Cleveland Indians: 5 Things to be Thankful For in 2016

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Nov 2, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians center fielder Rajai Davis (20) celebrates with teammates after hitting a two-run home run against the Chicago Cubs in the 8th inning in game seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 2, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians center fielder Rajai Davis (20) celebrates with teammates after hitting a two-run home run against the Chicago Cubs in the 8th inning in game seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 25, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher
Oct 25, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher /

Much of the focus during the trade deadline was surrounding Jonathan Lucroy and his infamous veto, but fans should not have wasted time on the subject. For the Indians acquired Andrew Miller, and all was well in The Land.

Fans who had never seen Miller pitch were in for a treat when he arrived in town, as his pitching made hitters look foolish when facing him. His slider is perhaps the nastiest in all of baseball, being the source of many failed attempts at contact that resulted in comical swings.

He was also a workhorse throughout the postseason, logging 19 1/3 innings and striking out 30 batters. He routinely went multiple innings and has changed the way managers may use relievers in the future.

He only gave up one run before the two he allowed in Game 7, but it is hard to get too upset after seeing what he did all season. He was the go-to guy in any inning, and will be in Cleveland for at least the next two seasons. With the current core of talent in place, Miller should once again be wowing fans across the nation next October.

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