With the release of the 2020 Major League Baseball schedule on Monday, July 6, we at Did the Tribe Win Last Night can finally resume our postponed Opening Day countdown. With the revised starting date of July 24, we pick up 15 days away from MLB action returning to the diamond. – BT
Countdown to Opening Day – 15 days
On December 6, 1989, the Cleveland Indians made the franchise-altering decision to trade away star outfielder Joe Carter less than a year before he was set to hit the open market in free agency. After it became clear that Carter was tempted to see what his financial worth would be and that he was not interested in any offers made by the Tribe front office, he was dealt to the San Diego Padres for a package of players.
Two of those players would play significant roles in the Indian uprising of the 1990s, one that Carter was supposed to be a part of during the ill-fated 1987 Sports Illustrated cover jinx season and the years to follow.
Today marks 23 years since Sandy Alomar Jr. wowed the host Cleveland crowd with a heroic and improbable moment in the 68th rendition of the Major League All-Star Game. This story was originally published on July 8, 2017, by Bob Toth. – BT
Cleveland’s new jewel on the lake hosted baseball’s best and brightest in one gathering in 1997 when the 68th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game came back to town for the first time since 1981.
Jacobs Field was the site of the Midsummer Classic, hosting the game for the first time since Cleveland set a new All-Star record for the crowd in attendance at Municipal Stadium in 1981. This time, the venue changed and was much smaller (eliminating any sort of record setting numbers through the turnstiles), but the sellout crowd that came out in support of the game was treated to a historic effort from one of its hometown boys.
With the release of the 2020 Major League Baseball schedule on Monday, July 6, we at Did the Tribe Win Last Night can finally resume our postponed Opening Day countdown. With the revised starting date of July 24, we pick up 16 days away from MLB action returning to the diamond. – BT
This spring, Indians third base coach Mike Sarbaugh began his eighth season working as part of manager Terry Francona’s coaching staff while representing the number 16 for the club. It kicked off his 31st season of work as a member of the organization, where he has served as a player, a coach, or a manager.
Cleveland plays host to the third official Major League Baseball All-Star Game, as the American League team defeats the National League team at Cleveland Municipal Stadium by a score of 4-1. It marked the third straight victory in the now annual exhibition for the junior circuit.
With the release of the 2020 Major League Baseball schedule on Monday, July 6, we at Did the Tribe Win Last Night can finally resume our postponed Opening Day countdown. With the revised starting date of July 24, we pick up 17 days away from MLB action returning to the diamond. – BT
Countdown to Opening Day – 17 days
A pair of utility men donned the number 17 for the Indians during the 2019 season. Both were new faces to the ball club last year looking for a chance to stick, but both whiffed and are no longer with the organization.
The President weighed in on Monday, calling out and chastising the Cleveland Indians and Washington Redskins organizations on Twitter for “changing their names in order to be politically correct”. It continued a long and curious relationship between Trump and the Tribe, dating back nearly three decades. This story was published originally on March 9, 2016, by Vince Guerrieri. – BT
Donald Trump and New York City go hand in hand.
From his roots in Queens to his real estate deals in Manhattan to his pronounced accent (“yuge!”), Trump is inextricably linked to the Big Apple.
But in 1983, before his bid for president, before his television show, before his marriages and divorces had become tabloid fodder, even before “The Art of the Deal,” his bestseller that made him nationally famous, Trump looked to Cleveland to expand into professional sports — like George Steinbrenner in reverse.
In what might be the funniest thing Tony Grossi’s ever written, he said, “Trump’s sudden and inexplicable interest in purchasing the Cleveland Indians evokes the image of a man who awakes in a cold sweat with the frightening realization that a billion Chinese never heard of him.”
In a statement via his social media page on Instagram and shared with The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, former Cleveland Indians outfielder Brandon Guyer announced that he is walking away from Major League Baseball.
It was a happy birthday for Satchel Paige on this date, as the Indians purchased the Negro League legend from the Kansas City Monarchs, bringing in the ageless right-hander to Cleveland for the second half of the season.
Shortly after yet another movement surfaced to get the NFL’s Washington Redskins to drop its offensive moniker and logo from use, attentions turned towards the Cleveland Indians franchise.
The Indians organization has previously taken steps to move away from some of its ties to questionable displays by removing Chief Wahoo from the hats, helmets, and jerseys of the players and the signage at Progressive Field last season in a move that seemed directly linked to the team being able to host the 2019 All-Star Game in Cleveland (it remains on select merchandise sold by the club due to copyright issues). That effort has not been enough, however, as the team released a statement on Saturday night acknowledging that it was aware of the need to be sensitive of the feelings of others during a period welcoming and encouraging necessary social change and that internal discussions had again occurred revolving around the team’s often criticized nickname.
“We are committed to making a positive impact in our community and embrace our responsibility to advance social justice and equality. Our organization fully recognizes our team name is among the most visible ways in which we connect with the community,” the statement read. “We have had ongoing discussions organizationally on these issues. The recent social unrest in our community and our country has only underscored the need for us to keep improving as an organization on issues of social justice. With that in mind, we are committed to engaging our community and appropriate stakeholders to determine the best path forward with regard to our team name. While the focus of the baseball world shifts to the excitement of an unprecedented 2020 season, we recognize our unique place in the community and are committed to listening, learning, and acting in the manner that can best unite and inspire our city and all those who support our team.”