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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | October 23, 2014

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Eighteen Crazy Nights—Looking back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians

October 21, 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 EIGHTEEN:  WORLD SERIES GAME 3—FOOTBALL WEATHER AND FOOTBALL NUMBERS

The city of Cleveland has long been a football town, but when Browns owner Art Modell moved his beloved franchise to Baltimore in 1995, the town turned to baseball as its #1 love.

The Indians were the talk of the town—the golden children now that the Browns were long gone.  In 1997, they were competing in their second World Series in three years and had come back from sunny Miami tied at 1-1 with the Florida Marlins.

Normally, an October 21st game that was played while the wind-chill was 23° would be reserved for the Cleveland Browns, but that was exactly what the Indians and Mother Nature brought to Jacobs Field for Game Three of the ’97 Fall Classic. Read More

Chasing Detroit

October 21, 2014 | 1

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.

A few years ago, everyone was quoting the line that closed the viral “Cleveland Tourism Video”: “At least we’re not Detroit — We’re not Detroit!”

Economically? Sure, that’s a plus. But this season, when it came to baseball?

Cleveland did not have bragging rights. Read More

Tomlin and McAllister Out of Options, Perhaps Out of Tribe’s Pitching Staff

October 20, 2014 | 2

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.

Josh Tomlin and Zach McAllister represent essentially all of the starting pitching depth the Cleveland Indians currently have behind their starting five. This winter, the Indians may have to look elsewhere for arms beyond their young, talented, but somewhat unproven quintet.

Tomlin and McAllister are both out of options as far as being simply placed in the minor leagues. Cleveland will have to make a decision next spring as to whether there is a place on the Major League roster for either or both. Otherwise they would risk losing either of the pitchers who have proven the ability to succeed at the Major League level to waivers.

The pair of starters have had plenty of good moments for the Indians. However, both had injury issues that helped lead to disappointing 2014 campaigns and are now on the outside-looking-in when it comes to the pitching rotation. Read More

Eighteen Crazy Nights—Looking back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians

October 19, 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 SEVENTEEN:  WORLD SERIES GAME 2—IT’S PRONOUNCED “OH-JAY”

Twice in the 1997 playoffs the Indians had lost Game One of a series, and twice they had come back to win Game Two.  If they were going to make it three in a row, however, they certainly had their work cut out for them.

The Indians were set to face right handed ace Kevin Brown in the second matchup of the World Series, and they could only counter with Chad Ogea…a pitcher left out of the playoff starting rotation originally.

Brown was in the prime of a fantastic career, was at the end of an All-Star season, and was only a year removed from a season where he finished second in the NL Cy Young Award voting.  Ogea, meanwhile, struggled to a 8-9 record with a 4.99 ERA during the regular season and had lost his only two starts of the playoffs.  Ogea was only known nationally for having a funny last name that nobody was really sure how to pronounce and for giving up a grand slam to the first batter he faced in the postseason in his lone ALDS relief appearance against the Yankees. Read More

Counting on Carrasco

October 19, 2014 | 1

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.

Just when it seemed to finally be simple with Carlos Carrasco, it becomes complicated all over again.

Carrasco had his best year as a professional in 2014. The only remaining Major League piece of any Cliff Lee trade since 2008 finally found it after years of inconsistencies with control, injuries and confidence. Carrasco, “won” the fifth starter’s job out of Spring Training as much because he was out of options and could not return to Triple-A, as much as he out-pitched his opponents. After four poor starts, Carrasco was moved to the bullpen by the end of April.

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Eighteen Crazy Nights—Looking back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians

October 18, 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 SIXTEEN:  WORLD SERIES GAME 1—THE SERIES NO ONE WANTED

Claire Smith of the New York Times called it “The Series No One Wanted”.

Bernie Lincicome of the Chicago Tribune said it’s “the worst winner from the American League meets the non-winner from the National League…a Series made in gimmick heaven.”

There were no New York Yankees.  No Atlanta Braves.  No Baltimore Orioles.

Missing was Derek Jeter.  And Greg Maddux.  And Barry Bonds.  And Ken Griffey.  And Cal Ripken.

It was just the pitching-deprived, Belle/Lofton-less, 86-win Cleveland Indians and “the best team free agency could buy” Florida Marlins that were facing off in the 1997 World Series.  It was Major League Baseball’s nightmare as two mid-market teams that few people outside of the states of Ohio and Florida cared about were taking their biggest stage.  Just three years removed from a strike that cancelled the ’94 Fall Classic, baseball could not afford a World Series that made people yawn. Read More

Is Jason Kipnis Just a One Hit Wonder?

October 18, 2014 | 9

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 … Read More

Youthful Pitching Staff Struggled in Biggest Moments

October 17, 2014 |

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.

The Cleveland Indians are a team with very little experience playing in big games. Most of the players on the club have played in one or less postseason games. For the majority of the roster, the lone postseason exposure comes in the form of one game – the 2013 Wild Card loss to Tampa Bay.

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Solving Carlos Santana

October 16, 2014 | 2

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.

I’ve always thought the Cleveland Indians felt when they acquired Carlos Santana that he was the heir apparent to Victor Martinez. It’s a rather simple and easy leap to make.

The Indians acquired Santana on July 26, 2008 from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Casey Blake. C.C. Sabathia had already been traded to Milwaukee and Blake’s jettison to Los Angeles was just another step toward the deconstruction of the 2007 Cleveland Indians that fell just one game short of the World Series. At the time of the trade, Santana was a 22-year old at High-A, transitioning from being a third baseman to a catcher. He hit for high average and his power was developing, quickly. In 2007, Santana hit seven home runs in 86 games at Low-A. In 2008, he hit 21 homers in 130 games for three different teams. By the start of 2009, he was a pre-season, top-30 prospect according to both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus.

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Eighteen Crazy Nights—Looking back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians

October 15, 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 FIFTEEN:  ALCS GAME 6—ONE FOR THE AGES

“There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.”

-John Lennon

As the Cleveland Indians started batting practice before their Game Six showdown with the Baltimore Orioles in the 1997 American League Championship Series, Manager Mike Hargrove figured that everything was where it was meant to be.

Bip Roberts, a key midseason acquisition, was leading off and playing second base.

Tony Fernandez, an offseason free-agent signing that had lost his regular playing time when the team traded for Roberts, was penciled in as a reserve player on the bench.

It was all set.  The regular lineup was ready to face Mike Mussina…the hottest pitcher on the planet. Read More