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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | April 21, 2019

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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

Tribe’s Tragedy on Little Lake Nellie is Still Remembered

March 22, 2019 |

This story, under a different title, was originally posted on March 22, 2013, by Did The Tribe Win Last Night writer Steve Eby. – BT

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“When they told me I just couldn’t believe it. How do you tell a 3-year-old that…daddy is not coming back?” – Patti (Olin) Winter

Whenever a loved one is lost, the memory of that moment seems endless. It’s hard to believe that it was 20 years ago that the Olin, Crews, and Cleveland Indians families all lost people that they loved. 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

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 8

March 20, 2019 |

Baseball fans are now just single digits away from the start of the 2019 Major League Baseball regular season. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our long countdown to Opening Day – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 8 days

Life after Lonnie began for the Cleveland Indians this offseason as Lonnie Chisenhall signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates for $2.75 million early in the free agency period.

Chisenhall’s deal finally made him a member of the Pirates, the club that selected him in the eleventh round of the 2006 draft out of high school. Chisenhall instead took the college path to the pro game two years later. Read More

Indians Were Only Too Happy to Let Mel Hall Go in 1989

March 20, 2019 |

Thirty years ago this week, the Indians dealt Mel Hall for Joel Skinner and minor leaguer Turner Ward. At first glance, it looked like the Indians got snookered.

The Yankees were desperate, as outfielder Dave Winfield was facing back issues that would ultimately force him to miss the entire season. But the Indians had dealt Hall – an everyday player with at that point a career .281 batting average – for Skinner, a backup catcher and a minor leaguer? It looked like the latest episode in a sad tradition for the team for really the previous thirty years, since Trader Lane dealt Rocky Colavito and Norm Cash: Deal a talented player in return for some magic beans that weren’t so magical.

But it was a move that was long in coming – and frankly, somewhat of a relief – for the Indians. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 9

March 19, 2019 |

Baseball fans are now just single digits away from the start of the 2019 Major League Baseball regular season. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our long countdown to Opening Day – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 9 days

The current wearer of the number nine for the Cleveland Indians, outfielder Brandon Barnes, received disappointing news on Monday when he was informed that he will not be on the 25-man roster for the club to open the season.

Back with the organization for a second season, Barnes was hoping to latch on to a spot in the wide open mix in one of the two vacancies in the corner outfield positions with the team. Returning on a minor league contract with a spring invite for the second straight year, Barnes got a cup of coffee with the Tribe last September when rosters expanded after spending the majority of the campaign with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 10

March 18, 2019 |

While snow was falling again in northeast Ohio, sports fans moved another day closer to the start of the 2019 Major League Baseball regular season. Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we continue our crawl to Opening Day – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 10 days

Jake Bauers will have some big shoes to fill this year as he attempts to replace some of the production that left town in the trade that brought him to the Cleveland Indians.

The left-handed hitting first baseman and outfield option made his Major League debut a season ago with the Tampa Bay Rays. The 23-year-old, who played first, left, and right for Tampa in his 96 games, struggled with the strikeout and hit for a low average just one tick above the Mendoza line, but a good walk rate and some significant flashes of pop give the youngster an intriguing upside. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 11 – Jose Ramirez

March 17, 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 – 11 days

An MVP worthy first half did not continue during the second half of the season for third baseman Jose Ramirez last year, but it should take nothing away from what was an impressive effort.

It was a year of personal bests for Ramirez, who replicated the successes of his impressive 2017 season by earning his second straight starting nod at third base for the American League team in the Midsummer Classic before winning a second Silver Slugger Award and finishing third again in the Most Valuable Player voting. A dramatic second half decline heavily impacted the MVP results. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 12 – Francisco Lindor

March 16, 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 – 12 days

Before players could even comfortably settle into their Arizona homes for the spring, the Cleveland Indians received some unpleasant news at their Goodyear camp when it was announced that a right calf strain would sideline three-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor for a seven- to nine-week period, putting his status for Opening Day up in the air.

Getting Lindor back in time for the start of the season, after he injured the calf preparing for the coming year, is far less important than making sure that he is in good health at the end of the campaign for the club’s presumed fourth straight postseason under manager Terry Francona. So while the team has used caution with one of the more significant players on the roster, Lindor is champing at the bit to return to the field, working his way back slowly this week through inclusion in some activities on the minor league side of camp (where he hit a home run in a game against the Cincinnati Reds). Read More

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