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Eric Wedge’s Managerial Career with Tribe Bookended by Rebuilds

October 31, 2018 |

By 2002, the Indians empire that ruled the American League Central Division for the better part of half a decade was done and dusted.

The Tribe had won the division in 2001, but were dispatched by the Mariners in the American League Division Series. By July, they were 39-47, and manager Charlie Manuel, whose contract expired after the season, wanted assurances he’d still be manager the next year. Manuel, who’d served as Indians hitting coach before succeeding Mike Hargrove as manager in 1999, reached an impasse with General Manager Mark Shapiro and was fired over the All-Star break.

“We’re in an awkward transitional period between having a team that we thought could contend to a club that will be rebuilding next season,” Shapiro said in a quote after the move in the New York Times. Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 29, 2002

October 29, 2017 |

Eric Wedge is named the manager of the Cleveland Indians. Read More

Remembering Snow-pening Day

April 11, 2017 | | One Comment

A little over ten years ago now, the Cleveland Indians had one of the more unusual starts to a home slate of games in the history of baseball.

The date was Friday, April 6, 2007, and the Indians were set to open Jacobs Field for play for the first time that season with a 4:05 PM start against the Seattle Mariners. Hopes were high in Cleveland that the Tribe would rebound from a disappointing 78-84 record in 2006, just one season after going 93-69 and falling games short of the playoffs courtesy of a late September collapse. Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 29, 2002

October 29, 2016 |

Eric Wedge is named the manager of the Cleveland Indians. Read More

Postponed 2016 Opener Brings Back Indians’ Snow-pening Day Memories

April 5, 2016 |

Were you one of the tens of thousands who had headed into downtown Cleveland Monday morning or early afternoon, your eyes set on a pregame meal and maybe a libation or two before helping usher in the 2016 Major League Baseball season at Progressive Field, only to have those dreams squashed shortly before they could become a reality?

If you were, you certainly were not alone. And while it may have provided you with a story or two to tell in the future, that story will pale in comparison to those who endured the last postponement of an Indians Home Opener in the city of Cleveland.

It was Friday, April 6, 2007, and the Indians were set to open the home schedule that season against the Seattle Mariners in a 4:05 PM start. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 61: Catching Up With Jason Stanford

February 3, 2016 |

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 – 61 days

When thinking about “what might have been” among former Indians players, former left-handed pitcher Jason Stanford should always come to mind.

Stanford, who donned an Indians #61 jersey for all 23 games of his Major League career, overcame obstacles as a young player to make the Cleveland Indians starting rotation out of Spring Training in 2004, then had it ripped away along with the tendons in his elbow.

“It was the most frustrating thing that I’ve ever had to deal with in sports,” Stanford said of the injury that ultimately cut short his Major League career. “It was extremely tough.” Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 29, 2002

October 29, 2015 |

Eric Wedge is named the manager of the Cleveland Indians.

Wedge had posted four consecutive winning seasons out of five total as a minor league manager in the Indians organization. At the age of 34, he became the youngest manager in Major League history who was not also on the team’s active roster as a player. Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 29, 2002

October 29, 2014 |

Eric Wedge is named the manager of the Cleveland Indians.

Wedge had posted four consecutive winning seasons out of five total as a minor league manager in the Indians organization. At the age of 34, he became the youngest manager … Read More

The Top 20 Moments in Jacobs Field History: Snowpening Day

May 10, 2014 |

The 2014 season will mark 20 years of baseball at Progressive (ie Jacobs) Field. It’s been a relatively short history (although with the stadium building boom in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Progressive Field is the 13th oldest facility in the majors). Did the Tribe Win Last Night has compiled a list of the 20 most memorable moments in the field’s history. We’ll count them down for 20 consecutive Saturdays.

14. Snowpening Day 2007

The Indians had won two of their first three games to begin the 2007 season, but when they returned to Cleveland from the South Side of Chicago, they found less than ideal conditions for baseball. It was, however, the kind of conditions for which football games have become legendary.

It was windy and snowing. The home opener was scheduled to start at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2007, but the start time was pushed back almost an hour. News accounts referred to Jacobs Field as the world’s largest snow globe. There were game stoppages throughout, but Paul Byrd – signed as a back-end starter for the Indians before the 2006 season – was working on a no-hitter.

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