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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | October 26, 2014

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Bringing Victor Home

October 23, 2014 | 2

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.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane.

In 1996, the Indians signed a young catcher out of Venezuela. This switch hitting catcher would eventually go on to make his debut in the majors at the age of 23 and then never look back. He would eventually reach All-Star status, go to the World Series, and become the cornerstone of one of the most potent offenses in recent baseball history. This catcher would be none other than Victor Martinez, who will become a free agent this winter. Read More

Eighteen Crazy Nights—Looking back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians

October 22, 2014 | 1

During the month of October DTTWLN will take a look back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians season—specifically the 18 thrilling games of the postseason as the Indians made an improbable run to game seven of the World Series.

PART NINETEEN:  WORLD SERIES GAME 4—THE ROOKIE HAS THE WRIGHT STUFF

On October 22, 1997, a frigid air mass pushed south from Canada.  It swept across Lake Erie as lake-effect snow covered Cleveland and the temperature plummeted to 38°.  Huge gusts howled through the downtown area and the wind-chill dropped to a numbing 15°.

It was abnormally cold in Northeast Ohio, as the average temperature for October 22 in Cleveland was a mild 58°.  As Game Four of the 1997 Fall Classic was about to begin, however, the stage was set for an infamous showdown between the Florida Marlins and the Cleveland Indians in what became the coldest World Series game in recorded history.

As the players took batting practice, heavy snow showers fell in the ballpark and turned Jacobs Field into a winter wonderland.  Christmas carols echoed throughout the stadium, as the Indians creative staff blared them over the public address system. Read More

Why is Cleveland Not a Tribe Town?

October 22, 2014 | 11

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’s a concept that fans and media alike have discussed to no end. It’s been beaten into the ground and brought up more often than most people would probably like. Yes, that’s right, it’s the great attendance discussion and it’s related argument: Why isn’t Cleveland a Tribe Town?

We covered attendance for a week last year, examining the ways in which the Indians work to appeal to specific fan bases, what the ballpark has to offer fans, as well as why fans may not be coming in droves the same way they did in the ‘90’s.

Attendance did not improve this year, despite the effort to make the ballpark more appealing to a wide variety of fans. The Indians organization implemented Bro-hio to add a section of fandom and excitement into the stands, they continued their $4 beers, offered numerous Dollar Dog and fireworks nights, and attempted to appeal to fans in a number of ways. However, the numbers were still low. Read More

Eighteen Crazy Nights—Looking back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians

October 21, 2014 |

During the month of October DTTWLN will take a look back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians season—specifically the 18 thrilling games of the postseason as the Indians made an improbable run to game seven of the World Series.

PART EIGHTEEN:  WORLD SERIES GAME 3—FOOTBALL WEATHER AND FOOTBALL NUMBERS

The city of Cleveland has long been a football town, but when Browns owner Art Modell moved his beloved franchise to Baltimore in 1995, the town turned to baseball as its #1 love.

The Indians were the talk of the town—the golden children now that the Browns were long gone.  In 1997, they were competing in their second World Series in three years and had come back from sunny Miami tied at 1-1 with the Florida Marlins.

Normally, an October 21st game that was played while the wind-chill was 23° would be reserved for the Cleveland Browns, but that was exactly what the Indians and Mother Nature brought to Jacobs Field for Game Three of the ’97 Fall Classic. Read More

Chasing Detroit

October 21, 2014 | 1

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.

A few years ago, everyone was quoting the line that closed the viral “Cleveland Tourism Video”: “At least we’re not Detroit — We’re not Detroit!”

Economically? Sure, that’s a plus. But this season, when it came to baseball?

Cleveland did not have bragging rights. Read More

Tomlin and McAllister Out of Options, Perhaps Out of Tribe’s Pitching Staff

October 20, 2014 | 2

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.

Josh Tomlin and Zach McAllister represent essentially all of the starting pitching depth the Cleveland Indians currently have behind their starting five. This winter, the Indians may have to look elsewhere for arms beyond their young, talented, but somewhat unproven quintet.

Tomlin and McAllister are both out of options as far as being simply placed in the minor leagues. Cleveland will have to make a decision next spring as to whether there is a place on the Major League roster for either or both. Otherwise they would risk losing either of the pitchers who have proven the ability to succeed at the Major League level to waivers.

The pair of starters have had plenty of good moments for the Indians. However, both had injury issues that helped lead to disappointing 2014 campaigns and are now on the outside-looking-in when it comes to the pitching rotation. Read More

Eighteen Crazy Nights—Looking back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians

October 19, 2014 |

During the month of October DTTWLN will take a look back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians season—specifically the 18 thrilling games of the postseason as the Indians made an improbable run to game seven of the World Series.

PART SEVENTEEN:  WORLD SERIES GAME 2—IT’S PRONOUNCED “OH-JAY”

Twice in the 1997 playoffs the Indians had lost Game One of a series, and twice they had come back to win Game Two.  If they were going to make it three in a row, however, they certainly had their work cut out for them.

The Indians were set to face right handed ace Kevin Brown in the second matchup of the World Series, and they could only counter with Chad Ogea…a pitcher left out of the playoff starting rotation originally.

Brown was in the prime of a fantastic career, was at the end of an All-Star season, and was only a year removed from a season where he finished second in the NL Cy Young Award voting.  Ogea, meanwhile, struggled to a 8-9 record with a 4.99 ERA during the regular season and had lost his only two starts of the playoffs.  Ogea was only known nationally for having a funny last name that nobody was really sure how to pronounce and for giving up a grand slam to the first batter he faced in the postseason in his lone ALDS relief appearance against the Yankees. Read More

Counting on Carrasco

October 19, 2014 | 1

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.

Just when it seemed to finally be simple with Carlos Carrasco, it becomes complicated all over again.

Carrasco had his best year as a professional in 2014. The only remaining Major League piece of any Cliff Lee trade since 2008 finally found it after years of inconsistencies with control, injuries and confidence. Carrasco, “won” the fifth starter’s job out of Spring Training as much because he was out of options and could not return to Triple-A, as much as he out-pitched his opponents. After four poor starts, Carrasco was moved to the bullpen by the end of April.

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Eighteen Crazy Nights—Looking back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians

October 18, 2014 |

During the month of October DTTWLN will take a look back at the 1997 Cleveland Indians season—specifically the 18 thrilling games of the postseason as the Indians made an improbable run to game seven of the World Series.

PART SIXTEEN:  WORLD SERIES GAME 1—THE SERIES NO ONE WANTED

Claire Smith of the New York Times called it “The Series No One Wanted”.

Bernie Lincicome of the Chicago Tribune said it’s “the worst winner from the American League meets the non-winner from the National League…a Series made in gimmick heaven.”

There were no New York Yankees.  No Atlanta Braves.  No Baltimore Orioles.

Missing was Derek Jeter.  And Greg Maddux.  And Barry Bonds.  And Ken Griffey.  And Cal Ripken.

It was just the pitching-deprived, Belle/Lofton-less, 86-win Cleveland Indians and “the best team free agency could buy” Florida Marlins that were facing off in the 1997 World Series.  It was Major League Baseball’s nightmare as two mid-market teams that few people outside of the states of Ohio and Florida cared about were taking their biggest stage.  Just three years removed from a strike that cancelled the ’94 Fall Classic, baseball could not afford a World Series that made people yawn. Read More

Is Jason Kipnis Just a One Hit Wonder?

October 18, 2014 | 9

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 … Read More