Former Indians players to handle World Series first pitches

Cleveland Indians outfielder Kenny Lofton, left, pumps his arm as second baseman Carlos Baerga, right, poses with teammate Albert Belle after picture day at the team's spring training camp in Winter Haven, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 28, 1996.  Major League Baseball is expected to fine Belle as much as $50,000 after verbally attacking and physically threatening a television reporter and her crew during last season's World Series, according to Baseball officials.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Cleveland Indians outfielder Kenny Lofton, left, pumps his arm as second baseman Carlos Baerga, right, poses with teammate Albert Belle after picture day at the team's spring training camp in Winter Haven, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 28, 1996. Major League Baseball is expected to fine Belle as much as $50,000 after verbally attacking and physically threatening a television reporter and her crew during last season's World Series, according to Baseball officials. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Two of Cleveland’s stars from the 1990s, Kenny Lofton and Carlos Baerga, will throw out ceremonial first pitches at the World Series.

Lofton, the fleet-footed center fielder, will have the honor before Game 1 as the Indians host the Chicago Cubs. Baerga, a three-time All-Star second baseman, will handle the duties before Game 2.

Indians fans had pushed on social media to have actor Charlie Sheen, who played Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, a hard-throwing pitcher in the iconic movie “Major League,” throw out the first pitch. However, the Indians had already decided on Lofton and Baerga, who played together on Cleveland’s 1995 World Series team.