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2016 Offseason

A Well-Rested Napoli Ready to Power the Tribe’s Lineup

February 23, 2016 |

If you were surprised when the Cleveland Indians announced the signing of free agent first baseman Mike Napoli this offseason, you weren’t alone. The club had plenty of areas to consider improving with their seemingly limited funds, including the outfield, bullpen, and third base, so adding at a position already occupied by Carlos Santana did not seem to be the most responsible use of their cash supply.

Napoli, however, could bring something to the club that it has lacked for nearly a decade, when the right-handed power was provided by Casey Blake.

You might scoff at the notion of Blake as a power bat because he wasn’t built like one and didn’t have that label attached to him during his career. But in his five full seasons in town from 2003 to 2007, he averaged 21 homers and 72 RBI a year.

In his first two years in Boston in 2013 and 2014, Napoli provided an average of 20 homers and 74 RBI a year to the Red Sox lineup. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 42

February 22, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 42 days

Major League Baseball retired Jackie Robinson’s number 42 across the game on April 15, 1997, on the 50th anniversary of his monumental breaking of the color barrier. Indians reliever Michael Jackson was one of 13 players who were wearing that number at the time and was allowed to continue wearing it, making him the last to call the number his own with the Indians.

In 2013, the last of those original 13 players, Mariano Rivera, retired from baseball. Since 2007, the number has returned around the league for one day each year, thanks to the efforts of 2016 Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. in 2007, who wanted to honor Robinson on the 60th anniversary of his debut.

Jackson not only has the honor of being the last to wear the number regularly for the Tribe, but had some of the best seasons in Cleveland history by a player wearing the number 42. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 43: Josh Tomlin

February 21, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 43 days

Every team has their strengths and, without a doubt, one of the Indians’ biggest – if not the biggest – strengths is the depth of their starting rotation. While four of the five spots are locked down with Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, and Trevor Bauer leading the way, there is still one spot open for the Tribe’s starting five. Last year, Cody Anderson and Josh Tomlin seemed to be the anchors of that fifth spot after it was a rotating door of difficulty early on. Of those, perhaps the most interesting candidate is also the oldest of the group – Tomlin, the Texas cowboy who stunned fans early in his career before his progress was derailed with Tommy John and, last season, shoulder surgeries that put the pitcher on a new track. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 44

February 20, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 44 days

There is something magical about a large number of the Indians players who have worn the number 44 during their Cleveland careers.

Many were well known for having glorious facial hair.

It’s a strange correlation, no doubt about it. Thirty-nine players have worn the number and the most memorable of the bunch can be remembered for the beards and mustaches that they sported on the field. Read More

Indians and Juan Uribe Unite on a One-Year Pact

February 19, 2016 |

In a move heavily speculated all offseason and a long time coming, the Cleveland Indians and free agent infielder Juan Uribe have reportedly come to terms on a one-year contract for the 2016 season, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal.

The move has not been made official by the Indians and is pending a physical from the soon-to-be-37-year-old 15-year MLB veteran. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that if the deal is completed, it will be for a $4 million base salary with incentives taking it up towards the $5 million mark. Uribe is currently dealing with visa issues, slowing the process down. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 45: Catching Up With Paul Assenmacher

February 19, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 45 days

Of the 23 former Cleveland Indians to don the #45 on their back, no player wore it longer—or better—than former southpaw reliever Paul Assenmacher.

In Assenmacher’s five seasons with the Tribe, the team won five American League Central Division titles and went to the World Series twice. Assenmacher pitched in more games than any other Indian over the club’s most successful half-decade stretch and smiles bigger when looking back on his time in Cleveland than any of his other four Major League stops. Read More

Morimando Making His Way Towards the Big Leagues

February 18, 2016 |

With a second season of work for the Cleveland Indians’ Double-A Akron club, Shawn Morimando has added his name to a long list of candidates for a spot in the starting rotation at Triple-A Columbus for the 2016 season.

Morimando, 23, gives the Indians something that is always of great value in Major League Baseball – a left-handed starting pitching option. His efforts in 2015 were enough to land him on the club’s 40-man roster following the season, helping to establish further his prospect status and a potential future with the MLB club. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 46: Catching Up With Aaron Fultz

February 18, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the greats who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 46 days

Although former relief pitcher Aaron Fultz played only one of his eight Major League seasons with the Indians, he and the team certainly made the most of his time there.

During what would turn out to be the final season of his career, Fultz – who wore #46 on his back during his tenure with the Tribe – worked as a key member out of the bullpen for the 2007 season. A veteran of seven seasons and four Major League teams, Fultz saw opportunity right from his first visit.

“I came up here for a visit,” Fultz said. “Playing against them, you always respect them, but when I came up here for my visit I really liked the area. I met the coaching staff and I thought it was the best fit.” Read More

Vizquel to Manage Venezuelan Team in World Baseball Classic

February 17, 2016 |

When Omar Vizquel retired from Major League Baseball following the 2012 season, there seemed to be two certainties that would come to him in life after his playing career – that there would be an intriguing and lengthy debate over his candidacy for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and that the 24-year veteran would not be on the outside of the game for long, given his interests in becoming a manager someday.

Vizquel will get that opportunity next year, as he was named the manager of a potentially dangerous Venezuelan team for the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 47: Trevor Bauer

February 17, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 47 days

It was a strange season for Cleveland Indians starter Trevor Bauer in 2015.

It was the first time in his five-year professional career that he got to spend an entire season at the Major League level. He pitched in 31 games and logged the most innings of his MLB career. He reduced the number of hits he surrendered over the season and base runners in general for the year and even kicked his strikeout rate up a notch while setting a new career high with 170 whiffs over the season.

Yet in September, with the team still in contention for an outside shot at one of the American League Wild Card spots, he lost his place in the starting rotation and made his first professional relief appearance of his career. Read More

Moore Back for More as Cleveland Catching Depth

February 16, 2016 |

For Cleveland Indians catcher Adam Moore, this spring represents a chance to hang around in the game of baseball with the hopes that he can get another opportunity to get back to the Major League level. With the Indians hosting a large number of pitchers in camp soon, Moore should have plenty of time to audition for a role of some sort with the organization in 2016.

Moore, 31, is entering his eleventh season of professional ball this year and has seven seasons of MLB experience under his belt, yet the bulk of those trips to an MLB dugout have been for a quick cup of coffee. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 48: Catching Up With Ted Power

February 16, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the greats who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 48 days

Former slugger Travis Hafner may have mashed 200 home runs with the Tribe and pitcher Sam McDowell may have struck out more than 2,000 batters, but nobody who has worn the Indians #48 jersey got to put the word “POWER” on his back except for former reliever Ted Power.

A bad pun and weak lede to a story? No doubt…but Power did throw the ball relatively hard and he did post one of the best seasons of his solid career during his one and a half seasons with the Indians in 1992. Read More