Pestano broke 75-year-old rookie record

In 2011, Vinnie Pestano set the Indians rookie record (min. 50 innings) for most strikeouts per nine innings. The previous record, held by Bob Feller, had stood 75 years.

Interestingly enough, Pestano’s performance came in the exact same number of innings pitcher (62) as Feller, who was used as both a starter a reliever, back in 1936. Feller recorded 76 strikeouts (and 47 walks), while Pestano struck out 84 (with just 24 walks).

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10 career wins for Tomlin

Josh Tomlin has 10 wins through his first 17 career games (all starts) – the most by a Tribe pitcher in the last 90 years.

His 10 wins in 17 games surpasses the mark previously shared by Jaret Wright and Luis Tiant. Only five others have had as many as eight wins in their fist 17 career games.

Player #Matching ▾ W L W-L% ERA GS IP ER WHIP
Josh Tomlin 17 Ind. Games 10 4 .714 3.91 17 106.0 46 1.14
Luis Tiant 17 Ind. Games 9 4 .692 3.13 14 112.0 39 1.16
Jaret Wright 17 Ind. Games 9 3 .750 4.53 17 95.1 48 1.30
Herb Score 17 Ind. Games 8 6 .571 3.08 16 120.0 41 1.41
Gene Bearden 17 Ind. Games 8 3 .727 2.79 13 100.0 31 1.34
John Farrell 17 Ind. Games 8 3 .727 3.00 16 123.0 41 1.20
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Generated 5/3/2011.

So long Joe Tait

Joe Tait, legendary Cleveland sports broadcaster, called his last Cavaliers game on the radio last night. While he will undoubtedly be remembered most of as the voice of the Cavs for over 30 years, let’s not forget his 15 years covering the Indians, both on the radio and TV.

Tait was the voice of the Indians for 15 seasons

From 1973 to 1979 Tait and Herb Score called Tribe games on the radio for WWWE. Tait then transferred over to the TV, where he called games on WUAB through the 1987 season.

During that span, Tait saw an awful lot of really bad baseball.

The Tribe was a grand total of 182 games under .500 during Tait’s tenure as their play-by-play man, and never won more than 84 games in a year (1986) and never finished higher than 4th in the standings.

To sum up just how awful the Joe Tait era of Indians baseball was, try coming up with the pitcher who started the most games for the Tribe during his tenure. Good luck. (answer in the comments section).