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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | January 24, 2020

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2019-20 Offseason

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 63

January 23, 2020 |

Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of … Read More

Dolans ‘Enjoy’ Honor at Cleveland Sports Awards

January 22, 2020 |

The 20th annual Cleveland Sports Awards had a Tribe feel to them Wednesday night.

The Indians received the Sports Development Gold Medal from the Cleveland Sports Commission for the 2019 All-Star Game, and the week’s festivities were also recognized as the best moment in Cleveland sports last year. The Dolan family was recognized with the lifetime achievement award – something that meant a lot to owner Paul Dolan, who accepted on behalf of the whole family.

“Baseball is important,” Dolan said. “But family is more important. To recognize this as a family award means so much.” Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 64

January 22, 2020 |

Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 64 days

When asked to recall Tom Kramer, a fair number of Cleveland Indians fans are going to draw a blank. Those slightly more in tune with some bad Indians teams in the early 1990’s may remember a gem that he threw on May 24, 1993, against the Texas Rangers, when his stat sheet had just one blemish that kept him from the history books.

It came courtesy of an old friend of the feather. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 65

January 21, 2020 |

Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 65 days

How convenient for the sake of our countdown that the Indians’ most recent player to wear the number 65, Zach Plesac, celebrates his 25th birthday 65 days from the first pitches of the 2020 Major League Baseball regular season schedule (the young hurler has since switched his number to 34 for the coming year). Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 66

January 20, 2020 |

Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – 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.

While that has been largely the case in the history of the Indians franchise, the team did employ a rare exception to that rule in 2019 when Yasiel Puig joined the club. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 67

January 19, 2020 |

Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 67

The Indians had some surprise (and needed) contributions in 2019 and one of those was the team’s one-time wearer of the number 67 (as well as the 66), Aaron Civale. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 68

January 18, 2020 |

Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 68

For the first time since 2008, the number 68 was back on the field for the Tribe and on the back of someone who was called upon to make big contributions when the team needed it the most.

Right-hander Jefry Rodriguez brought the number 68 out of pseudo-retirement last season as the Indians’ starting rotation began to crumble with what appeared to be an unending slew of injuries. He was one of three players acquired by Cleveland from Washington in the Yan Gomes trade and the only one with prior big league experience after pitching in 14 games for the Nationals in 2018. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 69

January 17, 2020 |

Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – 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’ 2020 Opening Day – 70

January 16, 2020 |

Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 70

A little over a year after George Kontos brought the number 70 out of the Indians bullpen for the first time in franchise history, it returned to the mound on the back of promising young flamethrower James Karinchak. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 71

January 15, 2020 |

Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 71

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 playing garb 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’ 2020 Opening Day – 72

January 14, 2020 |

Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 72

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

Ruling on Astros Confirms Merit of Tribe Players’ Allegations

January 13, 2020 | | One Comment

So, uh, maybe it wasn’t sour grapes with Trevor Bauer?

The erstwhile Indians pitcher said in 2018 that there was something suspicious about the sudden increase in velocity by pitchers for the defending world champion Astros. Those remarks inspired Houston manager AJ Hinch to say to MLB.com, “I do think people need to sweep their own front porch and deal with their own situations rather than throw accusations that are unfounded.” Read More