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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | October 23, 2017

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Today in Tribe History: October 20, 2002

October 20, 2017 |

Mel Harder, who spent all 20 of his Major League seasons as a pitcher in a Cleveland Indians uniform, passes away in Chardon, Ohio, five days after celebrating his 93rd birthday. Read More

Accumulation of Injuries Started Tribe Offense’s Downward Spiral

October 19, 2017 |

The Cleveland Indians’ postseason dreams may have come to a crashing halt with the nightmare scenario of losing slugger Edwin Encarnacion in the first inning of Game 2 in the American League Division Series, one lost in five games to the New York Yankees.

They may have also started much sooner than that, despite the club winning the first two games of the ALDS. Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 19, 2016

October 19, 2017 |

The Indians placed the ball in the hands of rookie left-handed hurler Ryan Merritt, who channeled his inner Gene Bearden while making just his fifth Major League appearance, in blanking the Toronto Blue Jays for four and one-third innings as Cleveland clinched the American League pennant with a 3-0 shutout at Rogers Centre. Read More

Curses Aren’t to Blame for Indians’ Postseason Woes

October 18, 2017 | 2

The abrupt end to a season – especially one with expectations as high as the Indians had – is always met with a certain amount of navel contemplation.

What did the players do wrong? What did we as fans do wrong? What can we do better? Who stays? Who goes?

Unfortunately, it’s also met with a certain amount of irrationality (standard disclaimer: “Fan” is short for “fanatic”), and this year promises to be no better. Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 18, 1997

October 18, 2017 |

The World Series begins from Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida, where the National League champion Florida Marlins host the Cleveland Indians and defeat them by a 7-4 final. Read More

Irving’s Return Evokes Memories of Former Indians’ Homecomings

October 17, 2017 |

Tuesday night, the National Basketball Association opens its 2017-18 regular season schedule as the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Boston Celtics in a game that has much more meaning than the usual opening night game.

The Cavs and Celtics have become rivals over the course of the last few years, with Cleveland knocking Boston out of the playoffs twice in the last three seasons. The two clubs went toe-to-toe in the Eastern Conference Finals last year, with the Cavs winning that series, four games to one, to send Cleveland to its third straight NBA Finals. As many remember, that trip did not end nearly as well as the previous season, when the Cavs gave the city of Cleveland its first championship since 1964 with the first title in franchise history, leaving the Indians as holders of the longest active championship drought in the city.

While the Cavs will begin their defense of three straight Eastern Conference titles, the game’s real emphasis will be on the return of star guard Kyrie Irving to Quicken Loans Arena, where the former first overall pick in 2011 spent the first six years of his NBA career in Cavs’ wine and gold before demanding a trade in the offseason. The Cavs front office honored that request, sending its second-best player to a rival club, but may have, possibly, become a more well-rounded club in the process. That remains to be seen, as the results will play out over the course of the largely meaningless 82-game NBA schedule over the next six months. Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 17, 1995

October 17, 2017 |

The Cleveland Indians clinch the American League pennant for the first time since 1954 by winning their third consecutive game over the Seattle Mariners. Dennis Martinez and two relievers combine on a four-hit shutout in a 4-0 win in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. Read More

Tribe Minor Leaguers in Action in Arizona Fall League

October 16, 2017 |

Arizona Fall League play is under way as some of the top prospects around the minor league landscape pair up for competition in the annual six-team offseason league.

Hopeful prospects are a week into the six-week schedule as players work to hone their craft against a collection of some of the best up-and-coming names working their way through the levels of professional baseball. The Indians are well represented in their home-away-from-home in Arizona, where eight of their minor leaguers help make up the roster of the Glendale Desert Dogs.

Those eight Indians prospects have teamed up with representatives from the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Pittsburgh Pirates for league action in Glendale this year, after Cleveland players worked with different clubs while playing for the Mesa Solar Sox last October and November. Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 16, 2007

October 16, 2017 |

The Cleveland Indians win their third straight American League Championship Series game over the Boston Red Sox, claiming a 7-3 victory at Jacobs Field to pull within one game of a return trip to the World Series for the first time in ten years. Read More

Ramirez and Lindor Represent Current Frustration, Future Championship Hopes

October 15, 2017 |

There are many reasons why the Cleveland Indians’ season is over right now instead of the team playing in the ALCS (which was instead contested between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees). As we all know by now, the former knocked out the Tribe in a gut-wrenching five-game ALDS last week.

A major reason that Cleveland’s season fell short of great expectations was an offense that simply fell flat once the playoffs arrived. The Indians struggled to get much of anything going at the plate, especially in games 3-5. In those final three contests, all losses, the Indians score 0, 3, and 2 runs respectively. It’s hard to win when that happens.

The poster boys for the Tribe’s offensive woes seem to be Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez. Both struggled at the dish during the five-game series with the Bronx Bombers. Ramirez had but two hits in 20 at-bats for an anemic .100 batting average. Lindor, who did provide a big-time grand slam in Cleveland’s Game 2 come-from-behind win, also had just a pair of hits in 18 at bats, hitting a mere .111. Read More