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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | March 26, 2017

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Posts By Bob Toth

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 9 – Erik Gonzalez

March 25, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 9

Indians utility man Erik Gonzalez got a bit of a scare on Friday when he was hit by a pitch in the right hand/wrist area. He left the game in the eighth inning, but the injury appears to be just a bruise. While he hoped to get back out on the field on Saturday, the team was opting to hold him out for a day.

For Gonzalez, this spring is a big one as he looks to crack the Opening Day roster for the first time as one of the bench options for the Indians. His odds increased substantially with the injury to second baseman Jason Kipnis, as the Tribe’s former All-Star will miss at least the first month of action and possibly a little bit more while dealing with an ailing shoulder. Read More

Today in Tribe History: March 25, 1997

March 25, 2017 |

With his free agency pending following the season, the Cleveland Indians send star outfielder Kenny Lofton and reliever Alan Embree to the Atlanta Braves for outfielders David Justice and Marquis Grissom. Read More

Indians Return Rule 5 Lefty Milner to Phillies

March 24, 2017 |

Any chances that Indians Rule 5 pick Hoby Milner would suit up for Cleveland this season effectively ended when the club signed free agent left-hander Boone Logan in February. As expected, a Phillies club with pitching deficiencies was not going to let the 26-year-old southpaw go for good as Milner was returned to Philadelphia on Friday.

To complete the exchange, the Indians received $50,000 in return from the Phillies. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 10 – Edwin Encarnacion

March 24, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 10

When the Cleveland Indians signed slugger Mike Napoli last offseason, there was hope, but no certainty, that he could provide the club with the powerful right-handed bat that had been lacking from the lineup for much of the 21st century.

The arrival of Edwin Encarnacion this winter on a three-year free agent deal with a club option for a fourth year in 2020 did not come with those doubts.

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Today in Tribe History: March 24, 1973

March 24, 2017 |

The Cleveland Indians send two-time All-Star and Gold Glove winning catcher Ray Fosse to the Oakland Athletics with utility infielder Jack Heidemann for catcher Dave Duncan and outfielder George Hendrick. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 11 – Jose Ramirez

March 23, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 11

Which Jose Ramirez will the Cleveland Indians see in 2017?

Will it be Ramirez the third baseman, after filling that void on the field for the second half of last season for Cleveland? Will it be Ramirez the second baseman, helping to replace another injured player in Jason Kipnis as he did early last season in filling in for Michael Brantley? Will it be Ramirez the utility man, a role that he was expected to play in 2016 before the Tribe roster needed him in the lineup every day given his strong performance?

Two things feel almost certain – the addition of Edwin Encarnacion should prevent many sightings of Ramirez the cleanup hitter and that plenty of attention will be paid to how many times the hard charging Ramirez loses his batting helmet on the base paths. Read More

The Doctor is in as Brantley is Back in Action for the Tribe

March 23, 2017 |

The doctor is in for the Cleveland Indians and, this time, this diagnosis appears good.

Michael Brantley returned to Cactus League action on Monday afternoon with an encouraging performance against the Los Angeles Dodgers from Goodyear, Arizona. He followed it up with another appearance on Wednesday as the Indians dropped a 10-2 decision to Colorado at the Rockies’ spring home at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Read More

Today in Tribe History: March 23, 1993

March 23, 2017 |

A tragic boating accident that hours earlier claimed the life of young Indians reliever Steve Olin took a second casualty, as reliever Tim Crews succumbed to his injuries sustained when his bass boat struck a dock on Little Lake Nellie on an off day for the club during their spring training work at Winter Haven, Florida. Crews was 31 years old. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 12 – Francisco Lindor

March 22, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 12

One of the disappointing consequences of the World Baseball Classic for the Cleveland Indians has been losing the energy and excitement for baseball that Francisco Lindor seems to bring to the field with him every single day. It is an invaluable trait that his teammates undoubtedly miss and one that younger prospects in the farm system could have benefited from during the Tribe’s spring training festivities in Goodyear, Arizona.

Compounding that problem for the Indians has been the success of Team Puerto Rico in the WBC, which has kept Lindor away from the club for as long as the tournament allows. Lindor’s squad will play Team USA in the WBC Championship Game Wednesday night at 9:00 PM ET from Los Angeles, California, finally spelling an end of his absence from the Tribe’s camp. Read More

Today in Tribe History: March 22, 1972

March 22, 2017 |

The purchase of the Cleveland Indians from Vernon Stouffer by a group headed by 40-year-old attorney Nick Mileti is approved by the American League. Read More

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