So Long, Tribe

By Chris Ricchetti | 3 October 2021

The End of an Era

The Cleveland Indians have played their last game as the Indians—a 6-0 shutout of the Texas Rangers today at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

The Tribe’s last-ever home game was an 8-3 win against the Kansas City Royals, on September 27, in which Cleveland center fielder Bradley Zimmer homered off his brother, Kansas City reliever Kyle Zimmer, to lead off the bottom of the 8th.

I have lived in Chicago since coming here for undergrad in 1985. But I grew up in suburban Cleveland and, though I raised a son here and have since become a passionate White Sox fan, I have never lost my deeply felt love for my boyhood team, the Cleveland Indians.

My father’s father emigrated to the United States from southern Italy and settled in Cleveland in 1919—four years after the ballclub elected to call itself the Indians. The team and its name have meant something now to four generations of Ricchettis, including some who have never lived anywhere near The Land. I carry with me many cherished memories of outings to Cleveland Municipal Stadium, and later, to “the Jake,” with my father, middle school, high school and college buddies, and my extended family.

I heartily support the name change and accept that it is long past time to move on from imagery and nomenclature that have been harmful. Whether or not and to what extent the harm was intended is not the point. Harm is harm.

Nonetheless, I am feeling sad and nostalgic today, as I watch the Indians Era come to a close.

A Club by Any Other Name

The Cleveland franchise dates back to 1901, when the American League, hitherto a minor league, declared itself a major. The minor-league forerunner to the 1901 ballclub had competed in the league, making Cleveland one of the eight charter members of the “upgraded” American League.[1]

In its early years, the team experimented with several monikers, starting with the “Bluebirds,” often shortened to the “Blues.” The players disliked the name and tried, unsuccessfully, to change it to the “Bronchos.” Inexplicably, some sportswriters continued to use the extremely unpopular name “Spiders” for several more years after the formation of the new major league franchise (see below, and Endnote 1).

In 1902, Napoleon “Nap” Lajoie, star second baseman with the Philadelphia Phillies, defected to the new American League, playing briefly for Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics. But early in the season, he moved over to the Cleveland ballclub, lured by a three-year contract for $25,000—more than double what the Athletics were paying.

Nap was an immediate hit with Cleveland fans, and it wasn’t long before the team was renamed the “Naps.” In 1905, he became the club’s player-manager. The team struggled in the late oughts and early 1910s, leading some reporters to refer to them as the “Napkins.”

Napoleon "Nap" Lajoie
Baseball Hall of Fame Napoleon “Nap” Lajoie

Between 1912 and 1914, the team was known (unofficially) to some as the “Molly McGuires,” a reference to a group of Irish-American immigrants prone to violent retaliation against their employers over exploitive and dangerous working conditions. Whoever invoked the “Molly McGuires” as an alternative to the “Naps” must have been “trolling” club co-owner Charley Somers, who had made his fortune in the coal business—the industry in which the majority of real-life Molly McGuires unhappily labored.

After the 1914 season, Lajoie, very much past his prime, returned to the Athletics, precipitating the search for a new team name. With input from sportswriters, the team was renamed the “Indians” in 1915.

The Controversy

Baseball historians and fans have long debated whether the Indians were so named, at least in part, as a tribute to Louis Sockalexis, a Native-American who played the entirety of his brief, major league career (1897-1899) as an outfielder for the Cleveland Spiders—a National League team that found itself no longer able to compete at the major league level, following a dismal 1899 season.[2] Sockalexis, a member of the Penobscot Nation, was among the first Native Americans (many believe he was the first) to play major league baseball.

American Indian Magazine Louis Sockalexis
1897-03-11 St Paul Globe page 8 re Sockalexis signed to Cleveland
St. Paul Globe St. Paul Globe
March 11, 1897

For decades, the Cleveland Indians organization propagated the narrative that the team’s name was meant to honor Sockalexis, who, they insisted, was a “fan favorite.” It is true that, during his time with the Spiders, reporters and fans—with the encouragement of the club’s owners—often referred to the team as “Tebeau’s Indians,” purportedly in deference to both player-manager Oliver “Patsy” Tebeau and Sockalexis.

Skeptics have argued that because so many white people looked down upon Native Americans, it’s implausible that white owners of the early twentieth century would have named their team in honor of one. In a 2007 blog post, former Sports Illustrated writer and Cleveland native Joe Posnanski wonders, “Why exactly would people in Cleveland—this in a time when Native Americans were generally viewed as subhuman in America—name their team after a relatively minor and certainly troubled outfielder?”

Reporting on the name change in 1915, a writer for Cleveland newspaper The Plain Dealer opines that the name “also serves to revive the memory of a single great player who has been gathered to his fathers in the happy hunting grounds of the Abenakis,” perhaps reflecting both appreciation for Sockalexis’ athletic talent and insensitivity toward his indigenous heritage.[3]

NYU Professor Emeritus of Education and History Jonathan Zimmerman contends that, far from being a player beloved by fans, Sockalexis was the player that fans quite literally loved to hate. According to Zimmerman, the Indians moniker was intended not to honor Sockalexis, but to mock him. During his short stint in major league baseball, he endured constant taunts—frequently, but by no means exclusively—from opposing-team fans, for whom abusing Sockalexis apparently was an integral part of the “fun” of rooting against the Spiders. References to the “Cleveland Indians,” Zimmerman asserts, were intentionally sarcastic and demeaning.

Ed Rice, author of the Sockalexis biography, Baseball’s First Indian, agrees: “They called [the Cleveland Spiders] ‘Tebeau’s Indians.’ But it wasn’t meant to be flattering, of course. It was meant to make fun of the spectacle that Cleveland was going to be in 1897, putting an American Indian on the field.”

To muddy the waters further—because, why not?!—the Cleveland Spiders were sometimes referred to as “Tebeau’s Indians” and “Tebeau’s Braves” well before the club signed Sockalexis.

1895-10-03 Nashville Tennessean - Page 4
Nashville Tennessean Nashville Tennessean
October 3, 1895
1897-02-23 Baltimore Sun - Page 6
Baltimore Sun Baltimore Sun
February 23, 1897

Moreover, a bunch of Cleveland players and managers have been referred to as “Chief” or “Chief Wahoo,” both before and after the 1915 name change. And the “Chief (manager) / Indians (players)” metaphor has been used in reference to many teams, and may be as old as baseball itself.

Apart from any historical connection to Sockalexis, the name “Indians” may have appealed to white baseball fans of the time because it conveyed the supposed ferocity of a group that many regarded as “savages.” Shortly after the name change was announced, on January 17, 1915, the Cleveland Leader published this commentary: “In place of the Naps, we’ll have the Indians, on the warpath all the time, and eager for scalps to dangle at their belts.”

That same day, The Plain Dealer published a cartoon loaded with stereotypes and racist tropes, captioned “Ki Yi Waugh Woop! They’re Indians!”

The Plain Dealer

Beneath the cartoon, the paper reported the decision of the name selection committee convened by co-owner Charley Somers to solicit the input of sportswriters from Cleveland’s four[4] daily newspapers: “The title of ‘Indians’ was their choice, it having been one of the names applied to the old National League club of Cleveland many years ago.” Notably, the name was not intended to be permanent. The writer continues

The nickname, however, is but temporarily bestowed, as the club may so conduct itself during the present season as to earn some other cognomen which may be more appropriate. The choice of a name that would be significant just now was rather difficult with the club itself anchored in last place.

Perhaps the name was chosen to take advantage of the excitement surrounding the 1914 “Miracle Braves” of Boston, who had come from last place in midseason to win the National League Pennant. Perhaps the name “Indians” could replicate for Cleveland the “magic” of the Boston club’s sanitized Native American ethos (see comments over the phallus in the center of the cartoon above).

According to sport sociologist and Ithaca College Professor of Sports Media Ellen Staurowsky, there were no references to Sockalexis in any accounts of the name selection process published in any of the four Cleveland newspapers—compelling evidence that the choice of the name “Indians” in January 1915 was not a direct reference to Sockalexis. In a 1998 scholarly article on the subject, Staurowsky writes

As seen in the 1915 accounts, when the team faced the mammoth task of moving out of the basement in league standings while forging a new identity, there was no need to mention Sockalexis because it was the generic, plural "Indians" signifier that provided the marketing angle club President Charley Somers and the sportswriters sought.

However, use of the moniker in connection with the Cleveland Spiders, some eighteen years earlier, had been directly referential to Sockalexis, as evidenced by dozens of contemporaneous sources referencing “Indians” or “Tebeau’s Indians.” This one, about the newly-signed outfielder’s arrival in Cleveland, is from the March 27, 1897 issue of Sporting Life:

Sockalexis, the Indian, came to town on Friday, and in 24 hours was the most popular man about the Kennard House, where he is stopping... Why he has not been snatched up by some League club looking for a sensational player is beyond my comprehension... They're Indians now.

Perhaps something like the transitive property of equality (i.e., A=B and B=C. Therefore, A=C.) is applicable here:

➤ The 1897 Spiders were called Indians because of Sockalexis,


➤ The name Indians was chosen in 1915 because of the 1897 Spiders.


➤ The 1915 Indians were so named (indirectly) because of Sockalexis.

Cleveland-based sports historian Morris Eckhouse seems to agree: “Without Sockalexis, it’s unlikely the team would be called the Cleveland Indians.”

Of course, this tidy simplification leaves unresolved the question of why Sockalexis’ “Indian” heritage was evoked as a nickname for the Cleveland Spiders—was it out of disdain for him, or in celebration of his remarkable skill as an outfielder and as a hitter, or a confounding mixture of attitudes and beliefs that were characteristic of the time?

If, over these many years, anyone associated with Cleveland baseball—from owners, to managers and coaches, to players, to fans—has had any heartfelt intent to bestow honor upon Native Americans as a group and/or upon any specific Native American, or to empathize with their actual lived experience, it seems clear that none of us have done so very well.

Chief Wahoo

A precursor to the Native American caricature that came to represent the Cleveland Indians first appeared in 1932, on the front page of The Plain Dealer. For years thereafter, the “Little Indian,” as he came to be known, made regular appearances in the newspaper’s sports section, drawing readers’ attention to the latest Cleveland baseball news.

The first version actually commissioned by the Indians ballclub was designed by seventeen-year-old Walter Goldbach in 1947. The logo continued to evolve, culminating in the 1951 redesign that remained (with periodic minor design changes) until it was abandoned altogether after the 2018 season.

1932-05-03 The Plain Dealer page 1
The Plain Dealer The Plain Dealer – May 3, 1932
Walter Goldbach First Indians Logo 1947
Cleveland Indians 1947
Cleveland Indians Logo 1951
Cleveland Indians 1951
Cleveland Indians Logo 2014-2018
Cleveland Indians 2014-2018

Use of the nicknames “Chief” and “Chief Wahoo” in connection with certain Cleveland players predates the logo by several decades. In 1952, the nickname and the caricature were united, and Chief Wahoo became the official name of the Cleveland Indians mascot.

Some have noted that Chief Wahoo is actually a brave, not a chief, because his head is adorned with a single feather, whereas a chief would have worn a full headdress. Earlier team logos had included the full headdress.

Today, the twenty-eight-foot, neon-illuminated representation of Chief Wahoo stepping into his swing, that for thiry-one seasons (1962-1993) was mounted high above Gate D at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, is on exhibit in the Reinberger Gallery at the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Chief Wahoo at Western Reserve Historical Society
Dan Meek via Pinterest Chief Wahoo Exhibit

Wahoo is a switch hitter. He is the same on both sides and, back in the day, he rotated. Depending upon which side of Wahoo you looked at, he would appear to be batting righty or lefty. In his new home at the museum, it seems that he’ll be batting lefty forevermore.

Not All Heroes Are White

It is worth remembering that professional baseball in the 19th and early 20th centuries was an entirely different animal than the orderly, tightly-controlled product we see on our 4K and 8K televisions today.

In Sockalexis’ time, baseball was a rowdy, unsportsmanlike, often lawless, often violent brawl, played mostly by gritty, hardened, working-class immigrants, in which “might made right” and “winning at any cost” were both the expectation and the norm. Bullying, threats, intimidation, bribery, and flagrant physical assault were everyday occurrences. The game was a little cleaner by 1915, but not much.

Few players of that era were “honored” by sportswriters, teammates, or fans in the ways that decades of sports marketing have conditioned us to think that Sockalexis was “honored.” It simply was not part of the zeitgeist. It was raucous, take-no-prisoners entertainment, and the dignity of many was sacrificed in the production of it. In any such environment, people who are seen as “other” inevitably bear the worst of the pain. There is no reason to believe that Sockalexis would have been spared. As a Native American playing major league baseball just seven years after the Massacre at Wounded Knee, he was an American hero, simply for having had the courage to step onto the field.

The Dawn of a New Era

2016 Wild Card Game
Screen capture by Ted Berg, USA Today If nothing else, we can all understand that lots of different people see lots of different things in images such as this.

The Indians Era has come to an end. Cleveland’s Major League Baseball club will henceforth be known as the “Guardians,” a name inspired by the eight statues (“Guardians of Traffic”) capping the pylons of the Hope Memorial Bridge that spans the Cuyahoga River, leading to the ballpark from the west.

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Hope Memorial Bridge - Cleveland
Hope Memorial Bridge – Cleveland


  1. The 1901 Cleveland ballclub was an amalgam of two existing Cleveland teams. One of these, the Cleveland Lake Shores, were a minor league club affiliated with the American League, which promoted itself to major league status, effective for the 1901 season. Charley Somers, co-owner of the Lake Shores, was a driving force in the early development of the American League. He purchased the Lake Shores ballclub (formerly the Grand Rapids Rustlers) and moved it to Cleveland, in anticipation of the American League’s ascension to major league status. American League President Ban Johnson, Somers, and the other AL club owners were determined to break the National League’s near monopoly in professional baseball. The other existing Cleveland team, the Cleveland Spiders, were a major league club that competed in the National League. The Spiders roster had been decimated in 1899 when most of their star talent migrated to the National League club in St. Louis, at the direction of the Robison brothers—Frank and Stanley—who were the owners of both the Cleveland and the St. Louis National League teams. St. Louis was a larger market, and the Robisons had decided to go “all in” with their St. Louis team. They sold the Spiders remaining player contracts and other assets to the Cleveland Lake Shores. The combined club was thus a charter member of the new American League, calling itself the Cleveland “Bluebirds,” or “Blues,” for short.

  2. The Spiders performed miserably in 1899 because owners Frank and Stanley Robison (brothers) had bought the St. Louis Browns out of bankruptcy and transferred most of Cleveland’s star talent—including Cy Young and other eventual Hall-of-Famers—to the St. Louis club, renamed the “Perfectos.”

  3. According to Joe Posnanski and others, this lone sportswriter was the only reporter in any of the Cleveland newspapers to suggest an explicit connection with Sockalexis in the months after the name change was announced, in January 1915. Posnanski claims that Sockalexis was not named in The Plain Dealer a single time during the next ten years.

  4. Cleveland’s four daily newspapers of the time were the Cleveland Leader, the Cleveland News, the Cleveland Press, and The Plain Dealer.

Week of September 20-26, 2021

Three-Game Series at Detroit Tigers

Tigers win series 2-1 (including 9/27 makeup)

Monday, September 20, 2021 at 5:40 pm CDT
Comerica Park
Carlos Rodón, LHP vs.
Tigers / Matt Manning, RHP

L, 4-3, 85-65 (.567), L1 | LP: Craig Kimbrel (4-5, 2.26) | Game 150

DEFENSE: Carlos Rodón gives up 3 R (2 ER) on 2 H (2 BB, 6 SO) in 3.0 IP. José Ruiz allows 1 H and strikes out 2 (0 BB) in the 4th and 5th. Garrett Crochet goes 1-2-3 (1 SO) in the 6th, as does Ryan Burr (2 SO) in the 7th. In the 8th, Craig Kimbrel goes FO, K, HBP (steals 2B), then gives up the winning run on an RBI 1B by Harold Castro that scores Robbie Grossman from 2B. Kimbrel throws a FO to end the inning. OFFENSE: Tigers starter Matt Manning gives up the 3 R/ER on 4 H (3 BB, 2 SO) in 5.0 IP. The bullpen allows just 1 hit and strikes out 5. In the 3rd, with bases loaded, Brian Goodwin (walked) scores as Yoán Moncada reaches on a FC, Yasmani Grandal sac fly scores Tim Anderson (singled), and Eloy Jiménez RBI 2B brings in Moncada. Tigers closer Alex Lange retires the bottom third of the lineup for his first MLB save. Miguel Cabrera records his 1,800th career RBI on a sac fly in the 3rd that ties the game at 3. Watch game highlights on

September 21—Adam Engel activated from IL

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 5:40 pm CDT – moved up to 12:10 pm CDT, due to expected inclement weather
Comerica Park
Dallas Keuchel, LHP vs.
Tigers / Tyler Alexander, LHP

L, 5-3, 85-66 (.563), L2 | LP: Jace Fry (0-1, 10.80) | Game 151

Due to some outstanding fielding on both sides, the Tigers knock 16 hits, stranding 10, and the White Sox hit 12, stranding 13. Each pitching staff throws just one 1-2-3 inning. DEFENSE: Dallas Keuchel gives up 11 H this time, but limits the damage to 2 R/ER (1 BB, 2 SO) in 5.0 IP. Jace Fry takes the mound in the 6th, going 1B, FC, 5-4-3 DP, then gives up the game in the 7th—1B, 1B, 5-4-3 DP, RBI 1B, [SB on WP] BB. On this 28th birthday, Aaron Bummer steps in. He issues a [double steal] BB, then gives up the two inherited runs on a 2-RBI 1B that results in the third out at 3B, on the throw from first. Liam Hendriks goes 1-2-3 (2 SO–K) in the 8th. OFFENSE: Luis Robert 2-RBI 1B brings in Cesar Hernández (singled) and Tim Anderson (doubled), in the 3rd. Tim Anderson RBI 1B scores Adam Engel (doubled) in the 8th. Watch game highlights on

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 12:10 pm CDT – Rained Out
Comerica Park
Reynaldo López, RHP vs.
Tigers / Casey Mize, RHP

Postponed due to rain. Rescheduled for September 23 at 12:10 pm CDT.

Five-Game Series at Cleveland Indians (including 6/10 makeup)

White Sox win series 3-2

September 23—Andrew Vaughn activated from IL

Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 12:10 pm CDT
Progressive Field – makeup of June 10 (7 innings)
Reynaldo López, RHP vs.
Indians / Aaron Civale, RHP

W, 7-2, 86-66 (.567), W1 | WP: Aaron Bummer (4-5, 3.78) | Game 152

Contestants representing both teams stage a mini home run derby in Cleveland. DEFENSE: Reynaldo López gives up 2 R/ER on 4 H (0 BB, 4 SO) on 3⅓ IP. Garret Crochet finishes off the 4th with a 1B and a 6-4-3 DP. Aaron Bummer retires 3 in order (1 SO) in the 5th, for the win. Craig Kimbrel walks 2 and retires 3 (0 SO) in the 6th. Liam Hendriks closes with FO, 1B, GO, [WP–runner steals 3B] SO. OFFENSE: Lead-off man Tim Anderson sets the tone with a solo HR (15) off the 3rd pitch of the game. The Sox pull off a major rally in the 2ndLuis Robert (9) and Eloy Jiménez (9) slam back-to-back solo HRs, Tim Anderson 3-run HR (16) brings home Leury García (singled) and César Hernández (singled). Finally, Luis Robert RBI 1B scores Yoán Moncada (walked, advanced to 2B on José Abreu BB). After that, the bats are pretty quiet. But it’s more than enough for a win and the central division title. Watch game highlights on

White Sox Clinch AL Central

2021-09-23 White Sox Clinch AL Central Title
Chicago White Sox

September 23—With today’s game 1 win, the White Sox clinch the American League Central Division title.

Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 5:10 pm CDT
Progressive Field – (7-inning game)
Michael Kopech, RHP vs.
Indians / Zach Plesac, RHP

L, 5-3, 86-67 (.562), L1 | LP: José Ruiz (1-3, 3.14) | Game 153

Game highlights on

Friday, September 24, 2021 at 6:10 pm CDT
Progressive Field
Dylan Cease, RHP vs.
Indians / Not Justin, RHP

W, 1-0, 87-67 (.565), W1 | WP: Dylan Cease (13-7, 3.95) | S: Liam Hendriks (35) | Game 154

DEFENSE: In what turns out to be a suspenseful pitching duel, Dylan Cease pitches brilliantly, striking out 9 (3 H, 0 R, 0 BB) in 5⅓ IP, before taking a hard-hit comebacker to or just above the elbow of his throwing arm that ends the outing. Aaron Burr inherits a runner and allows two more hits. But a bad base running decision on the second hit catches Bradley Zimmer in a rundown between 3B and Home that results in the second out. Burr throws a K to end the 6th. Aaron Bummer goes SO, 1B, GO, K, in the 7th. Craig Kimbrel delivers 3 consecutive Ks, in the 8th. Liam Hendriks closes with a K and 2 GOs, for the save. OFFENSE: In his first outing since June 13, Indians starter Shane Bieber retires 9 White Sox in a row (3 SO) then calls it a day. The Indians bull pen is also formidable, giving up just 1 R—a solo HR (10) by Luis Robert—on 5 hits (0 BB, 8 SO). Watch game highlights on

Injury – Dylan Cease leaves game in the 6th

Cease Injury Update

Field Level Media

September 25—X-rays of Dylan Cease‘s throwing arm are negative. He has a bruised right triceps. Says Cease, “It feels good now. I don’t anticipate on missing any time.” Officially, he is day to day.

Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 5:10 pm CDT
Progressive Field
Lance Lynn, RHP vs.
Indians / Eli Morgan, RHP

L, 6-0, 87-68 (.561), L1 | LP: Lance Lynn (10-6, 2.72) | Game 155

DEFENSE: Not Lance Lynn‘s best game, although it *probably* does not indicate trouble for the playoffs. He had command of his stuff through much of the outing, and 2 of the 6 R/ER given up in 6.0 IP were arguably errors (7 H, 0 BB, 6 SO). After giving up the third run in the 3rd, Lynn retired nine in a row. At one point, Lynn appeared uncomfortable and took a few warmup pitches during a mound visit to assess the situation. Lynn brushed it off, insisting he had “tweaked” his back, then finished out the inning. José Ruiz went 1-2-3 (1 SO) in the 7th. Ryan Burr allowed 1 H and struck out 3 in the 8th. OFFENSE: Indians starter Eli Morgan had a great outing, allowing just 1 H (1 BB, 6 SO) in 6.0 IP. The Indians bullpen allowed just 2 H more (1 BB, 2 SO) to clinch the shutout. Watch game highlights on

Rays Clinch AL East

Rays Primary Dark - Since 2019
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September 25—With today’s 7-3 win over the Marlins, the Rays clinch the American League Eastern Division title.

Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 12:10 pm CDT
Progressive Field
Lucas Giolito, RHP vs.
Indians / Triston McKenzie, RHP

W, 5-2, 88-68, (.564), W1 | WP: Lucas Giolito (11-9, 3.58) | S: Liam Hendriks (36) | Game 156

➤ This was to have been the last home game for the Indians as the Indians, but a makeup game against the Royals tomorrow (9/27/2021) will be the actual historic last home contest of the Indians Era.

DEFENSE: Another gem from Lucas Giolito. He falls behind in the count often, but makes good pitches when needed and gets a lot of hitters to chase—0 R on 5 H (1 BB, 6 SO) in 6.0 IP. Michael Kopech struggles in the 7th, allowing three consecutive base hits, giving up a run on the third. He retires the next batter (FO), before Garrett Crochet steps in to end the inning with a 5-4-3 DP. Craig Kimbrel looks a bit shaky in the 8th. He gives up a HR and retires the other 3 of 4 he faces. Liam Hendriks goes K, GO, 1B, GO, for the save. OFFENSE: Yasmani Grandal 1B scores Tim Anderson (walked, advanced to 2B on José Abreu 1B), in the 1st. Eloy Jiménez 2-RBI 1B, in the 3rd, brings in Leury Garcia (doubled) and José Abreu (walked, advanced to 2B on Yasmani Grandal walk). In the 6th, Leury Garcia RBI 1B brings home Andrew Vaughn (singled, advanced to 2B on Billy Hamilton sac bunt). Billy Hamilton steals Home in the 8th (singled, advanced to 3B on Tim Anderson 1B). Watch game highlights on

Brian Goodwin Injured

Brian Goodwin CF 18
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September 26—Brian Goodwin has been placed on the 10-day injured list lower back spasms.

Brewers Clinch NL Central

Brewers Primary Dark - Since 2020
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September 26—With today’s 8-4 win over the Mets, the Brewers clinch the National League Central Division title.

Dodgers to NL Wild Card Game

Dodgers Primary Dark - Since 2012
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September 26—With today’s 3-0 win over the Diamondbacks, the Dodgers clinch the first spot in the National League Wild Card Game, on October 6. They remain in the running for the NL West title, with the Giants in 1st place.

White Sox Acquire César Hernández

Cesar Hernandez 2B (Indians) - Portrait
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July 29—The Cleveland Indians trade 9-year veteran second baseman César Hernández to the White Sox for AA RHP Konnor Pilkington, who came to the Sox from Mississippi State in the third round of the 2018 draft. Hernandez won the AL Golden Glove at 2B in 2020. His season-to-date batting average of .231 is down from his career average of .272.

Week of July 26-Aug 1, 2021

July 26—Eloy Jiménez activated from rehab

Luis Robert Rehab Progress

Luis Robert CF 88
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July 26—Outfielder Luis Robert to continue rehab at Charlotte Knights (AAA), moving up from Winston-Salem Dash (A+).

Four-Game Series at Kansas City Royals

Royals win series 3-1

Monday, July 26, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Kauffman Stadium
Dallas Keuchel, LHP vs.
Royals / Mike Minor, LHP

L, 4-3, 59-41 (.590), L1 | LP: Dallas Keuchel (7-4, 4.32) | Game 100

DEFENSE: Dallas Keuchel allows 4 R on 6.0 IP (6 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 SO), including 2 solo HRs by Jorge Soler, and a third by Andrew Benintendi. Cori Heuer (1-2-3, 0 SO) and Garrett Crochet (2 H, 1 BB, 2 SO) finish out the game, pitching a scoreless inning each. OFFENSE: Andrew Vaughn 2-RBI 1B in the 6th. Adam Engel RBI 1B in the 9th. Fresh off the IL, Eloy Jiménez goes 0-for-4, but is visibly excited to be back in the lineup. Watch game highlights from

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Kauffman Stadium
Dylan Cease, RHP vs.
Royals / Brad Keller, RHP

W, 5-3, 60-41 (.594), W1 | WP: Reynaldo Lopez (1-0, 2.00) | S: Liam Hendriks (25) | Game 101

DEFENSE: Dylan Cease allows 3 R on 6.0 IP (6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO). Reynaldo López (1 SO), Michael Kopech (3 SO), and Liam Hendriks (1 SO) pitch a 1-2-3, no-hit inning each. OFFENSE: Eloy Jiménez 3-run HR (1) off Kyle Zimmer in the 8th. Jiménez also shines defensively, making two difficult running catches in the 4th, and throwing Michael A. Taylor out at home in the 2nd. Gavin Sheets solo HR (6) in the 4th Yoán Moncada RBI groundout in the 8th. Watch game highlights from

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Kauffman Stadium
Lucas Giolito, RHP vs.
Royals / Kris Bubic, LHP

L, 3-2, 60-42 (.588), L1 | LP: Ryan Burr (2-1, 3.26) | Game 102

DEFENSE: Lucas Giolito gives up just 1 R, striking out 7, on 6.0 IP (4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB). Aaron Bummer (2 SO) and Michael Kopech (0 SO) pitch a no-hit inning each, before Liam Hendriks gives up the tying run—a Salvador Perez solo HR—in the 9th. A Michael A. Taylor 1B brings in the automatic runner to win the game for the Royals in the 10th. OFFENSE: The White Sox 5 H are all off starter Kris Bubic (3 SO). The Royals bullpen strikes out 6. Danny Mendick 2-RBI 1B in the 5th brings in Andrew Vaughn (1B) and Leury García (1B). Watch game highlights from

Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 1:10 pm CDT
Kauffman Stadium
Carlos Rodón, LHP vs.
Royals / Carlos Hernández, RHP

L, 5-0, 60-43 (.583), L2 | LP: Carlos Rodón (8-5, 2.49) | Game 103

DEFENSE: Carlos Rodón allows 8 H and 4 R on 4.0 IP (4 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO), starting with a 2-run HR by Salvador Perez in the 1st. He gives up a solo HR to Michael A. Taylor in the 2nd, and Hunter Dozier brings in Carlos Santana on a sac fly in the 3rd, making it 4-0 Royals. Rodón’s velocity is a few MPH lower than normal through the first couple of innings. With Reynaldo López pitching in the 5th, Jorge Soler reaches on an E6 (Leury García), then advances to third on a Hunter Dozier 2B, and scores on a Michael A. Taylor sac fly. López goes 1-2-3 in the 6th (1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO on 2.0 IP). Ryan Burr delivers 2.0 no-hit innings, giving up 2 BB (0 SO). The White Sox turn a 4-5-3 double play to finish out the 8th. OFFENSE: Royals starter, Carlos Hernández, gives up just 4 H and 1 BB to the White Sox on 6.0 IP (4 SO). Their bullpen allows just one more hit and strikes out 5, for the shutout. Watch game highlights from

July 29—Evan Marshall, RHP moved from 10-day to 60-day IL (to make room on 40-man roster)

2021 Trade Deadline

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The 2021 Major League Baseball Trade Deadline is Friday, July 30 at 4:00 pm EDT.

Three-Game Series vs. Cleveland Indians

White Sox win series 2-1

Friday, July 30, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Lance Lynn, RHP vs.
Indians / J.C. Mejia, RHP

W, 6-4, 61-43 (.587), W1 | WP: José Ruiz (1-1, 2.90) | S: Liam Hendriks (26) | Game 104

DEFENSE: Lance Lynn gives up 3 R on 7 H for a 5-inning no decision (3 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO). Garrett Crochet and Aaron Bummer pitch a clean inning each. But Ryan Tepera’s White Sox debut in the 8th is less-than-illustrious. He gives up a HR and a 1B, then issues a BB, before being replaced by José Ruiz, who retires the next three to end the inning (the first out comes on a sac bunt that loads the bases with Indians). Lethal Liam Hendriks goes 1-2-3 (2 SO) for the save (26). OFFENSE: In the 2nd, a one-in-a-million situation occurs when Cleveland outfielders Bradley Zimmer and Daniel Johnson collide at the center-field wall, both running to catch Yoán Moncada’s line drive, which rebounds out of Zimmer’s glove, sending it over the wall for a solo HR that should have been a lineout. Brian Goodwin RBI 1B brings Moncada in from second base, in the 4th. Then, with one out and two on, Leury García grounds into a force out at second, beats the throw to first for a base hit, and brings in a run. Andrew Vaughn run-scoring BB in the 5th. Tim Anderson RBI 1B in the 8th, before José Abreu HBP with bases loaded and no outs forces the final run of the game. “Controlled pandemonium” ensues…

La Russa Rushes Infield

When James Karinchak hits José Abreu in the noggin with a 96 MPH fastball, Tony La Russa rushes out of the dugout to confront Indians catcher Roberto Pérez—a run that launches a thousand memes (see below). Both benches clear, but no blows are exchanged. In the end, Abreu hugs Karinchak and takes his base.

La Russa runs with the Beatles
La Russa runs with Forrest Gump
La Russa runs to the vault

Tony La Russa on tempers flaring after José Abreu HBP

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July 30—SS Danny Mendick and RHP Ryan Burr optioned to Charlotte Knights (AAA)

Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 6:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Dallas Keuchel, LHP vs.
Indians / Triston McKenzie, RHP

L, 12-11, 61-44 (.581), L1 | LP: Michael Kopech (3-1, 2.55) | Game 105

Rookie catcher Seby Zavaya goes 4-for-4, becoming the first Big League player ever to slam his first three career HRs in a single game—and the second of his three consecutive homers just happens to be a Grand Slam! He tops off the night with a 1B on his 4th and final at bat of the game. Watch game highlights from

Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 1:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Jimmy Lambert, RHP vs.
Indians / Cal Quantrill, RHP

W, 2-1, 62-44 (.585), W1 | WP: Liam Hendriks (5-2, 2.47) | Game 106

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Billy Hamilton to Injured List

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August 1—Outfielder Billy Hamilton is back on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain, the same injury that landed him there on June 6. This is Hamilton’s third time on the IL this season.

Week of May 31-June 6, 2021

Four-Game Series at Cleveland Indians (including 1 makeup)

Indians take series 2-1 (1 game postponed)

Monday, May 31, 2021 at 2:10 pm CDT
Progressive Field – 7-inning Game
Carlos Rodón, LHP vs.
Indians / Triston McKenzie, RHP

W, 8-6, 33-20 (.623), W5 | WP: Codi Heuer (4-1, 5.09) | S: Aaron Bummer (1) | Game 53

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Monday, May 31, 2021 at pm CDT
Progressive Field – Makeup of April 21 (7 innings)
Jimmy Lambert, RHP vs.
Indians / Cal Quantrill, RHP

L, 3-1, 33-21 (.611), L1 | LP: Jimmy Lambert (0-1, 7.36) | Game 54

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 5:10 pm CDT
Progressive Field
Dylan Cease, RHP vs.
Indians / Shane Bieber, RHP

L, 6-5, 33-22 (.600), L2 | LP: Dylan Cease (3-2, 3.79) | Game 55

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 12:10 pm CDT
Progressive Field – Rained Out
TBD vs.
Indians / TBD

Postponed due to rain. Makeup scheduled for September 23 at 12:10 pm CDT as the first game of a split doubleheader.

Michael Kopech to Injured List

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May 31—Right-handed reliever Michael Kopech was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to May 28, due to a strained left hamstring sustained while throwing the final pitch of his one inning against the Cardinals on May 26.

Four-Game Series vs. Detroit Tigers

White Sox win series 3-1

Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Lance Lynn, RHP vs.
Tigers / Casey Mize, RHP

W, 4-1, 34-22 (.607), W1 | WP: Lance Lynn (7-1, 1.23) | S: Liam Hendriks (14) | Game 56

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Friday, June 4, 2021 at 7:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Dallas Keuchel, LHP vs.
Tigers / Spencer Turnbull, RHP

W, 9-8, 35-22 (.614), W2 | WP: Liam Hendriks (2-1, 1.93) | Game 57

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Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 1:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Lucas Giolito, RHP vs.
Tigers / Tarik Skubal, LHP

L, 4-3, 35-23 (.603), L1 | LP: Lucas Giolito (5-5, 3.88) | Game 58

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Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 1:10 pm CDT
Guaranteed Rate Field
Dylan Cease, RHP vs.
Tigers / José Ureña, RHP

W, 3-0, 36-23 (.610), W1 | WP: Dylan Cease (4-2, 3.36) | S: Liam Hendriks (15) | Game 59

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June 6—Adam Engel activated from IL

Billy Hamilton to Injured List

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June 6—Outfielder Billy Hamilton was placed on the 10-day injured list, due to a strained right oblique. He left yesterday’s loss to the Tigers after the 4th inning.