A couple weeks ago, Bill Ivie of BaseballDigest asked for folks to submit a "Report Card" for their favorite team(s). I volunteered to take an honest, hard look at the Indians. Let me assure you, it may not be easy reading if you are the type of fan who only sees the team through red-and-blue-colored spectacles.
The Indians finished 2nd in their division in 2011, which is great. But, they also finished just south of .500, which is basically average. Well, in my book, it is average. Mind you, the writers were not given any kind of rubric with which to base their findings, so I made up my own. Namely, I see a .500 season as "average." After all, a 1.000 season would be an A+, a .750 would equal a "B", a .500 is a "C", a .250 a "D" and anything short of .250 is failing. I may very well be the only writer to evaluate their team that way, but, as I said, I made it up. Feel free to agree or disagree.
So, overall, the Indians were a "C-/D+" team in my opinion. And, after reading about injuries and lack of player continuity at just about any given position, hopefully you will see why I graded the way I did.
I love the Indians, and have for a long, long time. I outgrew the "blinders-on" fandom back in the 80's. I want to see the Indians do well, play hard, stay healthy, and make good, solid management decisions. Looking back on a season with extreme highs and devastating lows, I believe I have provided a solid representation of my beloved Indians in 2011.
And so, without further delay, I present my 2011 Cleveland Indians Report Card: http://www.baseballdigest.com/2011/11/23/bd-report-card-cleveland-indians/