Two former Cleveland Indians were front and center for the final out of the 2019 World Series, in which the Nationals upset the Astros.
As Game 7 of the 2019 World Series came to a conclusion, two former Cleveland Indians were center stage on the Fox broadcast.
Houston’s Michael Brantley played the part of the “Agony of Defeat” while Yan Gomes sprang up, twisted around and pumped his fist to celebrate a world’s championship. Former shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was there too, celebrating a season ending win for the first time in 13 big-league seasons.
Gomes was traded to the Nationals last offseason as the Indians sought to cut payroll. It was a trade that seems to have worked out for both teams. The Indians got some nice prospects in return in Daniel Johnson and Jefry Rodriguez.
For the Nats, Gomes, known for his defense and ability to call a game, was the backstop in Game 7. Hw only hit .223 (.704 OPS) in 97 games during the regular season, so he didn’t produce all that much in the regular season.
He had a stellar NLCS, going 3-for-7 and collected three hits in 16 at-bats in the Fall Classic. Back in 2016, Gomes only collected four plate appearances in the World Series. He didn’t reach base and struck out twice.
The Nationals acquired Cabrera before the trade deadline from the Rangers. The versatile infielder went on to hit .323 with a .989 OPS. In the world series, he hit a solid .286 in 23 plate appearances. You could make the argument the Indians could use Cabby in 2020 because of his ability to play every infield position.
Cabrera first tasted the postseason as rookie in 2007, when the Indians blew a 3-1 lead to the Red Sox in the ALCS.
Brantley left Cleveland via free agency and went to be an All-Star for the Astros, batting .311 (.875 OPS). His absence in left field plagued the Indians for much of the season, as the organization failed to find a suitable replacement for the 32-year-old left hander.
As a Tribe fan, you had to feel good to see Brantley get to the World Series because he was unable to play in 2016 because of season-lingering injury. For the Astros, Brantley did what Dr. Smooth does: Hit .300. He actually batted .321 (728 OPS).