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

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Indians Lost Lottery to Land Tom Seaver

March 8, 2019 |

The 74-year-old Seaver announced on Thursday, March 7, that he had been diagnosed with dementia and would retire from public life. This story was originally published on July 17, 2012. – BT

Tom Seaver and the Mets seem to go hand-in-hand.

Seaver’s the only player in the Baseball Hall of Fame (where he received the highest percentage of votes, 98.84, on his first ballot) wearing a Mets cap [since joined in 2016 by Mike Piazza – BT]. He was the anchor of the starting rotations of the 1969 World Champion Miracle Mets, and the 1973 team that went from last place in the middle of the season to the seventh game of the World Series, succumbing to the Oakland Athletics.

But Seaver almost debuted with the Indians. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 20

March 8, 2019 |

It’s hard to believe, but we are less than three weeks away from the first pitches of the 2019 Major League Baseball season. Today, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue our countdown to Opening Day. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 20 days

A baseball pioneer passed away in February, when the world lost trailblazer Frank Robinson at the age of 83.

Robinson’s incredible career, which included stops with the Cincinnati Reds, the Baltimore Orioles, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the California Angels, and lastly with the Cleveland Indians, had all of the necessary prerequisites required of a Hall of Fame resume. His 21-year playing career included a National League Rookie of the Year award in 1956, an NL Most Valuable Player honor in 1961, a Triple Crown season on the way to an American League MVP award in 1966, 14 trips to the Midsummer Classic, an All-Star Game MVP, a World Series MVP during one of his five trips to the Fall Classic (bringing home two rings in 1966 and 1970), and 586 home runs. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 21

March 7, 2019 |

It’s hard to believe, but we are just three short weeks away from the first pitches of the 2019 Major League Baseball season. Today, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue our countdown to Opening Day with the retired number of Bob Lemon and the many faces to also claim it as their own.

Countdown to Opening Day – 21 days

In 1998, Cleveland retired the number 21 in honor of longtime Tribe player Bob Lemon, whose transition from a position player to a quality starting pitcher led to seven trips to the Midsummer Classic, a leading role on the 1948 and 1954 American League champion Indians teams, a no-hitter, and ultimately, a spot in Cooperstown in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

But while Lemon last wore the number on the field as a player with the Indians in 1958, several big names would honor the work that he had done in the jersey with quality careers in a Cleveland uniform in the years after him. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 22 – Jason Kipnis

March 6, 2019 |

Major League Baseball is just over three weeks away from the start of the 2019 season. All 30 teams will take the field on March 28 this year, the game’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 – 22 days

After a little bit of speculation, Jason Kipnis and his number 22 will return to second base for the Cleveland Indians in 2019.

Another inconsistent year at the plate from Kipnis in 2018 put his positional placement on the field in limbo for the coming year, but manager Terry Francona cleared up any uncertainty early in spring camp by naming his eight-year veteran the starting second baseman for the Tribe. While the 31-year-old contributed some nice numbers overall in some categories (28 doubles, 18 homers, and 75 RBI in 147 games while cutting back on his strikeout rate), he did not get on base at the pace that some would have hoped. He hit just .230 with a .315 on-base percentage, digging a big hole to climb out of after starting out the season with a rough first couple of months at the plate. Inconsistencies hitting near the top of the lineup (.181 average out of the two-hole) led to him being dropped further in the lineup. He had some better success hitting sixth, seventh, and eighth, and he provided good contributions when hitting with men on (.270) and with men in scoring position (.292), but his overall numbers hardly seemed to fit well with his $13.7 million paycheck. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 23

March 5, 2019 |

Major League Baseball is now less than a month away from the start of the 2019 season, its earliest start ever (excluding international openers). All 30 teams will take the field on March 28 this year. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 23 days

The number 23 holds quite a bit of significance in the city of Cleveland, mainly due to the accolades of one of the best to ever wear it, LeBron James.

During the times that James suited up across Gateway Plaza from Progressive Field, the Cleveland Indians were enjoying the best years of their own 23, Michael Brantley, who left the team via free agency this winter after spending the last ten years on the diamond in the number for the Tribe. Read More

Indians Fan Favorite John Romano Dies at 84

March 5, 2019 |

John Romano thought he’d be signed by the Dodgers.

Instead, the White Sox snagged him. But he had his best years with the Indians.

Romano, who died Monday at the age of 84, was a New Jersey native. His father was a longshoreman and semi-pro baseball player, and Romano attracted attention playing for Demarest High School in his native Hoboken. He even worked out regularly for the Dodgers, then still in Brooklyn, but in 1954, at the age of 19, he was signed as a free agent by the White Sox. In Triple-A, he was mentored by Walker Cooper, who was a catcher for the Cardinals when they won four pennants and three World Series from 1942-46. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 24

March 4, 2019 |

Major League Baseball is now less than a month away from the start of the 2019 season, its earliest start ever (excluding international openers). All 30 teams will take the field on March 28 this year. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 24 days

Outfielder Matt Joyce is at Tribe camp this spring with the tough task of filling the very big shoes of the last player to wear the number 24 for the Indians, 6’7” reliever Andrew Miller.

Joyce is off to an inauspicious start of his own, going 0-for-12 to start the spring slate with four strikeouts, one walk, and one run batted in over five games. At Goodyear on a non-roster invitation from his minor league deal signed during the second week of February, Joyce has a chance to fill one of the Indians’ outfield voids, but he will have to show a whole lot more at the plate in order to do so. The 34-year-old is an eleven-year veteran and a former 2011 All-Star for the Tampa Bay Rays who had spent the last two years in Oakland with the A’s. He hit a career-high 25 homers in 2017 there before he was limited to 83 games while hitting .208 a season ago. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 25

March 3, 2019 |

Major League Baseball is now less than a month away from the start of the 2019 season, its earliest start ever (excluding international openers). All 30 teams will take the field on March 28 this year. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 25 days

On July 29, 2018, Jim Thome took his place among the other baseball immortals in Cooperstown’s National Baseball Hall of Fame. Three weeks later, Thome returned home to Cleveland, where he was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame and had his number 25 retired that afternoon.

Thome’s selection last year made him the club’s first Hall of Famer since Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven gained entrance in 2011. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 26

March 2, 2019 |

Major League Baseball is now less than a month away from the start of the 2019 season, its earliest start ever (excluding international openers). All 30 teams will take the field on March 28 this year. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 26 days

Switch-hitter Max Moroff has a chance to be the next 26 for the Cleveland Indians, as long as he can win the utility infielder spot on the roster by the end of spring training. The 25-year-old has three big league seasons under his belt while with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but was picked up by the Tribe this offseason in a trade with the Buccos. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 27

March 1, 2019 |

Major League Baseball is now less than a month away from the start of the 2019 season, its earliest start ever (excluding international openers). All 30 teams will take the field on March 28 this year. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 27 days

Former Indians reliever Bryan Shaw’s number 27 was back on the diamond at Progressive Field in 2018, just over nine months after he took it off for the last time in Cleveland. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 28 – Corey Kluber

February 28, 2019 |

Major League Baseball is now less than a month away from the start of the 2019 season, its earliest start ever (excluding international openers). All 30 teams will take the field on March 28 this year. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 28 days

Should Corey Kluber continue his steady production over the final three years of his contract with the Cleveland Indians, there is a fair chance that his number 28 will one day be retired in his honor by the Tribe.

The surprising career of Cleveland’s ace has resulted in four top three finishes in the American League’s Cy Young voting over the last five years (including becoming the first Indians pitcher to win the award twice when he did so in 2014 and 2017). Even last year, when it felt at times that he was not as dominant as he had been in years past, Kluber still landed a third place finish in the Cy voting while leading all of baseball in complete games and shutouts and leading the AL in innings pitched and walks per nine. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 29

February 27, 2019 |

Major League Baseball is now less than a month away from the start of the 2019 season, its earliest start ever (excluding international openers). All 30 teams will take the field on March 28 this year. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 29 days

The Cleveland Indians have seldom used the number 29 since the turn of the century. Just four players have worn it in that time over six of the 19 seasons since the world evaded any drastic Y2K related catastrophes. Its inconsistent use now is a stark contrast to some of the lean years for the Tribe, when the number was in use for more than 20 consecutive years from 1966 to 1989, capped off by time spent on the back of one of the team’s legendary sluggers.

A little change of scenery can sometimes do some good and that was the case for former Indian Andre Thornton. It was a trade to Cleveland in 1976 that reignited his struggling pro baseball career. Read More