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All-Aught Indians: Closer: Bob Wickman (2000-2006)

Bob Wickman

Bob Wickman

Whenever I think of former closer Bob Wickman, three things immediately pop into my head:

1. He severed his index finger down to his first knuckle when he was two in a farming accident.
2. He has the most saves in Cleveland Indians history.
3. I had to purchase a defibrillator to help jump start my heart after nearly every one of his outings.

During the best of days, Bob Wickman stabilized the Tribe bullpen, providing the Indians with a surefire, ninth-inning save. During the worst of days, Wickman was an injury-prone emergency room filler, living on the edge during every appearance. Through it all, Bob Wickman was the only closer that provided longevity and consistency throughout his run during the first decade.

The All-Aught Indians closer, since we have to have one, is the hefty righty, Bob Wickman.
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All-Aught Indians: RP4: Bob Howry (2004-2005)

Cubs sign Howry away from the Indians

Cubs sign Howry away from the Indians

Bob Howry was a typical signing by the Cleveland Indians. Howry pitched for the Red Sox in 2003 and struggled with right elbow problems. He ended up on the 60-day DL after undergoing season-ending surgery at the beginning of July to repair his flexor tendon.

The Indians swooped in and signed the damaged righty to a minor league deal after the 2003 season hoping it would pay off.

Obviously, it did.

The All-Aught Indians relief pitcher #4 is Bob Howry.
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