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Today in Tribe History: August 24, 1945

August 24, 2015 |

1945Bob Feller makes his first Major League appearance since 1941 and, by the results, it looked as though he never left as the 26-year-old allows just two runs on four hits with 12 strikeouts in a complete game … Read More

Retiring Numbers a Rare Task for Tribe

August 23, 2015 |

With the Cleveland Indians in town this weekend, the New York Yankees are eliminating two more numbers from the already long list of digits never to be worn again by the storied Major League franchise.

Saturday, the Yankees retired the number 20 worn by longtime catcher Jorge Posada in a ceremony prior to the game, a 6-2 win by the hometown team. On Sunday, left-handed pitcher Andy Pettitte will join him, with a large number of wins aiding his cause and admitted HGH use driving those against such an honor. In total, the Sunday addition of Pettitte’s 46 will make 22 numbers retired by the Yankee franchise, with the inevitable retirement of the number two of Derek Jeter removing each of the first ten numbers from use by future Bronx Bombers.

The Indians, meanwhile, have not retired the number of one of their own players since June 20th, 1998, when the number 21, worn by Bob Lemon, joined the short list on the walls at then Jacobs Field. Since then, only the number 455 has been retired, done so on April 22nd, 2001, to honor the consecutive sellout streak set by the franchise and their fans from June 12th, 1995, to April 2nd, 2001.

Are the Yankees too quick to honor their players of yesteryear with one of the ultimate forms of recognition? Or is there such a steep drop off between the caliber of players to sport pinstripes versus those who toiled in mediocrity for the majority of the history of the Indians franchise? Read More

Today in Tribe History: August 23, 2011

August 23, 2015 |

2011 – It wasn’t a third inning at bat by Shin-Soo Choo that would have Progressive Field quaking today, but he would get the fans rocking in the bottom of the ninth as his three-run walk-off home run gave the … Read More

Today in Tribe History: August 22, 1989

August 22, 2015 |

1989 – With four sacrifice bunts in the game, Indians shortstop Felix Fermin ties a 70-year-old Major League record and Cleveland walks off in extra innings against the Seattle Mariners, 3-2. Somehow, none of Fermin’s four sacrifices affect the final … Read More

Today in Tribe History: August 21, 1986

August 21, 2015 |

1986 – Twenty-one-year-old left-hander Greg Swindell makes his Major League debut, but he takes the loss on an ugly day at Cleveland Stadium as the Indians are throttled by the Boston Red Sox, 24-5.

The young lefty, the second overall … Read More

Series Preview #39: Cleveland Indians (55-64) at New York Yankees (67-52)

August 20, 2015 |

The Cleveland Indians move down the Atlantic seaboard for their first and only trip to the Bronx this season as they take on the New York Yankees in a four-game series to wrap up their quick head-to-head matchup with the American League East’s top club this season.

The Indians (55-64) have had a reversal of fortunes over the last few series, winning the opening game in all three. That has failed to change the final outcome of each series, however, as the Indians have lost each of the last two sets. Their only series win out of those three matchups was against the same Yankees they take on to wrap up this week.

After putting up just eight runs in a series loss to the Minnesota Twins last weekend, the Indians went into Fenway Park and made some noise, scoring eight runs in an 8-2 win on Monday. The rest of the series was hardly as favorable, as they dropped a 9-1 loss on Tuesday as Trevor Bauer was tagged for five runs on six hits and could not make it out of the second. Corey Kluber suffered a similar fate on Wednesday, allowing six runs in six innings, including four home runs, in a 6-4 loss to end the second leg of the Tribe’s lengthy road trip. Read More

Today in Tribe History: August 20, 1980

August 20, 2015 |

1980 – The Indians nearly add another name to their record book as pitcher Dan Spillner comes within two outs of a no-hitter in a 3-0 win over the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park.

Spillner would have been an … Read More

Today in Tribe History: August 19, 2005

August 19, 2015 |

2005 – Every game counts and the Cleveland Indians, losers of four of their last six after a six-game winning streak, win in walk-off fashion in ten innings, 5-4.

The win, the second straight for the Indians, pulled the club … Read More

Today in Tribe History: August 18, 2008

August 18, 2015 |

2008 – Newly acquired top prospect Matt LaPorta is hit on the head by a fastball in a ugly turn of events at the Beijing Olympics.

The 23-year-old slugger was the prospect centerpiece of the July 7th trade between the … Read More

Series Preview #38: Cleveland Indians (54-62) at Boston Red Sox (52-65)

August 17, 2015 | | One Comment

A couple steps forward, a couple steps back. That has been the case this season as the Cleveland Indians continue to display a phobia of the .500 mark. After a strong homestand that included taking two of three from playoff contenders Minnesota and New York, the Indians went into the Twins still new house in Minneapolis and saw the resurgent offense dry up by the end of the weekend.

The Indians (54-62) got the elusive series opening win on Friday night, backed by another flirtation with history by starter Corey Kluber. The Indians won, 6-1, as the Twins managed just a solo home run off of Kluber in the seventh inning. Cleveland was stymied 4-1 in Saturday and Sunday’s games, as the offense disappeared while swinging at some bad pitches out of the strike zone and unable to capitalize on the big inning when the opportunity presented itself. Read More

Today in Tribe History: August 17, 1933

August 17, 2015 |

1933Earl Averill ends a nearly 30-year drought for the Cleveland franchise as he hits for the cycle against the Philadelphia Athletics in a 15-4 victory for the Indians.

Averill was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate on the … Read More

Has Corey Kluber Become a Cy Contender Again?

August 16, 2015 | | One Comment

After bursting onto the scene last year in an award-winning way, Cleveland starting pitcher Corey Kluber was not the consistent and dominating force on the mound that many thought he could be in his Cy Young Award defense when the season began in an ugly fashion for both the Indians and their staff ace.

It has been a tough year at times for Kluber, especially when comparing the end results of his starts last season to this season. The Indians won 22 of his 34 starts last season while he was credited with an 18-9 record. This year, the team is just 9-16 in his 25 starts thus far.

Is Kluber to blame? Read More