October 6, 1999 |
When the television camera zooms in on Roberto Alomar in the Cleveland Indian dugout, it rarely catches the star second baseman laughing, smiling or joking. Alomar is almost always sitting straight up, alert, his head still and eyes wide open, wearing a look that is intense yet serene, like that of a predator about to pounce on easy prey. "He's like an alligator," Indian shortstop Omar Vizquel said. "He's a real quiet guy who doesn't say much. He just sits there and watches everything.
October 5, 1999 |
CLEVELAND AT A GLANCE Lineup *--* CF Kenny Lofton .301 SS Omar Vizquel .333 2B Roberto Alomar .323 RF Manny Ramirez .333 DH Richie Sexson .255 1B Jim Thome .277 LF David Justice .287 3B Travis Fryman .255 C Sandy Alomar .307 *--* * Analysis: The Indians, with their impressive blend of speed, contact hitters and power hitters from both sides of the plate, may have more weapons than any other team. Lofton, Vizquel and Alomar can beat you with a stolen base, a bunt or aggressive base running.
October 5, 1999 |
When we predicted with such assurance that the Angels and Dodgers would have competitive seasons, we probably forgot to mention that the season was spring. No matter. Baseball went on without the slightest regard for clubhouse revolts on Gene Autry Way or gross insubordination in Chavez Ravine. Indeed, local entrants aside, the game thrived. Now begin the playoffs, and reporter Tim Brown has more predictions to make. National League Houston Astros vs.
August 1, 1999 |
Angel General Manager Bill Bavasi left Edison Field Friday night thinking he had a trade in place to send pitcher Chuck Finley to the Cleveland Indians. But when Saturday night's game against the Minnesota Twins began, there was Finley, the 6-foot-6 left-hander, the 14-year veteran who has been an Angel institution, seemingly an Angel for eternity, on the Edison Field mound, receiving a warm ovation from a crowd of 37,011. Finley isn't going anywhere. At least, not this season.
May 14, 1999
Investors cheered Thursday when the majority owner of Cleveland Indians Baseball Co. put his team up for sale. The stock, which had languished well below June's $15 offering price, soared $6.31 to close at $16.25 on Nasdaq, getting initial investors out of the red--at least on paper.
October 15, 1998 |
Think the Cleveland Indians hit bottom when they lost the American League pennant to the New York Yankees? Think again. On Wednesday, a day after Indians shortstop Omar Vizquel grounded out to end the American League championship series, the stock of Cleveland's parent company sank to a new low of $5.38 before closing at $5.63, down 25 cents, on Nasdaq.
October 14, 1998 |
Yankee Manager Joe Torre continued to play musical left fielders Tuesday night, starting Ricky Ledee in Game 6 after playing Shane Spencer, Chad Curtis and Tim Raines there in the first five games. Spencer, Curtis and Raines combined to go one for 19. "I figured, why not?" Torre said. "It could go one way or another. He's a young guy, and whatever he gives us is a bonus. I've tried everyone else out in left field, I just thought we would give it a shot." Ledee went 0 for 4.