The Eugene Emeralds are a Cubs affiliate of the Class-A Short Season Northwest League. Last night they won that league’s championship. Normally such a thing would not be news on a site that doesn’t cover minor league baseball, but two things make the Emeralds’ title fun.
First: the Emeralds had a losing record in 2018, finishing the season with the worst record in the league: 31-45. In the Northwest League, however, you can make the playoffs based on your first half or second half record, the Emeralds went 17-21 in the record half and that was just good enough for them to win a Wild Card spot. Viva parity.
The second fun thing was the way they won the title game last night. It came via a walkoff balk, when Spokane Indians reliever Emmanuel Clase stopped his delivery with a stumble/stutter step in midstream with the bases loaded during a tie game in the bottom of the ninth:
Clase also walked in a run with the bases loaded just before that, so the dude was obviously shook. I feel bad for the guy, really. Still, what a win for the Emeralds.
The Cleveland Indians unveiled a new alternate home jersey today. It’s a red top with a script “Indians” on the front. It’ll be worn for occasional home games next year. It’ll be the first time the Indians have worn red jerseys since the 1970s, though these are not throwbacks to those Buddy Bell/Boog Powell-era kits they once wore, as you can see below.
The Indians also unveiled their other uniforms. They’re basically identical to what they’ve worn in the past, except no Chief Wahoo, who has been phased out of the team’s livery. A block C has replaced Wahoo on the cap, with both the red-bill and the solid blue block C continuing. Jersey patches of Wahoo are gone too, replaced for this year by the guitar-shaped 2019 All-Star Game logo. No word on what they’ll do for a patch beyond that.
Overall it’s a modest upgrade rather than than the total redesign that they might’ve done given that they had to change caps and stuff anyway, but anything without Wahoo his welcome.
Cleveland’s caps as well as its home and road jerseys will feature the guitar-shaped 2019 All-Star Game logo. Cleveland is hosting the 75th event in July.
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