Garcia managed the Indians for four seasons from 1979 – 1982. In that time, he was three games over .500 with a 247 – 244 record. Garcia was a baseball lifer and spent parts of eight decades involved in the game. He passed away on May 21st at the age of 97.
Edwards was both a player and manager for the Cleveland Indians. As a player, he was the Indians catcher for two seasons batting .270 with three home runs. He was a coach for the Indians under manager Pat Corrales and took over as manager of the Indians from 1987 – 1989. During his tenure as manager, he had a 173 – 207 record. Interestingly, his 1988 team had four players who would go on to be managers. Bud Black, John Farrell, TerryFrancona and Ron Washington all played for Edwards that year.
Additionally, many other players from the 1988 team have found success as coaches in both the major and minor leagues. While Edwards did not find personal success in Cleveland as a player or manager, he was respected by his former players who have gone into managing and coaching. He passed away on August 20t at the age of 81.
Valbuena played for the Indians from 2009 – 2011. He was acquired in a three-team trade where the Indians also acquired relief pitcher Joe Smith and sent outfielder Franklin Guiterrez to the Seattle Mariners. During his time with the Indians, Valbuena hit .224 with 13 home runs and 56 RBI. Unfortunately, he never lived up to his full potential as a player, but he would go on to have some solid power numbers later in his career. Valbuena passed away on December 6 while in a car with Jose Castillo, Carlos Rivero and Rivero’s driver. The car overturned when the driver attempted to avoid a group of robbers. Valbuena was only 33 years old.
During Gamble’s 17 year career, he played three seasons for the Indians from 1973 – 1975. In that time, he batted .274 with 54 home runs, 148 RBI and 19 stolen bases. In 1975, he had eight outfield assists and he turned two doubleplays from left field which was the most in the league that year. Of course, it is impossible to talk about Oscar Gamble and not mention his large afro which helped make him a fan favorite with every team for which he played. Gamble passed away on January 31s at the age of 68.
Francona played for the Indians from 1959 – 1964. He batted .284 with 85 home runs and 378 RBI. Using newer statistics, he had an OPS+ of 117 and a WAR of 11.4 while a member of the Indians. Additionally, his only All-Star Game appearance came as a member of the Indians in 1961. Additionally, he was also the father of current Indians manager, Terry Francona. The elder Francona passed away on February 13th at the age of 84.