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

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2017-18 Offseason

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 9

March 20, 2018 |

The countdown to Opening Day of the 2018 Major League Baseball regular season schedule has reached single digits. 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 – 9 days

On the first official day of spring, the weather in the greater Cleveland area fails to deliver a feeling that baseball is around the corner, but fans can celebrate being just nine days away from Opening Day of the 2018 Major League Baseball season.

The number nine for the Cleveland Indians is, for the time being, on the back of Erik Gonzalez, utility man extraordinaire hoping to break camp at least one more time on the Tribe roster. That, however, remains to be seen as he is in a spring training battle with Giovanny Urshela and others for a spot on the team’s bench. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 10

March 19, 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 – 10 days

There has not been a lot of talk this spring about the right ankle of Cleveland Indians’ number ten, Edwin Encarnacion, and that is a very good thing. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 11

March 18, 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 – 11 days

Last season, Jose Ramirez, chief resident of the number 11 on the current Cleveland Indians roster, became the second Tribe player to finish in the top three of the American League’s Most Valuable Player voting in the last four years, proving that his 2016 breakout effort was no fluke. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 12

March 17, 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 – 12 days

Houston’s Jose Altuve just received a massive payday from the Astros on Friday, netting a contract extension reportedly worth five years and more than $150 million.

That news does not bode well for the Cleveland Indians and their future affiliation (and negotiations) with star shortstop Francisco Lindor. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 13 – Omar Vizquel

March 16, 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 – 13 days

When using wins above replacement (WAR) to compare the players to wear the number 13 throughout baseball history, one thing becomes clear – Omar Vizquel has been not only one of the best to do so for the Cleveland Indians, but has been one of the best to wear it in Major League Baseball history.

After several years of watching Vizquel suit up as the first base coach in Motown for the Detroit Tigers, he will start his managerial career this year in the Chicago White Sox organization with their Class-A Winston-Salem affiliate. Despite his employment with two division rivals, Vizquel’s name still comes up frequently in discussion among Cleveland fans, especially when watching Francisco Lindor flash the leather from Vizquel’s old shortstop position now or even over the winter during his highly debated candidacy for inclusion in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

As was proven a couple of months ago, Vizquel’s spot in Cooperstown is not guaranteed, despite defensively passing the eye test repeatedly over the course of his 24-year playing career. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 14 – Larry Doby

March 15, 2018 |

Baseball fans around the globe can rejoice – there are two weeks to go until the start of the 2018 Major League Baseball regular season schedule. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our countdown to Opening Day by looking back at another Tribe legend!

Countdown to Opening Day – 14 days

To this day, Larry Doby does not get the credit that he deserves for the doors that he helped open in Major League Baseball, professional sports as a whole, or for the American society over the course of his baseball career with the Cleveland Indians and others.

The Indians honored his efforts on the field by retiring his number 14 on July 3, 1994, making him the fifth player (Bob Feller, Lou Boudreau, Earl Averill, Mel Harder) recognized by the club in such a manner. The ceremony came almost 47 years to the date of his first game in a Cleveland Indians uniform. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 15 – Sandy Alomar Jr.

March 14, 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 – 15 days

On December 6, 1989, the Cleveland Indians made the franchise-altering decision to trade away star outfielder Joe Carter less than a year before he was set to hit the open market in free agency. After it became clear that Carter was tempted to see what his financial worth would be and that he was not interested in any offers made by the Tribe front office, he was dealt to the San Diego Padres for a package of players.

Two of those players would play significant roles in the Indian uprising of the 1990s, one that Carter was supposed to be a part of during the ill-fated 1987 Sports Illustrated cover jinx season and the years to follow. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 16

March 13, 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 – 16 days

Cleveland third base coach Mike Sarbaugh has been the Indians’ representative for the number 16 on the field over the last few years while serving as a member of manager Terry Francona’s coaching staff, a role he has held since he was promoted to the Major League club after working as a minor league manager in the organization from 2004 to 2012.

The minor league career of the former utility man was brief, as he played in the Milwaukee Brewers organization in 1989 before spending the next five years in the Indians farm system, reaching the Triple-A level in four games at Charlotte during his 1994 season. Read More

Mejia and Almonte Optioned as Nine Players Move Around Tribe Camp

March 13, 2018 |

The big league diamonds in Goodyear, Arizona, got a little less crowded on Monday as the Cleveland Indians announced several roster moves with just over two weeks to go until their regular season kicks off in Seattle.

Five players – Abraham Almonte, Francisco Mejia, Julian Merryweather, Shawn Morimando, and Adam Plutko – were optioned to Triple-A Columbus. Four more – Bobby Bradley, Louis Head, Josh Martin, and Adam Wilk – were reassigned to minor league camp. The most notable names of the nine, however, were those of Almonte and Mejia. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 17

March 12, 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 – 17 days

The number 17 had disappeared from the diamond for Cleveland in recent years, but it is ready to make a big return in 2018.

In recent years, the number had been assigned to manager Terry Francona, who tends to take the field in anything but an Indians jersey (his far more familiar attire has been a sweatshirt or hoodie, neither of which have been emblazoned with his number). In December, it was reported that Tito had switched to the number 77, passing along his 17 to Francisco Mejia, but the young catching propsect instead is back in the number 27, digits he wore while playing with the Class-A Lake County Captains years ago.

Yonder Alonso, the club’s biggest offseason addition, will now wear the 17, a number he wore in Oakland over the last two seasons. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 18 – Mel Harder

March 11, 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 – 18 days

Of the retired numbers in Cleveland Indians history, Mel Harder’s number 18 may be one of the lesser known and more under-appreciated of the bunch to be honored in such a way. It was largely due to Harder’s misfortune of being a Cleveland Indian during some very down years for the club during the 1930s and 1940s and retiring the season before the Tribe took the 1948 World Series.

It may have been enough to cost him a place among the baseball immortals in Cooperstown’s Hall of Fame. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 19 – Bob Feller

March 10, 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 one of the all-time legends of the game of baseball.

Countdown to Opening Day – 19 days

If you ask Clevelanders which player was the best to wear the number 19 while representing the city in a sporting event, chances are you will get a lot of answers naming former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar as their pick.

No knock on Bernie, but he doesn’t hold a candle in comparison to one of the best 19s ever to play the game of baseball, Bob Feller. Read More