The Cleveland Guardians have existed since 1901, under different names.
The franchise has been around for 123 years, though.
Despite a winning 9,760-9,300 record, Cleveland has only won two World Series titles: 1920 and 1948.
They have come close a couple of times since 1948, but they haven’t been able to win the last series of the season.
Brayan Rocchio, who is expected to be the Guardians’ shortstop come Opening Day, knows no limits or impossible dreams, though.
Rocchio would love to help Cleveland win its first Fall Classic in 76 years and make history; just like he just did with his LVBP (Liga Venezolana de Beisbol Profesional) team Tiburones de La Guaira.
“Said he wanted to bring a Championship to his hometown team. Helped end @tiburones_net 38 year drought in the Venezuelan Winter League. Can he help #Guardians end their Championship drought?,” Guardians Prospective tweeted.
Said he wanted to bring a Championship to his hometown team. ✔
Helped end @tiburones_net 38 year drought in the Venezuelan Winter League. ✔
— Guardians Prospective (@CleGuardPro) January 29, 2024
It’s a good question, and Guardians fans can’t wait to see him perform in the majors.
He had an incredible offseason, hitting .377/.457/.541 with a .998 OPS in the Venezuelan regular season with Tiburones.
A .766 OPS in the playoffs and a .728 mark in the Finals certified his excellent campaign in his native country.
He wasn’t as good in MLB last year, with a .247/.279/.321 line and a .600 OPS in 23 MLB games, but the Guards are confident he will eventually settle down and be at least an average offensive player.
With his incredible infield defense, that would be enough to make him a starter.
He needs to have a solid spring to solidify his grip of the starting shortstop gig, but the Guards have a solid contributor in Rocchio.