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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | September 19, 2019

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2018-19 Offseason

Indians’ Offseason Moves Make Sense with News of Potential Royals Purchase

August 29, 2019 |

Suddenly, the Indians’ offseason moves all make sense.

The Indians shed payroll, letting Michael Brantley walk and dealing away Edwin Encarnacion. (They also traded away Trevor Bauer in midseason; the return on him seems good, but the prospect of arbitration this off-season followed by free agency after next season had to be a factor.) Owner Paul Dolan is managing expectations about the Indians re-signing all-world shortstop Francisco Lindor – or at least, trying to. “Enjoy him” seems destined for Cleveland sports infamy, right up there with Ray Farmer talking about slow-brewed coffee and erstwhile top Browns pick Mike Junkin being described as a “mad dog in a meat market.” Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 0

March 28, 2019 |

The march to Opening Day has finally reached its destination. Major League Baseball will begin the 2019 regular season schedule around the country with games all day long on Thursday. The Cleveland Indians will start the year away from home again, opening in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where they will be hosted by the Twins in a 4:10 PM ET first pitch.

Countdown to Opening Day – 0 days

It was another longer than expected offseason for the Indians, who for the second straight season suffered a first round ouster in the American League Division Series as they were swept by the Houston Astros in three straight games to spell the end of the 2018 Major League Baseball season for the city of Cleveland. Read More

2019 AL Central Preview: Kansas City Royals

March 27, 2019 |

There will be a lot of new and fresh faces around the Kansas City Royals clubhouse this season as they continue their rebuild in 2019. Things have changed drastically in Missouri from just four years ago.

The Royals, who went to back-to-back World Series in 2014 and 2015, ended a 30-year title drought in the latter campaign, but the team has been unable to post a winning record in three seasons since. After an 81-81 season in their championship defense in 2016, they fell a game back to 80-82 in 2017 as free agent departures left the team lacking much of the speed and defense (and some power) that had put them atop the American League Central while winning a pair of pennants. What was an avoidable situation, the front office made the ill-advised decision to give their title hopes one last hurrah and instead missed an opportunity to get back prospects for the likes of Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, and other possible trade pieces in missed moves that only delayed the turnaround of the rebuild. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 1 – Greg Allen

March 27, 2019 |

On Thursday, the 2019 Major League Baseball season will formally kick off as all 30 teams take the field together. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our long countdown to Opening Day – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 1 day

Barring an unexpected last minute change, Greg Allen will be with the Indians in the number 1 as one of a handful of outfielders on the 25-man roster to open the season on Thursday in Minnesota.

Entering his third year, the speedy outfielder (who switched last year from the number 53 to 1) has a chance to make his mark in an uncertain mix at his position. While his center field job was taken by Leonys Martin (picked up last July from Detroit), opportunities in left and right field were both available this offseason after significant departures from the roster at the positions, including regulars Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall. The team had several candidates in camp to consider, but the versatile Allen was able to claim one of the spots on the club. Read More

Do Paul Dolan’s Remarks Foretell Labor Strife?

March 27, 2019 |

As you might imagine, I go to a lot of baseball games. As a result, I’m on a lot of mailing lists. Every Monday during baseball season, my inbox fills up at 9 a.m. with emails from most teams in the Eastern time zone, with who’s in town, what giveaways are that week and why I should come out to the ballpark (I get a similar but smaller deluge at noon, when all the West Coast teams do the same).

I also get the opportunity to take a lot of fan surveys. The Indians’ survey almost always includes some variation of a question gauging fans’ interest in the team sharing plans about the future. I usually say yes, because as a journalist, I value transparency.

After this week, I’m not particularly sure of that. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 2

March 26, 2019 |

On Thursday, the 2019 Major League Baseball season will formally kick off as all 30 teams take the field together. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our long countdown to Opening Day – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 2 days

Few in life are comfortable with a second place finish and in Indians history, few have made a lengthy stay as the number two man on the field for the club.

A number once in heavy rotation through the early 1960s, it disappeared for over 20 years over parts of the next three decades, reappearing in the mid-1980s. Twenty-three players donned it on the field in the first 33 years numbers were used by the organization, but just 13 have taken ownership of it over the last 34 years. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 3

March 25, 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 – 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

Indians Add Miller to Aid Injured Infield

March 24, 2019 |

With Francisco Lindor on the injured list to start the year and the status of Jason Kipnis still pending (but also expected to involve an injured list trip), the Cleveland Indians added some infield depth on Sunday afternoon, signing veteran Brad Miller to a one-year Major League contract.

Miller opted out of his deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday after being informed that he would not make the club. He was in the lineup for the Indians on Sunday, getting in work at second base. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 4 – Bradley Zimmer

March 24, 2019 |

In less than a week, the 2019 Major League Baseball season will formally kick off as all 30 teams take the field together. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our long countdown to Opening Day – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 4 days

Bradley Zimmer, resident number four on the Cleveland Indians roster, suffered the worst kind of sophomore slump in his second season with the Tribe a year ago.

At the age of 25, the former 2014 first round pick made the roster and slotted in as the team’s center fielder, but he got off to a rough start. Through his first eight games, he was hitting just .154 with more than a strikeout per every other trip to the plate (14 in 27 plate appearances), but the modest six-game hitting streak that followed boosted his average 123 points. Over his next ten games, he would get just five hits (with his strikeout rate improving slightly with 12 Ks in 29 plate appearances) and his average for the month settled in at the .240 mark. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 5

March 23, 2019 |

Did The Tribe Win Last Night’s countdown to Major League Baseball’s Opening Day has reached five. All 30 teams will return to the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the final days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 5 days

Number five on our countdown is one of the handful of players honored in Indians history with a retired number. He was a man who held two very distinct titles during his tenure in Cleveland and several more nicknames for good measure. Whether you called him “Old Shufflefoot”, “Handsome Lou”, “Boy Wonder”, “The Good Kid”, or skipper, Lou Boudreau was one thing in the end – a Hall of Famer.

The Indians honored Boudreau on August 5th last season with a statue outside of Progressive Field, where he was immortalized alongside former teammates Bob Feller and Larry Doby, legendary slugger Jim Thome, and fellow former player-manager Frank Robinson, who was recognized earlier in the year. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 6

March 22, 2019 |

In less than a week, the 2019 Major League Baseball season will formally kick off as all 30 teams take the field together. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our long countdown to Opening Day – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 6 days

After two and a half years with the Indians, Brandon Guyer’s time in the number six in Cleveland came to a close at the end of October when his contract option was declined for the 2019 season. The bad news continued on Friday, when he was granted his release from the Chicago White Sox after being informed that he would not break camp with the big league club.

Guyer did not have a good showing in the spring with the Sox, going 5-for-23 (.217) with eight strikeouts in 28 total plate appearances. As he is prone to do, he did manage to get plunked by three pitches. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 7

March 21, 2019 |

One week from today, the 2019 Major League Baseball season will formally kick off as all 30 teams take the field together. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our long countdown to Opening Day – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 7 days

The number seven has appeared in some pretty big moments in Tribe history, including during some big playoff series for the club. Read More