1988 Cleveland Indians season
|1988 Cleveland Indians|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Hank Peters|
|Local television||WUAB |
Jack Corrigan, Steve Lamar
|Local radio||WWWE |
Herb Score, Paul Olden
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Despite its mediocre season, the team had a significant legacy in Major League Baseball in the 21st century. Twenty-five years later, five of the 30 MLB managers at the start of the 2013 season were alumni of the 1988 Indians:
- Bud Black, pitcher – San Diego Padres
- Terry Francona, first baseman/outfielder – Cleveland Indians
- John Farrell, pitcher – Boston Red Sox
- Charlie Manuel, hitting coach – Philadelphia Phillies
- Ron Washington, utility infielder – Texas Rangers
The team also had players who became MLB Broadcasters, coaches, and front office executives:
- Scott Bailes, pitcher- fill-in broadcaster for the Cleveland Indians
- Tom Candiotti, pitcher- radio color analyst for the Arizona Diamondbacks
- Rod Nichols, pitcher- former Philadelphia Phillies bullpen coach, current Iowa Cubs pitching coach
- Rick Rodriguez, pitcher- former Oakland Athletics bullpen coach, current Sacramento River Cats
- Greg Swindell, pitcher- former Arizona Diamondbacks pregame and postgame analyst. In 2011, Swindell served as the Color commentator for the Little League Southwest Region tournament
- Chris Bando, catcher- former Milwaukee Brewers bench and 3rd base coach from 1996–1998
- Jay Bell, infielder- former Arizona Diamondbacks bench and hitting coach, former Pittsburgh Pirates hitting coach, former Cincinnati Reds bench coach
- Brook Jacoby, infielder- former Cincinnati Reds hitting coach and current Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach
- Willie Upshaw, infielder- former San Francisco Giants 1st base coach
- Joe Carter, outfielder- former Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago Cubs TV analyst
- Dave Clark, outfielder- former Pittsburgh Pirates hitting coach, former Houston Astros interim manager, 3rd base coach, and 1st base coach, and currently the Detroit Tigers third base coach
- Cory Snyder, outfielder- hitting coach for the Jackson Generals, a Double-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners
- Pat Tabler, outfielder- Toronto Blue Jays TV color analyst
- Rod Allen, outfielder- former Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster, current Detroit Tigers television analyst
- Dan Firova, catcher- current Washington Nationals bullpen coach
- Doug Jones, closer- current pitching coach of the Boise Hawks, the short-season A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies
- January 15, 1988: Rick Rodriguez was signed as a free agent by the Indians.
- January 19, 1988: John Moses was signed as a free agent by the Indians.
- January 19, 1988: Greg Harris was signed as a free agent by the Indians.
- February 3, 1988: Doug Piatt was signed as an amateur free agent by the Indians.
- February 9, 1988: Dan Schatzeder was signed as a free agent by the Indians.
- February 22, 1988: Chris Codiroli was signed as a free agent by the Indians.
- February 28, 1988: Terry Francona was signed as a free agent by the Indians.
- March 17, 1988: Mark Huismann was released by the Indians.
- March 24, 1988: Greg Harris was released by the Indians.
- March 25, 1988: Willie Upshaw was purchased by the Indians from the Toronto Blue Jays.
- March 29, 1988: John Moses was released by the Indians.
|Boston Red Sox||89||73||0.549||—||53–28||36–45|
|Toronto Blue Jays||87||75||0.537||2||45–36||42–39|
|New York Yankees||85||76||0.528||3½||46–34||39–42|
Record vs. opponents
1988 American League Records
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- May 11, 1988: Dan Firova was signed as a free agent by the Indians.
- June 2, 1988: Houston Jiménez was signed as a free agent by the Indians.
- June 3, 1988: Pat Tabler was traded by the Indians to the Kansas City Royals for Bud Black.
- June 22, 1988: Dan Schatzeder was released by the Cleveland Indians.
- September 6, 1988: Chris Codiroli was released by the Indians.
|1988 Cleveland Indians|
Awards and honors
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Kinston
- Miller, Scott (April 30, 2013). "Five managers with connections to 1988 Indians, an unbelievable story". CBSSports.com. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
- Rick Rodriguez at Baseball Reference
- John Moses at Baseball Reference
- Greg Harris at Baseball Reference
- Doug Piatt at Baseball Reference
- Dan Schatzeder at Baseball Reference
- Chris Codiroli at Baseball Reference
- Terry Francona at Baseball Reference
- Mark Huismann at Baseball Reference
- Willie Upshaw at Baseball Reference
- Dan Firova at Baseball Reference
- Houston Jiménez at Baseball Reference
- Bud Black at Baseball Reference
- Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007