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

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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

Presidential First Pitch Originated With Ohio, Cleveland Ties

February 20, 2017 |

This story was first published on April 10, 2012. – BT

The throwing out of the ceremonial first pitch is a tradition that started in 1910 with President William Howard Taft. And it’s all because of a Youngstown native and former Cleveland baseball player and manager named Jimmy McAleer.

McAleer knocked around the minor leagues in the 1880s before breaking into the National League with the Cleveland Spiders in 1889. He was regarded as speedy on the basepaths and in center field. His batting was a little less solid. The Robisons, owners of the Spiders, also bought the St. Louis Browns of the National League (later the Cardinals) and essentially cherry-picked all the talent from Cleveland to St. Louis. McAleer opted to stay in Northern Ohio. The Spiders folded after the 1899 season, but McAleer latched on as player/manager for the Lake Shores, a team in the American League in 1900. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 42

February 20, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 42 days

Major League Baseball retired Jackie Robinson’s number 42 across the game on April 15, 1997, on the 50th anniversary of his monumental breaking of the color barrier. Indians reliever Michael Jackson was one of 13 players who were wearing that number at the time and was allowed to continue wearing it, making him the last to call the number his own for Cleveland.

In 2013, the last of those original 13 players, Mariano Rivera, retired from baseball. Since 2007, the number has returned around the league for one day each year, thanks to the efforts in 2007 of 2016 Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., who wanted to honor Robinson on the 60th anniversary of his debut.

Jackson not only has the honor of being the last to wear the number regularly for the Tribe, but he had some of the best seasons in Cleveland history by a player wearing the number. Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 20, 1890

February 20, 2017 |

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

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 43 – Josh Tomlin

February 19, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 43

The Cleveland Indians rode with their Little Cowboy deep into the sunset of the 2016 season.

Had it not been for the October heroics of the Indians’ fifth starter Josh Tomlin, Cleveland’s postseason dreams may have more resembled a daydream. With two-fifths of the starting rotation out for the majority or entirety of October and another two men dealing with injuries heading into or during the playoffs, Tomlin’s ability to pitch against some of the big names in the game helped the Indians participate in the postseason, rather than watch it from their respective couches. Read More

MLB Should Consider Moving World Baseball Classic to Safer Time of Year for Teams and Players

February 19, 2017 | 1

The concept of the World Baseball Classic is a good one. The execution of when it is played out could use some work.

Spring training is supposed to be an important time for baseball teams to gel together, get to know each other, learn how to play with and integrate new teammates, and get ready for the long grind of a 162-game regular season schedule to come in less than two months.

Every four years, the WBC robs teams and their players of that important time. Not only that, but it puts key members of a regular Major League Baseball roster at unnecessary risk of a preseason injury. Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 19, 1942

February 19, 2017 |

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

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 44

February 18, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 44 days

There is something magical about a large number of the Indians players who have worn the number 44 during their Cleveland careers.

Many were well known for having glorious facial hair.

It’s a strange correlation, no doubt about it. Forty players have worn the number (most recently Ross Detwiler at the beginning of the 2016 season) and the most memorable of the bunch can be remembered for the beards and mustaches that they sported on the field. Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 18, 2010

February 18, 2017 |

The Cleveland Indians announce wholesale changes to their front office with several promotions and title changes set to take place at the conclusion of the coming 2010 season. Read More