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

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Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 64

January 23, 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 – 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 that 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. 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

Hall Doesn’t Call for Omar, but Mo, Moose, Doc, and Edgar Get in

January 23, 2019 |

Well, for at least another year, the only way Omar Vizquel is getting into the Hall of Fame is by buying a ticket.

Results were announced Tuesday of the annual voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America. In the second of theoretically 10 years on the ballot, Vizquel got 42.8 percent of the vote, still well short of the 75 percent needed for induction, but it was an increase over the 37 percent he got in his first year. Former Indian Manny Ramirez also saw his vote total increase year-over-year, from 22 percent to 22.8 percent. Travis Hafner’s stay on the hall ballot was a brief one. In his first year of eligibility, he received no votes, and will drop off the ballot. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 65

January 22, 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 – 65

There must be something to a number.

The number 65 has been worn by just four players in the 118-year history of the Cleveland Indians organization and in all four occurrences, it was donned by a pitcher. Twice it came on the backs of young starting pitchers trying to catch on at the Major League level. In the two other and more recent times, it has come on former starting pitchers who were converted to relief work late in their minor league careers and got a brief chance to catch on in the Tribe’s bullpen. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 66

January 21, 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 – 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 whose careers encompass either of the situations. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 67

January 20, 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 – 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 you the reader must suffer through him in pinstripes instead. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 68

January 19, 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 – 68 days

Over the last few seasons, the Cleveland Indians’ outfield was filled up primarily with platoon players. In 2017, (Lonnie Chisenhall and Brandon Guyer) and unproven commodities (Tyler Naquin and Abraham Almonte) filled the roster around a star returning from injury (Michael Brantley). The same happened in 2018, as Brantley looked to return around the likes of Chisenhall, Guyer, Naquin, and young, inexperienced options in Bradley Zimmer and Greg Allen to the mix).

That was not the case back in the late 1980’s, when each of the first two men to wear the number 68 on the diamond for the Tribe were blocked behind a large number of other established players manning the outfield grass at Cleveland Stadium. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 69

January 18, 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 – 69 days

The Cleveland Indians broke in some seldom used numbers late in the 1980’s, including the overlooked usage of the number 69 late in the 1988 season by slugging prospect Luis Medina.

After being drafted by the New York Mets out of high school in 1981, and drafted again out of Cerritos Junior College by the Mets in January of 1982, and the New York Yankees in June of 1982, and the Cincinnati Reds in January of 1983, and the Oakland Athletics in June of 1983, and by the Houston Astros in the first round of the June 1984 draft out of Arizona State University, Medina finally landed in Cleveland after his ninth round selection in the June 1985 draft. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 70

January 17, 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

The Indians introduced a pair of new numbers to the ball diamond last season, adding 70 and 90 to the list of digits worn for the city of Cleveland.

While rookie Adam Cimber wore his number 90 in 28 games for the club after coming over in the July 31 deal that brought All-Star closer Brad Hand to town and sent top prospect Francisco Mejia to the sunny shores of San Diego, the number 70 had a much smaller cup of coffee for the Tribe at Progressive Field. George Kontos, who is just one of seven players to wear the number 70 for more than one season on a Major League mound, brought his seven-plus years of experience to the Indians when they acquired him just days after being given his release from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 71

January 16, 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 – 71 days

The link between the Cleveland Indians organization and uniform numbers is a strong one, dating all the way back to June 26, 1916. At that time, they became the first Major League team to put numbers on their playing garb when they placed numbers on the left sleeves of the jerseys for a few weeks of that season and the season that followed. Read More

All-Star Game Will Probably Increase Ticket Sales, But By How Much?

January 16, 2019 |

While I was living in the Pittsburgh area, the Pirates opened their new home, PNC Park, to great fanfare.

It was, put simply, gorgeous. Its predecessor, Three Rivers Stadium, looked like nothing so much as a giant ashtray, completely enclosed to shut off any view of the city’s skyline from your seat – an error rectified by the new park, which was sold, in part, on what had happened in Cleveland in 1994. If you build it, the winner would come – and Pittsburgh was in need of a winner. Since the 1992 season ended for Pittsburgh with Barry Bonds’ inability to throw Sid Bream out at the plate in the deciding game of the National League Championship Series, the Pirates hadn’t even finished with a winning record.

PNC Park opened in 2001, and a club record of more than 2.4 million fans came through the turnstiles. In that beautiful new ballpark, they saw a team that lost 100 games. The following year, the Pirates lost a mere 89 games, but attendance slipped to 1.7 million. Gradually attendance, and more importantly, season ticket sales, dropped. But they reached a new high in 2006 when, not coincidentally, PNC Park hosted its first All-Star Game – just a dozen years after the last one in Pittsburgh at Three Rivers Stadium.

Why do I bring this up? Oh, no reason… Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 72

January 15, 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 – 72 days

The origins of the number 72 in Cleveland Indians history are unique, not in how it was worn on the field by its lone wearer, Jason Giambi, but in the circumstances that led to Giambi switching to the number late in the 2014 season. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 73

January 14, 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 – 73 days

Baseball fans who did not grow up watching the Cleveland Indians with a vested interest at the end of the 1990’s and the beginning of the 2000’s may only know Ricardo Rincon‘s name as the player heavily sought after by Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane in the dramatized 2011 Hollywood hit, Moneyball.

While Beane did get his man from the Indians for minor leaguer Marshall McDougall at the trade deadline in 2002, it was an earlier trade involving the lefty specialist that left a far more lasting impact on the game of baseball, especially in the city of Cleveland. Read More