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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | February 15, 2019

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Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 52 – Mike Clevinger

February 4, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 52 days

The emergence of Tribe right-hander Mike Clevinger, the current wearer of the number 52 in Cleveland, as a solid middle of the rotation arm and a sleeper Cy Young pick for the coming season was one of many reasons why the Indians were comfortable listening to offers for front end starters like Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer during the offseason.

While the team (thus far) has elected to move forward with the present starting rotation intact, that is not necessarily a bad thing. The starting staff has been one of the stronger parts of the club and if the team did not feel that an offer on the table for one of its primo pitchers was good enough to help supplement a weakened offense (due to free agency and significant salary cuts that led to offseason trades of Yonder Alonso, Edwin Encarnacion, and Yan Gomes, among others) and a thinned out bullpen (which waved goodbye to closer Cody Allen and two-time All-Star Andrew Miller), it was best for now to keep that portion of the team full of necessary depth. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 53

February 3, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 53 days

The number 53 is back on the market in Cleveland after being temporarily used by outfielder Greg Allen during his first two seasons in the Majors with the Indians and Melky Cabrera during his two stints with the Tribe in 2018. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 54

February 2, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

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 a 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 – Roberto Perez

February 1, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 55 days

The stakes are higher now for Indians’ catcher Roberto Perez than ever before.

This winter’s salary dump of All-Star backstop Yan Gomes to the Washington Nationals for reliever Jefry Rodriguez and a pair of minor league prospects opened the door wide open for Perez to stake his claim as the team’s starting catcher, a role that many have touted him as ready for over the course of his five-year big league career.

Recently, concerns about several facets of his game – including his lackluster offensive work at the plate and a decline in his defensive work – have left some wondering how the Indians front office was willing to move forward with a regular catcher who has averaged a .205/.298/.340 career slash in the Majors. The team did acquire catcher Kevin Plawecki from the New York Mets to fill some of Gomes’ shoes, but several low-cost free agent options are still sitting on the open market that could have been more attractive players for the club to consider. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 56 – Cody Anderson

January 31, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 56 days

There are plenty of opportunities for pitchers showing up to spring training with the Cleveland Indians. One of those arms vying for a chance in 2019 will be Cody Anderson, the big right-hander and number 56 who broke onto the scene in 2015, but has been on the shelf for the last two years while dealing with a long rehab from Tommy John surgery. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 57 – Shane Bieber

January 30, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 57 days

The 2018 season was part of a special year for the most recent Tribe player to wear the number 57, Shane Bieber.

Few would have projected in the spring that the right-handed Bieber would fly through two minor league levels in a dominating performance on the farm while making real contributions to the Indians’ stacked starting rotation during the 2018 campaign. But that was reality for the young pitcher, who racked up plenty of personal accomplishments during just his third professional season in the Cleveland organization. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 58 – Neil Ramirez

January 29, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 58 days

The Indians quietly brought back one of their heavy lifters from the 2018 bullpen carousel at the end of November when the front office avoided salary arbitration with Neil Ramirez, signing number 58 to a one-year, $1 million deal for the 2019 season.

The fifth-year right-hander out of Virginia Beach and a first round pick in the 2007 draft by the Texas Rangers, Ramirez has logged some mileage on his luggage since reaching the big league stage with the Chicago Cubs in 2014. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 59 – Carlos Carrasco

January 28, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 59 days

It has been a long, uphill battle for Carlos Carrasco to climb over the course of his professional career, but he has evolved over time and cemented himself as one of the better starters in the American League while helping to anchor a dynamite starting rotation for the Cleveland Indians. For those efforts, he and the team came to agreement this winter on a contract extension (on his already team-friendly pact) that locked him up with the Tribe through at least the 2022 season, with an option for one more year after that. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 60

January 27, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 60 days

As might be expected, the number 60 has not seen much use in the history of the Cleveland Indians. Believed to be worn for the first time in game action in 1988 by Rod Allen in just a handful of games, the number has seen minimal trips back to the field since on the back of a player. Of the five former players to wear the number, only Jhonny Peralta and Bill Selby wore it long enough to have more than a few cups of coffee with the club. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 61

January 26, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 61 days

Dan Otero has spent the last few years as the most recent member of the 61-club for the Cleveland Indians, serving as a reliable middle reliever for the organization. That role is expected to change for 2019, as free agent losses of Bryan Shaw, Andrew Miller, and Cody Allen over the last couple of offseasons have drastically altered what was once one of the more formidable bullpens in the Majors. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 62

January 25, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 62 days

The Cleveland Indians broke out the number 62 in the strike-shortened 1995 season when they signed free agent relief pitcher Jim Poole in mid-March. While he is easily the longest tenured and most successful Tribe player to sport the number, his claim to baseball immortality comes instead courtesy of one unfortunate pitch late in October in 1995.

Indians fans can remember it well, because it ultimately spelled the end of the first postseason run by the club since 1954. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 63

January 24, 2019 |

Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 63 days

According to the fantastic resource that is Baseball-Reference.com, 165 players have worn the number 63 in a Major League game during their careers (18 alone during the 2018 campaign). The Cleveland Indians have had five players from that list use the number, with two of them providing some of the best career statistics of a number 63 to date. Read More