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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | February 26, 2017

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Host of Spring Invites Looking to be Tribe’s Next Winter Find

February 26, 2017 |

Over the last couple of years, the Cleveland Indians have done well in finding veteran free agents no one else wanted and watching them become diamonds in the rough, so to speak.

Dan Otero last year and Jeff Manship in 2015 were both free agent relievers the Tribe was able to bring to spring training on minor league contracts. Both had histories of past success but were trying to rejuvenate careers that had fallen off in the seasons before joining the Indians.

Both veteran relievers proved to be strong contributors to Cleveland’s bullpen. Manship spent two seasons with the Indians before being casualty of management deciding not to make him an arbitration offer this past winter. Part of the reason was the emergence last year of Otero, giving Cleveland a deep bullpen without Manship. Both hurlers were important parts of an Indians club that went to the 2016 World Series. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 38 – Eric Plunk

February 24, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 38 days

There were 38 Cleveland Indians players to wear #38 as their jersey numbers prior to the 2016 season, so if the Tribe’s front office wanted to just be ironic, they could have chosen to never pass out the number again and retire it up in the mezzanine level at Progressive Field.

If they were going to retire #38 – not that they should – the man who deserves it the most is probably former reliever Eric Plunk. Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 24, 1956

February 24, 2017 |

Hall of Fame first baseman and designated hitter Eddie Murray is born in Los Angeles, California. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 39 – Giovanny Urshela

February 23, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 39

Has the window of opportunity already closed in Cleveland for Giovanny Urshela? Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 23, 1976

February 23, 2017 |

Former Cleveland Indians pitcher Scott Elarton is born in Lamar, Colorado. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 40 – Bartolo Colon

February 22, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 40

There is something about Bartolo Colon that makes him beloved by fans across the nation and the world.

Sure, he has had a long and sometimes successful Major League career, keeping his name in the news during springs and summers since debuting with the Cleveland Indians in 1997. But now, many years removed from a slimmer, more dominating flame-throwing version of himself, Colon now looks like an everyman, resembling more of a middle-aged man who had let himself go and now is attempting to squeeze himself into a pair of baseball pants in some sort of midlife crisis.

Colon takes the brunt of the jokes for being out of shape and being a really, really lousy looker while standing in the batter’s box.

But the joke’s on you – the 43-year-old right-hander signed a $12.5 million deal in November to join the starting rotation of the Atlanta Braves, providing lots and lots of life experience and veteran leadership to a young team, now constructed by John Hart, a very familiar face for Colon from his time in Cleveland. Read More

Swisher Gets His Happy Ending – But Not with Tribe

February 22, 2017 |

When the Indians signed Nick Swisher after a disastrous 2012 season, optimism was running high. His bubbly personality couldn’t help but rub off on his teammates. The Dolans were willing to open the checkbook (the four-year deal was $56 million, with a club option for a fifth year bringing the deal to a staggering $70 million, more than the Indians had ever paid for a free agent) and made the pitch for the Ohio native to return home.

Now that Swisher’s riding off into the sunset, announcing his retirement about a year and a half after the Indians decided they’d rather eat Chris Johnson’s salary than keep him around, we can close the book on him. (Insert Harry Doyle saying, “Thank God.”) Swisher’s signing was a bad marriage that actually might have held back the team’s success.

Swisher was 32 when the Indians signed him – an age typically regarded as being on the down slope of a player’s career. But there was no reason to believe he wouldn’t play – and wouldn’t produce. In each of the previous eight years, he’d played at least 130 games (and at least 150 in six of those years). His average wasn’t great, but he was good for at least 20 home runs. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 41 – Carlos Santana

February 21, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 41

A career year could not have come at a better time for Carlos Santana, as his watchful eye at the plate and potent power in his bat helped to provide plenty of offense for the Cleveland Indians on their run to the seventh game of the World Series. It also made what already appeared to be an easy decision a no-brainer as the club picked up his $12 million option after the season to guarantee at least one more year of Santana at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.

Santana’s worth was readily apparent as he wore multiple hats for the Tribe, serving as the team’s leadoff man against right-handed pitching and a middle of the order threat against left-handers as manager Terry Francona capitalized on the multiple tools that Santana brought to the plate every day. Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 21, 2011

February 21, 2017 |

A pair of former Cleveland Indians from the 1980s are among seven people selected to enter the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Read More