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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | January 18, 2018

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2017 Offseason

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 71 – Johnny Hodapp

January 17, 2018 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 71 days

The link between the Cleveland Indians organization and uniform numbers is a strong one, dating all the way back to June 26, 1916. At that time, they became the first Major League team to put numbers on their uniforms when they placed numbers on the left sleeves of the jerseys for a few weeks of that season and the season that followed. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 72 – Jason Giambi

January 16, 2018 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 72 days

The origins of the number 72 in Cleveland Indians history are unique, not in how it was worn on the field by its lone wearer, Jason Giambi, but in the circumstances that led to Giambi switching to the number late in the 2014 season. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 73 – Ricardo Rincon

January 15, 2018 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 73

Baseball fans who did not grow up watching the Cleveland Indians with a vested interest at the end of the 1990’s and the beginning of the 2000’s may only know Ricardo Rincon‘s name as the player heavily sought after by Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane in the dramatized 2011 Hollywood hit, Moneyball.

While Beane did get his man from the Indians for minor leaguer Marshall McDougall at the trade deadline in 2002, it was an earlier trade involving the lefty specialist that left a far more lasting impact on the game of baseball, especially in the city of Cleveland. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 75 – Mike Walker

January 13, 2018 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 75 days

In the late 1980’s and into the early 1990’s, the Cleveland Indians made an interesting habit of breaking in some numbers seldom-used throughout the history of baseball on the backs of some of their young call-ups late in the season.

As was the case with catcher Tom Magrann, who broke the number 76 in during the final month of the 1989 season, pitcher Mike Walker did similar the previous season for the Indians, becoming the first player to wear 75 on the diamond in a Major League game, at least according to the information available today. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 0

April 3, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 0 days

Cleveland fans and their beloved Indians players were rewarded for their successful 2016 season with the shortest offseason in team history. It did not seem to make the fall and winter months move any quicker, however.

The final number in our nearly three-month long series brings about one candidate who has worn the number zero and two more who wore double-zeroes during the long, storied history of the Cleveland Indians organization. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 3 – Earl Averill

March 31, 2017 |

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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

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 14 – Larry Doby

March 20, 2017 |

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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

March 19, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 15 days

Some baseball players have a special connection with a city because of their outstanding talent. Some players have a special connection because of their outstanding personalities.

Former Indians catcher Sandy Alomar had both. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 32

March 2, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 32

The number 32 has been missing in regular action on the diamond for the Cleveland Indians for the last three years. That could continue on into 2017, as no player currently holds the number as his own with spring training well under way from Goodyear, Arizona.

Pitchers have been the primary wearer of 32 in recent Indians history and the last to do so, Matt Albers in 2013, was no different. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 33

March 1, 2017 |

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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.

It may be unfortunate that a number linked to some great hitters was tarnished some over the last few years after being claimed by Nick Swisher. The large sum of money given to the one-time free agent, returning from the Big Apple to his former Ohio stomping grounds, may go down as one of the worst expenditures in the long history of the Indians franchise. To be fair, injuries took the wind out of Swisher’s sails and the pressures of being a cleanup hitter in the Tribe’s lineup were expectations he never was able to live up to fully. Now, Swisher has formally hung up the cleats after brief time in Atlanta and back in the minors with the New York Yankees last season and will assume the full-time roles of father and husband before his inevitable sports media career begins.

Prior to Swisher, fans trying to recall some of their favorite seasons in recent Cleveland memory may recall a pair of forces in the lineup that both contributed to playoff teams. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 34 – Zach McAllister

February 28, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 34

Any questions about whether or not Zach McAllister would return to the Cleveland Indians for the 2017 season were answered in early January when he and the club agreed to a one-year, $1.825 million contract to avoid arbitration eligibility for the second consecutive year.

The Indians tinkered with their bullpen this offseason, starting by not extending an offer to Jeff Manship, who had joined McAllister and others in the middle of a Tribe bullpen that went from questionable to exceptional with the midseason addition of All-Star left-hander Andrew Miller from New York.

For McAllister, his retention by the club was another vote of confidence from the organization that he has spent parts of the last seven seasons playing for. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 35 – Abraham Almonte

February 27, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 35

Will this be the season that the Cleveland Indians see all that Abraham Almonte can provide the club at the Major League level?

It may be cliché to say, but this spring camp may be the biggest one of the lengthy professional career for the switch-hitting outfielder Almonte, who joins a crowded outfield mix in Goodyear, Arizona, looking to latch on to a job as a platoon outfielder or bench piece for the reigning American League champions. Read More