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Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 66

January 22, 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 – 66 days

High numbered jerseys are not always a good sign of long lasting stays in the Major Leagues. Generally, the numbers have landed on the backs of late season call-ups who in turn would either switch numbers the next season, or would struggle to find their way back to The Show.

Both happen to be the case in the history of the Cleveland Indians franchise, as the number 66 has hit the playing field by four different players who encompass each situation. Read More

Indians’ Minor Leaguers on the Move this Winter

December 26, 2017 |

While plenty of focus has been given to the big name free agents departing the Cleveland Indians organization this offseason, there has been plenty of movement down on the farm for the club’s minor league free agent class.

The names are nowhere near as big as Carlos Santana, Bryan Shaw, and Joe Smith, who have all signed lucrative contracts in Philadelphia, Colorado, and Houston, respectively, nor are they as big as Jay Bruce, who is still testing the free agent waters while waiting for the right deal, but the moves cut into some of the existing depth in the team’s minor league system.

Baltimore claimed a pair of former Indians pitchers when they added right-hander Perci Garner and left-hander Luis Lugo to minor league deals. Read More

Joe Smith Returns to Cleveland as Indians Acquire Reliever from Blue Jays

July 31, 2017 |

Joe Smith’s Major League career blossomed while a member of the Cleveland Indians during a five-year stint from 2009 to 2013. He will get a chance to return to his former Progressive Field home, once again as a member of the Tribe, as the side-arming right-handed reliever was re-acquired by Cleveland in advance of Monday’s trade deadline in a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays.

To obtain Smith, the Indians dealt Double-A left-handed starting pitcher Thomas Pannone and short-season second baseman Samad Taylor. Right-handed reliever Perci Garner, who had spent the season between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus, was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Smith. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 66

January 27, 2017 |

Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to Opening Day!

Countdown to Opening Day – 66 days

High numbered jerseys are not always a good sign of long lasting stays in the Major Leagues. Generally, the numbers have landed on the backs of late season call-ups who in turn would either switch numbers the next season, or would struggle to find their way back to The Show.

Both happen to be the case in the history of the Cleveland Indians franchise, as the number 66 has hit the playing field by four different players who encompass each situation. Read More

Can Garner Persevere and Claim a Role in Cleveland’s Bullpen?

December 17, 2016 |

Perci Garner was all smiles after he joined the Cleveland Indians roster at the end of August this past season, and who could blame him. The road to the Majors was full of obstacles for the recently turned 28-year-old right-hander from Dover, Ohio.

During high school, he lost his father to lung cancer. His mother was incarcerated. He lived with an aunt and uncle and became a four-year letter winner at Dover High and was named the Eastern Central Ohio Pitcher of the Year during his senior season. But despite the success in baseball, Garner also dabbled in football – earning three letters – and was a two-year letter winner in basketball.

Garner continued his education and his athletic career at Ball State, walking on to the football team as a quarterback after playing the same position for his high school squad. He was a member of the football program for two seasons, redshirted in 2007 before spending 2008 as the third string QB. Baseball became his better outlet and after two seasons back on the mound, he was drafted in the second round of the 2010 draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. Read More

Tribe Plays the Bullpen Game and Loses Six-Game Winning Streak; Astros 6, Indians 2

September 5, 2016 |

September seems like a bad time to have rotation problems and the hole in the Cleveland Indians pitching staff could not be plugged effectively in a bullpen game as the Tribe labored through Labor Day in a 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Monday night.

Josh Tomlin’s turn in the rotation was skipped in favor of Mike Clevinger, who was expected to work at most a few innings after making five shorter appearances over the last two and a half weeks. The team would then turn the game over to the bullpen, deeper now with the expansion of the roster on September 1.

If it seemed a bad way to approach a game that you wanted to win, you might be right. Read More

Garner Gets the Call from Columbus as Cleveland Purchases Contract

August 31, 2016 |

After seven seasons in the minors, right-handed reliever Perci Garner has finally gotten his call to the Majors as the Cleveland Indians announced on Wednesday afternoon that they had purchased his contract from Triple-A Columbus.

In a pair of corresponding moves, right-hander Shawn Armstrong was optioned to Single-A Lake County to make room on the 25-man roster and catcher Yan Gomes was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to create a spot on the 40-man.

Armstrong can and will likely return to the Indians roster when the Captains’ season ends on September 5. Gomes is eligible to be activated from the disabled list on September 16. Read More

Quality Work from Kaminsky, Promotions, All-Stars, and More in ‘Duck Tales

July 1, 2016 |

The RubberDucks’ slide continues in Eastern League play, as the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians has played the opposite of their parent club, putting together an 8-22 month of June after Thursday’s 1-0 loss in Erie.

Somehow, despite the abysmal month, Akron is still right in the thick of things at the top of the Eastern League’s Western Division at 44-37, just a game and a half behind Altoona.

In other RubberDucks news and notes… Read More

‘Ducks Dominate Eastern League All-Star Roster

July 1, 2016 |

The Cleveland Indians farm system has been well represented in midseason All-Star Games across the levels and the same will be said for the Double-A Akron RubberDucks later this month.

Six RubberDucks were selected for the Eastern League’s Western Division squad for the July 13 game from Akron’s Canal Park. The players will be coached in the game by their manager, Dave Wallace, hitting coach Tim Laker, pitching coach Tony Arnold, coach Luke Carlin, trainer Jeremy Heller, and strength and conditioning coach Scott Nealon.

Starting pitcher Shawn Morimando, reliever Perci Garner, catcher Jeremy Lucas, first baseman Nellie Rodriguez, and outfielders Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer will stay at home in Ohio to participate in the honor during the Eastern League’s All-Star break. Frazier and Morimando made the club through the fan vote. Read More