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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 |

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

Dolans Provide Money but Front Office Has Not Spent Wisely

October 3, 2014 |

Today continues DTTWLN’s three week examination of the Indians 2014 season and where it fell short of the playoff expectations established last winter. The staff will examine where the season went wrong and the challenges the front office faces to make the Indians contenders in 2015.

The ownership of the Cleveland Indians, namely Paul and Larry Dolan, have received a reputation among the Tribe fan base for being, “cheap”.

In a lot of ways, that label has been warranted. Larry, the owner and Paul, the chairman and CEO, took over the club in 2000 while the team was still in the midst of its boon years that began in 1994. By 2002, the club had been stripped of its stars and high payroll as the team began a period of scuffling not seen on the shores of Lake Erie since the early 90s.

That was strike one, in the minds of a lot of fans. After that, the Dolans continued to not endear themselves to Clevelanders by keeping payroll typically in the bottom third of the league, refusing to sign star players and letting some of the club’s own superstar talent walk away. Read More

The Games That Got Away

September 30, 2014 |

Today continues DTTWLN’s three week examination of the Indians 2014 season and where it fell short of the playoff expectations established last winter. The staff will examine where the season went wrong and the challenges the front office faces to make the Indians contenders in 2015.

It is easy to go back over the course of a season and find games that a team should have won. Generally, there are plenty of options available, whether they come via errors, blown saves, lack of clutch hitting, or unexpectedly poor pitching performances.

When a team finishes on the outside of the postseason by just a handful of games, these games, these missed opportunities, become so much more significant.

If you watched the Cleveland Indians this season, you already know that they gave more than their fair share of games away to their opposition.

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A Royal Disappointment

September 29, 2014 |

Today begins DTTWLN’s three week examination of the Indians 2014 season and where it fell short of the playoff expectations established last winter. The staff will examine where the season went wrong and the challenges the front office faces to make the Indians contenders in 2015.

This wasn’t the plan when the Indians entered spring training.

After a breakout 2013 season, finishing with a 10-game win streak, the Cleveland Indians were a surprise member of the American League playoffs a year ago. And despite a quick exit after a 4-0 defeat to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Indians had new expectations around the league, with their fan base and in their own locker room.

The 2014 season was a simple theme: Unfinished Business.

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Free Passes Allow Yanks to Walk to Victory; Yankees 10, Indians 6

August 8, 2014 |

It started poorly and only got worse Friday night for the Cleveland Indians.

Trevor Bauer continued his road struggles and lacked control, while his defense continued to give the New York Yankees all the chances they needed to take advantage and coast to a 10-6 win. The Yankees scored five runs in the first inning off Bauer, then five more in the sixth against the weak, underside of the Tribe bullpen while former Indian Esmil Rogers was effective in a spot start for New York. Each time the Indians would scrape back into the game, they’d give the Yankees more runs via poor defense or walks.

The Indians played from ahead—if only for a moment—when they took a quick lead in the first inning. Jason Kipnis started the inning with a double to left field. Mike Aviles tried to bunt him to third base and could not, instead grounding to shortstop. After Michael Brantley lined out, Carlos Santana laced a two-out single to center field, scoring Kipnis and giving the Indians a 1-0 lead.

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Kluber Pitches Gem and Yan, Lonnie Homer; Indians 7, Reds 1

August 4, 2014 |

The worst thing that could be said about Corey Kluber’s performance Monday night is that he gave up a run and didn’t go the full nine innings.

Kluber gave up one run on six hits in 7 1/3 innings of work – his first earned run given up in 25 innings and overall in 17 – and got more than enough offensive support as the Indians tagged the Reds for two home runs in a 7-1 interleague victory. With the win, the Tribe is five games back of the Tigers and three back for the second wild card spot in the American League.

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Butler, KC Axe Tribe Again Late; Royals 6, Indians 4

July 25, 2014 |

Similar formula, same result.

After letting the first game of the four game series get away from them on Thursday night, due to poor defense and untimely hitting, the Indians again had another winnable game slide through their fingers. This … Read More

Ventura Drops the Boom on Tribe; Royals 7, Indians 1

July 4, 2014 |

Both teams had red hats, the Royals sported blue and dropped the boom on this Fourth of July.

Yordano Ventura outdid his performance from three weeks ago against the Indians and out-pitched the Tribe’s Josh Tomlin, en route to a 7-1 Kansas City win. Ventura was three outs from a shutout and just two outs from his first complete game. At just 23 years of age, it appears he could have many more chances to stymie the Indians over his career.

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Canadian Baseball Comes to Cleveland

July 3, 2014 |

Tomorrow may be the Fourth of July, when Americans celebrate everything that makes this country what it is. This past Tuesday, July 1st, however, cannot be overlooked in the celebration of things Americans hold dear to their heart. Tuesday was Canada Day, and, though it is called “America’s pastime,” baseball has strong roots in the United States’ neighbor to the north.

In fact, America’s pastime may actually be a misnomer, as the first document evidence of a baseball game came from a letter published in Sporting Life magazine in 1886 by Dr. Adam E. Ford of Denver, Colorado, who had formerly lived in St. Marys, Ontario and Beachville, Ontario. He wrote of a game palyed 48 years previously in Beachville on June 4, 1838 – which is a year before Abner Doubleday is credited with inventing baseball in Cooperstown, New York. There is no evidence that the rules of Dr. Ford’s game were recorded, codified, or adopted in other regions, however, though the claim is still there that the sport Americans claim as their own may very well have roots in Canada. Read More

D-Backs Steal Wild One In Desert; Diamondbacks 9, Indians 8

June 25, 2014 |

33 hits. 17 runs. 14 innings.

The Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks traded leads early and late in the desert Tuesday night, but it was the D-backs who came out on top 9-8 in a 14-inning thriller at Chase Field.

Aaron Hill (2-8, 2 RBI) won it for the D-backs in the 14th with an RBI single off Tribe reliever Mark Lowe, spoiling a big night for Carlos Santana (4-5, 2 RBI), whose two-run homerun gave the Indians an 8-6 lead heading into the bottom of the 11th. Santana reached base six times in seven plate appearances.

Yan Gomes (3 RBI) and Jason Kipnis had three hits apiece for the Indians. Kipnis nearly put the Indians back on top in the 13th with an inside-the-park homerun, but he was gunned down at the plate. The Indians did a great job of keeping Arizona slugger Paul Goldschmidt (1-7, RBI) off the base paths, but couldn’t find an answer for right fielder Gerardo Parra, who had five hits. Center fielder Ender Inciarte (2 RBI) added four hits.

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Indians Bullpen Without Clear Roles, Just Getting Outs

June 16, 2014 |

The new-age statisticians have to love how Indians manager Terry Francona is slowly moving toward using his bullpen.

And while bullpen-by-committees have normally not been successful in Major League Baseball over the last 25 years, the Indians have made their bullpen work well for the last five weeks. Since John Axford was removed of the closer’s role on May 9, the Indians have been labeled a bullpen-by-committee. It’s probably not the truest sense of a committee, but the traditional roles—where pitchers have an assigned late inning role or specific inning to pitch—has gone by the wayside, too. Their bullpen has turned into a bit of a hybrid, between traditional roles and new-age sabremetrics thinking.

The four relievers securing wins for the Tribe have been so strong they need a nickname. But then again, guys without much of a defined role are hard to give a moniker.

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