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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | February 21, 2018

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Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 49 – Tom Candiotti

February 8, 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 – 49 days

If you were a fan of the Cleveland Indians in the 1980s, chances are you were well aware of right-hander Tom Candiotti and his mastery of the elusive knuckleball. Candiotti’s name is forever tied to the pitch, just like his predecessors Phil Niekro, Joe Niekro, and Charlie Hough, and more recent successes like R.A. Dickey and Tim Wakefield. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 50

February 7, 2018 |

Our countdown to the Cleveland Indians’ season opener in Seattle against the Mariners has reached 50 days. We at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue our look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 50 days

Like many numbers chronicled over the last nine days, the number 50 has long appeared on the backs of pitchers for the Cleveland Indians organization.

It made its debut in Cleveland in 1945, but was worn by catcher Gene Desautels in ten uneventful games that year. The light-hitting backstop, a career .233 hitter in 13 seasons in the Majors, was 1-for-9 that year with a single, a walk, and a strikeout. He spent four seasons with the club at the big league level. Read More

A Little TLC Needed at Early Indians Pitcher Hess’ Grave

February 7, 2018 |

In the early 1900s, Otto Hess was a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, a solid inning-eater prone to wildness (he holds the team record for wild pitches in a season, and once led the league in hit batsmen).

After his major league career ended, Hess – a veteran of the Spanish-American War in the late 1800s – enlisted again to fight in the World War (in John Houseman’s words in “Three Days of the Condor,” before we had the sense to number them). Like Christy Mathewson, Hess contracted tuberculosis while in Europe for the war, and returned home and died in 1926 – four months after the Big Six’s death. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 51

February 6, 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 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 this offseason to Seattle, with the team looking to create spots on the 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 draft. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 52

February 5, 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 – 52 days

The number 52 has had a good run in Indians history, despite its late start appearing on the field. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 53

February 4, 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 – 53 days

After two seasons in the Cleveland bullpen, Jeff Manship‘s time as part of the Indians relief staff came to a close last winter when the team opted not to tender him a contract in December in advance of his first exposure to arbitration, making the 32-year-old right-hander a free agent.

The move may have come as a surprise to some, as his overall numbers were average, especially compared to his incredible half-season of work with the club in 2015, but on the surface alone may not have merited being cut loose at a fairly reasonable salary for the coming year. He had been projected to make in the vicinity of $1.2 million through arbitration by the number gurus of MLBTradeRumors.com.

Instead of remaining state side and finding a minor league deal with a Major League club, Manship and his services sailed overseas to Korea, as he signed a $1.8 million one-year contract with the NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization. He put together a nice season for the Dinos, going 12-4 with a 3.67 ERA in 21 starts. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 54

February 3, 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 – 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 the 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

February 2, 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 – 55 days

Unlike some of the other numbers on our daily countdown thus far, the number 55 has been far more likely to settle into a home on the back of a player in the city of Cleveland than to be used by a short-time player.

Roberto Perez is the current owner of the double-five for the Indians and has laid claim to it for parts of the last four seasons as the only number he has worn during his big league career. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 56

February 1, 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 – 56 days

The number 56 has seen plenty of usage in Cleveland Indians history, but oftentimes, it wound up on the backs of men who spent little time in town and bounced all around during their professional careers. Given that fact, it seems fitting that the first player to claim the digits as his own in both Indians and Major League history earned the moniker “Suitcase Bob” because of being a frequently relocated player in the golden days of baseball. Read More

Former Tribe Slugger Gamble Passes Away at 68

February 1, 2018 | | One Comment

His incredible head of hair may have gotten the majority of attention, but underneath it, Oscar Gamble had himself a steady and lengthy career on the baseball diamond.

The longtime Major League slugger passed away on Wednesday at a hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, after battling ameloblastic carcinoma, a tumor that attacks the jaw. He was 68. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 57

January 31, 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 – 57 days

The Kyle Crockett era in Cleveland (and mainly, Columbus) ended following the 2017 season when he was a roster casualty for the Indians. On the 40-man roster, but not finding the pitching mound often at Progressive Field, the 26-year-old left-handed reliever was designated for assignment by the Tribe and scooped up by the Cincinnati Reds. Relocated to the opposite end of Ohio, Crockett will have a chance to make a difference with a young Reds club.

The new locale could do his career some good as Crockett, for one reason or another, never stuck in Cleveland despite being granted a quick opportunity to play at the Major League level. Read More

1963 Hall of Fame Inductions had a Cleveland Feel

January 31, 2018 |

This year, the Baseball Hall of Fame came calling for Jim Thome – who’ll go into Cooperstown wearing an Indians cap – and Jack Morris, whose career ended with a brief stint in Cleveland.

It’s not an uncommon occurrence to see two inductees in the same year who have played all or part of their careers with the Indians (prior to this year, it last happened in 2011, with Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven). Rarer still is three inductees from the Indians. That only happened once, in 1937, when Cy Young, Napoleon Lajoie and Tris Speaker were inducted in the second class.

But in 1963, three former players were inducted with ties to Cleveland baseball – all of whom played at League Park.
That year, only the veterans committee voted, and the inductees included Elmer Flick, Sam Rice and John Clarkson. Flick and Rice both played for the Indians, but Clarkson, a posthumous inductee, ended his career more than 70 years earlier with the Cleveland Spiders. Read More