Chuck Biscuits - Cobb Times Herald
Decade of Dominance - Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Game
After a very successful run under original owner bengalkev, the Cleveland franchise was moved to Kansas City by new owner pieo, and an era of futility at the ML level ensued. The team used this time to earn many high draft picks, sign big time internationals, and build for the future, which is now arriving after the team moved back to Cleveland. One of the most controversial teams in the history of Cobb World, they have been publicly accused of tanking, cheating, and the owner was even put to an expulsion vote. But that is in the past and what is left is a team that is looking like it will be hated at the top of the standings for some time to come.
#7 - Cleveland Steamers
Franchise Power Ranking: 70
Best Year: 113-49, s7 - Worst Year: 35-127, s9
Postseason Achievements: 3 Division Titles, 2 Wild Card Berths, 3 DCS Titles, 1 ALCS Title, 1 World Series Title.
Best Player: Bob Sears - Two time AL MVP Sears was the driving force behind the Cleveland offense for years, and was an elite player for many seasons.
Best Pitcher: Doug Jenkins - Jenkins was the ace on the staff for the first four seasons in Cleveland, and is the teams career leader in wins.
Best International Prospect: Junior Lee
Best Draft Pick: Gary Ferguson
Franchise Theme Song: Used to Love Her by Guns N' Roses - Really, does this need any explanation?
Franchise Highlights: Franchise won the AL East 3 of the first 4 seasons, and won the World Series in season 3. Franchise was a wild card playoff entrant twice. Bob Sears won the AL MVP in Seasons 3 and 4. Franchise has signed many elite internationals, including Paul Jung, Junior Lee, and Edgardo Romero. Franchise had the #1 overall pick in Season 10, choosing SP Gary Ferguson. Franchise has also drafted future studs Vinny Jang, Bill Palmer, Steve Kerr, and Kent Upshaw.
Franchise Lowlights: Franchise endured a management switch in season 7 that saw a string of 3 straight seasons with win totals below 50, including a team low 37 win season 9. Franchise failed to sign #3 overall pick and future MVP candidate Hades Booker in season 1. Franchise's minor leagues were a wasteland for several seasons, seeing pitchers play positions, many injuries, and 12 win seasons. Current owner pieo was put to a league expulsion vote in season 9. Brace Davey was demoted to AAA in season 9 after hitting 41 HR's and posting a .926 OPS the previous season.
Franchise Outlook: Happy days are here again, maybe. The "Young Stud Core" has finally reached the majors, the team has invested heavily in free agents, and with those moves have followed the wins, with Cleveland looking like a playoff contender for many years to come. How the team reached this point is still a bone of contention for many owners, but no one can deny that the team is talented enough to be a World Series contender for the next decade.