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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | January 23, 2019

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2018-19 Offseason

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 65

January 22, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 65

There must be something to a number.

The number 65 has been worn by just four players in the 118-year history of the Cleveland Indians organization and in all four occurrences, it was donned by a pitcher. Twice it came on the backs of young starting pitchers trying to catch on at the Major League level. In the two other and more recent times, it has come on former starting pitchers who were converted to relief work late in their minor league careers and got a brief chance to catch on in the Tribe’s bullpen. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 66

January 21, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 66 days

High numbered jerseys are not always a good sign of long lasting stays in the Major Leagues. Generally, the numbers have landed on the backs of late season call-ups who in turn would either switch numbers the next season, or would struggle to find their way back to The Show.

Both happen to be the case in the history of the Cleveland Indians franchise, as the number 66 has hit the playing field by four different players whose careers encompass either of the situations. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 67

January 20, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 67 days

His stay was short, both in Cleveland and in Major League Baseball, but former pitcher Chris Nichting does have a claim to some fame. He is the first and only wearer of the number 67 in franchise history.

His time in Cleveland was so short, finding a picture of him in an Indians uniform became a task so frustrating that it was ultimately given up on, so you the reader must suffer through him in pinstripes instead. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 68

January 19, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 68 days

Over the last few seasons, the Cleveland Indians’ outfield was filled up primarily with platoon players. In 2017, (Lonnie Chisenhall and Brandon Guyer) and unproven commodities (Tyler Naquin and Abraham Almonte) filled the roster around a star returning from injury (Michael Brantley). The same happened in 2018, as Brantley looked to return around the likes of Chisenhall, Guyer, Naquin, and young, inexperienced options in Bradley Zimmer and Greg Allen to the mix).

That was not the case back in the late 1980’s, when each of the first two men to wear the number 68 on the diamond for the Tribe were blocked behind a large number of other established players manning the outfield grass at Cleveland Stadium. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 69

January 18, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 69 days

The Cleveland Indians broke in some seldom used numbers late in the 1980’s, including the overlooked usage of the number 69 late in the 1988 season by slugging prospect Luis Medina.

After being drafted by the New York Mets out of high school in 1981, and drafted again out of Cerritos Junior College by the Mets in January of 1982, and the New York Yankees in June of 1982, and the Cincinnati Reds in January of 1983, and the Oakland Athletics in June of 1983, and by the Houston Astros in the first round of the June 1984 draft out of Arizona State University, Medina finally landed in Cleveland after his ninth round selection in the June 1985 draft. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 70

January 17, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

The Indians introduced a pair of new numbers to the ball diamond last season, adding 70 and 90 to the list of digits worn for the city of Cleveland.

While rookie Adam Cimber wore his number 90 in 28 games for the club after coming over in the July 31 deal that brought All-Star closer Brad Hand to town and sent top prospect Francisco Mejia to the sunny shores of San Diego, the number 70 had a much smaller cup of coffee for the Tribe at Progressive Field. George Kontos, who is just one of seven players to wear the number 70 for more than one season on a Major League mound, brought his seven-plus years of experience to the Indians when they acquired him just days after being given his release from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Read More

Tribe Claims Pitcher Cole on Waivers from Yankees

January 13, 2019 |

The Cleveland Indians added to their thin bullpen depth on Friday afternoon, claiming pitcher A.J. Cole on waivers from the New York Yankees.

The recently turned 27-year-old right-hander spent last season with the Washington Nationals and the Yankees, working in all but two of his 32 appearances in relief. The Yankees designated Cole for assignment on January 4 to make room on their roster for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 77

January 10, 2019 |

Our countdown to the kickoff of the 2019 Major League Baseball season returns today, as the earliest start ever (excluding international openers) for all 30 teams will bring players back to the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 77 days

When pitcher Jack Armstrong asked the Indians to wear the number seven for his first season in Cleveland in 1992, he found out that it had already been taken by another new member of the organization, similarly acquired via trade in the offseason.

That player was Kenny Lofton, who would become another one of the legends to wear that digit in Indians history, joining Charlie Jamieson, Hal Trosky, and Al Rosen, to name a few.

Armstrong decided to try something new, which was a theme to his journey to Cleveland with his first new franchise of his career after being drafted and developed into an All-Star across the state in Cincinnati. Since he couldn’t have seven, he opted for the number twice and became the first and only Indians player to wear the number 77 in an official Major League game. Read More

Post-2016 Indians Optimism Running Out

January 9, 2019 | | One Comment

The Indians’ moves lately – at least, the ones they’ve been making – have caused me to relive the 2016 World Series. And I don’t like it one damn bit.

The Indians are making some moves, but probably not as many as we’d like. As it stands now, this Indians team is no better than the one that ended the season ignominiously with a sweep by the Astros in the American League Division Series. (It is my fervent hope that the Indians aren’t done making offseason moves, but it feels like that’s starting to border on delusion.) Read More

Indians Acquire Catcher Plawecki from Mets

January 6, 2019 |

The Cleveland Indians addressed a roster concern on Sunday afternoon, acquiring catcher Kevin Plawecki from the New York Mets for right-handed pitcher Walker Lockett and minor league utility man Sam Haggerty.

The Indians’ catching position moved from one of depth to an area of concern in a span of less than six months as the team used backstops to address organizational issues. Top prospect Francisco Mejia was traded to the San Diego Padres on July 31 for two relievers – All-Star closer Brad Hand and submariner Adam Cimber. On November 30, the team purged salary by moving 2018 All-Star catcher Yan Gomes to the Washington Nationals for reliever Jefry Rodriguez and minor leaguers Daniel Johnson and Andruw Monasterio. Read More

Grimm Joins Tribe’s Bullpen Mix on Minor League Deal

January 4, 2019 |

The Indians added another arm to the bullpen mix with their first addition of 2019, signing free agent right-hander Justin Grimm to a minor league deal with a non-roster invitation to spring training in Goodyear, Arizona, next month.

Grimm, 30, spent last season between the Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners organizations, with a pair of trips to the Major League Baseball disabled list. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 88

December 30, 2018 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 88 days

If you have a hard time remembering who Rene Gonzales was or when and where he played, don’t fret. His stay in Cleveland was short, but in his time on the shores of Lake Erie, he earned a special claim to fame by becoming the first Cleveland player to don the number 88 on his back in a Major League game. Read More