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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | June 4, 2020

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ICYMI at DTTWLN – January 18 to January 24

January 25, 2016 |

A big name free agent power hitting outfielder is coming to the American League Central, but for those hoping that the Indians added that right-handed power bat long sought to their lineup, Justin Upton‘s destination was a bit more northwest than Cleveland fans may have preferred.

It was a quiet week for the Tribe, with softly spoken rumors of interest in a small number of fringe free agent options being the biggest of the discussions of the week.

While Did The Tribe Win Last Night continues to look to the past with their 1948 season day-by-day recap, we also continue to look towards the present and the future as we count down to Opening Day and profile some of the names you may need to know looking forward.

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Vizquel and Pinson Entering Cal League Hall of Fame

January 25, 2016 |

Beloved Cleveland Indians shortstop Omar Vizquel will add another Hall of Fame entry to his long list of baseball accolades in June as he and 14 others enter the California League Hall of Fame.

Vizquel, the acrobatic and flashy sure-handed middle infielder, is joined in the class by another former Indians player, outfielder Vada Pinson, who spent a pair of seasons with the club in the early 1970’s.

The Cal League announced on January 20th the creation of their Hall of Fame as part of their diamond anniversary this season. Joining Vizquel and Pinson in induction will be George Brett, Jose Cruz Jr., Don Drysdale, new MLB Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Bakersfield resident Sam Lynn, Pedro Martinez, Xavier Nady, Gary Sheffield, Bob Talbot, and Fernando Valenzuela. Read More

Today in Tribe History: January 25, 1949

January 25, 2016 |

After starring and leading the Cleveland Indians to their first World Championship in 28 years, shortstop-manager Lou Boudreau is given a two-year contract by the club.

“Old Shufflefoot”, entering his 12th Major League season, is coming off of an MVP … Read More

Merritt Progressing on More Than Merit Alone

January 24, 2016 |

You can never have too much pitching. You can never have too much pitching. You can never have too much pitching…

If there is one thing the Cleveland Indians did not seem too concerned about heading into this offseason, it was the status of their starting rotation. Carlos Carrasco, Corey Kluber, and Danny Salazar solidified positions at the front end of the Indians rotation. Trevor Bauer had some bumps in his road, but has age and stuff both very much on his side moving into the 2016 season. Josh Tomlin and Cody Anderson both had impressive stretches in small sample sizes to throw their respective hats into the competition for the limited number of innings available for the remaining Tribe staff moving forward.

After that, though, the picture is a bit murky, at least for the immediate future. While Cleveland has some options at the Triple-A level, the real depth and optimism may lie in some of the arms further down in the farm system. But where the team is lightest – southpaws – they do have an enticing option in the state who is coming off of back-to-back impressive seasons in Ryan Merritt. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 71

January 24, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 71 days

The link between the Cleveland Indians organization and uniform numbers is a strong one, dating all the way back to June 26, 1916. At that time, they became the first Major League team to put numbers on their uniforms when they placed numbers on the left sleeves of the jerseys for a few weeks of that season and the one that followed.

The St. Louis Cardinals did similar in 1923, but their experiment also ended after then-Cardinals manager Branch Rickey, reflecting in 1962 back to the early days of the numbers, recalled that the players were ridiculed and criticized by both fans and opposing players and that it ultimately was decided they were bad for team morale.

In 1929, the New York Yankees announced that they were going to wear numbers on their jersey backs and shortly thereafter, the Indians announced their intentions to do the same. While the Yankees are often credited as being the first club to do so, the Indians actually beat them to the punch, as the Yankees home opener that season was rained out, while the Indians were not ill-affected by weather that same day and got to the field with them first. Read More

Today in Tribe History: January 24, 2006

January 24, 2016 |

Carlos Martinez, quite possibly best remembered for his hit that Jose Canseco misplayed off of his head for a home run, passes away in his native Venezuela. He was 40 years old.

The third and first baseman and occasional designated … Read More

Mitch Brown Looking to Build on Second Half Success

January 23, 2016 |

After a slow start to last season, Cleveland minor leaguer Mitch Brown will look to rebound in 2016 and keep his name on the list of top Indians pitching prospects down on the farm as the club’s pitching depth continues to get stronger and stronger.

The 21-year-old right-hander finished up his fourth season in the organization in 2015 working at the High-A level with the Lynchburg Hillcats, posting a 9-12 record with a 5.15 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. Those numbers were elevated from his previous showings and were marred by a rough dozen game stretch over two months from the end of April through the last days of June and included five consecutive decisions lost in one span.

He snapped out of it in July, ripping off five straight wins, six of seven, and seven of nine. He was a perfect 5-0 in July, working a 3.16 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in those five starts, and followed with a 2-2 August with a 3.10 ERA in five more trips to the mound. On July 24, 2015, he struck out a professional career-high nine Pelicans as Lynchburg defeated Myrtle Beach. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 72

January 23, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 72 days

The origins of the number 72 in Cleveland Indians history are unique, not in how it was worn on the field by its lone wearer, Jason Giambi, but in the circumstances that led to Giambi switching to the number late in the 2014 season. Read More

Today in Tribe History: January 23, 1962

January 23, 2016 |

Bob Feller and Jackie Robinson are elected to the Hall of Fame on their first ballot by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Feller spent 18 seasons in the Majors with the Cleveland Indians in a span of 21 years … Read More

Is Booing Bob Feller Ok?

January 22, 2016 |

August 3, 1948

The following letters were originally published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on August 4, 1948, by Sports Editor Gordon Cobbledick in his daily column, Plain Dealing. No letter has been altered in any way and they are … Read More

Today in Tribe History: January 22, 1976

January 22, 2016 |

Bob Lemon joins fellow pitcher Robin Roberts in election to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Lemon spent his entire playing career in Cleveland with the Indians from 1941 to 1958. He spent five games … Read More

Martinez Returns for Second Spring in the Sun for the Tribe

January 21, 2016 |

The life of the 33-year-old switch-hitting journeyman utility guy is not an easy one, but it does provide some players with the opportunity to hang around the game of baseball a little bit longer.

Michael Martinez will head to Goodyear, Arizona, for his second consecutive spring training with the Cleveland Indians as a non-roster invitee after signing a minor league contract with the club in November, just two days after he was outrighted off of the 40-man roster and refused the assignment, becoming a free agent. Read More