Cleveland Indians

Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Indians

The Indians are riding a high heading into the postseason. They’ve won their second consecutive American League Central Division title, fueled by a historic 22-game winning streak.  WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says it’s vindication for Indians owner, Paul Dolan.

"Dolans are cheap; that's all you hear," Pluto says.

photo of Canal Park
ANDREW MEYER / WKSU

While the Cleveland Indians are still in the final weeks of the regular season, the team's minor league affiliates have all wrapped up their seasons, and it was a good year for them attendance-wise. All five teams saw an increase in attendance, as much as 13.9 percent over the year before.

Scott Tainsky is an Associate Professor of Sport Management at Wayne State University in Michigan. He says there are a number factors, but success on the field is not necessarily one of them.

The Cleveland Indians now have the longest winning streak in American League history following their 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers this afternoon at Progressive Field.

Manager Terry Francona says he thinks the winning streak means more since the team has focused just on winning one game at a time.

“Our guys are playing the game to win the right way, so that part is really meaningful. They should enjoy what they’re doing. It’s pretty special.”

The victory eclipsed the twenty-game win streak set by the 2002 Oakland Athletics.

The Indians have made history, winning their 20th straight game to tie a streak set by the Oakland A’s in 2002. A win on Wednesday would shatter a record on the books since 1935. The streak has propelled the team to the best record in the American League.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto  says at the heart of all this winning is a special team culture.

The Indians have made history, winning their 20th straight game to tie a streak set by the Oakland A’s in 2002. A win on Wednesday would shatter a record on the books since 1935. The streak has propelled the team to the best record in the American League.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto  says at the heart of all this winning is a special team culture.

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