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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | March 25, 2019

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2019 Spring Training

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 13 – Leonys Martin

March 15, 2019 |

Baseball fans around the globe can rejoice – there are less than two weeks to go until the start of the 2019 Major League Baseball regular season schedule. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our countdown to Opening Day – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 13 days

Last July 31, the Cleveland Indians looked to upgrade their outfield and picked up Leonys Martin from the Detroit Tigers (with minor league pitcher Kyle Dowdy) in exchange for middle infield prospect Willi Castro, who was on the Indians’ 40-man roster.

Martin, who wore 12 over parts of the previous three seasons with the Seattle Mariners and with the Tigers, could not claim the same digits in Cleveland, as those belonged to All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor. Instead, Martin found his way one number up the line, suiting up in the unlucky 13 that did not debut for the Indians organization on the back of a player until 1966, when Vern Fuller began a five-year run in it in the Tribe infield.

Martin has since switched to the number two this spring, with non-roster spring invitee Hanley Ramirez sliding into his familiar number 13 (a number that he has worn since 2012 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox) while looking to win a spot on the Indians’ 25-man roster to start the season. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 14

March 14, 2019 |

Baseball fans around the globe can rejoice – there are just two weeks to go until the start of the 2019 Major League Baseball regular season schedule. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our countdown to Opening Day by looking back at another Tribe legend!

Countdown to Opening Day – 14 days

To this day, Larry Doby does not get the credit that he deserves for the doors that he helped open in Major League Baseball, professional sports as a whole, or for the American society over the course of his baseball career with the Cleveland Indians and others.

The Indians honored his efforts on the field by retiring his number 14 on July 3, 1994, making him the fifth player (Bob Feller, Lou Boudreau, Earl Averill, Mel Harder) recognized by the club in such a manner. The ceremony came almost 47 years to the date of his first game in a Cleveland Indians uniform. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 15

March 13, 2019 |

Baseball fans are just over two weeks away from enjoying the first pitches of the 2019 Major League Baseball season. Today, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue our countdown to Opening Day. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 15 days

On December 6, 1989, the Cleveland Indians made the franchise-altering decision to trade away star outfielder Joe Carter less than a year before he was set to hit the open market in free agency. After it became clear that Carter was tempted to see what his financial worth would be and that he was not interested in any offers made by the Tribe front office, he was dealt to the San Diego Padres for a package of players.

Two of those players would play significant roles in the Indian uprising of the 1990s, one that Carter was supposed to be a part of during the ill-fated 1987 Sports Illustrated cover jinx season and the years to follow. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 16

March 12, 2019 |

It’s hard to believe, but we are less than three weeks away from the first pitches of the 2019 Major League Baseball season. Today, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue our countdown to Opening Day. – BT

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 16

Cleveland third base coach Mike Sarbaugh has been the Indians’ representative for the number 16 on the field over the last few years while serving as a member of manager Terry Francona’s coaching staff, a role he has held since he was promoted to the Major League club after working as a minor league manager in the organization from 2004 to 2012.

The minor league career of the former utility man was brief, as he played in the Milwaukee Brewers organization in 1989 before spending the next five years in the Indians farm system, reaching the Triple-A level in four games at Charlotte during his 1994 season. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 17

March 11, 2019 |

It’s hard to believe, but we are less than three weeks away from the first pitches of the 2019 Major League Baseball season. Today, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue our countdown to Opening Day. – BT

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 17

For the first time since 2012, the number 17 was back in circulation for Cleveland as free agent addition Yonder Alonso took it to first base with him during 145 contests in what proved to be his lone season as a member of the Indians.

The Tribe got solid and steady production out of the 31-year-old slugger, who was looking to build upon a career season in 2017 when he made his first career All-Star team and set personal bests across the stat sheet while splitting time in the American League West with the Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Mariners. His contract with the Indians allowed him to call Ohio home for the second time in his career, following his stint with the Cincinnati Reds to begin his Major League service time in 2010 and 2011. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 18

March 10, 2019 |

It’s hard to believe, but we are less than three weeks away from the first pitches of the 2019 Major League Baseball season. Today, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue our countdown to Opening Day. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 18 days

Of the retired numbers in Cleveland Indians history, Mel Harder’s number 18 may be one of the lesser known and more under-appreciated of the bunch to be honored in such a way. It was largely due to Harder’s misfortune of being a Cleveland Indian during some very down years for the club during the 1930s and 1940s and retiring the season before the Tribe took the 1948 World Series.

It may have been enough to cost him a place among the baseball immortals in Cooperstown’s Hall of Fame. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 19

March 9, 2019 |

It’s hard to believe, but we are less than three weeks away from the first pitches of the 2019 Major League Baseball season. Today, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue our countdown to Opening Day. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 19 days

If you ask Clevelanders which player was the best to wear the number 19 while representing the city in a sporting event, chances are you will get a lot of answers naming former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar as their pick.

No knock on Bernie, but he doesn’t hold a candle in comparison to one of the best 19s ever to play the game of baseball, Bob Feller. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 20

March 8, 2019 |

It’s hard to believe, but we are less than three weeks away from the first pitches of the 2019 Major League Baseball season. Today, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue our countdown to Opening Day. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 20 days

A baseball pioneer passed away in February, when the world lost trailblazer Frank Robinson at the age of 83.

Robinson’s incredible career, which included stops with the Cincinnati Reds, the Baltimore Orioles, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the California Angels, and lastly with the Cleveland Indians, had all of the necessary prerequisites required of a Hall of Fame resume. His 21-year playing career included a National League Rookie of the Year award in 1956, an NL Most Valuable Player honor in 1961, a Triple Crown season on the way to an American League MVP award in 1966, 14 trips to the Midsummer Classic, an All-Star Game MVP, a World Series MVP during one of his five trips to the Fall Classic (bringing home two rings in 1966 and 1970), and 586 home runs. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 21

March 7, 2019 |

It’s hard to believe, but we are just three short weeks away from the first pitches of the 2019 Major League Baseball season. Today, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue our countdown to Opening Day with the retired number of Bob Lemon and the many faces to also claim it as their own.

Countdown to Opening Day – 21 days

In 1998, Cleveland retired the number 21 in honor of longtime Tribe player Bob Lemon, whose transition from a position player to a quality starting pitcher led to seven trips to the Midsummer Classic, a leading role on the 1948 and 1954 American League champion Indians teams, a no-hitter, and ultimately, a spot in Cooperstown in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

But while Lemon last wore the number on the field as a player with the Indians in 1958, several big names would honor the work that he had done in the jersey with quality careers in a Cleveland uniform in the years after him. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 22 – Jason Kipnis

March 6, 2019 |

Major League Baseball is just over three weeks away from the start of the 2019 season. All 30 teams will take the field on March 28 this year, the game’s earliest start ever (excluding international openers). Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 22 days

After a little bit of speculation, Jason Kipnis and his number 22 will return to second base for the Cleveland Indians in 2019.

Another inconsistent year at the plate from Kipnis in 2018 put his positional placement on the field in limbo for the coming year, but manager Terry Francona cleared up any uncertainty early in spring camp by naming his eight-year veteran the starting second baseman for the Tribe. While the 31-year-old contributed some nice numbers overall in some categories (28 doubles, 18 homers, and 75 RBI in 147 games while cutting back on his strikeout rate), he did not get on base at the pace that some would have hoped. He hit just .230 with a .315 on-base percentage, digging a big hole to climb out of after starting out the season with a rough first couple of months at the plate. Inconsistencies hitting near the top of the lineup (.181 average out of the two-hole) led to him being dropped further in the lineup. He had some better success hitting sixth, seventh, and eighth, and he provided good contributions when hitting with men on (.270) and with men in scoring position (.292), but his overall numbers hardly seemed to fit well with his $13.7 million paycheck. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 23

March 5, 2019 |

Major League Baseball is now less than a month away from the start of the 2019 season, its earliest start ever (excluding international openers). All 30 teams will take the field on March 28 this year. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 23 days

The number 23 holds quite a bit of significance in the city of Cleveland, mainly due to the accolades of one of the best to ever wear it, LeBron James.

During the times that James suited up across Gateway Plaza from Progressive Field, the Cleveland Indians were enjoying the best years of their own 23, Michael Brantley, who left the team via free agency this winter after spending the last ten years on the diamond in the number for the Tribe. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 24

March 4, 2019 |

Major League Baseball is now less than a month away from the start of the 2019 season, its earliest start ever (excluding international openers). All 30 teams will take the field on March 28 this year. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 24 days

Outfielder Matt Joyce is at Tribe camp this spring with the tough task of filling the very big shoes of the last player to wear the number 24 for the Indians, 6’7” reliever Andrew Miller.

Joyce is off to an inauspicious start of his own, going 0-for-12 to start the spring slate with four strikeouts, one walk, and one run batted in over five games. At Goodyear on a non-roster invitation from his minor league deal signed during the second week of February, Joyce has a chance to fill one of the Indians’ outfield voids, but he will have to show a whole lot more at the plate in order to do so. The 34-year-old is an eleven-year veteran and a former 2011 All-Star for the Tampa Bay Rays who had spent the last two years in Oakland with the A’s. He hit a career-high 25 homers in 2017 there before he was limited to 83 games while hitting .208 a season ago. Read More