The Indians Are the 2017 AL Central Division Champions!
hey there, Tribe fans, i’ve got good news! tonight, on September 16, the Minnesota Twins were eliminated from the AL Central Division race and so the Cleveland Indians are now the 2017 American League Central Division Champions! this is the second consecutive season that the Tribe won its division, as they clinched it on September 26 last year, and first time they’ve won the AL Central in back-to-back years since their dominant stretch from 1995-1999. it’s also the club’s third division title since 2007 and ninth title overall in franchise history! congratulations, fellas!
earlier this afternoon, the Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals in Game #149 on the year, which began at 4:10 pm. with 2 outs in the top of the 9th inning and the Tribe up, 8-4, Drew Butera hit Nick Goody’s first pitch and sent a fly ball to right field. Jay Bruce made the catch to seal the win and the Indians’ magic number was reduced down to 1. you can watch the video of tht from indians.com here.
the Twins, on the other hand, did not play their game until 7:10 pm. once they lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 7-2, just after 10 pm, that officially gave the Tribe the title. (if you’d like to see video of the final out in that game, click here.) unfortunately by that time though, the Indians