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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | September 27, 2020

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2019-20 Offseason

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 73

January 13, 2020 |

Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 73

Baseball fans who did not grow up watching the Cleveland Indians with a vested interest at the end of the 1990’s and the beginning of the 2000’s may only know Ricardo Rincon as the player heavily sought after by Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane in the dramatized 2011 Hollywood hit, Moneyball.

While Beane did get his man from the Indians for minor leaguer Marshall McDougall at the trade deadline in 2002, it was an earlier trade involving the lefty specialist that left a far more lasting impact on the game of baseball, especially in the city of Cleveland. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 75

January 11, 2020 |

Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 75

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 late season call-ups.

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

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 76

January 10, 2020 |

Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 76

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 that 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

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 77

January 9, 2020 |

Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT

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

Tribe Trades Haase to Tigers for Cash

January 8, 2020 |

Eric Haase’s opportunity to break into the big leagues for good could come in Cleveland, but it won’t come as a member of the Indians.

The Indians announced on Wednesday that Haase had been traded to their woeful divisional foes, the Detroit Tigers, for cash considerations. Read More

Indians Announce Hernandez Signing, DFA Haase

December 29, 2019 |

The cat had long since been out of the bag, but the Cleveland Indians made the news official on Sunday as the team announced the addition of free agent second baseman Cesar Hernandez on a one-year pact.

The other piece of news tied to the delayed signing announcement was somewhat of a surprise, however, as the Indians have designated catcher Eric Haase for assignment. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 88

December 29, 2019 |

Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 88 Days

Reliever Phil Maton added his name to the exclusive club of 88s in Tribe history when he took the mound for Cleveland on August 15 of last season. He joined a short list of previous members of that group, which included utility man Rene Gonzales (1994) and fellow reliever Josh Outman (2014). Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 90

December 27, 2019 |

Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 90 Days

Major League Commissioner Rob Manfred continues to tinker with the game of baseball in an attempt to shorten the length of nine-inning marathons in a sizeable 162-game schedule and this year, the spotlight will be on the relief game.

Effective for the 2020 season, a “three-batter minimum” has been implemented for pitchers, with the exceptions of illness, injury, or pitching to the end of a half-inning in relief. Read More

Indians Ink Cesar Hernandez to One-Year Pact

December 23, 2019 |

The Indians did a thing on Monday (!), coming to terms on a one-year, $6.25 million contract with free agent second baseman Cesar Hernandez. The deal was reported by MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi and ESPN’s Jeff Passan, but had not been confirmed by the Indians at the time of this story.

Cleveland did formally announce on Monday that the limbo status of utility man Mike Freeman, who was previously designated for assignment after the Corey Kluber trade last weekend, had accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A Columbus and will be in camp with the club in February as a non-roster invitee. Read More

Former Tribe Reliever Rich Rundles Passes Away at 38

December 23, 2019 |

Rich Rundles, who spent his entire big league career with the Cleveland Indians in 2008 and 2009, died on December 16 from natural causes. He was only 38.

The left-handed Rundles was a LOOGY in manager Eric Wedge’s bullpen for a handful of games over two seasons in Cleveland after spending the first nine years of his professional career bouncing around the minor league landscape. A third round pick by the Boston Red Sox in 1999 out of Jefferson County High School in Dandridge, Tennessee, Rundles worked for the club for two years before he was dealt to the Montreal Expos with pitcher Tomo Ohka for reliever Ugueth Urbina. He signed with the St. Louis Cardinals following the 2005 season and was dealt the next June to the New York Mets, but became a free agent after the season and signed with the Indians just ahead of 2007’s spring training festivities. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 99

December 18, 2019 |

Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 99 Days

When Indians fans think of the #99, chances are the most frequently recalled one in the 119-year history of the Cleveland franchise was a fictional one.

Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, the juvenile delinquent and the pride of the California Penal League, joined the big screen Indians in 1989 and helped lead the revival of the long-dead franchise, taking his wild flame-throwing right arm to the mound with plenty of success against other American League opponents, with the exception of the rival New York Yankees.

Vaughn and the Tribe got their revenge in a one-game play-in game for the American League East title, as the young hurler struck out the dangerous American League Triple Crown winner Clu Haywood (.341 average, 48 HR, 121 RBI) on three straight heaters before the Indians walked off in the bottom of the ninth on the heroics of veteran catcher Jake Taylor and the hustle of speedster Willie Mays Hayes. Read More

Not a Lot of Positives to be Taken from Kluber Trade

December 15, 2019 | | One Comment

Riddle me this, Tribe fans: What’s worse than dealing defending Cy Young Award winners in back-to-back years?

The answer may be dealing a two-time Cy Young Award winner and getting peanuts in return.

Corey Kluber’s headed to Texas, dealt to the Rangers for outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. and reliever Emmanuel Clase. Mets and Phillies reliever Tug McGraw referred to his fastball as the Peggy Lee, because it left him wondering, “Is that all there is,” the title of her most famous song (which Clevelanders can STILL hear at the end of “Big Chuck and Li’l John”). Read More