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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | February 28, 2017

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Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 36 – Gaylord Perry

February 26, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 36

Jesus Aguilar had occupied the number 36 for the Indians for a few cups of coffee over the last three seasons, but he surrendered his claim to the digits when Cleveland designated him for assignment during the offseason. Now a member of the Milwaukee Brewers organization, the 26-year-old slugger will hope that a change of location will be the move that he needed in order to stick in the Major Leagues for a more pronounced length of time.

Production from three-sixes in Indians history has historically been minimal, with Aguilar’s years with the number exceeding the majority of those to wear it before him. A total of 50 players have reportedly worn the number for the Tribe in regular season action, but only a handful have spent more than a few seasons representing it on the field.

One of the best to do so, without argument, was Gaylord Perry, who joined the Indians organization following the 1971 season. Read More

Host of Spring Invites Looking to be Tribe’s Next Winter Find

February 26, 2017 |

Over the last couple of years, the Cleveland Indians have done well in finding veteran free agents no one else wanted and watching them become diamonds in the rough, so to speak.

Dan Otero last year and Jeff Manship in 2015 were both free agent relievers the Tribe was able to bring to spring training on minor league contracts. Both had histories of past success but were trying to rejuvenate careers that had fallen off in the seasons before joining the Indians.

Both veteran relievers proved to be strong contributors to Cleveland’s bullpen. Manship spent two seasons with the Indians before being casualty of management deciding not to make him an arbitration offer this past winter. Part of the reason was the emergence last year of Otero, giving Cleveland a deep bullpen without Manship. Both hurlers were important parts of an Indians club that went to the 2016 World Series. Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 26, 1985

February 26, 2017 |

Longtime Cleveland Indians pitcher George Uhle passes away at the age of 86 in Lakewood, Ohio. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 37 – Cody Allen

February 25, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 37

Cody Allen is the closer of the Cleveland Indians. It is a nod that is deserved and should come without mention, but the mere presence of All-Star left-hander Andrew Miller forced manager Terry Francona to be clear with the media on his bullpen expectations for the coming 2017 season.

That Francona even had to specify the role for Allen, who has worked in the closer’s role for the club in some capacity dating back to his third season in the Majors in 2014, is yet another reminder of the lack of respect that the underappreciated right-hander gets around the league for the work that he does on the mound. Read More

Spring Fever in Cleveland Squelched by Cold Front Before First Spring Game

February 25, 2017 |

For northeast Ohioans, temperatures far above normal for late February have given Cleveland Indians fans a case of spring fever, as people flocked outdoors to enjoy the unpredictable weather of the region while dreaming of their return to Progressive Field to cheer on their defending American League champion ball club.

The timing for the temperature spike seemed almost perfect, as it coincided with the start of regular spring training contests in Arizona for the Tribe. The Indians open up their Cactus League schedule on Saturday afternoon with a 3:00 PM ET contest against their Goodyear roommates, the Cincinnati Reds.

Unfortunately for Clevelanders unable to take in the game from warm Arizona and Goodyear Ball Park, they were dealt a harsh reminder from Mother Nature that spring, summer, and regular season baseball were still a long ways away as strong overnight thunderstorms brought with them a return of cooler weather with threats of that dreaded white stuff. Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 25, 1975

February 25, 2017 |

The Cleveland Indians pull off a pair of trades with the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago Cubs. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 38 – Eric Plunk

February 24, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 38 days

There were 38 Cleveland Indians players to wear #38 as their jersey numbers prior to the 2016 season, so if the Tribe’s front office wanted to just be ironic, they could have chosen to never pass out the number again and retire it up in the mezzanine level at Progressive Field.

If they were going to retire #38 – not that they should – the man who deserves it the most is probably former reliever Eric Plunk. Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 24, 1956

February 24, 2017 |

Hall of Fame first baseman and designated hitter Eddie Murray is born in Los Angeles, California. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 39 – Giovanny Urshela

February 23, 2017 |

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Countdown to Opening Day – 39

Has the window of opportunity already closed in Cleveland for Giovanny Urshela? Read More

Today in Tribe History: February 23, 1976

February 23, 2017 |

Former Cleveland Indians pitcher Scott Elarton is born in Lamar, Colorado. Read More