Cleveland Indians: Ex-Tribe Players Lighting Up the Rest of MLB

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Cleveland Indians: Ex-Tribe Players Lighting Up the Rest of MLB

It seems like every time I've turned on SportsCenter over the past few weeks, all I've seen are highlights of Ryan Church of the Mets and Ryan Ludwick of the Cardinals, either coming up with key hits at the plate or making great plays in the outfield.

Why did I notice those two players so much on ESPN? Why, because both of them happened to play for the Indians, that’s why! Now, with the Tribe scuffling so much, it led me to thinking, “Who else is out there right now that could be helping us win some games?”

(Note: I played this same game two years ago when the Indians stunk, too. You can read about that list here).

So what I did was spend about two hours this afternoon on baseball-reference.com, which is one of my favorite websites, looking at the rosters of the 29 other teams and finding all the guys who were, at one point or another, a member of the Tribe organization and now playing in the big leagues.

(Yes, thank you, I have no life right now. I’m well aware of this fact, okay?)

What I came up with was 49 players once in the Tribe organization, now playing on 21 other MLB teams. Two years ago, I found 60 former Indians players who were, at that time, playing for other organizations in the big leagues.

I’m sure that these numbers are roughly the same for every team, who have all made dumb (sometimes smart) trades or other roster moves. I know I definitely picked up on a lot of guys who used to play for the Tigers while I was browsing through these rosters.

And if I missed someone that you know of, feel free to throw his name down below in the comment box. Also feel free to moan and groan or rant about guys who were terrible with us only to play great later (cough cough, Brandon Phillips), guys you wish we’d never given up (Brian Giles, Jeff Kent) and the guys you never knew even existed (Tim Byrdak??? Don’t ask me how I remembered how he was with the Tribe because I just don’t know.)

The stats listed are their 2008 ones with their current teams. I list how/why we lost these guys after their stats, once again helping you to relive infamous trades. (Where have you gone, Jeriome Robertson?)

Anyway, enjoy:

Angels:
1. Macier Izturis (.210, 12 RBI, 6 SB) – traded w/Ryan Church for Scott Stewart to Expos in 2001.
2. Justin Speier (0-3, 5.00 ERA) – traded to Mets for Brian Jenkins in 2001.

Orioles:
1. Luke Scott (.263, 4 HR, 16 RBI) – traded to Astros for Jeriome Robertson (2004).
2. Jeremy Guthrie (2-4, 3.86 ERA, 39 K, 63.0 IP) – signed off waivers in 2007.

Red Sox:
1. Manny Ramirez (.287, 8 HR, 28 RBI, one high-five to fans in LF bleachers) – signed as free agent (2001).
2. Coco Crisp (.295 BA, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 6 SB) – traded w/Josh Bard and David Riske for Guillermo Mota, Kelly Shoppach, Andy Marte and Randy Newsom (2006).
3. Sean Casey (.355 BA, .420 OBP, 7 2B) – traded to Reds for Dave Burba (1998).
4. Alex Cora (9 hits, 22 AB, 14 GP) – traded to Red Sox for Ramon Vazquez (2005).
5. Julian Tavarez (6.39 ERA, recently demoted) – traded w/Jeff Kent, Jose Vizcaino and Joe Roa to Giants for Matt Williams and Trinidad Hubbard (1996).
6. Bartolo Colon (5.0 IP, 2 ER in lone start) – traded w/ Tim Drew to Expos for Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee, Brandon Phillips and Lee Stevens (2002).

Cubs:
1. Bobby Howry (0-2, 5.70 ERA) – signed as FA w/ Cubs (2005).

White Sox:
1. Jim Thome (.208 BA, 9 HR, 25 RBI) – signed as FA w/ Phillies (2003).

Reds:
1. Brandon Phillips (.295 BA, 8 HR, 25 RBI, 8 SB) – traded to Reds for Jeff Stevens in 2006.
2. Dave Weathers (1-3, 5.02 ERA) – signed off waivers by Reds (1997).
3. Kent Mercker (13 G, 3.86 ERA) – signed by Red (1996).

Astros:
1. Tim Byrdak (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 11.3 IP) – released in 2002, signed w/ Padres in 2004.

Dodgers:
1. Jeff Kent (.234 BA, 4 HR, 22 RBI) - traded w/Julian Tavarez, Jose Vizcaino and Joe Roa to Giants for Matt Williams and Trinidad Hubbard (1996).

Brewers:
1. David Riske (0-1, 4.71 ERA, 1 SV) - traded w/Bard and Crisp for Mota, Shoppach, Marte and Newsom (2006).
2. Guillermo Mota (1-2, 3.44 ERA, 1 SV) – given to the Mets for nothing, literally nothing, in 2006.

Mets:
1. Ryan Church (.315 BA, 9 HR, 32 RBI) – traded w/Macier Izturis to Expos for Scott Stewart (2004).

Yankees:
1. Billy Traber (4.50 ERA, 8.0 IP) – signed off waivers by Red Sox in 2004.

Athletics:
1. Alan Embree (1-2, 4.22 ERA) – traded w/ Kenny Lofton to Braves for Marquis Grissom and David Justice in 1997.
2. Keith Foulke (3.18 ERA, 11.3 IP) – “retired” in 2007, signed by A’s in 2008.

Phillies:
1. Chad Durbin (1-1, 2.08 ERA) – signed off waivers by D’Backs in 2004.
2. Rudy Seanez (2-3, 2.89 ERA) – traded to Dodgers for Dennis Cook and Mike Christopher (1991).

Pirates:
1. Jason Michaels (.278 BA, .350 OBP) – traded for player to be named later about two weeks ago.
2. Luis Rivas (.215 BA, 4 RBI, 2 SB) – signed w/ Pirates in 2008.

Padres:
1. Josh Bard (.200 BA, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 30 GP) - traded w/ Riske and Crisp for Mota, Shoppach, Marte and Newsom.
2. Kevin Kouzmanoff (.274 BA, 4 HR, 19 RBI) – traded w/ Andrew Brown for Josh Barfield (2006).
3. Brian Giles (.307 BA, .407 OBP, 3 HR, 20 RBI) – traded to Pirates for Ricardo Rincon (1998).
4. Jody Gerut (.208 BA, 1 HR, 58 AB) – traded to Cubs for Jason Dubois (2005).

Giants:
1. Omar Vizquel (.306 BA, 4 RBI, 36 AB) – signed as FA w/ Giants in 2004.
2. Dave Roberts (.118 BA, 17 AB) – traded to Dodgers for Christian Bridenbaugh and Nial Hughes in 2001.

Mariners:
1. Richie Sexson (.206 BA, 8 HR, 19 RBI) – traded w/ Marco Scutaro, Kane Davis, and Paul Rigdon to Brewers for Bob Wickman, Steve Woodard, and Jason Bere (2000).
2. Arthur Rhodes (2-0, 2.79 ERA) – traded to Phillies for Jason Michaels (2006).

Cardinals:
1. Ryan Ludwick (.336, 12 HR, 35 RBI) – signed as FA w/Tigers in 2005.
2. Brian Barton (.250 BA, 5 RBI) – selected in Rule V draft by Cardinals (2007).
3. Ron Villone (1-1, 4.26 ERA) – released and signed by the Reds in 1999.

Rangers:
1. Ben Broussard (.159 BA, 3 HR, 8 RBI) – traded to Mariners for Shin-Soo Choo and Shawn Nottingham (2006).
2. Milton Bradley (.322 BA, .433 OBP, 8 HR, 27 RBI) – traded to Dodgers for Franklin Gutierrez and Andrew Brown (2004).
3. Ramon Vazquez (.337 BA, .434 OBP, 2 HR, 9 RBI) – signed as FA w/ Rangers in 2007.
4. Kevin Millwood (2-3, 4.88 ERA, 9 GS) – signed as FA w/ Rangers in 2005.

Blue Jays:
1. Marco Scutaro (.263 BA, .387 OBP, 12 RBI, 3 SB) - traded w/ Sexson, Davis and Rigdon to Brewers for Wickman, Woodard and Bere (2000).
2. John McDonald (.182 BA, .280 OBP, 34 Web Gems) – traded to Blue Jays for Tom Mastny (2004).
3. Joe Inglett (.318 BA, 6 RBI) – signed off waivers by Blue Jays in 2007.
4. Hector Luna (1 AB, 0 hits) – we’ve had him three times, most recently signed off waivers by Blue Jays in 2007.
5. Brian Tallet (1.27 ERA, 21.3 IP) – traded to Blue Jays for Bubbie Buzachero in 2006.

Nationals:
1. Ronnie Belliard (.194 BA, .316 OBP) – traded to Cardinals for Hector Luna (2006).
2. Aaron Boone (.323 BA, .405 OBP, 3 HR, 9 RBI) – signed as free agent w/Marlins (2006).

 

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