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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | October 22, 2018

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2017-18 Offseason

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 40 – Bartolo Colon

February 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 – 40 days

There was a point in time nearly a decade ago that the professional career of Bartolo Colon appeared to be at its end. Somehow, with a fraction of the stuff that he had when he hit the pro game with the Cleveland Indians in 1993, he has stayed in the game, been a serviceable pitcher, and is relatively beloved by fans across the nation and the world.

Sure, he has had a long and sometimes successful Major League career, keeping his name in the news during springs and summers since debuting with the Cleveland Indians in 1997. But now, many years removed from a slimmer, more dominant flame-throwing version of himself, Colon now looks like an everyman, resembling more of a middle-aged man who had let himself go and now is attempting to squeeze his dad bod into a pair of baseball pants during some sort of midlife crisis at a winter fantasy camp. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 41

February 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 – 41 days

The number 41 has not gotten a lot of use in Indians history, but the last three players to wear it have left a mark on the franchise, including a pair of switch-hitting catchers turned first basemen. Read More

Bauer Earns Win in Arbitration Against Tribe

February 16, 2018 |

After waiting a week for the news to become public, the baseball world learned on Thursday that Tribe starting pitcher Trevor Bauer won his arbitration hearing against the Cleveland Indians.

The word on Bauer’s contract for the coming season finally broke a week after his hearing while a gag order of sorts was in place to prevent any influence over several other comparable starting pitchers’ own arbitration cases that were pending. The 27-year-old right-hander will see a significant jump in his base salary for 2018, as he will be paid $6.525 million. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 42

February 15, 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 – 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. Cleveland 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 for the Indians. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 43 – Josh Tomlin

February 14, 2018 |

Happy pitchers’ and catchers’ reporting day! Our countdown to Opening Day at Did the Tribe Win Last Night has reached 43 as baseball springs back to life for the Tribe from Goodyear, Arizona.

Countdown to Opening Day – 43 days

The number 43 was curiously absent from Jacobs Field/Progressive Field for the majority of its existence, that is until Josh Tomlin came along and debuted on July 27, 2010, throwing seven innings of one-run, three-hit baseball in a win over the New York Yankees. For a starting pitcher, that’s how you start a Major League career.

The only other players to wear it during the new era of Tribe baseball were Chris Nabholz in the park’s inaugural season in 1994 and again in 1998, when a man with strong ties to old Cleveland Stadium, reliever Doug Jones, wore it during his return to the organization. Read More

Indians Bring in Extra Catcher in Free Agent Veteran Hanigan

February 13, 2018 |

The Cleveland Indians added a little catching depth to the farm system on Monday when it signed 37-year-old backstop Ryan Hanigan to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Hanigan spent last season with the Colorado Rockies, splitting time between the parent club and their Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 44

February 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 – 44 days

There is a strange correlation between quite a few members of the #44 family in Tribe history – many were (and still are) well known for having some pretty glorious facial hair, for those who are a fan of such a thing.

It’s a strange correlation, no doubt about it. Forty players have worn the number (most recently Nick Goody last season) and the most memorable of the bunch can be remembered for the beards and mustaches that they sported on the field. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 45 – Paul Assenmacher

February 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 – 45 days

A total of 23 different players in Cleveland Indians’ history have donned the number 45, but none has done so for the length of time and the success that former Tribe left-hander Paul Assenmacher has. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 46

February 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 – 46 days

The number 46 has been missing on the field for the Cleveland Indians over the last several years.

Not exactly the most popular number in baseball lore, it was last worn by utility man Cord Phelps during his time with the Indians from 2011 to 2013. As it bounced around the infield in his 53 games with the club, it marked a rare deviation from its usual home on the pitcher’s mound. Read More

Ramirez No Fluke as One of Top Players on the Indians

February 11, 2018 |

2017 was quite the season for Jose Ramirez.

After a breakout 2016 campaign, the jack-of-many-trades, position-wise, inked a lucrative contract extension with the Tribe in March. Just before the season, he signed up for a guaranteed five-year, $26 million pact with the Indians. It can become $50 million if team options are exercised in 2022 and 2023. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 47 – Trevor Bauer

February 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 Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 47 days

With 47 days until the Indians begin the 2018 season at Safeco Field against the Seattle Mariners, baseball awaits the results of the arbitration hearing for Cleveland’s current number 47, Trevor Bauer.

The right-hander, coming off of a career year, was not able to come to an agreement with the Indians on a salary figure for the coming season when the two sides exchanged figures in January. Cleveland offered $5.3 million, while Bauer’s camp was looking for something in the range of $6.52 million. The arbitration hearing is one of just a handful for the Indians’ organization over the last few decades, with the most recent ones coming in 2014 (Vinnie Pestano and Josh Tomlin). The Indians have not lost an arbitration hearing since 1991, when they split a pair of cases with pitcher Greg Swindell and infielder Jerry Browne.

Last season, Bauer made $3.55 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 48 – Travis Hafner

February 9, 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 – 48 days

He may not have been one of the best to wear 48 in Cleveland, but Travis Hafner was one of the better sluggers in the history of baseball to have the number on his back.

Sam McDowell may hold the honor of being the best pitcher and player to wear 48 in Indians history, but Hafner easily claims that title from the offensive side of the game. McDowell began his big league career as a number 17, then a 34, before settling in to the 48 for the remainder of his time with the Indians before he was traded to the San Francisco Giants following the 1971 season.

The Indians’ long-time designated hitter Hafner was part of one of the better thefts in club history, as the team picked him off from the Texas Rangers in a low-cost trade that gave the Tribe a dangerous power-hitting weapon in the middle of their lineup for the better part of his decade in a Cleveland uniform, serving as a suitable replacement for another left-handed slugger, Hall of Famer Jim Thome, who left the club following the 2002 season. Read More