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DTTWLN and MTAF Join Forces For Tribe Preview Podcast

February 20, 2012 |

It looks like a lot of letters in the headline, but Did The Tribe Win Last Night writer Mike Brandyberry joined forces with More Than A Fan writers Josh Flagner and Stephanie Metzger to preview the season, talk roster battles … Read More

Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #1 Bobby Avila

February 19, 2012 |

Today continues our countdown to the start of Indians pitchers and catchers reporting to Goodyear, Arizona on February 20. We’ll count down the days, profiling a former Indian who wore the corresponding number. Some players will be memorable, others just our favorites and some, the only one we could find who wore that number. Today, we chronicle the career of Bobby Avila.

By Mike Brandyberry

The Tribe’s second baseman during the 1950s helped the Indians compete with the Yankees each season, but his contribution to baseball may have been even greater.

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Today in Tribe History: February 19, 1942

February 19, 2012 |

 

Compiled by Jason Kaminski

Hal Trosky, whose season ended last August when he injured his finger, and suffering from migraine headaches that cannot be treated, retires as first baseman of the Indians. Trosky will come back to play for … Read More

Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #2 Brett Butler

February 18, 2012 |

Today continues our countdown to the start of Indians pitchers and catchers reporting to Goodyear, Arizona on February 20. We’ll count down the days, profiling a former Indian who wore the corresponding number. Some players will be memorable, others just our favorites and some, the only one we could find who wore that number. Today, we chronicle the career of Brett Butler.

By Craig Gifford

Before the Indians had Kenny Lofton swiping bases at a record pace through the 1990s, Brett Butler was enjoying similar thievery on the base paths in the 1980s.

Butler set the table for some teams that has a lot of talent but could never seem to put it together in the win column. With Butler leading off and power hitters like Cory Snyder, Joe Carter and Brook Jacoby following, Sports Illustrated actually picked the Tribe to win the World Series in 1987.

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Lone Tribe Finalist Hopes To Move Into MLB Fan Cave

February 18, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Tough economical times have lead to competitive job markets, but have you ever been a finalist for a position that had more than 22,000 applicants? For Amie Matthews, she finds herself in a group of 50 baseball fans looking to advance to a final group of 30 on Wednesday for the Major League Baseball Fan Cave.

Amie is the lone, remaining contestant representing the Cleveland Indians to gain membership to Major League Baseball’s Fan Cave in New York City. “I saw a commercial about the Fan Cave last year during the Super Bowl. My old roommate, Christine, is a huge Cubs fan. After the commercial, we sat on the couch with our mouths agape, gave one another a look and shouted, ‘DREAM JOB!’”

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Two Games May Have Changed Dolan’s View In Fans’ Eyes

February 18, 2012 |

By Mike Brandyberry

Two games. It seems miniscule in a season, much less in an era, but Friday, Bob Dibiasio discussed how two games really have changed the Cleveland Indians’ perception and potential revenue.

The Senior Vice President of Public Affairs discussed the two games, baseball economics and the perception of the Indians in a new monthly feature, Fridays at the Field Speaker Series. Invited guests join members of the Indians executive front office to talk shop in an intimate, casual setting. This is intended to be a once a month informal event with varied topical information being discussed. The initial event was indeed intimate, and very candid.

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Today in Tribe History: February 18, 2010

February 18, 2012 |

Compiled by Jason Kaminski

The Cleveland Indians shake up their front office: they announce that GM Mark Shapiro will become team President at the end of the season, when his assistant Chris Antonetti becomes General Manager. Current President Paul Dolan, … Read More

Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #3 Earl Averill

February 17, 2012 |

 

Today continues our countdown to the start of Indians pitchers and catchers reporting to Goodyear, Arizona on February 20. We’ll count down the days, profiling a former Indian who wore the corresponding number. Some players will be memorable, others just our favorites and some, the only one we could find who wore that number. Today, we chronicle the career of Earl Averill.

By Vince Guerrieri

Earl Averill hasn’t played a game for the Indians in more than 70 years. But even after he was traded from the Tribe to the Tigers during the 1939 season, Averill’s name is still on the Indians record books as the career leader in total bases (3,200), RBI (1,084), runs (1,154), triples (121) and extra-base hits (724). And his 226 home runs with the Indians stood as a club record until Albert Belle broke it in 1996 (Jim Thome currently holds the mark).

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Batting Stance Guy Travels The Country Emulating Stars

February 17, 2012 |

 

By Mike Brandyberry

Normally, when we conduct an interview we like to work the quotes into the story, but our conversation with, “Batting Stance Guy,” was so good, we felt the need to run the entire conversation. Gar Ryness became the Batting Stance Guy in 2008 when a youtube video went viral. He now is a published author, promoting his book, “A Love Letter To Baseball.” We were able to talk to Gar about batting stances, his books, players he has worked with and the Cleveland Indians.

DTTWLN #1: I understand you are born and raised in Los Angeles, but you don’t have a favorite team. How can someone be as big of a baseball fan as you and not have a favorite team? Have you never had a favorite team? What about favorite player?

BSG: First love was the early 1980s Expos. We were family friends with shortstop Chris Speier. His son Justin is a buddy and pitched with the Tribe. Then for some bizarre reason I became a Kent Hrbek, Twins fan. I rooted for them throughout his career. When he finished I found myself more drawn to good stories than a single team.

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Today in Tribe History: February 17, 1944

February 17, 2012 |

Compiled by Jason Kaminski

On this date in 1944 former Cleveland Indians pitcher Dick Bosman is born in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Bosman played for Cleveland from 1973-1975 posting very average numbers but his “claim to fame” would come on July 19, … Read More

Countdown To Pitchers And Catchers: #4 Jim Hegan

February 16, 2012 | | One Comment

Today continues our countdown to the start of Indians pitchers and catchers reporting to Goodyear, Arizona on February 20. We’ll count down the days, profiling a former Indian who wore the corresponding number. Some players will be memorable, others just our favorites and some, the only one we could find who wore that number. Today, we chronicle the career of Jim Hegan.

The modern era would be far more cruel to a player like Jim Hegan.

The Tribe catcher for 14 seasons—11 of which were as the Tribe’s starter—may never have been more than a back up player or someone with a limited ceiling in today’s game because he lacked the offense to produce. Hegan’s intangibles proved more valuable than his bat, however.

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Today in Tribe History: February 16, 2010

February 16, 2012 |

 

Compiled by Jason Kaminski

The Indians bring back first baseman Russell Branyan, whom they originally drafted in 1994 and who played for the team until 2002. Coming off his best year in the majors, in which he slugged 31 … Read More