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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | February 17, 2018

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Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 50

February 7, 2018 |

Our countdown to the Cleveland Indians’ season opener in Seattle against the Mariners has reached 50 days. We at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue our look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 50 days

Like many numbers chronicled over the last nine days, the number 50 has long appeared on the backs of pitchers for the Cleveland Indians organization.

It made its debut in Cleveland in 1945, but was worn by catcher Gene Desautels in ten uneventful games that year. The light-hitting backstop, a career .233 hitter in 13 seasons in the Majors, was 1-for-9 that year with a single, a walk, and a strikeout. He spent four seasons with the club at the big league level. Read More

A Little TLC Needed at Early Indians Pitcher Hess’ Grave

February 7, 2018 |

In the early 1900s, Otto Hess was a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, a solid inning-eater prone to wildness (he holds the team record for wild pitches in a season, and once led the league in hit batsmen).

After his major league career ended, Hess – a veteran of the Spanish-American War in the late 1800s – enlisted again to fight in the World War (in John Houseman’s words in “Three Days of the Condor,” before we had the sense to number them). Like Christy Mathewson, Hess contracted tuberculosis while in Europe for the war, and returned home and died in 1926 – four months after the Big Six’s death. Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 7, 1959

February 7, 2018 |

Long-time member of Cleveland’s American League baseball franchise and its one-time namesake, Nap Lajoie, passes away from pneumonia. He was 84 years old. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 51

February 6, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 51

The number 51 has rarely been a sign of longevity for careers in a Cleveland Indians uniform. Just seven times since the number hit the field in 1929 has it been worn by the same player across multiple seasons on the shores of Lake Erie.

Right-hander Shawn Armstrong was the most recent to do so, but his stay in the number and in the Cleveland bullpen lasted parts of just three years. He was dealt by the Tribe this offseason to Seattle, with the team looking to create spots on the 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 draft. Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 6, 2014

February 6, 2018 |

Hall of Fame outfielder and the long-time voice of the New York Mets, Ralph Kiner, passes away at the age of 91. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 52

February 5, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 52 days

The number 52 has had a good run in Indians history, despite its late start appearing on the field. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 53

February 4, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 53 days

After two seasons in the Cleveland bullpen, Jeff Manship‘s time as part of the Indians relief staff came to a close last winter when the team opted not to tender him a contract in December in advance of his first exposure to arbitration, making the 32-year-old right-hander a free agent.

The move may have come as a surprise to some, as his overall numbers were average, especially compared to his incredible half-season of work with the club in 2015, but on the surface alone may not have merited being cut loose at a fairly reasonable salary for the coming year. He had been projected to make in the vicinity of $1.2 million through arbitration by the number gurus of MLBTradeRumors.com.

Instead of remaining state side and finding a minor league deal with a Major League club, Manship and his services sailed overseas to Korea, as he signed a $1.8 million one-year contract with the NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization. He put together a nice season for the Dinos, going 12-4 with a 3.67 ERA in 21 starts. Read More

A Healthy Chisenhall Can Settle Outfield Full of Questions

February 4, 2018 |

Lonnie Chisenhall may not be a great player. He is also likely to never really live up to his 2008 first round draft selection billing. However, if he can stay healthy, he can help settle a muddied Cleveland Indians outfield.

At 29, Chisenhall only seems old because he made his Major League debut with the Tribe at the tender age of 22. He has been up and down throughout his career, with numerous peaks and valleys. The last two seasons, however, Chisenhall has reinvented himself as an above average outfielder and has become much more consistent at the plate. Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 4, 1956

February 4, 2018 |

Chris Bando is born in Cleveland, Ohio. Read More

Manfred Wasting Time Combating Pace of Play

February 3, 2018 |

Rob Manfred has had a couple of personal goals during his time as baseball’s commissioner to improve the status of the game on the global sports market. One such mission was accomplished earlier this week, when the Cleveland Indians announced that they would retire the logo of Chief Wahoo from their jerseys on the field and from possible use on signage at Progressive Field, incidentally just in time to host the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

The other focal point, so it seems, has been for Manfred to speed up the three-plus hour marathons occurring on a nightly basis throughout the six-month regular season schedule, believing that part of the reason that baseball has struggled with younger audiences is that games take too long.

As a lifelong baseball fan, the attack on the flow of a baseball game can drive me crazy. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 54

February 3, 2018 |

While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.

Countdown to Opening Day – 54 days

When asked about the number 54, Cleveland Indians fans are probably much more likely to recall the failed mission of the ’54 season, one that saw the Indians win a still club-record 111 games before the dreadful four-game sweep at the hands, arms, bats, and gloves of the New York Giants.

As for the uniform number, it took 69 years before the number 54 would grace a jersey in the long and storied history of the franchise. Read More