Although the Indians and Cubs have shared the field just 18 times — this will be their first meeting in the postseason — there are a few instances where that history intertwines.
During a season where the Indians have endured injuries to several members of the pitching staff, Corey Kluber has been a rock for the team’s rotation.
It will be Joe Maddon’s Cubs against Terry Francona’s Indians when the 112th World Series begins tonight at Progressive Field, and this is not the first time the two have been the last men standing.
Here’s some breaking news: World Series tickets — especially tickets to this particular World Series, which involves the two teams with the longest active championship droughts in baseball — are valuable. Even the briefest perusal of the secondary market would confirm as much, but the players and personnel associated with the Indians and Cubs also have that value confirmed by the sheer number of people who have come out of the woodwork (long-lost cousins, otherwise unknown neighbors, etc.) to request some assistance.
A day before the start of the 112th World Series, we’re on the scene around Cleveland and at Progressive Field as the Cubs and Indians work out and meet the press during Media Day.
Kyle Schwarber’s path back to the Cubs continues on Monday afternoon in Arizona. Schwarber, who missed nearly all of the 2016 season following a knee injury suffered when he collided with Dexter Fowler in the outfield on April 7, will serve as the designated hitter for the second time with the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League.
Veteran umpire John Hirschbeck will serve as crew chief for the 2016 World Series, which begins Tuesday in Cleveland. Hirschbeck’s crew will include Chris Guccione, Sam Holbrook, Marvin Hudson, Tony Randazzo and regular-season crew chiefs Larry Vanover and Joe West. All seven umpires, a group that includes two rotating replay officials, have worked this postseason.
Maybe 1908 isn’t as distant as it seems.
See how Mike Napoli connects to Satchel Paige.