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Dubious Indians' History In The Making

Those of you who are familiar with the history of the Indians are well aware of the lean years, the years from the 60s through the early 90s when Cleveland baseball was pretty much a wasteland.

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But this season, the Indians are threatening to set a new standard in futility. Will they set their all-time record for losses? No, that is pretty much out of the question. But what they threaten to “achieve” is just as dubious.

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For you see, the Indians have never -- since the schedule expanded to 162 games in 1961 -- won fewer than 70 games in two consecutive seasons. In fact, even in the “old days” of the 154-game schedule, you have to go back to 1927-1928 to find two straight years of less than seventy victories.

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Last year the Tribe won 65 games. So far this season, they stand at 53 victories.

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Statistics are like mile-markers on a highway, that show where we are going, and the markers behind us show where we have been.

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Unfortunately, unless the Indians go at least 17-12 in their last twenty-nine games, they will “mark” a new low in the history of this once-proud franchise.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.