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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | August 19, 2018

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2017-18 Offseason

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 0

March 29, 2018 |

The countdown has finally reached its target and Major League Baseball will begin the 2018 regular season schedule around the country with games all day long on Thursday (except in waterlogged locales…). The Cleveland Indians will start the year far away from home in Seattle, Washington, where they will be hosted by the Mariners in the final game of the day.

Countdown to Opening Day – 0 days

With their unexpectedly quick ouster from the 2017 postseason, the Cleveland Indians and their fans had to deal with a longer offseason than just a year before, when the club made an incredible run to extra innings in the seventh game of the World Series. It led to a winter that felt like it might not ever end. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 1

March 28, 2018 |

Our countdown to the start of the 2018 Major League Baseball regular season schedule has reached one single day. Join Did The Tribe Win once again as we dig into the archive to recall one of the greats to wear the number one for the Cleveland Indians. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 1 day

As a child growing up in Veracruz, Mexico, Roberto “Bobby” Avila played soccer and dreamed of being a bullfighter. As a student, he studied engineering. His later life was spent in politics.

But Avila – called Beto in Spanish-speaking nations but known as Bobby in the United States – was probably most famous as the first really prominent Mexican baseball player. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 2

March 27, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 2 days

Few in life are comfortable with a second place finish and in Indians history, few have made a lengthy stay as the number two man on the field for the club.

A number once in heavy rotation through the early 1960s, it disappeared for over 20 years over parts of the next three decades, reappearing in the mid-1980s. Twenty-three players donned it on the field in the first 33 years numbers were used by the organization, but just 13 have taken ownership of it over the last 34 years. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 3 – Earl Averill

March 26, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 3 days

Former Indians center fielder Earl Averill may have gotten a late start to his Major League career, but it did not prevent him from putting together one of the better careers of any player to wear a Cleveland uniform on the baseball diamond, let alone the number three. Read More

Brantley to Open Year on DL, Naquin Makes Opening Day Roster

March 26, 2018 |

One of the biggest questions about the Cleveland Indians this offseason was whether or not the club would pick up the team option on left fielder Michael Brantley after another injury-shortened campaign.

While the answer to whether Brantley would be back with the club was answered when they picked up his $12 million option, the Indians will not get a full season’s return from that investment, at least in regards to Brantley’s on-the-field contributions to Cleveland’s efforts in 2018. Manager Terry Francona announced on Sunday that the two-time All-Star would start the season on the 10-day disabled list. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 4

March 25, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 4 days

There are high hopes for the current owner of the number four in Cleveland, second-year outfielder Bradley Zimmer. Read More

Belisle Named Winner in Tribe’s Spring Training Bullpen Battle

March 24, 2018 |

With less than a week until the Indians open the 2018 regular season in Seattle with a three-game series against the Mariners, the roster is starting to take shape.

Manager Terry Francona announced that 37-year-old veteran right-hander Matt Belisle had won a spot on the team’s relief staff, ending several months of speculation as to which pitcher would join the returning arms out of the bullpen.

In a corresponding move, fellow veteran righty Carlos Torres was granted his unconditional release after exercising the opt-out in his minor league tender with the club. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 5 – Lou Boudreau

March 24, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 5 days

Number five on our countdown is one of the handful of players honored in Indians history with a retired number. He was a man who held two very distinct titles during his tenure in Cleveland and several more nicknames for good measure. Whether you called him “Old Shufflefoot”, “Handsome Lou”, “Boy Wonder”, “The Good Kid”, or skipper, Lou Boudreau was one thing in the end – a Hall of Famer.

The Indians honored Boudreau on August 5th last season with a statue outside of Progressive Field, where he was immortalized alongside former teammates Bob Feller and Larry Doby, legendary slugger Jim Thome, and fellow former player-manager Frank Robinson, who was recognized earlier in the year. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 6

March 23, 2018 |

Opening Day of the 2018 Major League Baseball regular season schedule is less than one week away! We at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue our march to first pitch by looking back at Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 6 days

The present roster construction of the Cleveland Indians is heavily tied to its current number six, Brandon Guyer, and his health. Read More

Davis to Break Camp with Tribe, Napoli Will Not Make Team

March 22, 2018 |

The Opening Day roster for the Cleveland Indians continues to take shape. Another puzzle piece fell into place on Thursday when manager Terry Francona announced that Rajai Davis would break camp with the club as a reserve outfielder.

It was one of several moves made on the day by the Indians, who also optioned young speedster Greg Allen and pitcher Ben Taylor to Triple-A Columbus and released first baseman Mike Napoli. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 7

March 22, 2018 |

Did The Tribe Win Last Night’s countdown to Opening Day has reached just seven days, one short week, until Major League Baseball returns to regular season action on Thursday, March 29. Today, we look back at both Tribe players past and present with ties to the number seven.

Countdown to Opening Day – 7 days

Happy Yan Gomes Day! Or is it Happy Kenny Lofton Day! Maybe Happy Al Rosen Day? Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 8

March 21, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 8 days

Just as was the case with yesterday’s countdown representative, Erik Gonzalez, and his jersey number nine, the number eight may be soon destined to a new home in Cleveland.

Its current representative is Lonnie Chisenhall, the Tribe’s first round pick in the 2008 draft and a seven-year member of the team’s parent roster. The former third baseman turned right fielder enters the 2018 season in the final year of his contract with the Indians, so a return for 2019 and beyond is hardly guaranteed. Read More