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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | September 20, 2017

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Posts By Bob Toth

Today in Tribe History: March 8, 2001

March 8, 2015 |

Albert Belle, the former Indians slugger, is pronounced “totally disabled and unable to perform as a Major League Baseball player” in a four-paragraph press release by the Baltimore Orioles today, effectively ending the 12-year-veteran’s career at the age of 34.

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Aguilar Awaiting Another Opportunity

March 7, 2015 |

Things played out almost perfectly for Cleveland Indians first base prospect Jesus Aguilar at the beginning of last season, despite starting the year in Triple-A.

Carlos Santana was slated to be the Indians’ third baseman, after primarily splitting time between catcher, first base, and designated hitter in years past. Nick Swisher was the lone legitimate first base option remaining on the roster. Designated hitter Jason Giambi was battling injuries. This left the team with a need as a fill-in for Swisher at first or as a right-handed DH option off of the bench.

Aguilar fit the mold for one of the Indians’ biggest needs since the days of Manny Ramirez – a big bat from the right side of the plate with power potential. The path to the Majors was almost clear for Aguilar and his opportunity knocked in mid-May. Unfortunately for him, he did not respond well to the call, and as he enters the 2015 season, his road back to the show is a bit more cluttered with obstacles than just one year ago.

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Today in Tribe History: March 7, 1960

March 7, 2015 |

Former slugging outfielder and World Series hero Joe Carter is born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Drafted with the second pick overall in the 1981 draft by the Cubs, Chicago dealt him to Cleveland with outfielder Mel Hall, pitcher Don Schulze, … Read More

Today in Tribe History: March 6, 1990

March 6, 2015 |

Joe Sewell, a longtime infielder for the Cleveland Indians starting with his successful debut with the World Champion Indians squad of 1920, passes away in Mobile, Alabama. He was 91.

Sewell began his Hall of Fame career after tragedy befell … Read More

Today in Tribe History: March 5, 1921

March 5, 2015 |

Longtime Major League outfielder Elmer Valo is born in Rybnik, Czechoslovakia.

Valo logged 20 years of MLB service, including one season in Cleveland in 1959, and could have had even more if he like so many of his era had … Read More

Today in Tribe History: March 4, 2002

March 4, 2015 |

Bad news for the Indians out of their Spring Training site in Winter Haven, Florida, as center fielder Alex Escobar will need reconstructive knee surgery after crashing into the outfield wall.

Escobar tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left … Read More

Today in Tribe History: March 3, 1998

March 3, 2015 |

Larry Doby is selected by the Veterans Committee for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

The first African-American player in the American League, Doby was an integral part of the Indians’ AL Pennant winning seasons of 1948 and … Read More

Adams Available as an Arm in Waiting

March 2, 2015 |

If baseball has learned anything about Indians manager Terry Francona in his two seasons as skipper in Cleveland, it is that Tito loves his bullpen.

Francona broke records last season with his use of the Indians relievers. Heading in to the 2015 season, he may pitch some of these men until their arms break or fall off altogether.

That is where a player like Austin Adams may fit in.

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Today in Tribe History: March 2, 1916

March 2, 2015 |

Mickey Rocco, who spent his entire Major League career with the Indians and the bulk of that during World War II, is born in St. Paul, Minnesota.

He had been in the minors since 1935 when he made his debut … Read More

Today in Tribe History: March 1, 1919

March 1, 2015 |

The Cleveland Indians get a steal of a deal, robbing Connie Mack and the Philadelphia Athletics of three contributors to the Indians’ 1920 championship team in a four-player swap on this date in 1919.

The Indians sent outfielder Braggo RothRead More

Today in Tribe History: February 28, 1988

February 28, 2015 |

The Cleveland Indians sign free agent utility man Terry Francona.

After five seasons in Montreal and one in Chicago with the Cubs, Francona spent his seventh season in the National League with the Cincinnati Reds in 1987, hitting .227 in … Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 27, 1963

February 27, 2015 |

The Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Athletics agree to a deal, as the Tribe sends outfielder Chuck Essegian west for pitcher Jerry Walker.

Walker, a former All-Star with the Baltimore Orioles in his third season in the Majors and first … Read More