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 – 26 days
In this decade, the number 26 has found a home in Cleveland with veterans newly added to the roster.
Two former Cleveland Indians All-Stars will return to northeast Ohio this month to engage fans at special events hosted by a pair of Cleveland farm clubs.
Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar and 15-year Major League pitcher Bob Wickman will be the headliners for annual offseason fan events held by the Akron RubberDucks and the Lake County Captains, respectively. Both events are scheduled for early February.
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Countdown to Opening Day – 26
Mike Napoli‘s yearlong party at Progressive Field came to an end over the offseason, as the free agent slugger was replaced in the Cleveland Indians lineup by a younger, more consistent power hitter in Edwin Encarnacion.
Napoli’s departure marks the end of one of the more impressive contributions by a player to spend just one season in northeast Ohio. While his bat cooled off in the final two months of the season and his impact in the postseason as a whole was minimal, the Indians would not have reached that pinnacle without his presence in the middle of their lineup. It was little surprise that with an additional threat in the Cleveland batting order that guys like Carlos Santana and Jose Ramirez had career years hitting behind him. Napoli’s watchful eye at the plate and the fear instilled by him in opposing pitchers of giving up a majestic moonshot seemed to provide plenty of protection for those around him in the lineup.
2000 – The Indians and Brewers match up on a major seven-player deal and Cleveland also engages in a three-player swap with the Pirates on a busy trading day for the club.
Cleveland received pitchers Bob Wickman, Steve Woodard, and …
On Friday, former Indians closer Bob Wickman celebrated his 46th birthday, which saw his age finally surpass his career-high saves total of 45 with Cleveland in 2005.
When Wickman hung up the cleats for good following the 2007 season split with the Atlanta Braves and Arizona Diamondbacks, he was the Indians all-time leader in career saves with 139. He had taken ownership of the title on May 7th, 2006, moving past Doug Jones for the top spot on the list with a typical Wickman save.