2016 American League Championship Series

The 2016 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the Toronto Blue Jays against the Cleveland Indians for the American League (AL) pennant and the right to play in the 2016 World Series against the Chicago Cubs. As division champions, the Indians had home-field advantage for the series over the Blue Jays, who were a wild-card team. The Indians defeated the Blue Jays four games to one.

The series was the 47th in league history. TBS televised all games in the United States, with Sportsnet, a property of Toronto Blue Jays owner Rogers Communications, airing all games in Canada using the TBS feed.[1][2]

The Indians would go on to lose to the Chicago Cubs in the World Series in seven games, after taking a 3–1 series lead.

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A TBS camera used for Game 2 of the 2016 ALCS. Visible are notes for the camera operator and thumbnail photographs of each player in the game.
2016 American League Championship Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Cleveland Indians (4) Terry Francona 94–67, .584, 8 GA
Toronto Blue Jays (1) John Gibbons 89–73, .549, 4 GB
DatesOctober 14–19
MVPAndrew Miller (Cleveland)
UmpiresLaz Díaz, Mike Everitt, Brian Gorman, Jeff Nelson, Jim Reynolds, Mark Wegner and Jim Wolf.
TelevisionUnited States:
TBS (English)
CNN en Español (Spanish)
Sportsnet (English)
RDS (French)
TV announcersErnie Johnson Jr., Ron Darling, Cal Ripken Jr., and Sam Ryan (English)
Pete Manzano and Fernando Palacios (Spanish)
Alain Usereau and Marc Griffin (French)
RadioESPN (English)
ESPN Deportes (Spanish)
Radio announcersJon Sciambi and Chris Singleton (English)
Cristián Moreno and Renato Bermúdez (Spanish)


This was Toronto's second consecutive ALCS appearance and seventh overall. The team lost the 2015 American League Championship Series to the eventual World Series champion Kansas City Royals. The Blue Jays had previously made consecutive ALCS appearances in 1991, 1992 and 1993, losing in the former but winning both the 1992 and 1993 World Series.

This was Cleveland's fifth appearance in the ALCS. The Indians won the ALCS in 1995 and 1997, but went on to lose the World Series both times. In their other two ALCS appearances, the Indians were defeated in 1998 and 2007.

This was the first postseason meeting between the Blue Jays and the Indians.

The Indians won the regular season series, 4–3. The two teams split a four-game series in Toronto in early July, and the Indians won two of three games in Cleveland in mid-August. Six of the seven games were decided by three runs or less, including four decided by one run. The July 1 game between the two teams at the Rogers Centre lasted 19 innings with the Indians winning that game.

Canadian architect and indigenous activist Douglas Cardinal tried to file an injunction barring the Indians from using their name and logo for Games 3 and 4 in Toronto, but the application was dismissed by an Ontario judge.[3]


Cleveland won the series, 4–1.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 14 Toronto Blue Jays – 0, Cleveland Indians – 2 Progressive Field 2:44 37,727[4] 
2 October 15 Toronto Blue Jays – 1, Cleveland Indians – 2 Progressive Field 2:44 37,870[5] 
3 October 17 Cleveland Indians – 4, Toronto Blue Jays – 2 Rogers Centre 3:23 49,507[6] 
4 October 18 Cleveland Indians – 1, Toronto Blue Jays – 5 Rogers Centre 3:01 49,142[7] 
5 October 19 Cleveland Indians – 3, Toronto Blue Jays – 0 Rogers Centre 2:37 48,800[8]

The Indians middle reliever Andrew Miller was voted the MVP of the series. The Indians also set an MLB record with the lowest batting average by a winning team in a postseason series, hitting just .168 against the Blue Jays.

Cleveland became the first club to lock up the AL pennant on the road since the Chicago White Sox did so at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in 2005.

Game summaries

Game 1

Friday, October 14, 2016 8:08 pm (EDT) at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 x 2 6 0
WP: Corey Kluber (1–0)   LP: Marco Estrada (0–1)   Sv: Cody Allen (1)
Home runs:
TOR: None
CLE: Francisco Lindor (1)
Attendance: 37,727

Corey Kluber pitched 6⅓ shutout innings, allowing six hits while Andrew Miller struck out five batters in 1⅔ innings. Toronto's Marco Estrada pitched a complete game, but took the loss when Francisco Lindor's two-run home run in the sixth after a Jason Kipnis walk provided the only runs of the game. Cody Allen pitched a perfect ninth for the save.

Game 2

Saturday, October 15, 2016 4:08 pm (EDT) at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1
Cleveland 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 x 2 4 0
WP: Josh Tomlin (1–0)   LP: J. A. Happ (0–1)   Sv: Cody Allen (2)
Home runs:
TOR: None
CLE: Carlos Santana (1)
Attendance: 37,870
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Rajai Davis steals second base in the bottom of the third inning of Game 2

Carlos Santana's leadoff home run in the second off J. A. Happ gave the Indians a 1−0 lead, but the Blue Jays tied it in the third off Josh Tomlin when Darwin Barney singled with one out, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Josh Donaldson's double. In the bottom of the inning, Rajai Davis reached first on a force-out, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Francisco Lindor's two-out single. Neither team scored for the rest of the game with Andrew Miller striking out five batters in two innings pitched and Cody Allen pitching a perfect ninth for his second consecutive save. The Indians went up a perfect 2−0 in the series heading to Toronto.

Game 3

Monday, October 17, 2016 8:08 pm (EDT) at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 4 7 0
Toronto 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 0
WP: Bryan Shaw (1–0)   LP: Marcus Stroman (0–1)   Sv: Andrew Miller (1)
Home runs:
CLE: Mike Napoli (1), Jason Kipnis (1)
TOR: Michael Saunders (1)
Attendance: 49,507

The Indians struck first off Marcus Stroman when Carlos Santana drew a leadoff walk in the first and scored on Mike Napoli's two out double, but their starter, Trevor Bauer had to leave the game in the bottom of the inning after allowing two walks and throwing 21 pitches due to a bloody pinkie finger as a result of being cut from a drone a few days earlier. Dan Otero in relief allowed a game-tying home run to Michael Saunders in the second. Napoli's home run in the fourth put the Indians back on top 2−1, but the Blue Jays tied it in the fifth off Zach McAllister when Ezequiel Carrera hit a leadoff triple and scored on Ryan Goins's groundout. Jason Kipnis's leadoff home run in the sixth gave the Indians a 3−2 lead. Stroman was taken out after walking Napoli with one out. Napoli moved to second on a wild pitch by reliever Joe Biagini and scored on José Ramírez's single to make it 4−2 Indians. Cody Allen and Andrew Miller combined to pitch three shutout innings, striking out five batters as the Indians took a 3–0 series lead.

Game 4

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 4:08 pm (EDT) at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 1
Toronto 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 x 5 9 0
WP: Aaron Sanchez (1–0)   LP: Corey Kluber (1–1)
Home runs:
CLE: None
TOR: Josh Donaldson (1)
Attendance: 49,142

Josh Donaldson's two-out home run in the third off Corey Kluber gave the Blue Jays their first lead in the series. Kluber walked two straight to lead off the fourth before Ezequiel Carrera's one-out RBI single made it 2−0 Blue Jays. The Indians cut it to 2−1 in the fifth off Aaron Sanchez when Coco Crisp walked with one out, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on Roberto Pérez's double. Their only other hit in the game came on Tyler Naquin's leadoff double in the third. In the seventh, the Blue Jays loaded the bases with no outs off reliever Bryan Shaw on a single, Shaw's fielding error, and intentional walk when Edwin Encarnación's single scored two with Josh Donaldson being thrown out at third. Next inning, Carrera tripled with one out off Mike Clevinger and scored on Kevin Pillar's groundout to make it 5−1 Blue Jays. Roberto Osuna retired the Indians in order in the ninth, forcing a Game 5.

Game 5

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 4:08 pm (EDT) at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 0
Toronto 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
WP: Bryan Shaw (2–0)   LP: Marco Estrada (0–2)   Sv: Cody Allen (3)
Home runs:
CLE: Carlos Santana (2), Coco Crisp (1)
TOR: None
Attendance: 48,800

The Indians went up 1−0 in the first when Francisco Lindor singled with two outs off Marco Estrada and scored on Mike Napoli's double. They added to their lead with home runs by Carlos Santana in the third and Coco Crisp in the fourth. Ryan Merritt, Bryan Shaw, Andrew Miller, and Cody Allen shutout the Blue Jays as the Indians' 3−0 win gave them their first trip to the World Series since 1997. Allen earned his fifth save of the postseason as Troy Tulowitzki popped up to first baseman Santana in foul territory to end the game and series.

Composite line score

2016 ALCS (4–1): Cleveland Indians beat Toronto Blue Jays.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland Indians 2 1 2 2 1 4 0 0 0 12 25 1
Toronto Blue Jays 0 1 2 1 1 0 2 1 0 8 31 2
Total attendance: 223,046   Average attendance: 44,609


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2016 American League Division Series

The 2016 American League Division Series (ALDS) were two best-of-five game series to determine the participating teams in the 2016 American League Championship Series of Major League Baseball. The three divisional winners (seeded 1-3) and the winner of a one-game Wild Card playoff played in two series. The divisional winners were the Texas Rangers in the American League West with the first seed by virtue of having the best record in the American League, the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central with the second seed, and the Boston Red Sox in the American League East with the third seed. The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles in the Wild Card Game, earning the fourth seed.

The top two seeds had home-field advantage, and the top seed was matched against the lowest seed. The matchups were:

(1) Texas Rangers (West Division champions) versus (4) Toronto Blue Jays (Wild Card Winner)

(2) Cleveland Indians (Central Division champions) versus (3) Boston Red Sox (East Division champions)TBS televised all the games in the United States, with Sportsnet, a property of Toronto Blue Jays owner Rogers Communications, airing the games in Canada using the TBS feeds. The Blue Jays and Indians both swept their respective opponents in three games to advance to the ALCS.

2016 NBA playoffs

The 2016 NBA playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 2015–16 season. The tournament ended with the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers defeating the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors 4 games to 3 after the Warriors led the series 3 games to 1. In the NBA Finals, LeBron James was named NBA Finals MVP.

The Cavaliers swept their first two series and won the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Raptors to become the fourth team in NBA history to open a post-season with 10 straight victories. They matched the 2012 San Antonio Spurs, though the 1989 and 2001 Los Angeles Lakers had won their first eleven games en route to sweeping the first three rounds of the playoffs. Cleveland wound up repeating this feat the next year, when they swept the conference opening round, semifinal round, and winning the first 2 conference final games. However, this feat would be surpassed by the 2017 Golden State Warriors, who won 15 straight games.

Carlos Santana (baseball)

Carlos Santana (born April 8, 1986) is a Dominican-American professional baseball first baseman, designated hitter, and catcher for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the Indians on June 11, 2010, and also played the 2018 season with the Philadelphia Phillies. In international competition, he has participated with the Dominican Republic national team, winning the gold medal in the 2013 World Baseball Classic (WBC). Noted for plate discipline and power, Santana has also emerged as an excellent defender at first base. He stands 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall, weighs 210 pounds (95 kg), throws right-handed and is a switch hitter.

Each season since 2011, Santana has hit at least 18 home runs while finishing within the top four in the league in bases on balls. He was named an MLB All-Star in 2019, has twice participated in the MLB Japan All-Star Series, and in 2017, was recognized as Wilson Defensive Player of the Year at first base. Santana set Indians' club records among switch hitters for both home runs in a career and in a single season, and for career runs batted in (RBI). Over consecutive minor league seasons spanning 2008–2009, he won Most Valuable Player Awards (MVPs), first of the High-A California League, and then of the AA Eastern League. He was also named High A Player of the Year in 2008, Indians' Minor League Player of the Year in 2009, and the Indians' top prospect in 2009 and 2010.

A native of Santo Domingo, Santana first joined the professional ranks when he signed as an amateur free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 13, 2004. He played in the Dodgers' minor league system until July 26, 2008, when he was traded to the Indians. He primarily split time time between catcher and first base through the 2013 season, and since has played mainly first base and designated hitter, and some third base. Prior to the 2018 season, Santana became a free agent and signed with the Phillies for three years. The following December, he was traded the Seattle Mariners for a brief stay, until being traded back to Cleveland.

Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians are an American professional baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) Central division. Since 1994, they have played at Progressive Field. The team's spring training facility is at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona. Since their establishment as a major league franchise in 1901, the Indians have won two World Series championships: in 1920 and 1948, along with 10 Central Division titles and six American League pennants. The Indians' current World Series championship drought is the longest active drought among all 30 current Major League teams.The name "Indians" originated from a request by club owner Charles Somers to baseball writers to choose a new name to replace "Cleveland Naps" following the departure of Nap Lajoie after the 1914 season. The name referenced the nickname "Indians" that was applied to the Cleveland Spiders baseball club during the time when Louis Sockalexis, a Native American, played in Cleveland. Common nicknames for the Indians include the "Tribe" and the "Wahoos", the latter being a reference to their former logo, Chief Wahoo. Also, the team's mascot is named "Slider."

The franchise originated in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1894 as the Grand Rapids Rustlers, a minor league team that competed in the Western League. The team then relocated to Cleveland in 1900 and changed its name to the Cleveland Lake Shores. The Western League itself changed its name to the American League while continuing its minor league status. One of the American League's eight charter franchises, the major league incarnation of the club was founded in Cleveland in 1901. Originally called the Cleveland Bluebirds, the team played in League Park until moving permanently to Cleveland Stadium in 1946. At the end of the 2018 season, they had a regular season franchise record of 9,384–8,968 (.511). From August 24 to September 14, 2017, the Indians won 22 consecutive games, which is the longest winning streak in American League history.

Cleveland Indians name and logo controversy

As part of the Native American mascot controversy, the Cleveland Indians logo, Chief Wahoo, has drawn particular criticism from some activist groups as an offensive racial caricature. Furthermore, the use of "Indians" as the name of a team is also part of the controversy which has led over 115 activists groups to publish resolutions or policies that state that any use of Native American names and/or symbols by non-native sports teams is a harmful form of ethnic stereotyping that promote misunderstanding and prejudice which contributes to other problems faced by Native Americans.A few Native Americans have been protesting and taking other actions opposing the name and logo since the 1970s. There has been a demonstration on Opening Day each year since 1986. The team owners and management have defended their use as having no intent to offend, but rather to honor Native Americans, and claiming strong support from the fans.

At the beginning of 2014, the use of Chief Wahoo was officially reduced to secondary status in favor of a block "C", but Chief Wahoo hats were worn with home white jerseys and alternate navy blue jerseys both at home and on the road. This drew national attention during both the 2016 American League Championship Series and the 2016 World Series. While official use of the Chief Wahoo logo at the stadium has declined, fans attending the home games continue to wear clothing or carry signs prominently displaying the image. Protests continued as Cleveland returned to the World Series for the first time in 19 years, which they lost to the Chicago Cubs in 7 games. In August 2016, a team spokesman said the team was "very cognizant and sensitive to both sides of the conversation" but had "no plans of making a change." Hundreds of Native Americans protested outside the stadium during the first game of the series.The National Congress of American Indians sent a request to Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred that members of the Native American community be included; the request was in response to Commissioner Manfred's announcement that he planned to meet with Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan about the issue following the conclusion of the 2016 Major League Baseball season. In advance of this meeting, the president of the American Sociological Association (ASA) sent a letter to Commissioner Manfred stating that the ASA and many other scholarly organizations have issued policies based upon scientific research that the use of Native American names and logos reinforce stereotypes creates a hostile environment for Native Americans. While the meeting occurred, according to Cleveland Scene, there was "nothing new to report." Discussions between the team and MLB continued at the beginning of the 2017 season, with pressure from Manfred that there should be progress towards elimination of the logo. Starting in the 2019 season, the Chief Wahoo logo will not appear on uniforms nor on stadium signs. Merchandise featuring the logo will still be available at the Indians' ballpark and retail stores in Ohio, but will no longer be sold on the league's website.

Mike Napoli

Michael Anthony Napoli (born October 31, 1981) is an American former professional baseball first baseman and catcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, and Cleveland Indians. Up to 2013, Napoli was primarily a catcher.

Ryan Merritt

Ryan Adam Merritt (born February 21, 1992) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cleveland Indians.

Trevor Bauer

Trevor Andrew Bauer (born January 17, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher with the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB). He also pitched in MLB for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Bauer played college baseball for the UCLA Bruins, winning the Golden Spikes Award in 2011. He was the third overall selection of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft by the Diamondbacks, and made his MLB debut in 2012. The Diamondbacks traded him to the Indians during the 2012–13 offseason.

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