1987 Cleveland Indians season

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1987 Cleveland Indians
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Richard Jacobs
General manager(s) Hank Peters
Manager(s) Pat Corrales, Doc Edwards
Local television WUAB
Local radio WWWE
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The Cleveland Indians finished in seventh place in the American League East. Sports Illustrated magazine predicted that the Indians would finish in first. Club president Peter Bavasi would resign before the regular season began. Bavasi had joined the Indians in November 1984. As president of the Cleveland Indians, he served on Major League Baseball's Executive Council.[1] During the 1986 season, the team had an 84-78 record, its best since 1968, and attendance of 1.47 million, its highest since 1959.[2] There was a lot of optimism that the team would reach its full potential in 1987.

Sluggers Joe Carter and Cory Snyder were featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated on April 6, 1987, with the headline "Indian Uprising". The Indians were being predicted as the best team in baseball on the back of their two 30+ home run hitters. What sports writers overlooked was that Cleveland had the worst performing pitching staff in the majors, despite the presence of 300 game winners Phil Niekro and Steve Carlton, as well as Tom Candiotti (with Niekro and Candiotti, Cleveland had two starters whose main pitch was the Knuckleball). The 1987 Indians season would go on to be associated with the Sports Illustrated cover jinx.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

In 1987, the Cleveland Indians achieved a baseball first. The Indians had veteran pitchers Steve Carlton and Phil Niekro on their roster to add experience. Their most notable accomplishment was appearing in a game together against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Carlton and Niekro became the first teammates and 300-game winners to appear in the same game. Both were ineffective in a 10-6 Yankee victory. It would be Carlton’s first and only pitching appearance at the legendary stadium. Neither pitcher would finish the season with the Indians. Carlton would end up with the Minnesota Twins and win a World Series championship. Niekro would be picked up by the Toronto Blue Jays and come within two games of winning the American League East Championship.

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB
Detroit Tigers 98 64 .605 --
Toronto Blue Jays 96 66 .593 2
Milwaukee Brewers 91 71 .562 7
New York Yankees 89 73 .549 9
Boston Red Sox 78 84 .481 20
Baltimore Orioles 67 95 .414 31
Cleveland Indians 61 101 .377 37


Transactions[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Roster[edit]

1987 Cleveland Indians
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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
C Chris Bando 89 211 46 .218 5 16
1B Joe Carter 149 588 155 .264 32 106
2B Tony Bernazard 79 293 70 .239 11 30
3B Brook Jacoby 155 540 162 .300 32 69
SS Julio Franco 128 495 158 .319 8 52
LF Mel Hall 142 485 136 .280 18 76
CF Brett Butler 137 522 154 .295 9 41
RF Cory Snyder 157 577 136 .236 33 82
DH Pat Tabler 151 553 170 .307 11 86

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Rick Dempsey 60 141 25 .177 1 9
Jay Bell 38 125 27 .216 2 13
Dave Clark 29 87 18 .207 3 12
Andre Thornton 36 85 10 .118 0 5
Dave Gallagher 15 36 4 .111 0 1
Casey Parsons 18 25 4 .160 1 5
Otis Nixon 19 17 1 .059 0 1

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Tom Candiotti 32 201.7 7 18 4.78 111
Phil Niekro 22 123.7 7 11 5.89 57
Greg Swindell 16 102.3 3 8 5.10 97
Steve Carlton 23 109.0 5 9 5.37 71

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Rich Yett 37 97.7 3 9 5.25 59

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Doug Jones 49 91.3 6 5 8 3.15 87
Ed Vande Berg 55 72.3 1 0 0 5.10 40
Mark Huismann 20 35.3 2 3 2 5.09 23
Jeff Kaiser 2 3.3 0 0 0 16.20 2

Award winners[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Buffalo Bisons American Association Orlando Gómez and Steve Swisher
AA Williamsport Bills Eastern League Steve Swisher and Orlando Gómez
A Kinston Indians Carolina League Mike Hargrove
A Waterloo Indians Midwest League Glenn Adams
Rookie Burlington Indians Appalachian League Tom Chandler

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Burlington[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Principals
  2. ^ New York Times, January 24, 1987
  3. ^ Fran Mullins page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Casey Parsons page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ John Butcher page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/frobedo01.shtml
  7. ^ Jeff Kaiser page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ a b Steve Carlton page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Don Schulze page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Mark Huismann page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Albert Belle page at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Beau Allred page at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007