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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | June 20, 2018

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Omar Vizquel

Today in Tribe History: June 12, 1995

June 12, 2018 |

The Cleveland Indians, off to an incredible start, sell out Jacobs Field for the sixth time this season. More notably, it will begin the team’s long streak of 455 consecutive home sellouts lasting through April 4, 2001. Read More

Today in Tribe History: April 24, 1967

April 24, 2018 |

Fan favorite and longtime Major Leaguer Omar Vizquel is born in Caracas, Venezuela. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 13 – Omar Vizquel

March 16, 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 – 13 days

When using wins above replacement (WAR) to compare the players to wear the number 13 throughout baseball history, one thing becomes clear – Omar Vizquel has been not only one of the best to do so for the Cleveland Indians, but has been one of the best to wear it in Major League Baseball history.

After several years of watching Vizquel suit up as the first base coach in Motown for the Detroit Tigers, he will start his managerial career this year in the Chicago White Sox organization with their Class-A Winston-Salem affiliate. Despite his employment with two division rivals, Vizquel’s name still comes up frequently in discussion among Cleveland fans, especially when watching Francisco Lindor flash the leather from Vizquel’s old shortstop position now or even over the winter during his highly debated candidacy for inclusion in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

As was proven a couple of months ago, Vizquel’s spot in Cooperstown is not guaranteed, despite defensively passing the eye test repeatedly over the course of his 24-year playing career. Read More

Vizquel’s Hall Candidacy Brings Strong Feelings on Both Sides

January 10, 2018 | | 2 Comments

When Hall of Fame voting started, I thought Jim Thome was a slam-dunk first-ballot hall of famer – largely on the strength of his 612 (relatively untainted) home runs.

I figured Omar Vizquel, also in his first year of eligibility, would get into the Hall of Fame, but this wasn’t his year due to a crowded ballot. Chipper Jones is probably a first-ballot hall of famer too, and it sounds like Vladimir Guerrero – probably the best bad-ball hitter of his era – is finally getting the traction he needs for a plaque in Cooperstown. And of course, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens loom large over the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s voting process.

I had no idea a Vizquel hall of fame candidacy would be as controversial as it seems to have become. Read More

Today in Tribe History: December 20, 1993

December 20, 2017 |

Cleveland and Seattle swap shortstops, with a few other pieces thrown in, as the Indians acquire Omar Vizquel from the Mariners for Felix Fermin, Reggie Jefferson, and cash. Read More

1990s Indians Teams Could Get Short End Again When it Comes to Cooperstown

November 22, 2017 | | One Comment

Next year’s Baseball Hall of Fame inductions could have a Cleveland flavor to them.

What’s even more likely is that they’ll have more than a touch of controversy.

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot was announced Monday, and among the candidates on the ballot for the first time are former Indians Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel. Read More

Several Former Tribe Stars Highlight Next Batch of Hall Eligibles

November 21, 2017 |

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced on Monday the list of candidates on this year’s ballot for potential induction in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Several players with strong ties to the Cleveland Indians will make their first appearances.

A total of 33 candidates are up for the vote this offseason, including 19 players for the first time. The new class of candidates include several former Indians – Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel – as well as former Atlanta Braves stars Chipper Jones and Andruw Jones, New York Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui, and lethal left-hander Johan Santana. Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 24, 1995

October 24, 2017 |

Designated hitter Eddie Murray walks the Indians off a winner in the bottom of the eleventh inning as Cleveland defeats the Atlanta Braves, 7-6, to win its first World Series game since 1948. Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 5, 1997

October 5, 2017 |

The Cleveland Indians are four outs from elimination against the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series when single runs in the bottom of the eighth and ninth innings give the Tribe a 3-2 win to force Game 5. Read More

Today in Tribe History: August 31, 2004

August 31, 2017 |

Omar Vizquel has a day for the ages as he has six hits and drives in four in seven trips to the plate and the Cleveland Indians bash the New York Yankees in the Bronx, 22-0. Read More

Today in Tribe History: August 5, 2001 – The Comeback

August 5, 2017 |

The improbable occurs as the Cleveland Indians stage “The Comeback” on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball by scoring 13 unanswered runs to shock the Seattle Mariners, 15-14, in eleven innings. Read More

Today in Tribe History: June 12, 1995

June 12, 2017 |

The Cleveland Indians, off to an incredible start, sell out Jacobs Field for the sixth time this season. More notably, it will begin the team’s long streak of 455 consecutive home sellouts lasting through April 4, 2001. Read More