The Cleveland Indians had a rough start to the decade in 2010 with a new manager at the helm and a team in a transitional phase.
The Cleveland Indians entered the 2010 season seeking a fresh start as a new decade got underway.
The team moved on from Eric Wedge at the end of the 2009 season after two disappointing years following a near trip to the World Series in 2007. His replacement? That would be Manny Acta, who came to Cleveland after a disastrous tenure with the Washington Nationals.
A fresh start for both sides.
Jake Westbrook got the start on Opening Day and the rest of the lineup looked like this:
- Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
- Grady Sizemore, CF
- Shin-Soo Choo, RF
- Travis Hafner, DH
- Jhonny Peralta, 3B
- Matt LaPorta, 1B
- Mark Grudzielanek, 2B
- Lou Marson, C
- Michael Brantley, LF
Of those starters, only three ended up appearing in over 100 games. Injuries and a lost year led to plenty of guys getting a chance to show their talents on the field.
This team featured both young players and those with experience and some fans may have been holding out hope for a return to the postseason. Big seasons from the likes of Sizemore, Hafner, and Cabrera could bring back some of that 2007 magic.
Only that was not the case. Let’s take a closer look back at how the decade started. While the results weren’t all that great, some great careers got started back in that 2010 season some fans choose to forget.