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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | August 17, 2019

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2018-19 Offseason

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 49 – Tyler Olson

February 7, 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 – 49 days

Sometimes, the wait is worth it. Such has been the case for southpaw Tyler Olson, who is expected to return to the number 49 for a third straight season with the Indians.

It wasn’t long ago that Olson was claimed by the Indians on waivers, a castaway joining his fourth different organization in six months and his fifth in 19 months. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 50

February 6, 2019 |

With a wacky winter well underway and a wildly underwhelming offseason dragging on, our countdown to Opening Day reaches 50 days with teams reporting to Spring Training in less than one week. Follow along as we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue our march to the start of the 2019 season! – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 50 days

Like many of the numbers chronicled over the last nine days, the number 50 has long appeared on the backs of pitchers for the Cleveland Indians organization. Last season was no different as reliever Evan Marshall filled that role, jumping into the Indians bullpen when the team needed a big boost after the corps of arms present failed to get the job done on a nightly basis. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 51

February 5, 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 Indians’ Opening Day – 51

The number 51 has rarely been a sign of longevity for careers in a Cleveland Indians uniform. Just seven times since the number hit the field in 1929 has it been worn by the same player across multiple seasons on the shores of Lake Erie.

Right-hander Shawn Armstrong was the most recent to do so, but his stay in the number and in the Cleveland bullpen lasted parts of just three years. He was dealt by the Tribe last offseason to Seattle, with the team looking to create spots on the 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 draft. Read More

Indians Add to Bullpen, Acquire Wittgren from Marlins

February 4, 2019 |

The Cleveland Indians brought in a new candidate for their spring bullpen battle on Monday, acquiring right-hander Nick Wittgren from the Miami Marlins for minor league pitcher Jordan Milbrath.

In a corresponding move, the Indians designated pitcher A.J. Cole for assignment to create a space on the 40-man roster. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 52 – Mike Clevinger

February 4, 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 – 52 days

The emergence of Tribe right-hander Mike Clevinger, the current wearer of the number 52 in Cleveland, as a solid middle of the rotation arm and a sleeper Cy Young pick for the coming season was one of many reasons why the Indians were comfortable listening to offers for front end starters like Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer during the offseason.

While the team (thus far) has elected to move forward with the present starting rotation intact, that is not necessarily a bad thing. The starting staff has been one of the stronger parts of the club and if the team did not feel that an offer on the table for one of its primo pitchers was good enough to help supplement a weakened offense (due to free agency and significant salary cuts that led to offseason trades of Yonder Alonso, Edwin Encarnacion, and Yan Gomes, among others) and a thinned out bullpen (which waved goodbye to closer Cody Allen and two-time All-Star Andrew Miller), it was best for now to keep that portion of the team full of necessary depth. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 53

February 3, 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 – 53 days

The number 53 is back on the market in Cleveland after being temporarily used by outfielder Greg Allen during his first two seasons in the Majors with the Indians and Melky Cabrera during his two stints with the Tribe in 2018. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 54

February 2, 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 – 54 days

When asked about the number 54, Cleveland Indians fans are probably much more likely to recall the failed mission of the ’54 season, one that saw the Indians win a still club-record 111 games before a dreadful four-game sweep at the hands, arms, bats, and gloves of the New York Giants.

As for the uniform number, it took 69 years before the number 54 would grace a jersey in the long and storied history of the franchise. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 55 – Roberto Perez

February 1, 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 – 55 days

The stakes are higher now for Indians’ catcher Roberto Perez than ever before.

This winter’s salary dump of All-Star backstop Yan Gomes to the Washington Nationals for reliever Jefry Rodriguez and a pair of minor league prospects opened the door wide open for Perez to stake his claim as the team’s starting catcher, a role that many have touted him as ready for over the course of his five-year big league career.

Recently, concerns about several facets of his game – including his lackluster offensive work at the plate and a decline in his defensive work – have left some wondering how the Indians front office was willing to move forward with a regular catcher who has averaged a .205/.298/.340 career slash in the Majors. The team did acquire catcher Kevin Plawecki from the New York Mets to fill some of Gomes’ shoes, but several low-cost free agent options are still sitting on the open market that could have been more attractive players for the club to consider. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 56 – Cody Anderson

January 31, 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 – 56 days

There are plenty of opportunities for pitchers showing up to spring training with the Cleveland Indians. One of those arms vying for a chance in 2019 will be Cody Anderson, the big right-hander and number 56 who broke onto the scene in 2015, but has been on the shelf for the last two years while dealing with a long rehab from Tommy John surgery. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 57 – Shane Bieber

January 30, 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 – 57 days

The 2018 season was part of a special year for the most recent Tribe player to wear the number 57, Shane Bieber.

Few would have projected in the spring that the right-handed Bieber would fly through two minor league levels in a dominating performance on the farm while making real contributions to the Indians’ stacked starting rotation during the 2018 campaign. But that was reality for the young pitcher, who racked up plenty of personal accomplishments during just his third professional season in the Cleveland organization. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 58 – Neil Ramirez

January 29, 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 – 58 days

The Indians quietly brought back one of their heavy lifters from the 2018 bullpen carousel at the end of November when the front office avoided salary arbitration with Neil Ramirez, signing number 58 to a one-year, $1 million deal for the 2019 season.

The fifth-year right-hander out of Virginia Beach and a first round pick in the 2007 draft by the Texas Rangers, Ramirez has logged some mileage on his luggage since reaching the big league stage with the Chicago Cubs in 2014. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 59 – Carlos Carrasco

January 28, 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 – 59 days

It has been a long, uphill battle for Carlos Carrasco to climb over the course of his professional career, but he has evolved over time and cemented himself as one of the better starters in the American League while helping to anchor a dynamite starting rotation for the Cleveland Indians. For those efforts, he and the team came to agreement this winter on a contract extension (on his already team-friendly pact) that locked him up with the Tribe through at least the 2022 season, with an option for one more year after that. Read More