1997 Cleveland Indians season

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1997 Cleveland Indians
AL Champs
AL Central Champs
Major League affiliations
Location
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Owner(s) Richard Jacobs
General manager(s) John Hart
Manager(s) Mike Hargrove
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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[edit]

  • 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]

Regular season[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

1997 Cleveland Indians
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

All-Star game[edit]

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[edit]

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

Other batters[edit]

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[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees[edit]

Game 1[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Game 1[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Game 1[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

All-Star Game

Minor league affiliates[edit]

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[edit]

Preceded by
Cleveland Indians
1996
AL Central Championship Season
1997
Succeeded by
Cleveland Indians
1998
Preceded by
New York Yankees
1996
American League Championship
1997
Succeeded by
New York Yankees
1998