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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | February 24, 2018

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Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 36 – Gaylord Perry

February 21, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 36 days

Jesus Aguilar occupied the number 36 for the Indians for a few cups of coffee over three seasons from 2014 through 2016, but he surrendered his claim to the digits when Cleveland designated him for assignment during last offseason and he joined up with the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Now, it is Yandy Diaz‘s number and the third baseman finds himself in a similar predicament to Aguilar’s preceding him – playing time is scarce for young players in Cleveland.

Production from three-sixes in Indians history has historically been minimal, with Aguilar’s years with the number exceeding the majority of those to wear it before him. A total of 51 players have reportedly worn the number for the Tribe in regular season action, but only a handful have spent more than a few seasons representing it on the field. One of the best to do so, without argument, was Gaylord Perry, who joined the Indians organization following the 1971 season. Read More

Shoeless Joe Got a Bit of Redemption in 1951

February 21, 2018 |

Redemption for Shoeless Joe Jackson was on the agenda this week in 1951. The legislature in his home state of South Carolina asked Major League Baseball to reinstate Jackson, who was one of eight players banned in the wake of allegations that he and some White Sox teammates conspired to throw the 1919 World Series.

On its face, the reinstatement would have been no good to Jackson. He was well past his playing days at that point, and a heart attack three years earlier had forced him to give up playing semi-pro ball. And it wasn’t at his behest, either. He’d asked for reinstatement in 1931, but it was denied by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis – the man who’d banned him in the first place.

The South Carolina effort went for naught, but later that year, his greatness was recognized – by fans – and he got into a hall of fame. Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 21, 2011

February 21, 2018 |

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

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 37

February 20, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 37 days

Another day is marked off of the calendar as we inch closer and closer to the start of the Cactus and Grapefruit League schedules. Today, we look at the number 37 and its role in Cleveland – most notably on the backs (and sometimes fronts) of Indians players throughout the club’s storied history. The number has been in heavy rotation for the last three and a half decades, appearing in every year since the Indians moved into their beautiful new home in the Gateway District and for nearly a decade before that. Just one time – during the final season that Cleveland Municipal Stadium served as the home of the Tribe – did the number fail to appear.

For the last six years, Cody Allen has championed the number. That will be no different this season, as the now veteran right-hander will once again serve as the closer in manager Terry Francona’s bullpen. But it could be the last season that Allen wears the number, at least for Cleveland – he is set to hit free agency at the end of the year. Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 20, 1890

February 20, 2018 |

Future Hall of Famer Sam Rice is born in Morocco, Indiana. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 38

February 19, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 38 days

Thirty-nine players have worn the number 38 for the Indians, most recently reliever Joe Smith in his return to Cleveland last season.

Plenty of big names in franchise history have spent a spell in the number for the Tribe, including a pair of Hall of Famers – Bob Lemon (1941) and Early Wynn (1963) – and another legend in club history in Rocky Colavito (1955-57).

None of the players to don it since Wynn are Cooperstown bound, but that does not mean that they have not made some important contributions in Tribe history. The best have come from a pair of relievers – the aforementioned Smith, and 1990s right-hander Eric Plunk. Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 19, 1942

February 19, 2018 |

Indians first baseman Hal Trosky announces his retirement from baseball. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 39

February 18, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 39 days

The Indians have had plenty of representation on the field in the number 39 during the Jacobs Field and Progressive Field era of their club, but the best years by players in the digits came during some very down and lean years in Tribe history. Read More

Indians Focused on What’s Here, Not on What’s Lost

February 18, 2018 |

The Cleveland Indians lost a lot this winter, to be sure.

Long-time Indian, middle-of-the-order hitter and recently-turned-Gold-Glove-caliber-first-baseman Carlos Santana was the biggest loss. The Indians will miss his 25 homer, 85 RBI potential in the middle of the lineup, pairing with Edwin Encarnacion. Read More