This May Be Great Season for the Indians

Editor, News-Register:

As a long-time diehard fan of the Cleveland Indians, I am quite optimistic that 2018 could very well be the year to end the seven decades drought and bring the world series championship back to Cleveland.

Although the tribe has not reigned as World Series Champions since the 1948 season when the defeated the Boston Braves, the Indians have played quite well of late under manager Terry Francona, as the Tribe has enjoyed five consecutive winning seasons, including 92 wins in 2013, 94 in 2016 and an American League leading 102 in 2017, and have appeared in the post-season in each of the aforementioned seasons.

In addition, during the 2017 season, the Indians, in their process of winning102 regular season games, enjoyed a 14 game winning streak from June 17-July 1, as well as the longest winning streak in the American League’s history, winning 22 consecutive games from August 24 through Sept. 14.

The Indians also led the A.L. in earned run average with their starting, as well as their relief pitching staffs during last season. In the 2016 World Series, the Tribe was only one win away from the World Championship, but lost three consecutive games to the eventual Champion Chicago Cubs, who then won their first world series championship in 108 years.

In addition to 1948, the Indians have also appeared in the World Series, following the 1920 (which they won) in 1954, 1995, 1997, as well as the 2016 season.

In addition to 2018 being the 70th anniversary of the previous World Championship this year also marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of perhaps the franchise’s greatest pitcher Bob Feller, and the induction of former Indians great Jim Theme into the Baseball Hall of Fame. I feel a championship in 2018 would be a fitting tribute to former Indian’s icon “Tito” Francona, the father of current Tribe’s manager Terry Francona, who recently sadly passed away.

For all the above reasons and more, I feel 2018 will prove to be a banner season under manager Terry Francona, who also led the Boston Red Sox as their manager to the World Series Championships which ended an 88-year drought for them in 2004.

It is my belief that the Indians have the on-field talent, management and fan support to make and hopefully will make 2018 a most memorable and historic championship season.

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry