Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona led his club to a playoff berth last season by the narrowest of margins, and did so without the help of a single 15-game winner, a single .300 hitter, or a single 90-RBI guy. As strange as those statistics sound, the fact that the Indians had to win their final 10 games of the regular season to earn a wild card spot might be the most surprising stat of all.
For his first year with the team, Francona certainly passed the test.
Progressive Field seats 43,345 at maximum capacity, which places it squarely in the middle of the pack among MLB stadiums in that category. Even so, Cleveland Indians tickets weren’t necessarily in high demand over the past few seasons, owing to the poor performance of the team.
The Indians have only made the postseason three times in the past 13 years, but it appears that Francona might finally be the solution to turning things around in Cleveland.
Francona’s success with the Boston Red Sox is well documented, which made him a great hire by the Indians. And even though his team struggled nearly as much as they played well last season, his leadership in the dugout and in the clubhouse was instrumental to the club’s first playoff berth since 2007.
Indians tickets might be on the uptick when it comes to demand in the marketplace, but that’s only if they can continue their success against division foes. Including a 4-15 record against the Detroit Tigers last year, the Indians finished 44-32 against the AL Central which allowed them to squeak into the Wild Card game.
If they can repeat that type of success—or even improve—against the teams they play most, 92-95 wins and a postseason berth wouldn’t be out of the question.
The biggest question facing Cleveland this year is whether their starting rotation can withstand the loss of innings eaters and solid starters Scott Kazmir and Ubaldo Jimenez. Justin Masterson will have to break out as the Indians’ ace—having not won 15-or-more games in a season in his career—if the rotation can absorb the loss of those two big names.
Indians 2013 preview
Wouldn’t it be great if Cleveland Indians tickets produced a season similar to the one in the cult baseball classic “Major League?”
A team of unknowns overcomes adversity to bring a passionate fan base a pennant chase. Can you imagine how loud it would be a Progressive Field? Can you imagine how valuable Indians tickets would become?
It’s very possible. The Indians have the potential to be one of the biggest surprises in baseball this season. They have a proven new manager in Terry Francona, who was the general during the Boston Red Sox’s rise to power in the American League. But now Francona’s in Cleveland, ready to get the Indians back to the World Series for the first time since the mid-1990s.
Francona’s got a roster to do it. Just like “Major League,” the Indians have a mix of veterans and youngsters that have a chance to be special. The offense is loaded, and the pitching staff is vastly improved.
Veteran off-season acquisitions Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn will team with rising star Michael Brantley to give the Indians’ one of the top outfields in the AL Central. Brantley hit a team-high .288 in the 2012 and is set for a breakout season this year. Swisher spent the last year with the New York Yankees organization and will provide clubhouse leadership at Progressive Field this season. Bourn was a major factor in the Atlanta Braves’ back-to-back postseason appearances.
The infield is anchored by shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, third baseman Mark Reynolds and catcher Carlos Santana. That threesome stacks up with any other team in the division. Cabrera hit 35 doubles last season. Santana led the Indians in home runs and RBIs. Reynolds, who came over from Baltimore, will add the pop to the Indians lineup. The veteran slugger has averaged 26.5 home runs over the past two seasons.
The pitching staff is anchored by Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez, two savvy arms capable of producing double-digits in victories.
The characters are in place. Passionate Progressive Field is the perfect setting. Cleveland Indians tickets very well may deliver a movie-like ending to the 2013 season.
Cleveland Indians Tickets – You Gotta Believe
The Cleveland Indians are starting over, banking on building a team for the long run. Indians tickets holders have gone through some rough times but the future is looking brighter and what you’ll see with Cleveland Indians tickets in 2011 is a team that believes in itself, and has something to prove to the rest of the MLB. Manager Manny Acta is confident his Cleveland Indians will be in the race for the AL Central and is predicting big surprises for the rest of the MLB and fans in Progressive Field. Is he right? Get your Cleveland Indians tickets and find out.
Cleveland Indians Roster – A Quick Look
The Indians ill rely heavily on Fausto Carmona in the pitching rotation. Carmona made a big comeback last season hopes are high that he’s now on a roll. Going 13-14 and with a 3.77 average, Carmona should benefit from and improved Indians defense. Behind him come a slew of promising young arms. Keep an eye on Justin Masterson, a 6’6”, 250lb right hander who showed plenty of promise last season. Mitch Talbot won 10 games as a rookie, and Carlos Carrasco was coming on strong as the season ended last year. There’s plenty of promise in the Indians’ pitching rotation. If they stay healthy and fulfill that promise, look out.
Shin-Soo Choo is a major reason to get Cleveland Indians tickets. Without garnering a lot of attention, Choo became a force with the Indians in 2010. He ranked 4th in the AL in on base percentage, batted .300, and led the Indians in both RBI’s and home runs. In 2011 the Cleveland Indians will be looking for Choo and the rest of his outfield teammates to lead the way at the plate. Grady Sizemore has plenty of power when he’s healthy and Michael Brantley appears to be ready to stay in the Major leagues on his third trip. All are lefty’s and combined with switch hitter Carlos Santana could pose major problems for opposing managers.
Cleveland Indians Schedule – It’s a Good One
The most interesting part of the Indians schedule involves rivals within the AL Central. If you want to win the division you have to beat those familiar teams. So plan on Indians tickets for games against the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox, the favorites in the AL Central. Outside the division the Indians schedule features games in Progressive Field against the Boston Red Sox, the Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks, and San Francisco Giants, to name just a few. So grab your baseball cap, get some peanuts, and join Cleveland fans for the seventh inning stretch with Cleveland Indians tickets from ABCTickets.com
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No more 'mistake by the lake', come get your baseball tickets for Jacobs Field
Jacobs Field is the home stadium of the Cleveland Indians, and has been since 1994, when it replaced the much hated Cleveland Stadium, known to Cleveland Indians ticket holders as the mistake by the lake. The old Cleveland Stadium was bitterly cold in the cooler months, and during the summer it was beset by bugs. The completion of the new, state of the art Jacobs Field revitalized downtown Cleveland, and some might say revitalized the team that calls it home.
Indians Ticket Holders See the Start to a Record Breaking Season
Manager Eric Wedge expects his year to be a great one for the Cleveland Indians. In their first game they got five runs against Chicago White Sox player Jose Cantreras- a new franchise record for a season opener. By the end of the game the Indians had run up the highest number of runs in an opening game since 1925.
The win and record breaking came just in time to rally the teams’ spirits after a very weak spring training season. It also came as a comfort when the Cleveland Indians lost their second game against the Chicago White Sox’s by one point.
Get Your Indians Tickets in Time for Jackie Robinson Day
But if you get Cleveland Indians tickets for just one game this year April 15 should be a game to remember. Affectionately known as 'Jackie Robinson Day', players from around the league will be sporting the number #42 to honor Jackie Robinson- the man who broke down the color barrier in baseball. The Indians have also requested that in July they be allowed to wear the number 14 to honor Larry Doby, who was the first African American player in the Cleveland Indians, and the entire American League, on July 5, 1947.
With the recent laments about the lack of African American ball players in today's modern ball games expect a big turn out of Cleveland Indians ticket holders on those days.
The Cleveland Indians will be looking to have a season as successful as last year's, but fans holding Indians tickets are hoping better results will come of it. Having by no means a bad year with 93 wins last season, Cleveland still managed to miss the MLB playoffs being outdone by the Chicago White Sox who won 99 games en route to becoming the World Series Champions and the surging Boston Red Sox who finished the season battling with the Yankees but coming away with 95 wins, enough to win the wild card and keep Cleveland out of the post season. After looking like they had a playoff run in the bag, the Indians suffered what was a crushing final week of the season last year, losing six out of their final seven games. The good news is that practically all of the players who got them to 93 wins in the first place will be returning and there is no good reason to expect they cannot put up a similar if not better performance this year. Aaron Boone, Johnny Peralta, Ron Belliard, and Ben Broussard will all be returning to the infield at Jacob's field. Victor Martinez, one of the best catchers in the league will also be returning. Grady Sizemore will anchor the outfield once again, but while Casey Blake will be returning to right field, the popular Coco Crisp was traded to Boston in exchange for setup man Guillermo Mota and third base prospect Andy Marte. Taking Crisp's place will be Jason Michaels, who was acquired from Philadelphia for Arthur Rhodes. Cliff Lee, C.C. Sabathia, Paul Byrd, and Jason Westbrook will be returning to the starting rotation, while Jason Johnson will take the place of Kevin Millwood, who left to sign with the Texas Rangers. Bob Wickman remains as the closer on a solid relief staff that includes Fernando Cabrera, Scott Sauerbeck, and Rafael Betancourt. While the Indians no longer have David Riske or Arthur Rhodes, they plan on using Mota to be their set-up man and hope veterans Danny Graves and Steve Karsay will be able to return to form. The Indians have last year's disappointment fresh in their minds and manager Eric Wedge plans to have another successful year. Fans will also be buying Indians tickets expecting to see the team win over 90 games this year. Hopefully there will be no issue about their win total being enough to make the playoffs.