1997 Cleveland Indians Season
1997 Cleveland Indians
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Owner(s) Richard Jacobs
General manager(s) John Hart
Manager(s) Mike Hargrove
Local television WUAB
Jack Corrigan, Mike Hegan
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John Sanders, Rick Manning
Local radio WKNR (1220 AM)
Herb Score, Tom Hamilton, Matt Underwood
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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 Home Road
Cleveland Indians 86 75 0.534 -- 44-37 42-38
Chicago White Sox 80 81 0.497 6 45-36 35-45
Milwaukee Brewers 78 83 0.484 8 47-33 31-50
Minnesota Twins 68 94 0.420 18½ 35-46 33-48
Kansas City Royals 67 94 0.416 19 33-47 34-47


Record vs. opponents

1997 American League Records

Sources:

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]

Team ANA BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR NL 
Anaheim -- 4-7 6-5 6-5 7-4 5-6 6-5 7-4 4-7 4-7 11-1 6-6 8-4 6-5 4-12
Baltimore 7-4 -- 5-7 5-6 6-5 6-6 7-4 5-6 10-1 8-4 8-3 7-4 10-1 6-6 8-7
Boston 5-6 7-5 -- 3-8 6-5 5-7 3-8 8-3 8-3 4-8 7-4 7-4 3-8 6-6 6-9
Chicago 5-6 6-5 8-3 -- 5-7 4-7 11-1 4-7 6-6 2-9 8-3 5-6 3-8 5-6 8-7
Cleveland 4-7 5-6 5-6 7-5 -- 6-5 8-3 8-4 8-4 5-6 7-4 3-8 5-6 6-5 9-6
Detroit 6-5 6-6 7-5 7-4 5-6 -- 6-5 4-7 4-7 2-10 7-4 4-7 7-4 6-6 8-7
Kansas City 5-6 4-7 8-3 1-11 3-8 5-6 -- 6-6 7-5 3-8 3-8 5-6 6-5 5-6 6-9
Milwaukee 4-7 6-5 3-8 7-4 4-8 7-4 6-6 -- 5-7 4-7 5-6 5-6 7-4 7-4 8-7
Minnesota 7-4 1-10 3-8 6-6 4-8 7-4 5-7 7-5 -- 3-8 7-4 5-6 3-8 3-8 7-8
New York 7-4 4-8 8-4 9-2 6-5 10-2 8-3 7-4 8-3 -- 6-5 4-7 7-4 7-5 5-10
Oakland 1-11 3-8 4-7 3-8 4-7 4-7 8-3 6-5 4-7 5-6 -- 5-7 5-7 6-5 7-9
Seattle 6-6 4-7 4-7 6-5 8-3 7-4 6-5 6-5 6-5 7-4 7-5 -- 8-4 8-3 7-9
Texas 4-8 1-10 8-3 8-3 6-5 4-7 5-6 4-7 8-3 4-7 7-5 4-8 -- 4-7 10-6
Toronto 5-6 6-6 6-6 6-5 5-6 6-6 6-5 4-7 8-3 5-7 5-6 3-8 7-4 -- 4-11


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

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: CLE - Sandy Alomar, Jr. (1)   NYY - Tino 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: CLE - Matt Williams (1)  NYY - Derek 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   NYY - Paul 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: CLE - David 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: BAL - Brady 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: CLE - Manny Ramírez (1) Marquis Grissom (1)   BAL - Cal 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: CLE - Sandy Alomar, Jr. (1) Manny Ramírez (2)   BAL - Brady 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: BAL - Eric 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

Game 1

October 18, 1997, at Pro Player Stadium in Miami

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: CLE - Manny Ramírez (1), Jim Thome (1)  FLA - Moisés Alou (1), Charles Johnson (1)

Game 2

October 19, 1997, at Pro Player Stadium in Miami

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: CLE - Sandy 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: FLA - Gary Sheffield (1), Darren Daulton (1), Jim Eisenreich (1)  CLE - Jim 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 0 1 1 2 X 10 15 0
W: Jaret Wright (1-0)   L: Tony Saunders (0-1)  
HR: FLA - Moisés Alou (2)  CLE - Manny 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: FLA - Moisés Alou (3)  CLE - Sandy Alomar, Jr. (2)

Game 6

October 25, 1997, at Pro Player Stadium in Miami

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

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)  
HR - FLA: 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


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