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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | October 30, 2014

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Joss Perfection, First Great Game in Indians History

October 27, 2014 |

When Addie Joss took the mound on October 2, 1908, he became the first Cleveland pitcher to try and pitch the franchise to a pennant, but he certainly wouldn’t be the last.

The Cleveland Naps—then named for manager and star second baseman Nap Lajoie—entered the Friday afternoon game at League Park in a three-way race for the American League pennant. The Naps trailed the Detroit Tigers for the top spot, with the Chicago White Sox just one game behind Cleveland. With just a handful of games remaining in the season, every game counted. No game was bigger than the opening game of the series between Chicago and Cleveland, matching up Ed Walsh against Joss.

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Eighteen Crazy Nights—Looking back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians

October 26, 2014 | 3

During the month of October DTTWLN will take a look back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians season—specifically the 18 thrilling games of the postseason as the Indians made an improbable run to game seven of the World Series.

PART TWENTY-TWO:  WORLD SERIES GAME 7—THE BITTER END

Game Seven.

Cleveland had certainly been down a long and winding path that took them to baseball’s biggest stage.

The Indians had extremely lowered expectations heading into Spring Training, they traded their best and most popular player before camp broke and they underwhelmed all season with a pitching staff that looked more unwatchable than some Triple-A staffs.

They were huge underdogs when they faced the Yankees and Orioles on their unimaginable trip through the playoffs, yet they sent both foes packing.  They had battled through sloppy play and historically-cold weather in Cleveland to take the Marlins to the brink of elimination in a winner-take-all showdown in Miami.

For Marlins fans, the feeling was optimistic and fun-loving.  Their team was only in its fifth season of existence, and they were just waiting for good things to happen.  For Cleveland fans, things could not have been tenser.  For years, Cleveland had suffered through unbelievable and unbearable heartbreak. Read More

Home Grown Talent a Key to Indians’ Future Success

October 26, 2014 |

As the baseball viewing portion of the world watches the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants play for a World Series crown, the Cleveland Indians are already hard at work towards next season and the years to follow.

Plenty of criticisms can be found for the Indians’ lack of success this season. At the top of the list, lack of sufficient offseason spending following an American League Wild Card berth in 2013, injuries, ineffectiveness from key names on the team, high priced stars not contributing, and failing to add to a team in contention at the trade deadlines are all valid arguing points.

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Eighteen Crazy Nights—Looking back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians

October 25, 2014 |

During the month of October DTTWLN will take a look back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians season—specifically the 18 thrilling games of the postseason as the Indians made an improbable run to game seven of the World Series.

PART TWENTY-ONE:  WORLD SERIES GAME 6—THE OMAR AND OGEA SHOW

Sometimes in sports unexpected things happen.

Moments occur that just couldn’t have been imagined; they make your jaw drop and hit the floor.  You compose yourself long enough to mutter out the words, “I can’t believe that just happened.”

Then there are other moments that aren’t really surprising at all…just incredible.

They happen over and over so often that they become routine…but still your jaw hits the ground because of how incredible the moment was.  Your jaw once again hits the floor and you compose yourself for long enough to say, “I can’t believe that Omar just did that again.”

Both of these scenarios played out perfectly for the Indians in Game Six of the 1997 World Series. Read More

Tiant Discovered By Tribe, Legendary Worldwide In Baseball

October 25, 2014 |

Bobby Avila’s contributions to Indians baseball are numerous. He won a batting title for the Indians in 1954, helping lead the team to what was then a record of 111 wins and the American League pennant.

But one of his contributions to the Tribe and to baseball is his discovery of a Cuban boy who took after his father, one of the great pitchers in Cuban baseball and the Negro Leagues in America – Luis Tiant.

El Tiante, as he came to be known, was signed by Avila to the Mexico City Tigers. Avila lobbied for him to Cleveland management, and the Indians bought his contract in 1961.

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Indians Trade Winds May Become Gusty this Winter

October 24, 2014 | 2

After three weeks of reflection on the Cleveland Indians and their disappointing 2014 season, it’s time to move on. While the World Series enters Game 3 this evening, the Tribe is just about a week away from kicking off their offseason. And while the defense was horrendous, Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn underachieved for the second straight season and the acquisition of John Axford was a failure, the Indians still were just three games shy of a playoff birth.

And Kansas City is proving each night that if you get into the postseason, anything can happen. For the Indians, the 2015 roster is a little clearer than we’d like to admit. With long term contracts already given to Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes, along with Bourn and Swisher and a squad full of youthful talent on the horizon, the Indians need to tinker to improve their roster but don’t need to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Francona’s 2015 squad will be led by Brantley, Gomes and a stable of young pitching that emerged in the final two months.

However, making the moves necessary to improve those three games and get back to the postseason will not be easy. With so many players established into roles, and a limited budget for the free agent market, General Manager Chris Antonetti will have to be creative in acquiring the final pieces to his playoff puzzle. He’ll need to succeed this winter, making up for his misfortunes of the last two winters.

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Eighteen Crazy Nights—Looking back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians

October 23, 2014 |

During the month of October DTTWLN will take a look back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians season—specifically the 18 thrilling games of the postseason as the Indians made an improbable run to game seven of the World Series.

PART TWENTY:  WORLD SERIES GAME 5—BEHIND THE EIGHT BALL

Through four games, the 1997 World Series could not have been more opposite than the American League Championship Series that the Indians had just completed.

During the ALCS, the Indians managed to squeak by with four wins over the heavily favored Orioles despite having only 18 runs cross the plate in six games.  They pitched well in the clutch, limiting any damage that Baltimore could have done all series as well as playing solid defense.  The two teams combined for a hefty but not unreasonable 10 errors over the six ballgames.

The Fall Classic, however, was a different story.  The Tribe had scored a mind blowing 31 runs and had given up 25.  Both pitching staffs imploded when they got to the cold air of Cleveland and the defenses had played sloppy and poorly.  The Marlins and Indians had combined for an astonishing nine errors through the first four games.  Read More

Bringing Victor Home

October 23, 2014 | 3

Today continues DTTWLN’s three week examination of the Indians’ 2014 season and where it fell short of the playoff expectations established last winter. The staff will examine where the season went wrong and the challenges the front office faces to make the Indians contenders in 2015.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane.

In 1996, the Indians signed a young catcher out of Venezuela. This switch hitting catcher would eventually go on to make his debut in the majors at the age of 23 and then never look back. He would eventually reach All-Star status, go to the World Series, and become the cornerstone of one of the most potent offenses in recent baseball history. This catcher would be none other than Victor Martinez, who will become a free agent this winter. Read More

Eighteen Crazy Nights—Looking back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians

October 22, 2014 | 1

During the month of October DTTWLN will take a look back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians season—specifically the 18 thrilling games of the postseason as the Indians made an improbable run to game seven of the World Series.

PART NINETEEN:  WORLD SERIES GAME 4—THE ROOKIE HAS THE WRIGHT STUFF

On October 22, 1997, a frigid air mass pushed south from Canada.  It swept across Lake Erie as lake-effect snow covered Cleveland and the temperature plummeted to 38°.  Huge gusts howled through the downtown area and the wind-chill dropped to a numbing 15°.

It was abnormally cold in Northeast Ohio, as the average temperature for October 22 in Cleveland was a mild 58°.  As Game Four of the 1997 Fall Classic was about to begin, however, the stage was set for an infamous showdown between the Florida Marlins and the Cleveland Indians in what became the coldest World Series game in recorded history.

As the players took batting practice, heavy snow showers fell in the ballpark and turned Jacobs Field into a winter wonderland.  Christmas carols echoed throughout the stadium, as the Indians creative staff blared them over the public address system. Read More

Why is Cleveland Not a Tribe Town?

October 22, 2014 | 11

Today continues DTTWLN’s three week examination of the Indians’ 2014 season and where it fell short of the playoff expectations established last winter. The staff will examine where the season went wrong and the challenges the front office faces to make the Indians contenders in 2015.

It’s a concept that fans and media alike have discussed to no end. It’s been beaten into the ground and brought up more often than most people would probably like. Yes, that’s right, it’s the great attendance discussion and it’s related argument: Why isn’t Cleveland a Tribe Town?

We covered attendance for a week last year, examining the ways in which the Indians work to appeal to specific fan bases, what the ballpark has to offer fans, as well as why fans may not be coming in droves the same way they did in the ‘90’s.

Attendance did not improve this year, despite the effort to make the ballpark more appealing to a wide variety of fans. The Indians organization implemented Bro-hio to add a section of fandom and excitement into the stands, they continued their $4 beers, offered numerous Dollar Dog and fireworks nights, and attempted to appeal to fans in a number of ways. However, the numbers were still low. Read More