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Countdown to Opening Day – 16
Cleveland third base coach Mike Sarbaugh has been the Indians’ representative for the number 16 on the field over the last several years while serving as a member of manager Terry Francona’s coaching staff, a role he has held since he was promoted to the Major League club after working as a minor league manager in the organization from 2004 to 2012.
The minor league career of the former utility man was brief, as he played in the Milwaukee Brewers organization in 1989 before spending the next five years in the Indians farm system, reaching the Triple-A level in four games at Charlotte in his season in 1994.
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 – 16 days
The #16 jersey number has been worn by a lot of underwhelming Cleveland Indians (Tomo Ohka, Jason Donald), some that had success but mostly with a different number (Jhonny Peralta, Shin-Soo Choo) and a couple of guys who had a lot of Major League success but mainly somewhere other than Cleveland (Hal Newhouser, Dwight Gooden, Juan Gonzalez).
Add infielder Jay Bell to the latter part of the list.
1985 – The Cleveland Indians send the oft-injured and recent American League All-Star pitcher Bert Blyleven back to the team that drafted him in a five-player swap with the Minnesota Twins.
The “Frying Dutchman” spent parts of his first seven …