HR's and 14 RBI's. Hafner is surrounded by some good young talent in Victor Martinez, Ben Broussard and Casey Blake and with some strong pitching from Jake Westbrook and Cliff Lee, the Indians could find themselves in a good position come October.
I'm interested to see if Hafner can keep it up after his rookie year. It was a short year and pitchers have had a chance to see him now. Many great first year players settle down into a lower average after they start hot because pitchers learn them. However, I think the Indians are in good shape either way because their young talent is really starting to show this year.
Travis Hafner isn't a rookie, in fact, this is his 5th year in the big leagues and his 4th as an Indian. The last 2 years he's been able to produce over 100 RBI's but last year he proved he also has power in his bat, so this makes him a double-threat.
Indians swat Yanks 2-1 to take 2-0 lead
CLEVELAND - Swat! Take that, New York Yankees. Helped by a freakish invasion of bombarding bugs that rattled rookie reliever Joba Chamberlain in the eighth inning, the Cleveland Indians rallied to beat the Yankees 2-1 in 11 innings Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in their AL playoff series.
The Cleveland Indians advanced to the World Series, shutting out the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 5 to win the American League Championship Series.
The Indians will play the eventual National League champion on Tuesday in Cleveland in the first game of the World Series. The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the Chicago Cubs 2-1 in the NLCS. Ref. CNN.
Indians silence Cubs in Game 4 to move one win from World Series title
Corey Kluber pitched six stellar innings, Jason Kipnis hit a three-run homer and the Indians won 7-2 to take a 3-1 series lead. Cleveland will have a chance to lock up its first World Series championship since 1948 in Game 5 on Sunday. Ref. USAToday.
MLB's Cleveland Indians announce review of team nickname. In a statement released Friday, the team said it is having ongoing discussions about its nickname internally and is looking to "Determine the best path forward with regard to our team name." Ref. USAToday.
Cleveland's Major League Baseball team plans to drop its nickname, which it has sported since 1915. Plans to drop the name will be announced this week, but a new name for Cleveland's baseball team will not be immediately introduced. Ref. USAToday.