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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | October 17, 2017

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2014: Unfinished Business

Swisher Gets His Happy Ending – But Not with Tribe

February 22, 2017 |

When the Indians signed Nick Swisher after a disastrous 2012 season, optimism was running high. His bubbly personality couldn’t help but rub off on his teammates. The Dolans were willing to open the checkbook (the four-year deal was $56 million, with a club option for a fifth year bringing the deal to a staggering $70 million, more than the Indians had ever paid for a free agent) and made the pitch for the Ohio native to return home.

Now that Swisher’s riding off into the sunset, announcing his retirement about a year and a half after the Indians decided they’d rather eat Chris Johnson’s salary than keep him around, we can close the book on him. (Insert Harry Doyle saying, “Thank God.”) Swisher’s signing was a bad marriage that actually might have held back the team’s success.

Swisher was 32 when the Indians signed him – an age typically regarded as being on the down slope of a player’s career. But there was no reason to believe he wouldn’t play – and wouldn’t produce. In each of the previous eight years, he’d played at least 130 games (and at least 150 in six of those years). His average wasn’t great, but he was good for at least 20 home runs. Read More

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

Johnny Baseball

December 14, 2014 |

With Johnny Manziel-mania having already swept through Cleveland, Berea and Browns Backer’s bars across the nation, the rookie quarterback who had never taken an NFL snap brought his fanfare and Hollywood-like swagger to Progressive Field on Wednesday night, June 4.

Manziel, along with cornerback and eighth overall pick Justin Gilbert, was scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Indians final game against the Boston Red Sox.  Not since former President Bill Clinton tossed out the first pitch on Opening Day over 20 years ago has the approximately 15-second pregame ceremony gotten so much fanfare.  Tribe fans were ready to stampede the box office to get a glimpse of Johnny Football’s first “pass” in Cleveland’s city limits. Read More

Kluber Wins Cy Young, Hopefully Won’t Follow Path of Sabathia and Lee

November 13, 2014 |

Indians’ fans slept well last night as they were given something to celebrate this season: Corey Kluber became the fourth Tribe pitcher to win the AL Cy Young award for his 2014 performance.

Kluber joined the ranks of recent Indians’ greats CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee as pitchers worthy of the highest acknowledgment of pitching prowess. Looking further back, he also joins Gaylord Perry in the club of Cleveland Indians pitchers to win Cy Young awards since the award’s inception in 1956. The Cy Young was originally given to the best pitcher in all of baseball, but is now given to the best pitcher in each respective league. Read More

Traded to the Playoffs: The Eventual Seasons for the Indians’ Three Biggest Trades of 2014

October 30, 2014 |

This season did not turn out the way the Indians had anticipated when they started 2014. Playoff dreams remained just that, dreams, and despite their overall winning record, the team still ended their season without ever seeing an October game.

However, not every player who started on the Indians’ roster ended their season in that same way. The Indians parted with three well-known and long-term players this season who were able to move farther in the post season that they would have in an Indians’ uniform. While none are playing in the Fall Classic right now, it’s still worth it to give these departed players a nod and recap their seasons: Read More

Why is Cleveland Not a Tribe Town?

October 22, 2014 |

Today continues DTTWLN’s three week examination of the Indians’ 2014 season and where it fell short of the playoff expectations established last winter. The staff will examine where the season went wrong and the challenges the front office faces to make the Indians contenders in 2015.

It’s a concept that fans and media alike have discussed to no end. It’s been beaten into the ground and brought up more often than most people would probably like. Yes, that’s right, it’s the great attendance discussion and it’s related argument: Why isn’t Cleveland a Tribe Town?

We covered attendance for a week last year, examining the ways in which the Indians work to appeal to specific fan bases, what the ballpark has to offer fans, as well as why fans may not be coming in droves the same way they did in the ‘90’s.

Attendance did not improve this year, despite the effort to make the ballpark more appealing to a wide variety of fans. The Indians organization implemented Bro-hio to add a section of fandom and excitement into the stands, they continued their $4 beers, offered numerous Dollar Dog and fireworks nights, and attempted to appeal to fans in a number of ways. However, the numbers were still low. Read More

Chasing Detroit

October 21, 2014 |

Today continues DTTWLN’s three week examination of the Indians’ 2014 season and where it fell short of the playoff expectations established last winter. The staff will examine where the season went wrong and the challenges the front office faces to make the Indians contenders in 2015.

A few years ago, everyone was quoting the line that closed the viral “Cleveland Tourism Video”: “At least we’re not Detroit — We’re not Detroit!”

Economically? Sure, that’s a plus. But this season, when it came to baseball?

Cleveland did not have bragging rights. Read More

Counting on Carrasco

October 19, 2014 |

Today continues DTTWLN’s three week examination of the Indians’ 2014 season and where it fell short of the playoff expectations established last winter. The staff will examine where the season went wrong and the challenges the front office faces to make the Indians contenders in 2015.

Just when it seemed to finally be simple with Carlos Carrasco, it becomes complicated all over again.

Carrasco had his best year as a professional in 2014. The only remaining Major League piece of any Cliff Lee trade since 2008 finally found it after years of inconsistencies with control, injuries and confidence. Carrasco, “won” the fifth starter’s job out of Spring Training as much because he was out of options and could not return to Triple-A, as much as he out-pitched his opponents. After four poor starts, Carrasco was moved to the bullpen by the end of April.

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Is Jason Kipnis Just a One Hit Wonder?

October 18, 2014 |

Today continues DTTWLN’s three week examination of the Indians’ 2014 season and where it fell short of the playoff expectations established last winter. The staff will examine where the season went wrong and the challenges the front office faces to … Read More

Youthful Pitching Staff Struggled in Biggest Moments

October 17, 2014 |

Today continues DTTWLN’s three week examination of the Indians’ 2014 season and where it fell short of the playoff expectations established last winter. The staff will examine where the season went wrong and the challenges the front office faces to make the Indians contenders in 2015.

The Cleveland Indians are a team with very little experience playing in big games. Most of the players on the club have played in one or less postseason games. For the majority of the roster, the lone postseason exposure comes in the form of one game – the 2013 Wild Card loss to Tampa Bay.

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Solving Carlos Santana

October 16, 2014 |

Today continues DTTWLN’s three week examination of the Indians’ 2014 season and where it fell short of the playoff expectations established last winter. The staff will examine where the season went wrong and the challenges the front office faces to make the Indians contenders in 2015.

I’ve always thought the Cleveland Indians felt when they acquired Carlos Santana that he was the heir apparent to Victor Martinez. It’s a rather simple and easy leap to make.

The Indians acquired Santana on July 26, 2008 from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Casey Blake. C.C. Sabathia had already been traded to Milwaukee and Blake’s jettison to Los Angeles was just another step toward the deconstruction of the 2007 Cleveland Indians that fell just one game short of the World Series. At the time of the trade, Santana was a 22-year old at High-A, transitioning from being a third baseman to a catcher. He hit for high average and his power was developing, quickly. In 2007, Santana hit seven home runs in 86 games at Low-A. In 2008, he hit 21 homers in 130 games for three different teams. By the start of 2009, he was a pre-season, top-30 prospect according to both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus.

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Corey Kluber’s Road to Cy Young-Land

October 13, 2014 |

Today continues DTTWLN’s three week examination of the Indians’ 2014 season and where it fell short of the playoff expectations established last winter. The staff will examine where the season went wrong and the challenges the front office faces to make the Indians contenders in 2015.

Where were you on July 31, 2010? A day I like to call “K-Day.” The day the Cleveland Indians traded Jake Westbrook to the St. Louis Cardinals in a three-team deal with the San Diego Padres. The Cards sent the Padres outfielder Ryan Ludwick and the Padres sent the Indians Class Double-A right-hander Corey Kluber. Yes, the same Corey Kluber who just completed one of the best seasons ever by an Indians pitcher. A season that has him a frontrunner for the 2014 American League Cy Young award.

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