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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | February 21, 2018

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Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 48 – Travis Hafner

February 9, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 48 days

He may not have been one of the best to wear 48 in Cleveland, but Travis Hafner was one of the better sluggers in the history of baseball to have the number on his back.

Sam McDowell may hold the honor of being the best pitcher and player to wear 48 in Indians history, but Hafner easily claims that title from the offensive side of the game. McDowell began his big league career as a number 17, then a 34, before settling in to the 48 for the remainder of his time with the Indians before he was traded to the San Francisco Giants following the 1971 season.

The Indians’ long-time designated hitter Hafner was part of one of the better thefts in club history, as the team picked him off from the Texas Rangers in a low-cost trade that gave the Tribe a dangerous power-hitting weapon in the middle of their lineup for the better part of his decade in a Cleveland uniform, serving as a suitable replacement for another left-handed slugger, Hall of Famer Jim Thome, who left the club following the 2002 season. Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 9, 1914

February 9, 2018 |

Bill Veeck, who would make instrumental and monumental contributions to the game of baseball, is born in Chicago, Illinois. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 49 – Tom Candiotti

February 8, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 49 days

If you were a fan of the Cleveland Indians in the 1980s, chances are you were well aware of right-hander Tom Candiotti and his mastery of the elusive knuckleball. Candiotti’s name is forever tied to the pitch, just like his predecessors Phil Niekro, Joe Niekro, and Charlie Hough, and more recent successes like R.A. Dickey and Tim Wakefield. Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 8, 1931

February 8, 2018 |

Principal Cleveland Indians owner Larry Dolan is born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 50

February 7, 2018 |

Our countdown to the Cleveland Indians’ season opener in Seattle against the Mariners has reached 50 days. We at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue our look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 50 days

Like many numbers chronicled over the last nine days, the number 50 has long appeared on the backs of pitchers for the Cleveland Indians organization.

It made its debut in Cleveland in 1945, but was worn by catcher Gene Desautels in ten uneventful games that year. The light-hitting backstop, a career .233 hitter in 13 seasons in the Majors, was 1-for-9 that year with a single, a walk, and a strikeout. He spent four seasons with the club at the big league level. Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 7, 1959

February 7, 2018 |

Long-time member of Cleveland’s American League baseball franchise and its one-time namesake, Nap Lajoie, passes away from pneumonia. He was 84 years old. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 51

February 6, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 51

The number 51 has rarely been a sign of longevity for careers in a Cleveland Indians uniform. Just seven times since the number hit the field in 1929 has it been worn by the same player across multiple seasons on the shores of Lake Erie.

Right-hander Shawn Armstrong was the most recent to do so, but his stay in the number and in the Cleveland bullpen lasted parts of just three years. He was dealt by the Tribe this offseason to Seattle, with the team looking to create spots on the 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 draft. Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 6, 2014

February 6, 2018 |

Hall of Fame outfielder and the long-time voice of the New York Mets, Ralph Kiner, passes away at the age of 91. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 52

February 5, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 52 days

The number 52 has had a good run in Indians history, despite its late start appearing on the field. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 53

February 4, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 53 days

After two seasons in the Cleveland bullpen, Jeff Manship‘s time as part of the Indians relief staff came to a close last winter when the team opted not to tender him a contract in December in advance of his first exposure to arbitration, making the 32-year-old right-hander a free agent.

The move may have come as a surprise to some, as his overall numbers were average, especially compared to his incredible half-season of work with the club in 2015, but on the surface alone may not have merited being cut loose at a fairly reasonable salary for the coming year. He had been projected to make in the vicinity of $1.2 million through arbitration by the number gurus of MLBTradeRumors.com.

Instead of remaining state side and finding a minor league deal with a Major League club, Manship and his services sailed overseas to Korea, as he signed a $1.8 million one-year contract with the NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization. He put together a nice season for the Dinos, going 12-4 with a 3.67 ERA in 21 starts. Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 4, 1956

February 4, 2018 |

Chris Bando is born in Cleveland, Ohio. Read More