Indians Add Power-Hitting First Baseman Yonder Alonso in Offseason

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Yonder Alonso
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Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil is an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based attorney who was one of the leading habeas corpus contractors for New Mexico’s Public Defender Department for more than a decade. Before relocating to Albuquerque, Geoffrey Scovil lived in Cleveland and was a passionate fan of the Indians Major League Baseball (MLB) team.

Despite losing in the American League (AL) Divisional Series, the Cleveland Indians had one of their most successful regular seasons of all-time in 2017. The AL Central Club finished with its second highest win total of all-time (102) and scored more runs (818) than it had since 2006. Despite losing Carlos Santana to the Philadelphia Phillies in free agency, the Indians found a suitable replacement who is more than capable of helping the team build upon its offensive output last season. In December, the team signed free agent slugger Yonder Alonso to a two-year, $16 million contract.

The 30-year old first baseman split last season between the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners, and hit a career-best 28 home runs to go along with a .266 batting average and a .501 slugging percentage. The former first-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds was also an All-Star for the first time in his career.

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The Cleveland Indians Record Longest MLB Win Streak in Over 100 Years

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Cleveland Indians
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An experienced Albuquerque-based attorney, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil is one of New Mexico’s leading habeas corpus lawyers. Before relocating to Albuquerque, Geoffrey Scovil earned his juris doctor from Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University School of Law where he enjoyed getting to know the region of the country where his parents were raised. He has always been a die hard fan of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Cleveland Indians.

A year after losing in the seventh game of the World Series, the Indians made the playoffs for a second consecutive season on the heels of a record-setting 22-game win streak. Cleveland equaled its previous franchise-best 14-game win streak on September 6 as the team defeated the Chicago White Sox by a score of 5-1. The Indians had won 14 games in a row in 2016 and had twice recorded 13 consecutive wins in earlier seasons.

However, the 14-game streak was just the tip of the iceberg for the Indians, as the team eventually won 22 straight games before suffering a loss. The streak was the longest in the MLB this season and the longest since the 1916 New York Giants won 26 consecutive games. The last win in the streak was won in dramatic fashion as Francisco Lindor hit a game-tying double in the bottom of the ninth inning and Jay Bruce drove in the game-winning run in the 10th inning.