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Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Taking Back the Ballparks - Cleveland Indians

I visited Progressive Field on the first of a back-to-back with my PNC jaunt. Though obviously overshadowed by its rival to the southeast, the Jake remains a beaut, and perhaps represents the largest improvement from the old park to the new (I guess Cascadia Field, Allegheny Park and China Basin are also contenders).

It once was filled nightly, back when Manny and Albert and Jim Thome were bashing the American League over the head. Attendance has fallen considerably in recent years. Perhaps a name change from the ubiquitous Progressive Insurance company could pump up interest.

In other news, all vestiges of Chief Wahoo will soon be removed from the site. At the risk of offending this site’s chief, wahoo!

Ballpark History

Built: 1994

Capacity: 35,051

Name: Progressive Field (2009-present), Before that, Jacobs Field (1994-2008).

Other ballparks used by club in its current city: Municipal Stadium, 1931-2003; League Park, 1901-1932; 1934-35, periodically after through 1946.

Distinctive Features: 19-foot-high left field wall; raised bullpens, from which an occasional errant throw can screw over David Murphy; Heritage Park beyond centerfield, honoring great players and moments in Tribe history; that damn drummer guy.

Ballpark Highlights:

On June 12, 1995, a capacity crowd of 41,485 watched the first-place Tribe beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 to move to 31-11. It was the first of 455 consecutive sellouts, then a major league record.

In the penultimate game of the abbreviated 1995 season, Albert Belle connected on his 50th homer to go along with 52 doubles, a baseball first.

In 2001, a four-run eighth and five-run ninth allowed the Indians to rally from a 12-run deficit, and a Jolbert Cabrera single in the 10th scored Kenny Lofton with the winning run in a 15-14 triumph. The major league record for the largest comeback was completed against the Seattle Mariners, a team that would go on to win a record-tying 116 contests that season.
In Game 2 of the 2007 ALDS, Joba Chamberlain introduced the baseball world to the midge.

In one of the more memorable Game 7s of the past 20 years, the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years with an 8-7, 10-inning victory over the Tribe. Cleveland rallied from a four-run deficit to send the game into extras, but a two-run top of the frame could only be halved by the hosts in the bottom. The outcome gave the Tribe the distinction of owning the longest title-free drought.

Selections to Date
San Francisco Giants - China Basin

Texas Rangers - The Ballpark in Arlington

San Diego Padres - Mission Field

Boston Red Sox - Fenway Park

Washington Nationals - Nationals Park

Tampa Bay Rays - Suncoast Dome

Philadelphia Phillies - Citizens Park

Seattle Mariners - Cascadia Field

Pittsburgh Pirates - Allegheny Park

Kansas City Royals -Kauffman Stadium

New York Mets - Willets Point

Los Angeles Angels - Autry Field

St. Louis Cardinals - Busch Stadium

Detroit Tigers - Tiger Field

Miami Marlins - Fish Tank


SoSH U at work Posted: May 01, 2018 at 08:40 AM | 27 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. catomi01 Posted: April 30, 2018 at 12:21 PM (#5662876)
In other news, all vestiges of Chief Wahoo will soon be removed from the site. At the risk of offending this site’s chief, wahoo!

If it wasn't 180 degrees opposite the rationale behind this then I would nominate "The Reservation," but there's no way that would fly.
   2. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: April 30, 2018 at 12:35 PM (#5662890)
I nominate The Jake
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: April 30, 2018 at 12:35 PM (#5662891)
Sorry, this ran too early. It will go live again tomorrow after the Marlins vote wraps up.

   4. Dag Nabbit at Posted: May 01, 2018 at 09:19 AM (#5663485)
The Happiness Factory - in reference to this impressive rant.

Midge Pavillion. Ask Joba Chamberlain why.

Yeah, I don't really have any actual suggestions. The Jake sounds good.
   5. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 01, 2018 at 09:40 AM (#5663499)
From 1939-1946, League Park was used for weekday games, Municipal Stadium was used for weekends and holidays. When Bill Veeck's group bought the club, they moved into the Mistake by the Lake for all games.

-- MWE
   6. ajnrules Posted: May 01, 2018 at 10:09 AM (#5663528)
I nominate Jacobs Field, "The Jake" for short.
   7. Jose Is An Absurd Balladeer Posted: May 01, 2018 at 10:12 AM (#5663531)
Rock -n- Roll Field
   8. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: May 01, 2018 at 10:14 AM (#5663534)
It should be Jacobs Fields again. The name was chosen in a time-honored and only slightly megalomaniacal fashion, and the move into the stadium with that name coincided with the start what's probably the most glorious period in Cleveland baseball.

I love that Bartolo Colon was a key guy from the back end of that run and is still pitching. He was in the rotation with Orel Hershiser his rookie year; in Hershiser's first appearance Bill Russell and Dusty Baker, who debuted in the '60s, were on the field. From Russell you get to Jim Bunning and Don Drysdale and players of the 1950s, and away you go. (Of course, it would be easier to note that Julio Franco was the 2B in Colon's first game, meaning that Bartolo is one step away from Pud Galvin and Cupid Childs.)

Anyway, Jacobs Field, aka the Jake.
   9. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 01, 2018 at 10:32 AM (#5663543)
I'm fine with Jacobs Field. Dick Jacobs was a great owner who deserves to be memorialized. I guess Cleveland Stadium would be okay too.
   10. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: May 01, 2018 at 11:09 AM (#5663577)
The Jake sounds like it's pulled out to an early lead, but we might as well give it some competition. How about Spiders Park.
   11. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 01, 2018 at 12:35 PM (#5663666)
I'm fine with Jacobs Field. Dick Jacobs was a great owner who deserves to be memorialized.
I agree, but let's go with Dick Park.
   12. PreservedFish Posted: May 01, 2018 at 01:23 PM (#5663714)
Jacobs Field.
   13. QLE Posted: May 01, 2018 at 03:02 PM (#5663774)
Joining in the chorus for Jacobs Field.

If that won't do:

The Veeck
Doby Park
The SpeakerDome
Nickel Beer Stadium
   14. Dag Nabbit at Posted: May 01, 2018 at 05:15 PM (#5663902)
The Veeck

This really won't work as he's more associated with the White Sox than the Indians. I know he won his world title in Cleveland, but he owned the Sox twice, lived in the Chicago area. Heck, his dad was the one-time Cubs GM. Too much Chicago on Veeck for him to work as a Cleveland stadium name.
   15. MY PAIN IS NOT A HOLIDAY (CoB). Posted: May 01, 2018 at 05:16 PM (#5663905)
Spider's Web
   16. SoSH U at work Posted: May 01, 2018 at 05:20 PM (#5663907)
Lajoie Field, for pronunciation fun.

   17. Dag Nabbit at Posted: May 01, 2018 at 05:21 PM (#5663908)
If we're gonna name it after any player (a practice I generally oppose, but just to throw out ideas here): Bob Feller Field

Iconic player in his day. Entire career with Cleveland.
   18. Panik on the streets of Flushing! (Trout! Trout!) Posted: May 01, 2018 at 05:23 PM (#5663912)
How about Trevor Bauer field? He singlehandedly destroyed the Astros franchise, thereby making it easy for the Indians to win 3 WS in a row. /posting from 2021
   19. BDC Posted: May 01, 2018 at 05:40 PM (#5663919)
I like Jacobs too. I tend to call it Jacobs. I've been there, since the name was changed to whatever it is now, which I could find out by scrolling up to the top of this thread; but I've already forgotten what it's called now; I just call it Jacobs or the Jake anyway.

Cleveland Stadium is fine too but will have to wait till they tear down the Jake and replace it with a dome :)
   20. Panic Posted: May 02, 2018 at 12:55 AM (#5664186)
Cleveland Stadium is fine too but will have to wait till they tear down the Jake and replace it with a dome :)

By then, we can name it after "Tyler" Bauer - The Drone Dome.
   21. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 02, 2018 at 07:54 AM (#5664216)
Jacobs Field / The Jake
   22. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: May 02, 2018 at 10:47 AM (#5664348)
Major League Park.

But yeah, it's gotta be The Jake/Jacobs Field.
   23. Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: May 04, 2018 at 12:32 PM (#5666246)
Forest City Park
Burning River Park (not remotely a joke)
   24. Nasty Nate Posted: May 04, 2018 at 12:38 PM (#5666252)
Factory of Happiness (remotely a joke)

Edit: oops, now I see #4 already beat me to it.
   25. Rusty Priske Posted: May 08, 2018 at 09:44 AM (#5668379)
Spiders Park is a great name.

(The Jake... no. Jacobs Field with the Jake as a nickname is fine.)
   26. oscar madisox Posted: May 08, 2018 at 08:43 PM (#5668884)
I've noticed that only one of our names uses the actual name of the city —Ballpark at Arlington—so for change of pace, I agree that Cleveland Stadium is as good a nomination as any.

Or Lebron James field. (Maybe it keeps him in town.)

   27. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: May 08, 2018 at 09:25 PM (#5668914)
Heck, his dad was the one-time Cubs GM.

Who planted the ivy IIRC.

edit: Jacob's Field

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