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Posts By Craig Gifford

Not Your Big Market World Series

October 20, 2011 |

This year’s World Series is one Cleveland Indians fans should have no problem getting into.

Tribe faithful should be be able to empathize with Rangers and Cardinals fans and see fellow fan bases, as well as players and coaches who have come up just short so many times over the years.

Unlike seasons where teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies or another major market has been in the Fall Classic, Indians fans should be able to see some similarities in their team’s history and that of the 2011 participants.

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Tribe Building Contender Through Trades And Recent Draft Picks

October 19, 2011 |


The Pittsburgh Pirates have been a mess of a team since going to the NLCS in 1992. The Cleveland Indians have been up and down since the 2000s began. The Tampa Bay Rays have been serious title contenders for about half a decade. Three teams, three similarly small markets, three vastly different levels of success.

How is it that one team that spends $50 million dollars a year can be so much better off than another? Why can the Rays maintain a high level of success while losing big-name free agents to larger markets and the Indians have to keep reloading and the Pirates have not figured it out in 20 years?

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Martinez and Peralta Similar In Many Ways, Yet Remembered So Differently

October 13, 2011 |

Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta. One is loathed by Cleveland Indians fans, one is still held in high regard. That is about where the differences end for the two former Indians now enjoying postseason life with the Detroit Tigers. Each of the two one-time Tribe cornerstones is in the ALCS for the first time since helping to get the Indians their in surprising 2007 campaign.

Both players made their debuts with the Indians, Martinez in 2002, Peralta a year later, and have put up very similar numbers ever since. Their career paths have been very similar, as well, from switching positions with the Tribe, to making a strong postseason run in 2007, to being sent packing before it was time for a free agent raise.

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Indians Not That Far From First Place

October 11, 2011 |

When you go 80-82 for a baseball season, you can say you are in the middle of the road. You are not a very good team, but you are not all that bad, either. You are a mere 10 more wins away from being a true contender.

This is where the Indians lied in 2011. In the end, they had a lot of flaws, but were not all that bad of team. Hard to believe that a team coming into the season with so many questions marks goes into an offseason really only needing to add a couple of pieces to be a viable contender to the Detroit Tigers’ AL Central Division throne.

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DTTWLN Staff Makes Their Playoff Predictions

September 30, 2011 |


By Craig Gifford

Following a baseball season that was as unpredictable as any other, it’s only fitting that the postseason would follow suit.

Here at Did The Tribe Win Last Night, there is not a lot of agreement as to how the postseason, which starts this evening, will shake out. Two of my fellow writers picked the Phillies to win the World Sereies, another two have tabbed the Indians’ rival, Detroit, to take the coveted tophy, while we had one vote each for the Milwaukee Brewers and the Tampa Bay Rays are this year’s team of destiny.

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Jimenez Drubbed In Final Start; Tigers 14, Indians 0

September 27, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

The Detroit Tigers are a baseball team that has been on a three-month roll and will waltz into the Major League Baseball playoffs this weekend easily the class of the American League Central Divison. They showed just how wide the gap between themselves and the second place Indians is on Monday night, beating Cleveland every which way in a 14-0 drubbing at Comerica Park.

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Chicago Steals Night Cap Late; White Sox 5, Indians 4

September 21, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

For six innings Tuesday night it appeared the Indians had everthing cooking. It seemed they would come away with a doubleheader sweep against the White Sox and get back above .500. After six innings, the Tribe led 4-3, just hours after taking the first game at Progressive Field. Then, the top of the seventh happened. The Sox scored a pair, the Indians stopped scoring and Chicago worked its way to a split of the twinbill, knocking off the Indians 5-4 in the evening tilt.

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Could Thome and Hafner Co-Exist For A Season?

September 16, 2011 |


By Craig Gifford

Jim Thome and Travis Hafner, both top-notch power hitters at one point in their careers, have seen their numbers decrease the last couple years thanks to injuries and the aging process. Neither one is likely to ever hit 40 home runs in a season as once was the case for both.

However, this season both have shown to still have a little something left. Hafner, who next year will be in the final year of his mega contract he signed in 2007, found some rejuvenation early in the season and is sitting at 11 home runs and 49 RBI in just 84 games, thanks to another injury-plagued season. Thome, the Indians’ all-time home run leader the club brought back in August, has played in 85 games, driving 13 home runs and 43 RBI. He will be a free agent this winter and probably won’t command a lot of money on the open market.

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Cleveland Swept Out By Texas; Rangers 7, Indians 4

September 16, 2011 |

By Criag Gifford

The Cleveland Indians are playing for second place in the American League Central Division these days. The Texas Rangers, defending AL champions, are playing for a bit more as they are in a race for the AL West crown and postseason berth.

The disparity showed this week as the Tribe was swept in a four-game series in Arlington, Texas. The latest, and least embrasssing, came in a 7-4 defeat Thursday night.

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Is Jack Hannahan In the 2012 Picture?

September 14, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

When the Cleveland Indians signed Jack Hannahan this past offseason, it was with the idea he was simply going to keep third base occupied until Lonnie Chisenhall was ready to be called up from AAA Columbus. Once Chisenhall got his promotion he would be groomed as the everyday player at the hot corner, while most thought the journeyman Hannahan would be jettisoned on to his next landing spot by season’s end.

Well, in a summer full of many twists and turns for the Tribe, one of the biggest has been Hannahan. He is going to still til the end of the season and chances are he will be in town a little while longer than that. The 31-year-old, who previously spent brief major league tenures in Detroit, Toronto and Oakland, is not a free agent this coming offseason, but is eligible for arbitration. Indians management would be wise to bring back for at least one more year.

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Bullpen Blows Up; White Sox 8, Indians 1

September 9, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

The Detroit Tigers spent the past week laying a beatdown on the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians. In the process Detroit all but clinched the AL Central Division crown, rendering this weekend’s four-game series, which … Read More

Indians Outfield Never Healthy

September 6, 2011 |

By Craig Gifford

Shin-Soo Choo, Grady Sizemore and Michael Brantley.

That trio is one that can be as good as any in baseball when it comes to outfield play. The three have the ability to hit for a good average, all can hit the home run ball 15-20 times a season and all three have strong base-running and fielding abilities. It is an outfield most teams would like to have – including the Cleveland Indians.

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