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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | June 27, 2019

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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

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 43

February 13, 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 – 43 days

The longest tenured member of the Cleveland Indians organization at the end of the 2018 season and the team’s longest representative in the number 43 in franchise history has moved on this winter, as Josh Tomlin’s free agency experience came to a close last week when he signed a one-year minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers with an invitation to spring training. If he makes the Brewers’ roster, he will make $1.25 million, with another $2.25 million available in performance bonuses.

Tomlin had several years of service over his next closest teammate, in terms of years of employment by the Indians. A 19th round draft pick in 2006 out of Texas Tech, Tomlin signed on June 9 of that year and had been a part of the Cleveland organization ever since. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 44 – Nick Goody

February 12, 2019 |

Major League Baseball teams have begun reporting to their spring homes, including the Cleveland Indians as they take up residence in Goodyear, Arizona, for the next month and a half before the regular season kicks off 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 – 44 days

There is a strange correlation between quite a few members of the #44 family in Tribe history – many were (and still are) well known for having some pretty glorious facial hair, for those who are a fan of such a thing.

It’s a weird coincidence, to be sure. Forty players have worn the number (most recently by Tribe reliever Nick Goody last season) and the most memorable of the bunch can be remembered for the beards and mustaches that they sported on the field. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 45 – Adam Plutko

February 11, 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 – 45 days

When it comes to starting pitching depth, the Cleveland Indians have had plenty in recent years, with a rotation jam packed with talented arms. That has proven to be a tough situation for Adam Plutko, the current wearer of the number 45 in Cleveland, to crack through.

The 27-year-old right-hander and eleventh round pick in the 2013 draft out of UCLA got his first extended look in 2018 when the starting staff was dealing with injuries throughout the year. Having proven himself at the minor league level and after putting up good numbers in his third stint at Triple-A Columbus, Plutko got a chance to join his former college teammate, Trevor Bauer, as one of the many starters used by the club a year ago. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 46 – Jon Edwards

February 10, 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 – 46 days

The number 46 was missing on the field for the Cleveland Indians for the last several years, but it got a quick cup of coffee in 2018 when Jon Edwards brought it back to the mound in his first big league action since 2015.

It was a long and uphill battle for the now 31-year-old right-hander, who last pitched with the San Diego Padres in 2015 before he found his way back to the Majors when the Indians brought him up as one of the club’s September call-ups last season. While he provided the Tribe with some mixed results, he has survived offseason moves that have trimmed some players off of the 40-man roster and he is still on pace to report to spring training at the team’s Goodyear, Arizona, complex this week. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 47 – Trevor Bauer

February 9, 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 – 47 days

With 47 days until Opening Day, the Tribe’s number 47 was once again in the news as Trevor Bauer participated in an arbitration hearing with the Cleveland Indians for a second straight year on Friday. The results of the case are not expected until sometime next week, as the two sides were $2 million apart in their offers (Bauer asked for $13 million, while the Indians offered $11 million).

Regardless of the final figures, Bauer is due to receive a big raise from the $6.525 million that he received through arbitration a year ago. His new windfall of cash is, however, well deserved. Read More