The Cleveland Indians will induct former second baseman Carlos Baerga and former general manager John Hart into the team's Hall of Fame this summer.
The duo were chosen on Wednesday by a 17-member committee of Cleveland baseball historians, the team announced on its website.
"Carlos and John are responsible for some of the best memories in Cleveland Indians history, and we're proud to honor their contributions," Indians president Mark Shapiro said in a release.
Hart built the Indians team into what for many fans was the franchise's golden era of the late 1990s. He took over as general manager of the team in September 1991 and, over the next 10 years, the Tribe went 870-681, won the A.L. Central Division from 1995 to 1999 and again in 2001, and made the World Series in 1995 and 1997 (no need to remind everyone how that worked out).
If only Hart had been willing to include Jaret Wright in a deal for Pedro Martinez, or been able to land Roger Clemens or Curt Schilling when they were available, there's no doubt the Tribe would have had at least a couple of championships to celebrate.
It's fitting that Baerga and Hart are honored together, as Hart was part of the front office when the Indians traded Joe Carter to San Diego for Baerga, Sandy Alomar Jr. and Chris James following the 1989 season, a deal that finally jump started a long dormant franchise.