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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | January 23, 2019

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Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 65

January 22, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 65

There must be something to a number.

The number 65 has been worn by just four players in the 118-year history of the Cleveland Indians organization and in all four occurrences, it was donned by a pitcher. Twice it came on the backs of young starting pitchers trying to catch on at the Major League level. In the two other and more recent times, it has come on former starting pitchers who were converted to relief work late in their minor league careers and got a brief chance to catch on in the Tribe’s bullpen. Read More

Today in Tribe History: January 22, 1976

January 22, 2019 |

Bob Lemon joins fellow pitcher Robin Roberts in election to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 66

January 21, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 66 days

High numbered jerseys are not always a good sign of long lasting stays in the Major Leagues. Generally, the numbers have landed on the backs of late season call-ups who in turn would either switch numbers the next season, or would struggle to find their way back to The Show.

Both happen to be the case in the history of the Cleveland Indians franchise, as the number 66 has hit the playing field by four different players whose careers encompass either of the situations. Read More

Today in Tribe History: January 21, 1899

January 21, 2019 |

Lew Fonseca is born in Oakland, California. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 67

January 20, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 67 days

His stay was short, both in Cleveland and in Major League Baseball, but former pitcher Chris Nichting does have a claim to some fame. He is the first and only wearer of the number 67 in franchise history.

His time in Cleveland was so short, finding a picture of him in an Indians uniform became a task so frustrating that it was ultimately given up on, so you the reader must suffer through him in pinstripes instead. Read More

Today in Tribe History: January 20, 1970

January 20, 2019 |

Lou Boudreau is elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame after receiving 232 of 300 votes necessary from the Baseball Writers Association of America. He was on the ballot for the first time in 1956. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 68

January 19, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 68 days

Over the last few seasons, the Cleveland Indians’ outfield was filled up primarily with platoon players. In 2017, (Lonnie Chisenhall and Brandon Guyer) and unproven commodities (Tyler Naquin and Abraham Almonte) filled the roster around a star returning from injury (Michael Brantley). The same happened in 2018, as Brantley looked to return around the likes of Chisenhall, Guyer, Naquin, and young, inexperienced options in Bradley Zimmer and Greg Allen to the mix).

That was not the case back in the late 1980’s, when each of the first two men to wear the number 68 on the diamond for the Tribe were blocked behind a large number of other established players manning the outfield grass at Cleveland Stadium. Read More

Today in Tribe History: January 19, 1937

January 19, 2019 |

In a very Cleveland-centric Hall of Fame vote, three former members of the American League franchise are elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America as part of the second class selected. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 69

January 18, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 69 days

The Cleveland Indians broke in some seldom used numbers late in the 1980’s, including the overlooked usage of the number 69 late in the 1988 season by slugging prospect Luis Medina.

After being drafted by the New York Mets out of high school in 1981, and drafted again out of Cerritos Junior College by the Mets in January of 1982, and the New York Yankees in June of 1982, and the Cincinnati Reds in January of 1983, and the Oakland Athletics in June of 1983, and by the Houston Astros in the first round of the June 1984 draft out of Arizona State University, Medina finally landed in Cleveland after his ninth round selection in the June 1985 draft. Read More

Today in Tribe History: January 18, 1950

January 18, 2019 |

After arguably one of the worst seasons of his Major League career, Cleveland superstar Bob Feller asks for and receives a pay cut following a disappointing 1949 season with the Indians. His salary decreases from $65,000 to $45,000. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 70

January 17, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

The Indians introduced a pair of new numbers to the ball diamond last season, adding 70 and 90 to the list of digits worn for the city of Cleveland.

While rookie Adam Cimber wore his number 90 in 28 games for the club after coming over in the July 31 deal that brought All-Star closer Brad Hand to town and sent top prospect Francisco Mejia to the sunny shores of San Diego, the number 70 had a much smaller cup of coffee for the Tribe at Progressive Field. George Kontos, who is just one of seven players to wear the number 70 for more than one season on a Major League mound, brought his seven-plus years of experience to the Indians when they acquired him just days after being given his release from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Read More

Today in Tribe History: January 17, 1915

January 17, 2019 |

The American League club formerly known as the Cleveland Naps will now be referred to as the Cleveland Indians, as team president Charles Somers announces the name selected by the local Cleveland baseball writers. Read More