Another in a long line of bad Indians teams in the 1980s. With my 1954 project going, coincidentally, the next team to be covered were will be the 1954 Indians, a team that held the mark for a very long time as the winningest team in the history of the American League, so hold on Indians fans, we will get to a better team soon...meanwhile, the 1983 Indians.
Best Player: Andre Thornton...led the team in homers, and was 2nd runs scored, RBI, and OBP, 3rd in BA.
Best Pitcher: Rick Sutcliffe...won 17 games for this team
All-Stars: Rick Sutcliffe, Manny Trillo
Hall-of-Famers: Bert Blyleven
Rookie Card of the Year: Julio Franco...I really dropped the ball when putting up my post on the 1983 Phillies back in December. I noted that there were no Phillies not in Topps sets...how could I ever have forgotten Julio Franco...the guy was pushing to be the first 50 year old to play, at least since I have been paying attention, and that was as recently as 2007. His true rookie card is in the Donruss set showing him as a Phillie.
Other rookies: Bud Anderson, Tom Brennan, Carmelo Castillo, Mike Fischlin
First Indian card: Rod Craig, Jamie Easterly, Juan Eichelberger, Jim Essian, Mike Ferraro, Ed Glynn, Bill Nahorodny (listed under Detroit Tigers), Broderick Perkins, Gorman Thomas, George Vukovich
Most interesting non-Topps card: Carmelo Castillo, played through 1991 with the Indians and Twins...his rookie card is in the Fleer set.
Other notes: Pat Tabler had cards in both the Donruss and Fleer sets, although they both show him as a Cub. He played the entire season with the Tribe, so those cards are listed on this checklist.
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