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1996 Cleveland Indians season

1996 Cleveland Indians
AL Central Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Cleveland, Ohio (since 1901)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Richard Jacobs
    General manager(s) John Hart
    Manager(s) Mike Hargrove
    Local television WUAB · SportsChannel Ohio
    Local radio WKNR (1220)
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    For the second consecutive season, the Indians had the best record in Major League Baseball. This was the first time in franchise history that the Indians had accomplished that feat.[1]

    Offseason

    • November 9, 1995: Ruben Amaro Jr. was released by the Cleveland Indians.[2]
    • December 6, 1995: Casey Candaele was signed as a Free Agent with the Cleveland Indians.[3]
    • December 7, 1995: Julio Franco was signed as a Free Agent with the Cleveland Indians.[4]
    • December 14, 1995: Jack McDowell signed as a Free Agent with the Cleveland Indians.[5]
    • January 4, 1996: Mario Diaz was signed as a Free Agent with the Cleveland Indians.[6]
    • March 31, 1996: Mark Clark was traded by the Cleveland Indians to the New York Mets for Reid Cornelius and Ryan Thompson.[7]

    Regular season

    Once again, the Indians had a formidable offensive lineup. They led the Majors in hits (1,665), batting average (.293), on-base percentage (.369). They also struck out an MLB-low 844 times.[8]

    Season standings

    AL Central W L Pct. GB
    Cleveland Indians 99 62 .615 --
    Chicago White Sox 85 77 .525 14.5
    Milwaukee Brewers 80 82 .494 19.5
    Minnesota Twins 78 84 .481 21.5
    Kansas City Royals 75 86 .466 24.0


    Notable transactions

    • May 14, 1996: Greg Cadaret was signed as a Free Agent with the Cleveland Indians.[9]
    • June 15, 1996: Greg Swindell signed as a Free Agent with the Cleveland Indians.[10]

    Roster

    1996 Cleveland Indians
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

    Other batters

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Other pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Relief pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G W L SV ERA SO

    Award winners

    All-Star Game

    Postseason

    ALDS: Cleveland Indians vs. Baltimore Orioles

    Baltimore wins the series, 3-1

    Game Score (visitors listed first) Date Location Attendance
    1
    Cleveland Indians - 4, Baltimore Orioles - 10 October 1 Oriole Park at Camden Yards 47,644 [12]
    2
    Cleveland Indians - 4, Baltimore Orioles - 7 October 2 Oriole Park at Camden Yards 48,970 [13]
    3
    Baltimore Orioles - 4, Cleveland Indians - 9 October 4 Jacobs Field 44,250 [14]
    4
    Baltimore Orioles - 4, Cleveland Indians - 3 (12 innings) October 5 Jacobs Field 44,280 [15]

    Minor league affiliates

    Classification level Team League Season article
    AAA Buffalo Bisons International League 1996 Buffalo Bisons season
    AA Canton-Akron Indians Eastern League 1996 Canton-Akron Indians season
    Advanced A Kinston Indians Carolina League
    A Columbus RedStixx South Atlantic League
    Short Season A Watertown Indians New York - Penn League
    Rookie Burlington Indians Appalachian League

    References

    1. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 371, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
    2. ^ Ruben Amaro Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    3. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/c/candaca01.shtml
    4. ^ Julio Franco Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    5. ^ Jack McDowell Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    6. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/diazma01.shtml
    7. ^ Mark Clark Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    8. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/MLB/1996.shtml
    9. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/c/cadargr01.shtml
    10. ^ Greg Swindell Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    11. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/awards/aw_hut.shtml
    12. ^ "1996 ALDS - Baltimore Orioles vs. Cleveland Indians - Game 1". Retrosheet. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
    13. ^ "1996 ALDS - Baltimore Orioles vs. Cleveland Indians - Game 2". Retrosheet. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
    14. ^ "1996 ALDS - Baltimore Orioles vs. Cleveland Indians - Game 3". Retrosheet. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
    15. ^ "1996 ALDS - Baltimore Orioles vs. Cleveland Indians - Game 4". Retrosheet. Retrieved June 16, 2008.