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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | January 23, 2019

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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

Today in Tribe History: January 16, 1966

January 16, 2019 |

Jack McDowell is born in Van Nuys, California. 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

Today in Tribe History: January 15, 1891

January 15, 2019 |

The tragically short life of Ray Chapman begins in Beaver Dam, Kentucky. 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

Today in Tribe History: January 14, 1937

January 14, 2019 |

Sonny Siebert is born in St. Marys, Missouri. Read More

Tribe Claims Pitcher Cole on Waivers from Yankees

January 13, 2019 |

The Cleveland Indians added to their thin bullpen depth on Friday afternoon, claiming pitcher A.J. Cole on waivers from the New York Yankees.

The recently turned 27-year-old right-hander spent last season with the Washington Nationals and the Yankees, working in all but two of his 32 appearances in relief. The Yankees designated Cole for assignment on January 4 to make room on their roster for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Read More

Today in Tribe History: January 13, 1986

January 13, 2019 |

Mike Garcia, part of the Cleveland Indians’ “Big Three” pitching staff during the 1950s, passes away at the age of 62. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 75

January 12, 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 – 75 days

In the late 1980’s and into the early 1990’s, the Cleveland Indians made an interesting habit of breaking in some numbers seldom-used throughout the history of baseball on the backs of some of their young call-ups late in the season.

As was the case with catcher Tom Magrann, who broke the number 76 in during the final month of the 1989 season, pitcher Mike Walker did similar the previous season for the Indians, becoming the first player to wear 75 on the diamond in a Major League game, at least according to the information available today. Read More

Today in Tribe History: January 12, 1972

January 12, 2019 |

With the 21st pick in the January Secondary draft, the Cleveland Indians select Duane Kuiper. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 76

January 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 – 76 days

On September 7, 1989, the number 76 was worn on a Major League Baseball diamond by a player in an official game for what appears to be the first time.

The man who earned the honor, 25-year-old Cleveland Indians catcher Tom Magrann, fouled out to first on the first career MLB pitch that he saw in the batter’s box after taking over behind the plate for catcher Andy Allanson during the previous half inning. The Indians, down 11-3 at the time, would lose by a 12-4 final to the Toronto Blue Jays. Read More