2015: We’re Underway
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.
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).
At Did the Tribe Win Last Night, we provide our readers with glimpses of all levels of the Cleveland Indians organization – the farm system and parent club, the players, the coaches, the facility, special events, and the front office.
Change is a big, inherent part of that business. The Indians will be facing plenty of that in the offseason with the departure of president Mark Shapiro to Toronto and the usual end-of-the-year roster moves.
Just like the franchise that we cover, the offseason will be busy at Did the Tribe Win Last Night, and sadly, some changes have been made of which our loyal readers need to be made aware.
Danny Salazar pitched into the sixth inning and made three runs of offense from his teammates stand as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-1 in the final game of the 2015 season.
The win pushed the Indians …
It feels like it’s the same ol’ song and dance: it’s the last weekend of the Indians season, the team struggled and hung on by a thread until the very end and just couldn’t come together long enough to make it. They played mediocre baseball and, although the team is *technically* playing some October baseball right now, it’s not what fans were expecting to start the season and they certainly aren’t games that matter.
I ended last season with an eerily-similar story that looked at the pieces the Indians had in place. On paper, last season, the pieces were all there and looked strong but, of course, the team could not complete the puzzle.
This season, it was almost worse.
Corey Kluber gave the Indians eight dominant innings on the mound in his final start of the year and he was supported by a pair of homers as the Cleveland Indians shut out the Boston Red Sox, 2-0, on a …
Josh Tomlin planted his name in the Cleveland Indians’ plans for 2016 as he pitched into the seventh inning on Friday night to help push the Tribe to an 8-2 win over the visiting Boston Red Sox.
Tomlin, after multiple …
With the hopes for the playoffs eliminated on Wednesday night, the Cleveland Indians look to sweep the Boston Red Sox this weekend for the moral victory of achieving a winning record in an otherwise disappointing end result to the 2015 season overall.
The Indians (78-80) hung around far longer than most would have predicted after they played themselves out of contention in the first month of the season. As some may say, the World Series isn’t won in April, but it can be lost.
The Cleveland Indians spoiled a solid seven innings on the mound from Trevor Bauer as the bullpen coughed up a late lead with an error and wild pitch in the ninth inning of a 4-2 loss on Thursday night to …
Michael Brantley‘s season ended yesterday due to an injured shoulder. His season began with an ailing back. Despite the injuries that book-ended his 2015 campaign, Brantley proved that his breakout 2014 season was absolutely no fluke.
Last year, Brantley put up numbers that were, by far, career highs. He hit a blistering .327 with 20 homers and 97 RBI. Despite the fact that he had gradually improved throughout his career, some wondered if a year ago was a career season. He finished in the top three of the American League Most Valuable Player voting, but had he peaked?
Cleveland and Minnesota split their doubleheader on Wednesday, but it would not be enough to prolong the Indians’ playoff hopes any longer, as a late rally from the Houston Astros over the Seattle Mariners reduced the Tribe’s elimination number to …