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

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2018 Spring Training

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 0

March 29, 2018 |

The countdown has finally reached its target and Major League Baseball will begin the 2018 regular season schedule around the country with games all day long on Thursday (except in waterlogged locales…). The Cleveland Indians will start the year far away from home in Seattle, Washington, where they will be hosted by the Mariners in the final game of the day.

Countdown to Opening Day – 0 days

With their unexpectedly quick ouster from the 2017 postseason, the Cleveland Indians and their fans had to deal with a longer offseason than just a year before, when the club made an incredible run to extra innings in the seventh game of the World Series. It led to a winter that felt like it might not ever end. Read More

Previewing the AL Central: the Minnesota Twins

March 28, 2018 |

The Minnesota Twins were one of the surprises of baseball last season, hitting their stride a season or two earlier than expected before providing fans with an entertaining American League Wild Card play-in game against the New York Yankees.

Paul Molitor’s Twins finished with an 85-77 mark in 2017, finishing 17 games in back of the Indians. For a portion of the early season, they sat atop the AL Central, catching the eyes around baseball by leading the division for much of May and June. A 10-15 July knocked them off pace a bit, but a 20-10 August salvaged the season and helped get them a taste of the postseason, albeit a brief one.

The Twins were not quite expected to attain such heights last season, as the team took on the awkward appearance of being both buyers and sellers at the trade deadline. They acquired left-handed starter Jaime Garcia, only to ship him out a few days later, and dealt closer Brandon Kintzler to Washington when their bullpen was already suspect. Players were confused about the direction that the organization was heading in with the mixed messages, but they pulled through to put up a strong second half showing overall after the rocky July. Read More

Previewing the AL Central: the Kansas City Royals

March 28, 2018 |

Like the first two teams previewed this week, the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers, the Kansas City Royals are in a rebuild. Unlike both of those clubs, they opted not to go Miley Cyrus on the joint and avoided the wrecking ball approach, instead allowing some potentially valuable commodities to hit the free agent market, netting them some draft picks, but costing them the potential prospect returns that could have been attained in trade deadline deals from desperate clubs looking to upgrade.

Ned Yost and the Royals held their cards and opted for one last run, ultimately finishing 80-82 and in third place in the AL Central, 22 games in back of the Indians. Even with the sub-.500 record, it still marked the fifth straight season for KC with at least 80 wins, something the club had done just one time in the Jacobs/Progressive Field era until this current stretch of improved play.

With a significant chunk of its biggest contributors set to hit free agency, the team missed an opportunity to cash in some on the departing talent. While they were able to bring back a pair of the players over the winter, the lost offense should hurt the Royals in 2018, especially with a starting rotation that has question marks after the first three men on the staff. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 1

March 28, 2018 |

Our countdown to the start of the 2018 Major League Baseball regular season schedule has reached one single day. Join Did The Tribe Win once again as we dig into the archive to recall one of the greats to wear the number one for the Cleveland Indians. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 1 day

As a child growing up in Veracruz, Mexico, Roberto “Bobby” Avila played soccer and dreamed of being a bullfighter. As a student, he studied engineering. His later life was spent in politics.

But Avila – called Beto in Spanish-speaking nations but known as Bobby in the United States – was probably most famous as the first really prominent Mexican baseball player. Read More

Indians Trade Refsnyder to Rays, Add Three to Farm System

March 27, 2018 |

Tuesday proved to be a busy day for the Cleveland Indians on the final day of spring training as the team traded away one camp roster candidate and added three players to the depth at Triple-A Columbus in three other moves.

Rob Refsnyder, previously claimed off of waivers by the Indians from the Toronto Blue Jays in November, was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations. The 27-year-old utility man, who had played parts of the last three years with the New York Yankees before being traded to Toronto in July, was one of the players being considered for the final spot on the Indians’ roster breaking camp. That bench role instead went to outfielder Brandon Guyer, who had spent much of the spring slowed while recovering from offseason wrist surgery and was thought to be a candidate for a disabled list trip to start the year.

Refsnyder hit .191 with a .298 on-base percentage in the spring for the Indians with two doubles, two homers, and seven RBI in 26 games.

In addition to the Refsnyder trade, the Indians also announced the acquisition of three players, including one face quite familiar to the organization. Read More

Previewing the AL Central: the Detroit Tigers

March 27, 2018 |

Name tags may have been a requirement in Lakeland as the Detroit Tigers hosted their spring training activities with a slew of young players and just a handful of returning veteran faces.

Life at Comerica Park may more likely resemble a Toledo Mud Hens game in 2018, as it will be Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, Nicholas Castellanos, and the Triple-A Tigers this season as the club took a wrecking ball to its roster beginning last summer. Before the season ended, the Kitties dealt big time hardware winner Justin Verlander to Houston and moved a pair of outfielders, Justin Upton and J.D. Martinez, in other trade deadline deals. As a result, they finished in last place with a 64-98 record. Read More

Previewing the AL Central: the Chicago White Sox

March 27, 2018 |

Things won’t quite look the same on the south side of Chicago this season as a very young and unproven White Sox club looks to get some valuable big league experience while not considered top contenders in the American League Central Division.

The White Sox (67-95 in 2017) suffered a fifth straight season with a losing record and the fourth straight campaign that the club finished in fourth place in the division. The season’s results were not necessarily unexpected – the club had opted for a fresh start and a rebuild and began the process last offseason with the trade of Chris Sale to Boston and Adam Eaton to Washington. They followed those big moves by unloading another left-handed starter, Jose Quintana, across town to the Cubs, third baseman Todd Frazier and relievers Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson to the New York Yankees, reliever Anthony Swarzak to the Milwaukee Brewers, reliever Dan Jennings to the Tampa Bay Rays, outfielder Melky Cabrera back to the Kansas City Royals, reliever Tyler Clippard to the Houston Astros, and starter Miguel Gonzalez to the Texas Rangers – all in the span of two months midseason. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 3 – Earl Averill

March 26, 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 – 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

Brantley to Open Year on DL, Naquin Makes Opening Day Roster

March 26, 2018 |

One of the biggest questions about the Cleveland Indians this offseason was whether or not the club would pick up the team option on left fielder Michael Brantley after another injury-shortened campaign.

While the answer to whether Brantley would be back with the club was answered when they picked up his $12 million option, the Indians will not get a full season’s return from that investment, at least in regards to Brantley’s on-the-field contributions to Cleveland’s efforts in 2018. Manager Terry Francona announced on Sunday that the two-time All-Star would start the season on the 10-day disabled list. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 4

March 25, 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 – 4 days

There are high hopes for the current owner of the number four in Cleveland, second-year outfielder Bradley Zimmer. Read More

Alonso’s Power Found Way to Goodyear – Next Stop, Cleveland?

March 25, 2018 |

Last year, veteran first baseman Yonder Alonso changed his swing and had a career year. At the age of 30, he shattered his career high home run total and had his best RBI season of his eight-year and four-team career. The Indians are hoping their biggest free agent signing of the winter has more from where last season came from.

Alonso’s 28 homers were 21 better than his previous career high, set in 2012. That was his first full Major League season, when he finished sixth in the National League Rookie of the Year voting while playing for the San Diego Padres (in his third season in the Majors after a pair of years with the Cincinnati Reds). His 67 RBI were not quite as impressive last season but still five better than his previous water-shed mark, also set as a rookie. Of course, he did play his first 100 games of 2017 with the Oakland Athletics, where there simply was not a lot of offensive players getting on base for him to drive in.

That will be different in Cleveland. Read More

Belisle Named Winner in Tribe’s Spring Training Bullpen Battle

March 24, 2018 |

With less than a week until the Indians open the 2018 regular season in Seattle with a three-game series against the Mariners, the roster is starting to take shape.

Manager Terry Francona announced that 37-year-old veteran right-hander Matt Belisle had won a spot on the team’s relief staff, ending several months of speculation as to which pitcher would join the returning arms out of the bullpen.

In a corresponding move, fellow veteran righty Carlos Torres was granted his unconditional release after exercising the opt-out in his minor league tender with the club. Read More