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1997 Cleveland Indians season

1997 Cleveland Indians
AL Champs
AL Central Champs
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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    The 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, Julián Tavárez, and José Vizcaíno. The Cleveland Indians sent Joe Roa (December 16, 1996) to the San Francisco Giants to complete the trade.[1]
    • December 10, 1996: Eric Plunk was signed as a Free Agent with the Cleveland Indians.[2]
    • December 13, 1996: Kevin Mitchell signed as a Free Agent with the Cleveland Indians.[3]
    • December 16, 1996: Trenidad Hubbard was sent by the San Francisco Giants to the Cleveland Indians to complete an earlier deal made on November 13, 1996.[4]
    • December 18, 1996: Chad Curtis was signed as a Free Agent with the Cleveland Indians.[5]
    • December 19, 1996: Les Norman was signed as a Free Agent with the Cleveland Indians.[6]
    • December 28, 1996: Tony Fernandez was signed as a Free Agent with the Cleveland Indians.[7]
    • January 1, 1997: Casey Candaele was signed as a Free Agent with the Cleveland Indians.[8]
    • January 31, 1997: Greg Cadaret was signed as a Free Agent with the Cleveland Indians.[9]

    Spring training

    Game log

    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.[10]

    Most Starts by Position

    Position Name # of Starts
    C Sandy Alomar, Jr. 119
    1B Jim Thome 145
    2B Tony Fernández 109
    3B Matt Williams 151
    SS Omar Vizquel 152
    LF Bip Roberts 92
    CF Marquis Grissom 144
    RF Manny Ramírez 146
    DH David Justice 61

    Season standings

    AL Central W L Pct. GB
    Cleveland Indians 86 75 .534 --
    Chicago White Sox 80 81 .497 6.0
    Milwaukee Brewers 78 83 .484 8.0
    Minnesota Twins 68 94 .420 18.5
    Kansas City Royals 67 94 .416 19.0


    Notable transactions

    • April 21, 1997: Ryan Thompson signed as a Free Agent with the Cleveland Indians.[11]
    • May 20, 1997: Torey Lovullo was signed as a Free Agent with the Cleveland Indians.[12]
    • June 3, 1997: Kevin Mitchell was released by the Cleveland Indians.[3]
    • June 5, 1997: Ryan Thompson was traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Toronto Blue Jays for Jeff Manto.[11]
    • June 9, 1997: Dave Weathers was traded by the New York Yankees to the Cleveland Indians for Chad Curtis.[13]
    • July 3, 1997: Greg Cadaret was released by the Cleveland Indians.[9]
    • July 25, 1997: Pat Listach was signed as a Free Agent with the Cleveland Indians.[14]
    • July 31, 1997: John Smiley was traded by the Cincinnati Reds with Jeff Branson to the Cleveland Indians for Jim Crowell, Danny Graves, Damian Jackson, and Scott Winchester.[15]
    • July 31, 1997: Jeff Juden was traded by the Montreal Expos to the Cleveland Indians for Steve Kline.[16]
    • August 13, 1997: Julio Franco was released by the Cleveland Indians.[17]

    Roster

    1997 Cleveland Indians
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders Manager

    Coaches

    Game log

    All-Star game

    The 1997 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 68th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL). There were no members of the Indians in the starting lineup although three Indians (Sandy Alomar, Jr., Jim Thome, and David Justice) were named to the team. The game was held on July 8, 1997 and the first pitch was thrown by former Indian Larry Doby. The American League were victorious 3 - 1, with the go ahead HR coming courtesy Alomar, Jr.

    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

    Pos 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

    American League Division Series

    Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees

    Game 1

    September 30, Yankee Stadium

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Cleveland 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 11 0
    New York 0 1 0 1 1 5 0 0 X 8 11 0
    W: Ramiro Mendoza (1-0)   L: Eric Plunk (0-1)  SV: Mariano Rivera (1)
    HR: CLESandy Alomar, Jr. (1)   NYYTino Martinez (1)   Tim Raines (1)   Derek Jeter (1)   Paul O'Neill (1)

    Game 2

    October 2, Yankee Stadium

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Cleveland 0 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 7 11 1
    New York 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 7 2
    W: Jaret Wright (1-0)   L: Andy Pettitte (0-1)  SV: None
    HR: CLEMatt Williams (1)  NYYDerek Jeter (2)

    Game 3

    October 4, Jacobs Field

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    New York 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 6 4 1
    Cleveland 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
    W: David Wells (1-0)   L: Charles Nagy (0-1)  SV: None
    HR: CLE – None   NYYPaul O'Neill (2)

    Game 4

    October 5, Jacobs Field

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    New York 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 1
    Cleveland 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 9 0
    W: Mike Jackson (1-0)   L: Ramiro Mendoza (1-1)  SV: None
    HR: CLEDavid Justice (1)   Sandy Alomar, Jr. (2)   NYY – None

    Game 5

    October 6, Jacobs Field

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    New York 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 12 0
    Cleveland 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 X 4 7 2
    W: Jaret Wright (2-0)   L: Andy Pettitte (0-2)  SV: José Mesa (1)
    HR: CLE – None   NYY – None

    American League Championship Series

    Game 1

    October 8, Camden Yards

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
    Baltimore 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 X 3 6 1
    WP: Scott Erickson (1-0)  LP: Chad Ogea (0-1)  SV: Randy Myers (1)
    HRs: BALBrady Anderson (1) Roberto Alomar (1)

    Game 2

    October 9, Camden Yards

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Cleveland 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 5 6 3
    Baltimore 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 8 1
    WP: Paul Assenmacher (1-0)  LP: Armando Benítez (0-1)  SV: José Mesa (1)
    HRs: CLEManny Ramírez (1) Marquis Grissom (1)   BALCal Ripken (1)

    Game 3

    October 11, Jacobs Field

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
    Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 8 1
    Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 0
    WP: Eric Plunk (1-0)  LP: Randy Myers (0-1)  
    HRs: None

    Game 4

    October 12, Jacobs Field

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Baltimore 0 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 12 2
    Cleveland 0 2 0 1 4 0 0 0 1 8 13 0
    WP: José Mesa (1-0)  LP: Alan Mills (0-1)  
    HRs: CLESandy Alomar, Jr. (1) Manny Ramírez (2)   BALBrady Anderson (2) Harold Baines (1) Rafael Palmeiro (1)

    Game 5

    October 13, Jacobs Field

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Baltimore 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 10 0
    Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 8 1
    WP: Scott Kamieniecki (1-0)  LP: Chad Ogea (0-2)  
    HRs: BALEric Davis (1)

    Game 6

    October 15, Camden Yards

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
    Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0
    Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
    WP: Brian Anderson (1-0)  LP: Armando Benítez (0-2)  S: José Mesa (1)
    HRs: CLE: – Tony Fernández (1)

    World Series

    Main article: 1997 World Series

    Game 1

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

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Cleveland 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 4 11 0
    Florida 0 0 1 4 2 0 0 0 x 7 7 1
    W: Liván Hernández (1-0)   L: Orel Hershiser (0-1)  S: Robb Nen (1)
    HR: CLEManny Ramírez (1), Jim Thome (1)  FLAMoisés Alou (1), Charles Johnson (1)

    Game 2

    October 19, 1997 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Cleveland 1 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 6 14 0
    Florida 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 0
    W: Chad Ogea (1-0)   L: Kevin Brown (0-1)  
    HR: CLESandy Alomar, Jr. (1)

    Game 3

    October 21, 1997 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Florida 1 0 1 1 0 2 2 0 7 14 16 3
    Cleveland 2 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 4 11 10 3
    W: Dennis Cook (1-0)   L: Eric Plunk (0-1)  S: Robb Nen (2)
    HR: FLAGary Sheffield (1), Darren Daulton (1), Jim Eisenreich (1)  CLEJim Thome (2)

    Game 4

    October 22, 1997 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Florida 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 6 2
    Cleveland 3 0 3 0 2 1 1 2 X 10 15 0
    W: Jaret Wright (1-0)   L: Tony Saunders (0-1)  
    HR: FLAMoisés Alou (2)  CLEManny Ramírez (2), Matt Williams (1)

    Game 5

    October 23, 1997 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Florida 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 1 1 8 15 2
    Cleveland 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 9 0
    W: Liván Hernández (2-0)   L: Orel Hershiser (0-2)  S: Robb Nen (3)
    HR: FLAMoisés Alou (3)  CLESandy Alomar, Jr. (2)

    Game 6

    October 25, 1997 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Cleveland 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 7 0
    Florida 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 8 0
    W: Chad Ogea (2-0)   L: Kevin Brown (0-2)  S: José Mesa (1)

    Game 7

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

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
    Cleveland 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 2
    Florida 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 3 8 0
    W: Jay Powell (1-0)   L: Charles Nagy (0-1)  
    HRFLA: Bobby Bonilla (1)

    Award winners

    All-Star Game

    Minor league affiliates

    Classification level Team League Season article
    AAA Buffalo Bisons International League 1997 Buffalo Bisons season
    AA Akron Aeros Eastern League 1997 Akron Aeros 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