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

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2012: What If?

How Long Can the Tribe Hold on to Sandy?

October 7, 2015 |

He came to Cleveland in a blockbuster trade, played the bulk of his career here as part of those great teams in the 1990s, and the entirety of his coaching and managing career was here.

But as another Indians season ends, you can’t help but wonder: How long can Sandy Alomar Jr. stay with the Indians?

Almost since the time he rejoined the Indians coaching staff, he’s been good for one or two interviews each off-season – and his name has already been linked to the opening in San Diego (the Padres will not be retaining Pat Murphy, who became interim manager after Bud Black – another former Indian – was fired in June). Read More

Johnson Three Homer Night Sends Tribe to Offseason; White Sox 9, Indians 0

October 3, 2012 |

By Evan Matsumoto

There was no dog pile on the infield; there was no champagne flowing in the clubhouse. After Wednesday night’s game against the White Sox, fans quietly filed out and the lights went dark on another season in Cleveland.

And as they say in Cleveland, there’s always next year.

Cleveland sent David Huff to start the game against Chicago’s Gavin Floyd and ended up on the losing end of a five-homerun, 9-0 game. Huff started on the mound for the Tribe. Heading into the night’s game, he was 3-0 in six appearances, boasting a 2.86 ERA.

Chicago’s Dan Johnson kicked off the scoring in the second inning with a two-run shot to the centerfield seats to give the Sox an early 2-0 lead.

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Game #162: Chicago White Sox (84-77) at Cleveland Indians (68-93)

October 3, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

All good things come to an end, and whatever this is too.

Tonight, the Indians officially conclude their season that unfortunately ended a long time ago. After contending for 99 games, the Tribe fell a part in the final 63 and quickly eliminated themselves from the American League Central Division race in August. On July 26 the Indians were just 3.5 games in back of first place, but 11-game and nine game losing streaks buried the team by August 24.

The drop in the standings eventually cost Manager Manny Acta his job last week. The skipper for the last three seasons was informed last Thursday he would not be retained for the 2013 season. Yesterday, Indians closer Chris Perez spoke candidly about Acta and felt his laid back attitude did not work with a youthful clubhouse and a more hands-on manager could make a difference.

“August wasn’t baseball, it was pathetic — in all aspects,” Perez said. “I’m not saying that a change earlier would have done anything, but sometimes we pressed the panic button. Why? A lot of things left you kind of scratching your head.”

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What I Want In a Manager

October 3, 2012 |

By Christian Petrila

To the surprise of few and the displeasure of many, Manny Acta is gone.

That’s old news.

The lingering question now is, “Who will replace Acta?”

I’m not here to speculate whether it’ll be Terry Francona, Sandy Alomar Jr., or anyone else for that matter (yes, Albert Belle, that includes you). I’m just here to say what I would prefer to see the next manager of the Indians do.

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Tribe Steals Late Inning Victory From Chicago; Indians 4, White Sox 3

October 2, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Sometimes good isn’t good enough.

Jake Peavy pitched eight strong innings, but two pinch hits—including a Travis Hafner home run—helped tie the game in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Indians and Jason Donald’s two-out base hit in the 12th inning gave the Indians a win, 4-3. The late inning heroics stole the game and foiled a well-pitched game by Peavy.

“It was a good game,” Interim Manager Sandy Alomar said. “The bullpen did an excellent job. These extra inning games are taking a toll on them, but they keep doing a good job.”

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Game #161: Chicago White Sox (84-76) at Cleveland Indians (67-93)

October 2, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

The Chicago White Sox did everything they could Monday evening to remain in the American League Central Division race, but their efforts were too little, too late. Chicago trounced the Tribe 11-0 behind seven strong innings from Hector Santiago.

Santiago allowed only one hit over seven innings and struck out ten Indians, while Corey Kluber allowed four runs in the sixth and suffered his fifth loss on the season. The win for the White Sox was not enough, however. Detroit’s 6-3 win in Kansas City last night clinched the division and eliminated the White Sox from any chance at postseason play.

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Tribe on Losing End of Blowout; White Sox 11, Indians 0

October 1, 2012 |

By David Roberts

Heading into the last series of the season the Cleveland Indians are looking at rounding out another season without a chance of October baseball but on the flipside, they have a chance to dash the hopes of another playoff hopeful, the Chicago White Sox.

With the White Sox standing three games out of first this three game series against the Tribe is a must-win. On this Monday night affair Indians manager, Sandy Alomar Jr. sent Corey Kluber against Hector Santiago. Unfortunately, White Sox pitching flummoxed the Tribe bats and the White Sox hitters finally awoke from their slumber in an 11-0 romping at Progressive Field.

Kluber and Santiago traded zeroes through the first five innings. Six men reached base for the two clubs through the first three innings with the biggest threat coming in the top of the second when Chicago had two men on base with no outs but were unable to get anyone home.

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Game #160: Chicago White Sox (83-76) at Cleveland Indians (67-92)

October 1, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

What comes around, goes around.

Seven years ago the Chicago White Sox strode into Cleveland for the final three games of the season with the Tribe looking for a victory to clinch a playoff spot. The White Sox swept the Tribe, advanced to the playoffs and eventually won the World Series. Cleveland, the hottest team in the second half of 2005, was sent home packing just one win short of post season.

While the situation is not exactly the same, the Tribe will not be advancing to the playoffs, they do have the chance to keep Chicago home from postseason play. The Detroit Tigers own a three game lead over the White Sox in the American League Central Division. Any win by Detroit, or loss by Chicago, will result in the Tigers punching their postseason spot.

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Indians Should Consider All Options During Managerial Search

October 1, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Last Thursday the Indians did the inevitable and fired Manager Manny Acta. While the timing may have been a little bizarre, with only six games remaining, the move itself had to be assumed by most Indians’ fans.

After being in first place after 70 games and only trailing by 3.5 games in the standings after a July 26 defeat of Justin Verlander, the team has spiraled to the bottom of the standings. While the team may not be the contender General Manager Chris Antonetti believed he built and told everyone when he opened his, “window of contention,” in July 2011, it also isn’t a last place team that will lose more than 90 games. This team was capable of more and in the end it cost Acta his job.

Now, Antonetti and the rest of the front office brass is left to find a manager to lead the 2013 team, a team that will likely have a different goal and direction than the one the 2012 team left Goodyear, Arizona with. Most likely veterans Shin-Soo Choo and Chris Perez will be traded for young players or prospects to be a part of a young core centered around Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley, Carlos Santana and Vinnie Pestano.

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Indians Rout Royals in Grand Style; Indians 15, Royals 3

September 30, 2012 |

By Christian Petrila

It was a football-less Sunday in Cleveland, but the Indians more than made up for it by outslugging the Kansas City Chiefs err… Royals, 15-3.

The Indians struck in the second off of Kansas City starter, Luke Hochevar. Lonnie Chisenhall whiffed for the first out, but Jack Hannahan followed with a bloop single into left. After Brent Lillibridge popped out to shallow left, Casey Kotchman got a bloop single of his own to fall into right. “Laser” Lou Marson then slapped an RBI single to right field to score Hannahan and give the Indians a 1-0 lead before Jason Donald popped out on the first pitch he saw. Read More

Game #159: Kansas City Royals (71-87) at Cleveland Indians (66-92)

September 30, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

It didn’t have first place, or playoff implications, but Saturday’s game would be one for the Indians’ yearbook. Unfortunately, after battling back from Jeanmar Gomez’s six runs allowed over three innings, the Tribe offense left 20 men on base in their 7-6 loss in 14 innings to the Royals. The Indian bullpen pitched 10 scoreless innings after Gomez left the contest before Scott Maine allowed the game winner in the 14th.

After 14 innings, using nine pitchers and 14 position players and playing until 1 am in the morning, fans can expect a unique lineup today in the series finale. The Indians will be fighting for their second straight series win and Interim Manager Sandy Alomar’s second career managerial win.

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Scapegoat?

September 30, 2012 |

By Bob Toth

Thursday brought to Cleveland the end of the Manny Acta era.

The fact that Acta was fired was not a surprise.

That he was fired with six games left in the season, with the Indians playing arguably their best baseball in months, was.

What possible benefit could firing Acta with a week to go in the season provide?

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