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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | January 21, 2017

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Today in Tribe History: January 19, 1937

January 19, 2017 |

In a very Cleveland-centric Hall of Fame vote, three former members of the American League franchise are elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America as part of the second election. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 75 – Mike Walker

January 18, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 75 days

In the late 1980’s and into the early 1990’s, the Cleveland Indians made an interesting habit of breaking in some numbers seldom-used throughout the history of baseball on the backs of some of their young call-ups late in the season.

As was the case with catcher Tom Magrann, who broke the number 76 in during the final month of the 1989 season, pitcher Mike Walker did similar the previous season for the Indians, becoming the first player to wear 75 on the diamond in a Major League game, at least according to the information available today. Read More

As War Loomed, Baseball Given ‘Green Light’ to Keep Going

January 18, 2017 |

Seventy-five years ago this week, Major League Baseball owners and fans were assured the National Pastime would continue.

It was little more than a month after the Japanese pulled off a sneak attack at the naval base at Pearl Harbor. The war that had plagued Europe and Asia had come to the United States. Within a day, Congress had made a formal declaration of war, pulling the country into World War II.

During World War I, Secretary of War Newton Baker issued a “work or fight” order, saying that any able-bodied man should do one or the other. Major League Baseball cut its season short, ending on Labor Day (Baker, a former Cleveland mayor, later became a minority owner in his hometown team). Was something similar in the offing in World War II? Read More

Today in Tribe History: January 18, 1950

January 18, 2017 |

After arguably one of the worst seasons of his Major League career, Cleveland superstar Bob Feller asks for and receives a pay cut following a disappointing 1949 season with the Indians. His salary decreases from $65,000 to $45,000. Read More

Today in Tribe History: January 17, 1915

January 17, 2017 |

The American League club formerly known as the Cleveland Naps will now be referred to as the Cleveland Indians, as team president Charles Somers announces the name selected by the local Cleveland baseball writers. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 76 – Tom Magrann

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Countdown to Opening Day – 76 days

On September 7, 1989, the number 76 was worn on a Major League Baseball diamond by a player in an official game for what appears to be the first time.

The man who earned the honor, 25-year-old Cleveland Indians catcher Tom Magrann, fouled out to first on the first career MLB pitch he saw in the batter’s box after taking over behind the plate for catcher Andy Allanson during the previous half inning. The Indians, down 11-3 at the time, would lose by a 12-4 final to the Toronto Blue Jays. Read More

Today in Tribe History: January 17, 1970

January 17, 2017 |

With the first overall pick in the January portion of the amateur draft, the Cleveland Indians select left-handed hitting Chris Chambliss. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 77 – Jack Armstrong

January 16, 2017 |

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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.

That player was Kenny Lofton, who would become another one of the legends to wear that digit in Indians history, joining Charlie Jamieson, Hal Trosky, and Al Rosen, to name a few.

Armstrong decided to try something new, which was a theme to his journey to Cleveland with his first new franchise of his career after being drafted and developed into an All-Star across the state in Cincinnati. Since he couldn’t have seven, he opted for the number twice and became the first and only Indians player to wear the number 77 in an official Major League game. Read More

Packed Lineup Could Again Help Santana Pack a Punch at the Plate

January 15, 2017 |

Last season, Carlos Santana finally put on the power display that Indians fans had been expecting since his Major League debut in 2010.

As a catcher in the minor leagues, Santana had the kind of pop in his bat that most baseball pundits believed he would settle perfectly into the heart of an MLB batting order. While showing some power with the Indians, hitting 27 bombs in 2011 and 2014, he has never consistently been quite the middle-of-the-order hitter that the Tribe may have expected.

There have been numerous theories as to why Santana has not been able to maintain a consistent level when it comes to mashing the long ball. In five full seasons before his big burst of power in 2016, Santana hit more than 20 taters only those two times. He once hit exactly 20 and was at 18 and 19 the other two seasons. That 19-homer campaign came in 2015, right before he hammered a career-high 34 out of the park last summer. Read More