(Longtime Indians Superfan, Sen. Sherrod Brown)
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Indians) wrote Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Rob Manfred seeking to correct the record and establish the Cleveland Indians as the rightful owners of baseball’s longest win streak. Last night, the Indians won their 22nd game in a row, setting an American League, and Brown argues, a Major League Baseball, record.
“The streak reflects the hard work of many, and all Cleveland sports fans will forever be grateful to the players, coaches, and staff both within the team and at the ballpark who have made this experience so much fun,” Brown wrote. “The Indians – or Wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwindians – have made our city and state so proud.”
The Elias Sports Bureau, the official statistician of the MLB, holds the 1916 New York Giants as the league record holder. In Brown’s letter, he points to a Giants game that ended in a tie on Sept. 18, 1916. Brown argues that a tie game invalidates the win streak, giving the 2017 Cleveland Indians the longest win streak in history.
Full text of the letter can be found below.
Dear Commissioner Manfred:
How about those Indians?
As a long-suffering Cleveland sports fan, I can’t describe how much joy these past 22 games have given me. The Indians – or Wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwindians – have made our city and state so proud. The streak reflects the hard work of many, and all Cleveland sports fans will forever be grateful to the players, coaches, and staff both within the team and at the ballpark who have made this experience so much fun.
As a lover of baseball and statistics, however, I am disappointed that Elias Sports Bureau, the official statistician of Major League Baseball, continues to refer to the 1916 Giants as the record holder for longest win streak. As we all know, on September 18, 1916, the Giants’ second game of a doubleheader ended in a tie after eight innings. Though that game was replayed the next day, it was restarted anew. The close game was never finished, and the Giants were given a chance to start from scratch. If that game had happened today, the Giants would have to finish the game they’d already started. Their record does not have the weight or degree of difficulty the Indians’ record has. And their tie means they did not technically “win” 26 games in a row, whereas every game Cleveland has started during this streak has resulted in a win.
I therefore believe the 2017 Indians are the rightful owner of the record for longest win streak. I hope you’ll reconsider this official record. Regardless, I will continue cheering on the Indians and the entire state of Ohio, and I’ll be praying my beloved team can get the job done in October. Rally together!
Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
United States Senator