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Today in Tribe History: September 12, 1989

September 12, 2017 |

In just his third season at the helm of the Tribe, 52-year-old Cleveland manager Doc Edwards is fired after a disappointing midseason collapse by the club. He is replaced in the dugout by 41-year-old John Hart, a former minor league manager and coach for the Baltimore Orioles. Read More

Today in Tribe History: September 12, 1989

September 12, 2016 |

In just his third season at the helm of the Tribe, 52-year-old Cleveland manager Doc Edwards is fired after a disappointing midseason collapse by the club. He is replaced in the dugout by 41-year-old John Hart, a former minor league manager and coach for the Baltimore Orioles. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 77

January 18, 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 – 77 days

When pitcher Jack Armstrong asked the Indians to wear the number seven for his first season in Cleveland in 1992, he found out that it had already been taken by another new member of the organization, similarly acquired via trade in the offseason. Read More

Today in Tribe History: September 12, 1989

September 12, 2015 |

1989 – In just his third season at the helm of the Tribe, 52-year-old Cleveland manager Doc Edwards is fired after a disappointing midseason collapse by the club. He is replaced in the dugout by 41-year-old John Hart, a former … Read More

Meh on Mark Shapiro’s Move to Toronto

August 31, 2015 |

It’s not that I don’t care. Actually, I care immensely and if I have a fault concerning the Indians, it’s that I care too much.

But I’ve been asked since the news broke a couple weeks ago that Mark Shapiro was under consideration to become the new president of the Toronto Blue Jays if I thought this was a good thing or a bad thing for the Indians. The Indians and Shapiro made it official this afternoon, announcing that he will become the new top man in Toronto and a void is now created in Cleveland.

For me, I’m still meh.

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Hart Learned the First Step in Building the Indians of 1990s from Peters

January 5, 2015 |

The post previously ran on Dec. 22, but it seemed appropriate and timely to re-post with the death of Hank Peters on Sunday. Indians Team President Mark Shapiro released a statement on Sunday. “The Cleveland Indians organization lost a cherished member of the family (Sunday) as former President/General Manager Hank Peters, 90, passed away due to complications of a recent stroke in Boca Raton, FL. We are saddened by Hank’s passing and express our deepest sympathy to his daughter, Sharon, son, Steve and grandchildren.”

While it appears John Hart is disassembling the Atlanta Braves during the twilight of his career in baseball, he may have seen this playbook almost 25 years ago from a different perspective.

Hart is the new general manager of the Atlanta Braves, left to cut payroll and rid the organization of bad contracts before a new stadium open north of town in 2017. It’s no guarantee the baseball veteran will be around to see the fruits of his labor. He may understand his role better than most, since he was the recipient of veteran front office work in the infancy of his career. Hart now assumes the role Hank Peters once had while Hart learned the front office craft for the Indians.

In the four seasons Peters was general manager for the Indians (1988-1991), the Tribe never finished higher than fourth. In fact, the 1991 Indians lost 105 games, a record unmatched in team history.

But Peters laid the groundwork for the Indians teams that dominated the 1990s, combining good draft picks with shrewd trades to form a nucleus of talent that helped the Tribe to six American League Central titles – including two World Series appearances – in seven years.

Peters’ baseball career started in his hometown of St. Louis, where he worked for the Browns as a scout. He was left out in the cold when the Browns moved to Baltimore, and became the farm director for the Kansas City Athletics, where he watched players he drafted – like Roger Maris – move on as the Athletics were used as a de facto farm team for the Yankees. In 1960, Charles O. Finley, who had become a millionaire in insurance, bought the Athletics.

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Baerga and Hart Join Indian Legends

June 22, 2013 |

Over 1,700 baseball players have worn the word “CLEVELAND” across their chest and on Saturday evening, Carlos Baerga will become only the 40th one to be inducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame.

“It’s very special,” Baerga said.  “To be selected to be put in there is an honor that I’m never going to forget.”

Baerga was an infielder for the Indians from 1990-96 and briefly again in 1999.  Primarily a second baseman, he earned three trips to the All-Star Game (’92, ’93 & ’95) two Silver Slugger Awards (’94 & ’95) and led the Indians in hits four times.   In 1992 and 1993, Baerga became the first second baseman since Rogers Hornsby in 1922 to hit 20 homeruns with 100 RBI and 200 hits in consecutive seasons.   In 1995, Baerga hit third in arguably the Indians best lineup of all-time and he helped lead the Tribe to its first pennant in 41 seasons. Read More