Another exciting year has come and gone in Cleveland, with plenty of highs and lows at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
There was a Cy Young Award winner on the mound and two big offseason signings going dud.
There was an MVP candidate in the outfield and a former ace getting hurt and eventually traded.
All in all, while 2014 did not end in a playoff berth like 2013, it was still a special year, one which saw Cleveland record back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2000-01.
And in 2014, we will use The LEGO Movie to remember everything that happened in Cleveland baseball.
Quotes are from IMDB and Wikipedia.
Everything is awesome.
Everything is cool when you’re part of a team
Everything is awesome when we’re living our dream.
The big song from The LEGO Movie, “Everything is Awesome,” really does epitomize a lot about Cleveland baseball in 2014:
Michael Brantley signed a four-year, $25 million extension in mid-February, a move that has already worked out spectacularly for Cleveland. The outfielder immediately went out and finished third in the MVP voting and looks to be a key building block for years to come.
Yan Gomes may not have finished with any MVP votes, but he also made Cleveland look smart for giving him a six-year, $23 million extension in late-March. He followed up 2013’s breakout with a 2014 that saw him rank as arguably the best catcher in the American League.
Trevor Bauer bounced back from a down 2013 season and Danny Salazar pulled himself out of a rough start to 2014, with the two becoming key cogs in Cleveland’s potentially elite, definitely low-cost starting rotation.
The bullpen ended up pitching well, with Cody Allen and Bryan Shaw offering plus results from the right side and Marc Rzepczynski, Kyle Crockett, and Nick Hagadone giving Cleveland a solid basis of left-handed relievers for the foreseeable future.
And finally, Terry Francona signed a contract extension of his own after the season, giving the manager a guaranteed contract through 2018 with club options for 2019 and 2020. There will always be quibbles with the way any manager runs the club, the placement of hitters in the order, etc., but Francona is clearly one of the best in baseball. And he is committed to bringing a winner to Cleveland. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, January 1, 2015