The Cleveland Indians franchise has been around since 1894, where they were originally the Grand Rapids Rustlers, a minor league team in the Western League (which later became the American League.) They moved the team in 1900 to Cleveland where they became the Cleveland Lake Shores.
As the Hall of Fame gets ready to welcome its newest members, let’s not question if those players are worthy, but if the Hall of Fame is truly that. The Hall is going through an identity crisis. But more on that in a moment. This weekend will be about new inductees Jack Morris, Alan Trammell, Vlad Guerrero, Jim Thome, Chipper Jones, and Trevor Hoffman, all of whom deserve to be in the Hall of Fame, not just because of their accomplishments, but for the way they played and respected the game.