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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | March 27, 2017

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Hall of Famer Sam Rice Spent Final Year of Career in Cleveland

February 15, 2017 |

After Walter Johnson, there’s probably nobody more closely associated with the original Washington Nationals than Sam Rice.

But Rice, a Hall of Famer that was part of three pennant-winning Senators teams, including the 1924 World Champions, ended his career with the Indians – largely due to the intercession of the Big Train himself.

Rice had come late to the game, sidetracked by unspeakable tragedy. In 1912, while he was trying to latch on as a pitcher with a minor-league team in nearby Galesburg, a tornado struck his family home in Morocco, Indiana, killing his wife, children, mother, and two sisters. Rice returned to Morocco in time for all the funerals, and his father died shortly thereafter as well. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 48 – Travis Hafner

February 14, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 48

He may not have been one of the best to wear 48 in Cleveland, but Travis Hafner was one of the better sluggers in the history of baseball to have the number on his back.

Sam McDowell may hold the honor of being the best pitcher and player to wear 48 in Indians history, but Hafner easily claims that title from the offensive side of the game. The Indians’ long-time designated hitter was part of one of the better thefts in club history, as the team picked him off from the Texas Rangers in a low-cost trade that gave the Tribe a dangerous power-hitting weapon in the middle of their lineup for the better part of his decade in a Cleveland uniform, serving as a suitable replacement for another left-handed slugger, Jim Thome, who left the club following the 2002 season. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 49 – Tom Candiotti

February 13, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 49

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. Read More

Federal League Could Never Get Foothold in Cleveland

February 8, 2017 |

For two brief years, the Federal League tried to make a go as a major league.

It challenged for supremacy in cities like Brooklyn and Chicago that already had major league teams, but also tried to grow in cities like Baltimore and Indianapolis, cities without major league representation.

But it could never get a foothold in Cleveland – because it could never find a place to play. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 61 – Alex Ramirez

February 1, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 61 days

While one man named Ramirez was seeing his star shine bright in Cleveland, another Ramirez toiled in the Indians farm system, proving consistently to be a top hitter in the club’s minor leagues while waiting for his opportunity in the Show.

Alex Ramirez signed with the Indians in 1991 as a teenager out of Caracas, Venezuela. He saw his professional game action begin in 1993 at the age of 18 and evolved into a balanced threat of power, steady batting averages, and speed. Yet somehow, despite some positive numbers in the early stages of his career, his greatest accomplishments as a baseball player would occur far from his native Caracas or from his temporary home in the United States. Read More

Nolan Ryan’s Last Moment of Glory was at Cleveland Stadium

February 1, 2017 |

Nolan Ryan turned 70 yesterday.

In a career that included some ridiculous numbers – 5,714 (strikeouts – an average of more than one an inning), 7 (no-hitters – he took another five into the ninth inning before losing them), 1 (ass-kicking of Robin Ventura, young enough to be his son) – that might be the most ridiculous one. His KIDS are old enough to have gotten into that stage that they’ve gone from baseball players to executives (his son Reid is president of the Houston Astros).

Former Indian Satchel Paige’s autobiography was titled “Maybe I’ll Pitch Forever,” but for a while, it looked like Ryan might actually do it. He broke in with the Mets as a wild 19-year-old in 1966 and played 27 years in the Major Leagues (second across all major league sports only to Gordie Howe, whose hockey career spanned 32 years). Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 63 – Masty and Raffy Right

January 30, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 63 days

According to the fantastic resource that is Baseball-Reference.com, 140 players have worn the number 63 in a Major League game during their careers. The Cleveland Indians have had five players from that list use wear the number, with two of them providing some of the best career statistics of a number 63 to date. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 64 – Tom Kramer

January 29, 2017 |

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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 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 and it came courtesy of an old friend of the feather.

Kramer had long been a starter in the minor leagues for the Tribe until 1991, when he was thrown into the bullpen at Double-A Canton-Akron. It would be his later return to a starting role that would help him make his claim to fame. Read More

Is it Time for Another All-Star Game in Cleveland?

January 28, 2017 |

This story was originally posted on January 2, 2016. We must have been on to something… – BT

No Major League city with just one team has hosted an All-Star Game as many times as Cleveland has.

The Indians are one of four teams to have hosted five Midsummer Classics: four at Municipal Stadium and one at Jacobs Field, in 1997. (St. Louis has hosted five All-Star Games, but one of them was by the Browns, even though they shared Sportsman’s Park with the Cardinals.)

And of course, the question looms: Is it time for a sixth in Cleveland? Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 66

January 27, 2017 |

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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.

Both happen to be the case in the history of the Cleveland Indians franchise, as the number 66 has hit the playing field by four different players who encompass each situation. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 67 – Chris Nichting

January 26, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 67 days

His stay was short, both in Cleveland and in Major League Baseball, but former pitcher Chris Nichting does have a claim to some fame. He is the first and only wearer of the number 67 in franchise history.

His time in Cleveland was so short, finding a picture of him in an Indians uniform became a task so frustrating that it was ultimately given up on, so we must suffer through him in pinstripes instead. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 68 – Turner Ward

January 25, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 68 days

While the Cleveland Indians outfield is filled up primarily with platoon players (Lonnie Chisenhall and Brandon Guyer) and somewhat unproven commodities (Tyler Naquin and Abraham Almonte) around a star returning from injury (Michael Brantley), the same could not be said back in the late 1980’s, when each of the first two men to wear the number 68 on the diamond for the club were blocked behind a large number of other proven players manning the grass at Cleveland Stadium. Read More