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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | May 19, 2019

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Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 32

February 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 – 32 days

Last season, Adam Rosales made his return to the Majors in September, working in 13 games for the Tribe at all four infield spots to let the heavily used stars of the team catch a bit of a breather before the postseason. Like Rosales’ stay with the Indians, Cleveland’s postseason experience in 2018 was extremely brief.

In taking the field in the number 32, Rosales became the 50th player in Tribe history to wear the number. He is now in camp with the Minnesota Twins on a non-roster invitation, while the Indians have outfielder Trayce Thompson at their Goodyear complex on a similar deal while wearing the 32 himself. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 33 – Brad Hand

February 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 – 33 days

With plenty of question marks on the Indians roster heading into the 2019 season, one of the answers that is known is that Brad Hand will take the mound in his number 33 looking to slam the door frequently.

While there is plenty of room for complaints about the Tribe’s lackluster offseason, one filled with the purging of more than a half dozen regular contributors to the lineup over the last few years, the team was forward thinking at the trade deadline last year when the Indians pulled off a trade with the San Diego Padres to bring Hand and Adam Cimber to Cleveland for top prospect Francisco Mejia (who wore 33 for the Tribe during the 2017 season). Knowing the exorbitant price on quality relief arms and with both Cody Allen and Andrew Miller hitting free agency after the 2018 season, the Indians elected to pick up two controllable arms from the Friars at the hefty cost of their top overall prospect. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 34

February 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 – 34 days

Two future Cy Young award winners in Cleveland, one future league Most Valuable Player, and an American League Rookie of the Year all spent time in the number 34 for the Cleveland Indians on the way to taking home some impressive hardware.

None of those applied to the last player to wear the number for the Indians, pitcher Zach McAllister, nor reliever Justin Grimm, who is in camp with the Indians on a non-roster spring invite in the number 34. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 35 – Ben Taylor

February 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 – 35 days

Abraham Almonte came to camp a year ago in his familiar 35, the same number that he had worn in his first three seasons with the Indians. He wouldn’t get to keep it, however, as he was designated for assignment at the end of the spring and was selected off of waivers by the Kansas City Royals, preventing him from joining just a handful of players in club history (Wayne Kirby, Enrique Wilson, and Tom Buskey) to wear 35 for more than three years for the Tribe.

Now, 26-year-old right-hander Ben Taylor will see if he gets to keep the number for himself for a second season after appearing in just six games for the Indians last year. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 36

February 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 – 36 days

On the Cleveland Indians’ website, new reliever A.J. Cole has been assigned the number 36, after formerly being listed in the number 69 prior to being designated for assignment less than a month after the club claimed him off of waivers from the New York Yankees this winter. A non-roster spring training invite for the Tribe, Cole will have a chance to win a spot in the team’s bullpen.

Prior to Cole being assigned the number, Jesus Aguilar occupied 36 for the Indians for a few cups of coffee over three seasons from 2014 through 2016, but he surrendered his claim to the digits when Cleveland designated him for assignment ahead of the 2017 season before turning into a legitimate slugger for the Milwaukee Brewers. Another player with high hopes, but few chances with the Tribe while wearing the same 36, Yandy Diaz has followed a similar path as Aguilar, dumped to the Tampa Bay Rays as part of the three-team trade that sent Edwin Encarnacion to Seattle and both Carlos Santana and Jake Bauers to Cleveland. Read More

Dodgers Great Don Newcombe Ended his Major League Career in Cleveland

February 19, 2019 |

Don Newcombe, who died Tuesday at the age of 92, is most closely associated with the Dodgers, particularly during their halcyon years in Brooklyn.

Newk, as he was nicknamed, was one of the first African-Americans in Major League Baseball. He was an All-Star and rookie of the year for the Dodgers in 1949, and won both the first Cy Young Award (when only one was given out annually) and National League MVP in 1956. Even last year at the World Series, he could be spotted at Dodger Stadium.

But his major league career ended in Cleveland. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 37

February 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 – 37 days

Like so many others around baseball, Cody Allen has reported to Arizona. This time, however, his home for the spring will not be in Goodyear, but will instead be an hour east in Tempe, home of Tempe Diablo Stadium and the training site of the Los Angeles Angels.

Allen left the Indians this offseason after hitting free agency for the first time. He signed across the country with the Angels in January, agreeing to a one-year deal that will pay the seven-year big leaguer an $8.5 million base contract with another $2.5 million possible in incentives. It was likely not the deal that Allen hoped to find this winter, but it came directly after the worst season of his career, one that cost him many millions of dollars. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 38 – Eric Haase

February 18, 2019 |

The Cleveland Indians will conduct their first full-squad workout today ahead of Major League Baseball kicking off the 2019 season. All 30 teams will take the field on March 28 with the league’s earliest start ever (excluding international openers). Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 38 days

The Indians seemed to be showing some faith in the catching depth in the organization since last July, trading away top prospect Francisco Mejia to the San Diego Padres at the trade deadline and All-Star backstop Yan Gomes to the Washington Nationals in November. The moves took the position from an area to strength to a sudden area of concern, as light-hitting defensive specialist Roberto Perez and #38 Eric Haase became the only two catchers on the 40-man roster.

Haase, 26 and a 2011 seventh round pick, spent the majority of his eighth season in the organization at Triple-A Columbus last season, his first full season with the Clippers (he played the final two games of the 2017 season there as well). One of the club’s big movers in the last couple of years, thanks in large part to the systematic emphasis on launch angle to help revolutionize the long ball in its most prolific increase since the steroid era, Haase has to feel good about where he stands in the front office’s eyes if they were willing to move the present and the future of the position to bring in All-Star closer Brad Hand and to free up money over the course of the next few years. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 39 – Oliver Perez

February 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

Countdown to Opening Day – 39 days

Where would the Indians’ bullpen have been in 2018 if not for the mid-year acquisition of left-handed reliever Oliver Perez?

Scooped up at the beginning of June as a free agent after being released from his minor league contract with the New York Yankees, the 35-year-old Perez flourished in Cleveland with one of his better seasons on the mound since becoming a full-time reliever. Despite missing the first two months of the big league schedule while working with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at the Triple-A level, Perez put up impressive numbers of all sorts during his 16th season on a Major League mound while donning the number 39 for the first time in the Bigs. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 40

February 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 – 40 days

There was a point in time nearly a decade ago that the professional career of Bartolo Colon appeared to be at its end. Somehow, with a fraction of the stuff that he had when he hit the pro game with the Cleveland Indians in 1993, he has stayed in the game, been a serviceable pitcher, and is relatively beloved by fans across the nation and the world.

Sure, he has had a long and sometimes successful Major League career, keeping his name in the news during springs and summers since debuting with the Cleveland Indians in 1997. But now, many years removed from a slimmer, more dominant flame-throwing version of himself, Colon now looks like an everyman, resembling more of a middle-aged man who had let himself go and now is attempting to squeeze his dad bod into a pair of baseball pants during some sort of midlife crisis at a winter fantasy camp. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 41 – Carlos Santana

February 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 – 41 days

The number 41 has not gotten a lot of use in Indians history, but last season marked the first time the number had gone unused since 2003. The last three players to wear the number, however, have left significant marks on the franchise (including a pair of switch-hitting catchers turned first basemen) and one of those players will make his triumphant return home to Cleveland back in the digit for the 2019 season. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 42

February 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 – 42 days

Major League Baseball retired Jackie Robinson’s number 42 across the game on April 15, 1997, on the 50th anniversary of his monumental breaking of the color barrier. Cleveland reliever Michael Jackson was one of 13 players who were wearing that number at the time and was allowed to continue wearing it, making him the last to call the number his own for the Indians. Read More