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

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Today in Tribe History: March 23, 1993

March 23, 2017 |

A tragic boating accident that hours earlier claimed the life of young Indians reliever Steve Olin took a second casualty, as reliever Tim Crews succumbed to his injuries sustained when his bass boat struck a dock on Little Lake Nellie on an off day for the club during their spring training work at Winter Haven, Florida. Crews was 31 years old. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 12 – Francisco Lindor

March 22, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 12

One of the disappointing consequences of the World Baseball Classic for the Cleveland Indians has been losing the energy and excitement for baseball that Francisco Lindor seems to bring to the field with him every single day. It is an invaluable trait that his teammates undoubtedly miss and one that younger prospects in the farm system could have benefited from during the Tribe’s spring training festivities in Goodyear, Arizona.

Compounding that problem for the Indians has been the success of Team Puerto Rico in the WBC, which has kept Lindor away from the club for as long as the tournament allows. Lindor’s squad will play Team USA in the WBC Championship Game Wednesday night at 9:00 PM ET from Los Angeles, California, finally spelling an end of his absence from the Tribe’s camp. Read More

Indians History Abounds with Movie Possibilities

March 22, 2017 | | One Comment

When I heard they were making a movie about Game 7 of last year’s World Series, I said … well, I said lots of things, most unfit for public consumption.

Of course, this comes the day after David Ross – whose forthcoming book “Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series For the Ages” will serve as the basis for the book – made his appearance on the “Dancing With the Stars” season opener. (As a child of the 80s, I feel obligated to root for Mr. T.)

I can’t even bring myself to hate-watch this movie, and you’d be surprised at the movies I’ve hate-watched. (Hellooooo, “Spice World!”) Read More

Today in Tribe History: March 22, 1972

March 22, 2017 |

The purchase of the Cleveland Indians from Vernon Stouffer by a group headed by 40-year-old attorney Nick Mileti is approved by the American League. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 13 – Omar Vizquel

March 21, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 13

When using wins above replacement (WAR) to compare the players to wear the number 13 throughout baseball history, one thing becomes clear – Omar Vizquel has been not only one of the best to do so for the Cleveland Indians, but has been one of the best to wear it in Major League Baseball history.

Vizquel now is a painful sight to see in the Detroit first base coaching box when the Indians and Tigers match up 19 times a year. His name still comes up frequently in discussion among Cleveland fans, especially when watching Francisco Lindor flash the leather from Vizquel’s old shortstop position now or when considering the legitimacy of his Hall of Fame candidacy in a few years.

In the end, his spot in Cooperstown is no guarantee. Read More

Injury Bug Bites as Tribe Loses Pitcher Anderson for the Season

March 21, 2017 |

Goal number one for each team during the spring may be to survive the month and a half of preparation for the 162-game grind to come as healthy as possible.

While the focus for the Indians throughout this spring training camp has been on the statuses of former All-Stars Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis as they each get ready for the 2017 season, Cleveland was dealt a loss from an area of depth when pitcher Cody Anderson was lost for the season with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, in addition to a mild right flexor strain. Anderson, who shared that his arm had not felt right for a year, has opted to have the injury corrected through reconstructive Tommy John surgery, which will shelve him for all of the 2017 season. Read More

Today in Tribe History: March 21, 1959

March 21, 2017 |

Cleveland and Detroit swap outfielders, as Indians general manager Frank Lane sends future Hall of Famer Larry Doby to the Tigers for Tito Francona. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 14 – Larry Doby

March 20, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 14 days

To this day, Larry Doby does not get the credit that he deserves for the doors that he helped open in Major League Baseball, professional sports as a whole, or for the American society over the course of his baseball career with the Cleveland Indians and others.

The Indians honored his efforts on the field by retiring his number 14 on July 3, 1994, making him the fifth player (Bob Feller, Lou Boudreau, Earl Averill, Mel Harder) recognized by the club in such a manner. The ceremony came almost 47 years to the date of his first game in a Cleveland Indians uniform. Read More

Remembering Jobu

March 20, 2017 |

Sports have a way of uniting perfect strangers behind blind loyalty, passion, and hometown pride. In our wins and our losses, we find acceptance, hope, and new friendships.

Over the weekend, the Cleveland Indians fan base, especially those of Twitter, … Read More

Today in Tribe History: March 20, 1984

March 20, 2017 |

Stan Coveleski, who spent nine of his 14 Major League seasons with the Cleveland Indians, passes away in South Bend, Indiana. He was 94. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 15 – Sandy Alomar

March 19, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 15 days

Some baseball players have a special connection with a city because of their outstanding talent. Some players have a special connection because of their outstanding personalities.

Former Indians catcher Sandy Alomar had both. Read More

Brantley Inching Closer to Major League Action With Eyes Toward Healthier 2017

March 19, 2017 |

There has not been a lot of good news for Michael Brantley and his injured right shoulder since a fateful, late-season attempt to dive for a ball at Target Field on September 22, 2015. Since then, he has undergone two surgeries, multiple setbacks and appeared in just 13 games. Things seem to be headed in a better direction for Brantley these days, however.

Two of those 13 contests he has played in since the initial shoulder woes began came at the end of the 2015 campaign. He missed 10 of the final 12 games that season. Last year, a comeback attempt lasted but 11 games as the one-time All-Star and MVP candidate could not get his ailing shoulder to a point where there was not pain when he swung the bat.

His 2016 numbers – 43 plate appearances, nine hits, two doubles and seven RBI – were more a tease for Tribe fans than anything else. It was a window view of the player the Indians missed during an otherwise unforgettable year that saw the club get so agonizingly close to its first World Series title since 1948. Read More