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Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 44

February 13, 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 – 44 days

There is a strange correlation between quite a few members of the #44 family in Tribe history – many were (and still are) well known for having some pretty glorious facial hair, for those who are a fan of such a thing.

It’s a strange correlation, no doubt about it. Forty players have worn the number (most recently Nick Goody last season) and the most memorable of the bunch can be remembered for the beards and mustaches that they sported on the field. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 44

February 18, 2017 |

Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to Opening Day!

Countdown to Opening Day – 44 days

There is something magical about a large number of the Indians players who have worn the number 44 during their Cleveland careers.

Many were well known for having glorious facial hair.

It’s a strange correlation, no doubt about it. Forty players have worn the number (most recently Ross Detwiler at the beginning of the 2016 season) and the most memorable of the bunch can be remembered for the beards and mustaches that they sported on the field. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 44

February 20, 2016 | | 2 Comments

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 44 days

There is something magical about a large number of the Indians players who have worn the number 44 during their Cleveland careers.

Many were well known for having glorious facial hair.

It’s a strange correlation, no doubt about it. Thirty-nine players have worn the number and the most memorable of the bunch can be remembered for the beards and mustaches that they sported on the field. Read More

Lack of Production Led to the End of Overpaid Veterans

October 22, 2015 | | One Comment

Remember when Michael Bourn worked with an olympic trainer this winter? Remember when Nick Swisher was going to be a brand new player after having double knee surgery? Remember when Brandon Moss was going to the big power bat the Indians had been looking for since Travis Hafner was in his prime? Whatever happened to those guys?

Oh right, reality set in. Read More

More Money Not Always the Indians Answer to Success

August 10, 2015 | | 3 Comments

It seems often the Indians organization tells fans it’s early and encourages them not to panic, however, it only took them three weeks to take the roster in a new direction.

On July 20, we analyzed and explained the Indians roster and payroll problems for 2016. The Indians were facing a potential $100 million payroll to bring back a roster that could lose 90 games. Cleveland has never broken into that salary threshold before, and it would make very bad business sense to do it for a group that has underachieved and—according to Jason Kipnis and others—has players who don’t always hustle or seem distracted.

But in less than three weeks, Chris Antonetti has shed approximately $25 million off the 2016 projected payroll. David Murphy was traded to Los Angeles, Brandon Moss to St. Louis and Marc Rzepczynski to San Diego before the trade deadline. Those three moves helped shed about $15 million. Still, that left the Indians at a projected $85 million for 2016, which seems to be the number they have operated around since 2013.

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Tribe Time Now 25: No More Mr. Nice Guy

August 7, 2015 |

Did The Tribe Win Last Night is honored to join the More Than a Fan Network in their Tribe Time Now podcasts this season. DTTWLN.com will be represented along with Everybody Hates Cleveland, Indians Baseball Insider, Burning River Baseball and … Read More

Trades Create Opportunity for Several Clippers

August 3, 2015 |

Almonte Assigned to Columbus

There’s a new face in Columbus. The Indians traded Marc Rzepczynski to San Diego minutes before the Friday 4pm deadline for versatile, switch-hitting outfielder Abraham Almonte and immediately assigned him Columbus. The 26-year-old split the season between San Diego and Triple-A El Paso. In 31 games with the Padres, Almonte hit .204 (11-54) with four RBI, six runs, three doubles, and one stolen base. In 61 games with El Paso, he hit .275 with four home runs, 35 RBI, 18 doubles, two triples, and 11 stolen bases. At 5’9″, 210 pounds, Almonte has power, good speed and can play all three outfield positions. Almonte has also spent time with the Yankees and Mariners organizations. In 2014, he opened the regular season as Seattle’s starting center fielder and leadoff hitter, but was demoted to Triple-A after struggling to produce at the plate. He was later traded to San Diego.

Tomlin Has Longest Outing Since Shoulder Surgery

Josh Tomlin was charged with the loss in his third rehab start with Columbus. The righty pitched into the seventh inning in Thursday’s 7-1 loss to Indianapolis, his longest outing since undergoing shoulder surgery in March. Here’s his stat line for the game: 6.1IP, 6H, 2R/ER, 1HR, 4BB, 1SO, 90 pitches/61 strikes. Read More

Could Any of this Year’s Trades Turn Into Steals of the Past?

August 1, 2015 | | 2 Comments

The trade deadline has come and gone, and the Indians have said goodbye to two of the nicest players on their team. Sure, personality does not a great ball player make, but it’s still said to see well-liked players go. However, the remainder of this season and the unfolding of seasons to come will show if the moves made this will have a significant affect on the Indians organization.

Perhaps a look back at some of the more successful recent trades will boost optimism that the rest of this season, and future seasons, as well, could benefit from what happens at the end of July.

Despite having taken part in trades that were less-than-ideal at the time (no one can argue that it was easy to stomach the loss of Victor Martinez in exchange for Justin Masterson, Nick Hagadone, and Bryan Price in 2009, especially since Masterson is now gone and Hagadone is dealing with yet another elbow injury), the Indians have also been part of trades that currently provide excitement for Cleveland fans, and give hope to the organization. Read More

Series Preview #33: Cleveland Indians (46-54) at Oakland Athletics (45-56)

July 30, 2015 |

After a 1-6 homestand for the Cleveland Indians, are you still reading?

If so, congratulations, you are in limited company and likely some sort of an Indians diehard as some Cleveland area fans write off the season and transition their attention to the beloved Cleveland Browns as training camp starts in Berea.

Meanwhile, the Indians (46-54) stare down the final 62 games in their season, still technically within one nice winning streak of the American League Wild Card race, yet having shown nothing this season to make someone believe that they sincerely have one in them to get back into the thick of things. For those who had some hope left, those may have disintegrated away in the hot summer sun during the week as the AL’s best Kansas City Royals took two of three as the Indians continued to look lost at home. Cleveland was thumped 9-4 on Monday, only to lose a tough 2-1 game on Tuesday before coming back with a four home run game in a 12-1 victory on Wednesday to avoid a dreaded homestand sweep. Read More

Clutch Hitting Burying Tribe

July 30, 2015 |

Games like Wednesday afternoon’s 12-1 thrashing of the Kansas City Royals give Tribe fans a glimpse of what might have been. It is also frustrating to see what the Indians, picked by some this past offseason as a World Series contender, can do when clicking on all cylinders.

Wednesday’s home win went just as the team drew things up to go this season. Ace and reigning American League Cy Young Corey Kluber shut down the defending American League champions. Meanwhile, the Tribe got contributions and timely hits from up and down the order. Read More

Tribe Payroll Creates Problems for Roster Retool at Trade Deadline

July 20, 2015 |

I’ve never been a really strong math person, and I especially didn’t like word problems when I was in school, but Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti is facing quite the math problem in the next nine months.

The Problem

While some continue to hang on to hope that the Indians can make a run for a playoff spot in 2015, it seems unlikely with just 71 games remaining and just the 10th best record in the American League. At the trade deadline, the Indians are expected to stand pat, or possibly trade veterans David Murphy and Ryan Raburn.

The problem, or Antonetti’s challenge, is to begin building a roster that can compete in 2016. With a strong starting rotation and improving young defense, it’s fair to believe that the Indians are a couple hitters away from serious contention.

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Tribe Bats Break Loose on Saturday Night; Indians 9, Reds 4

July 19, 2015 |

Michael Brantley hit a three-run homer in the first inning on Saturday and the Indians never looked back, beating the Reds, 9-4.

Corey Kluber worked 7.2 innings and allowed three runs, striking out five; the nine runs of support were … Read More