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

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Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 13 – Omar Vizquel

March 21, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 13

When using wins above replacement (WAR) to compare the players to wear the number 13 throughout baseball history, one thing becomes clear – Omar Vizquel has been not only one of the best to do so for the Cleveland Indians, but has been one of the best to wear it in Major League Baseball history.

Vizquel now is a painful sight to see in the Detroit first base coaching box when the Indians and Tigers match up 19 times a year. His name still comes up frequently in discussion among Cleveland fans, especially when watching Francisco Lindor flash the leather from Vizquel’s old shortstop position now or when considering the legitimacy of his Hall of Fame candidacy in a few years.

In the end, his spot in Cooperstown is no guarantee. Read More

Injury Bug Bites as Tribe Loses Pitcher Anderson for the Season

March 21, 2017 |

Goal number one for each team during the spring may be to survive the month and a half of preparation for the 162-game grind to come as healthy as possible.

While the focus for the Indians throughout this spring training camp has been on the statuses of former All-Stars Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis as they each get ready for the 2017 season, Cleveland was dealt a loss from an area of depth when pitcher Cody Anderson was lost for the season with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, in addition to a mild right flexor strain. Anderson, who shared that his arm had not felt right for a year, has opted to have the injury corrected through reconstructive Tommy John surgery, which will shelve him for all of the 2017 season. Read More

Today in Tribe History: March 21, 1959

March 21, 2017 |

Cleveland and Detroit swap outfielders, as Indians general manager Frank Lane sends future Hall of Famer Larry Doby to the Tigers for Tito Francona. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 14 – Larry Doby

March 20, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 14 days

To this day, Larry Doby does not get the credit that he deserves for the doors that he helped open in Major League Baseball, professional sports as a whole, or for the American society over the course of his baseball career with the Cleveland Indians and others.

The Indians honored his efforts on the field by retiring his number 14 on July 3, 1994, making him the fifth player (Bob Feller, Lou Boudreau, Earl Averill, Mel Harder) recognized by the club in such a manner. The ceremony came almost 47 years to the date of his first game in a Cleveland Indians uniform. Read More

Remembering Jobu

March 20, 2017 |

Sports have a way of uniting perfect strangers behind blind loyalty, passion, and hometown pride. In our wins and our losses, we find acceptance, hope, and new friendships.

Over the weekend, the Cleveland Indians fan base, especially those of Twitter, … Read More

Today in Tribe History: March 20, 1984

March 20, 2017 |

Stan Coveleski, who spent nine of his 14 Major League seasons with the Cleveland Indians, passes away in South Bend, Indiana. He was 94. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 15 – Sandy Alomar

March 19, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 15 days

Some baseball players have a special connection with a city because of their outstanding talent. Some players have a special connection because of their outstanding personalities.

Former Indians catcher Sandy Alomar had both. Read More

Brantley Inching Closer to Major League Action With Eyes Toward Healthier 2017

March 19, 2017 |

There has not been a lot of good news for Michael Brantley and his injured right shoulder since a fateful, late-season attempt to dive for a ball at Target Field on September 22, 2015. Since then, he has undergone two surgeries, multiple setbacks and appeared in just 13 games. Things seem to be headed in a better direction for Brantley these days, however.

Two of those 13 contests he has played in since the initial shoulder woes began came at the end of the 2015 campaign. He missed 10 of the final 12 games that season. Last year, a comeback attempt lasted but 11 games as the one-time All-Star and MVP candidate could not get his ailing shoulder to a point where there was not pain when he swung the bat.

His 2016 numbers – 43 plate appearances, nine hits, two doubles and seven RBI – were more a tease for Tribe fans than anything else. It was a window view of the player the Indians missed during an otherwise unforgettable year that saw the club get so agonizingly close to its first World Series title since 1948. Read More

Today in Tribe History: March 19, 1974

March 19, 2017 |

The Indians re-acquire starting pitcher Jim Perry in a three-team trade, uniting the 37-year-old with his younger brother Gaylord Perry for the first time since their high school days in Williamston, North Carolina, in 1956. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 16

March 18, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 16

Cleveland third base coach Mike Sarbaugh has been the Indians’ representative for the number 16 on the field over the last several years while serving as a member of manager Terry Francona’s coaching staff, a role he has held since he was promoted to the Major League club after working as a minor league manager in the organization from 2004 to 2012.

The minor league career of the former utility man was brief, as he played in the Milwaukee Brewers organization in 1989 before spending the next five years in the Indians farm system, reaching the Triple-A level in four games at Charlotte in his season in 1994. Read More