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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | June 25, 2019

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2017-18 Offseason

Indians Add a Pair of Pitchers, Signing Belisle and Claiming Taylor

February 25, 2018 |

Even a week and a half after pitchers and catchers reported to Goodyear, Arizona, for the start of the Cleveland Indians’ spring training festivities, new faces continue to arrive to camp.

The Indians announced a pair of right-handed roster additions on Sunday, as the club signed free agent Matt Belisle and claimed Ben Taylor off of waivers from the Boston Red Sox.

To create room on the 40-man roster for Taylor, the Indians announced that right-hander Cody Anderson had been placed on the 60-day disabled list as he continues his return from Tommy John surgery early last year. He is in camp with the club working his way back from the procedure. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 32

February 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 – 32 days

The number 32 had been missing in regular action on the diamond for the Cleveland Indians for three and a half years, until Jay Bruce‘s arrival in Cleveland last August as a significant addition for the club’s postseason push.

Bruce is now gone, returning to the same New York Mets that dealt him last season during the waivers trading period on a three-year contract. Read More

Door Open For Diaz This Spring

February 25, 2018 | | 2 Comments

Yandy Diaz has another golden opportunity this spring to kick down a door to the Majors and earn a spot on the Cleveland Indians’ Opening Day roster.

With several starters already ailing this Cactus League season, Diaz has a shot to break camp with the Indians just as he did a season ago. This time around, the moment may not be too big for him. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 33

February 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 – 33 days

The number 33 has a curious place in Indians history. It has been worn by a handful of prolific sluggers, generally outside of their glory years on the diamond, and at other times was on the backs of some of the better pitchers on the roster through the 1960s. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 34

February 23, 2018 |

Happy first day of Cactus League play for the Cleveland Indians as they start the spring schedule against the Cincinnati Reds. Join us at Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 34 days

Two future Cy Young award winners in Cleveland, one future league Most Valuable Player, and an American League Rookie of the Year spent time in the number 34 for the Cleveland Indians. None of those apply to the current wearer of the number, Zach McAllister, but it does not take anything away from his role in the team’s bullpen for the year ahead. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 35

February 22, 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 – 35 days

It would appear as though Abraham Almonte will get an opportunity to return to the Indians outfield in 2018 wearing his familiar number 35, something that he has done in more years than just a handful of players in club history. Heading into this season, only Wayne Kirby, Enrique Wilson, and Tom Buskey had spent more than three years in the 35. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 36 – Gaylord Perry

February 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 – 36 days

Jesus Aguilar occupied the number 36 for the Indians for a few cups of coffee over three seasons from 2014 through 2016, but he surrendered his claim to the digits when Cleveland designated him for assignment during last offseason and he joined up with the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Now, it is Yandy Diaz‘s number and the third baseman finds himself in a similar predicament to Aguilar’s preceding him – playing time is scarce for young players in Cleveland.

Production from three-sixes in Indians history has historically been minimal, with Aguilar’s years with the number exceeding the majority of those to wear it before him. A total of 51 players have reportedly worn the number for the Tribe in regular season action, but only a handful have spent more than a few seasons representing it on the field. One of the best to do so, without argument, was Gaylord Perry, who joined the Indians organization following the 1971 season. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 37

February 20, 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 – 37 days

Another day is marked off of the calendar as we inch closer and closer to the start of the Cactus and Grapefruit League schedules. Today, we look at the number 37 and its role in Cleveland – most notably on the backs (and sometimes fronts) of Indians players throughout the club’s storied history. The number has been in heavy rotation for the last three and a half decades, appearing in every year since the Indians moved into their beautiful new home in the Gateway District and for nearly a decade before that. Just one time – during the final season that Cleveland Municipal Stadium served as the home of the Tribe – did the number fail to appear.

For the last six years, Cody Allen has championed the number. That will be no different this season, as the now veteran right-hander will once again serve as the closer in manager Terry Francona’s bullpen. But it could be the last season that Allen wears the number, at least for Cleveland – he is set to hit free agency at the end of the year. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 38

February 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 – 38 days

Thirty-nine players have worn the number 38 for the Indians, most recently reliever Joe Smith in his return to Cleveland last season.

Plenty of big names in franchise history have spent a spell in the number for the Tribe, including a pair of Hall of Famers – Bob Lemon (1941) and Early Wynn (1963) – and another legend in club history in Rocky Colavito (1955-57).

None of the players to don it since Wynn are Cooperstown bound, but that does not mean that they have not made some important contributions in Tribe history. The best have come from a pair of relievers – the aforementioned Smith, and 1990s right-hander Eric Plunk. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 39

February 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 – 39 days

The Indians have had plenty of representation on the field in the number 39 during the Jacobs Field and Progressive Field era of their club, but the best years by players in the digits came during some very down and lean years in Tribe history. Read More

Indians Focused on What’s Here, Not on What’s Lost

February 18, 2018 |

The Cleveland Indians lost a lot this winter, to be sure.

Long-time Indian, middle-of-the-order hitter and recently-turned-Gold-Glove-caliber-first-baseman Carlos Santana was the biggest loss. The Indians will miss his 25 homer, 85 RBI potential in the middle of the lineup, pairing with Edwin Encarnacion. Read More

Rajai Returns to Tribe on Minor League Agreement

February 17, 2018 |

When you take a different approach to something and it does not work, sometimes it is best to go back to what worked before.

After being spotted at spring camp in Goodyear, Arizona, during the day on Saturday, the Indians announced the signing of free agent outfielder Rajai Davis to a minor league deal with a non-roster invitation to spring training. The move reunites the Indians and Davis, whose last hits in a Cleveland uniform came during some of the more gripping moments in the city’s sports history in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.

As Lonnie Chisenhall stated on Saturday, “We’re getting the band back together.” Read More