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The Cleveland Indians announced today that Carlos Baerga, one of the best second basemen in Cleveland Indians history and a member of the 1995 World Series team, will be inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame on June 22.
Baerga always has been a fan favorite and is warmly remembered throughout the organization as being an uplifting, positive force in the clubhouse.
“As difficult as it is to identify one player who made the most significant impact on the renaissance of Indians Baseball in the 1990s, I would have to have Carlos Baerga at the heart of the discussion,” said Indians Vice President of Public Relations Bob DiBiasio. “It took Carlos’ passion and enthusiasm to awaken a baseball franchise and its fan base from a 40-year slumber. His energy was infectious. Constantly moving, constantly dancing and talking whether in the clubhouse, during BP or during a game, Carlos provided an enthusiasm that helped create perhaps the best run of Indians baseball in club history.”
Tom Hamilton, voice of the Indians, agrees. “The guy unified the clubhouse. His personality was so magnetic; he made sure everyone was ready to play. Baerga didn’t have a problem getting guys fired up. He was never one of those guys that said, ‘that’s not my job.’ He did things others hadn’t done before.”
His impact on the field was just as — if not more — incredible. A switch hitter, Baerga was the first (of only three players) to have ever hit a home run from both sides of the plate in the same inning. He had back-to-back seasons with 200 or more hits; Kenny Lofton, in 1996, is the only Indians player to accomplish the feat since Baerga.
“In 1993, he had cellulitis after fouling a ball off his leg with 199 hits. He spent five days in the hospital and on the sixth day came out and got his 200th hit,” said Indians Director of Media Relations Bart Swain. “That 200 was a magical number for him. Most guys would have shut it down, but Carlos gutted it out and got his 200th hit legging out a swinging bunt down the third base line in the last game at the old stadium.”
“Whether leading the team in hits or hustling from first to third, Carlos was in constant motion,” DiBiasio said. “Most remember Carlos’ highlights on the field — hitting homers from both sides of the plate in one inning to set a Major League record or producing seasons for a second baseman that rivaled baseball legend Rogers Hornsby — but my memories of Carlos focus on what an incredible teammate he was. Always smiling, always keeping the clubhouse a fun place to be. And when our franchise suffered the tragic deaths of Steve Olin and Tim Crews, it was Carlos who represented his teammates at a press conference the morning following the accident. Few have worn the Cleveland Indians uniform with more pride than Carlos.”
Baerga currently works as an Alumni Ambassador for the club and is assisting new manager Terry Francona’s staff at Spring Training in Goodyear, Arizona. Most recently, he was named Manager of the Year in la Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente Walker in Puerto Rico.
Out in Goodyear, it seems Baerga’s passion has been revived. “Having (new outfielder Nick) Swisher here reminds me of the energy and enthusiasm that Carlos brought day in and day out,” Swain said.
“He has never changed,” Hamilton added. “That’s why you knew it was genuine.”
Baerga will be honored in a ceremony before the Indians’ game against the Minnesota Twins and later will be recognized in Heritage Park, behind the center field wall at Progressive Field. Sincerest congratulations to Carlos Baerga on being the 39th member inducted into the Indians Hall of Fame.
–TribeVibe contributor Courtney Shilling
“For me, broadcasting the game is like sitting in the stands talking to the fellow sitting next to me.” – Herb Score
With the true spirit of Herb Score in mind, we want you sitting next to us too, so to speak. As we begin yet another season of The Great Game, the Cleveland Indians front office is thrilled to introduce you to TribeVibe, a brand new MLBlog on Indians.com. We’ve had so much success connecting with all of you through the Indians Facebook page and our Twitter accounts (@Indians, @TribeInsider ) that we decided to take that a step further and create TribeVibe as a way for fans to gain even better access to information about the Cleveland Indians.
The goal of TribeVibe is simple – to give you an inside perspective of what it’s like to be with a Major League Baseball team for a full season. That means different things to different people in this industry, so we want to make a concerted effort to show you the game through a variety of lenses.
Naturally, our focus will be on what you care most about – the team – and frankly it’s an exciting time to be following the Indians. We embark on the 2012 season with the opportunity to watch a young group of athletes as they grow together and tackle the daily challenges that come with learning how to win on a consistent basis. This club has also been constructed with several respected veterans who are in place to set a positive example, offer advice and provide perspective as this process unfolds. Throw in the outstanding leadership qualities of Manny Acta and we can’t wait to help you get to know this group of players and coaches even better. Let’s face it, the camaraderie and comedy that exist in a major league clubhouse make it a pretty special place and we think we’ve come up with some creative features that will allow us to have a little fun and highlight the unique personalities who represent the Block “C”.
TribeVibe will also be geared towards helping you keep up with the Indians when they’re away from home and that will begin immediately with the latest news from spring training as the 25-man roster begins to take shape in our final days here in Arizona. We hope that all fans have the opportunity to visit the Tribe in Goodyear, Arizona at some point, but in the meantime TribeVibe will bring the Cactus League action straight to you. Once the season starts, you’ll see this concept transition into road trips as we stow readers away in our carry-on luggage and provide a glimpse into the daily grind of leaving the comforts of Progressive Field and Cleveland behind.
Last, but certainly not least, we’ll take you inside the front office to keep you informed of the latest decisions made by our Baseball Operations Department and coaching staff – TribeVibe can be your source for official press releases, injury news and even pre-game lineup cards. Along the way, we can also provide information that will make transaction rules and the thought process behind certain types of roster moves easier to comprehend. The complex strategies involved account for just a few of the reasons that we all share a love and passion for America’s Pastime.
While the Indians Baseball Information Department will serve as the primary voice of TribeVibe on a day-to-day basis, you may also hear from people like Indians President Mark Shapiro, General Manager Chris Antonetti and Senior VP of Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio from time to time. These respected executives, along with more than 150 employees, have and will continue to shape the culture of an organization that cares deeply about bringing championship baseball back to the city of Cleveland. We’re all very excited to be sharing this brand new forum with you so please don’t hesitate to leave comments or contact us directly – if you have suggestions for the types of features you want to see more of in this space, shoot us an email at TribeVibe@indians.com and we’ll do our best to incorporate them going forward.
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