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#pounditWednesday, January 26, 2022

Ex-Yankee Phil Hughes jokes about Cleveland Indians’ next nickname

Phil Hughes

The Cleveland Indians are evaluating their team nickname, and Phil Hughes has a suggestion for them.

Hughes, who is now retired, pitched 12 seasons in the majors. He spent his first seven seasons with the New York Yankees and was a rookie for them in 2007. The Yankees lost in the ALDS to the Indians that season in four games, with the series taking a big turn in Game 2.

In that game, the Yankees were leading 1-0 in Cleveland until the bottom of the eighth. A swarm of bugs called “midges” showed up that half-inning, negatively affecting Joba Chamberlain’s ability to pitch. He ended up walking two, hitting a batter, and throwing two wild pitches, including one that scored a run to tie the game. Chamberlain previously was having a dominant season and only had one wild pitch all year.

The Indians ended up winning the game 2-1 on a walk-off single in the 11th to take a 2-0 series lead and clinched in Game 4 in the Bronx.

So what’s Hughes’ suggestion? He thinks the Indians should be named after the bugs.

The Cleveland Midges. Now that would be something.

What do you think of that name?

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