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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | July 5, 2020

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2020 Spring Training

The Conversation and the Change Must Continue

June 19, 2020 |

Today in Juneteenth. For too many people, they had never heard the term until today. Definitions are all over social media as the world learns of the significance of a holiday recognized by some people, but not nearly enough. If you did not know what it is, I am guessing that you have been educated some today.

These are tough times in America. Things were challenging enough as the country tried to process the most appropriate and healthy means of preventing the spread of the coronavirus over the last few months, but attentions shifted gears on May 25, 2020, when George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I use the term ‘murder’ because that is what it was. A violent and overzealous act, carried on for eight minutes and 46 unnecessary seconds, deprived a man of his life and his family of a son, a brother, and a friend. The tragic death put once again a spotlight on the unacceptable and excessive uses of force displayed by some police officers across the United States, but this time, the loss of life did not come without notice. People stood up, people protested, and thankfully most of that came in peaceful order in most circumstances.

Floyd’s death was not unique. And therein lie just one part of the problem at hand. Read More

Cleveland’s Clase Suspended

May 1, 2020 |

Cleveland’s Emmanuel Clase has found the start to his Indians career delayed even further as the injured reliever has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for a positive test in violation of the league’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The key returning piece of the offseason trade between Cleveland and Texas that centered around Corey Kluber had already landed on the shelf during spring training with an oblique injury that was going to postpone the start of his Indians career. That situation, in a season already abbreviated by the nation’s response to the coronavirus, worsened on Friday when MLB announced Clase’s positive test for the banned Boldenone, a performance-enhancing substance. Read More

Skip Griparis, the Best Color Man in the League

March 27, 2020 |

With baseball and much of the world in some form of hiatus and practicing social distancing, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night will dig through the archives each Tuesday and Friday to find some of our best and favorite pieces since 2011 to share with you. Have a favorite you read that you would like to see once again? Drop us a line! Stay safe, avoid one another, and wash those hands! – BT

Today’s gem comes courtesy of Vince Guerrieri in a post originally shared on January 21, 2014.

In 1988, Skip Griparis auditioned for a baseball movie in his hometown of Chicago. The movie, a comedy about a terrible baseball team that suddenly got its act together, would film in Milwaukee. Read More

No-pening Day

March 26, 2020 |

What kind of cosmic cruelty is this nonsense?

Two weeks after baseball and the sporting world came to a crashing halt due to concerns centering around the spread of the coronavirus, Major League Baseball’s annual holiday is just an afterthought in most people’s minds. While the game in Cleveland had not generated the usual celebratory hype (most notably seen in the lackluster ticket sales and the lack of a rapid sellout for the best-attended game of every season) for a variety of reasons – underwhelming offseason, boring matchup against an abysmal Detroit Tigers team, and the likelihood for inclement weather at Progressive Field in late March, to name a few – Opening Day still marks a turning of the tides and the hopes of summer and fair weather not too far off on the horizon.

Of course, the forecast for 1:00 PM on Thursday afternoon is 59 degrees with a roughly 15% chance of rain throughout the afternoon and a reasonable 10-15 MPH wind that would not feel like it was cutting to the bone as in previous chillier Opening Days on the Cleveland lakefront. Read More

Unsolved Mysteries: Was Terry Francona Really in “Major League”?

March 24, 2020 |

Did The Tribe Win Last Night continues its excavation project by digging through the archives for some of our best and favorite pieces since 2011. Movies are the theme for this week as many Ohioans acclimate to life on lock down. Continue to practice social distancing and wash those hands for at least 20 seconds. – BT

Today’s find comes from former DTTWLN writer and ten-time published author Jonathan Knight, dating back to July 24, 2015.

Picture Robert Stack in a dark overcoat meandering toward camera through a foggy alley. Over the opening chords of that tinkly theme song he speaks the following words in a low, gravelly voice that makes you think he’s passing along state secrets:

It’s a typical Tuesday night, and everybody’s settling in to watch the Indians’ latest textbook example of how not to score runs.

Just after the game begins (and the Indians strand their first runner in scoring position), venerable reporter Jordan Bastian posts an intriguing little story. To coincide with that evening’s much-anticipated Major League Night” at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Bastian chatted with Tribe manager Terry Francona about an enigmatic comment he made before the game.

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Former Indians Player Ted Cox Dies

March 22, 2020 |

Ted Cox occupies an interesting place in baseball history.

He’s a footnote in the record books, but to Cleveland fans, he’s probably best known for being part of one of the many deals in the 1970s that led Indians fans to smack their foreheads and go, “WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY THINKING?” Read More

Indians Option Five to Minors

March 20, 2020 |

Baseball may be at a standstill, but the game goes on in some front offices as teams make some minor moves in preparation for the eventual arrival of the 2020 season.

On Thursday, the Cleveland Indians announced five roster moves, optioning pitchers Logan Allen and Scott Moss, plus position players Bobby Bradley, Yu Chang, and Daniel Johnson, to Triple-A Columbus. Read More

MLB Extends Season Delay Until At Least Mid-May

March 16, 2020 |

Last week, the sports world was turned upside down as teams reacted swiftly following the news that NBA player Rudy Gobert had contracted the coronavirus. Leagues responded within days with the postponement or cancellation of their regular seasons, postseasons, tournaments, and other events.

On Monday, the news worsened for baseball fans as Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. followed up last week’s cancellation of the league’s Spring Training and the first two weeks of the 2020 regular season schedule by extending baseball’s absence for another four weeks, following the recommendation of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to limit activities that gather more than 50 people together while the world attempts to “flatten the curve” regarding the COVID-19 outbreak worldwide. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – ??

March 13, 2020 |

So…uh…this is a little unprecedented.

With two weeks to go to Opening Day and rampant concerns across not only the sports landscape but the entire world about the spread of the coronavirus, Major League Baseball announced on Thursday that it was following the lead established by the NBA, the NCAA, and countless others by altering the season’s playing schedule.

As they say, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. [To a Mouse, Robert Burns (1785)] Read More

MLB, MiLB Issue Statements Regarding Coronavirus

March 12, 2020 |

On Thursday afternoon, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred issued a statement anticipated by many fans over the last couple of weeks, postponing the remaining Spring Training dates and at least the first two weeks of the 2020 Major League Baseball schedule. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 14

March 12, 2020 | | 2 Comments

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 – 14 days

To this day, Larry Doby does not get the credit that he deserves for the doors that he helped open in Major League Baseball, professional sports as a whole, or for the American society over the course of his baseball career with the Cleveland Indians and others.

The Indians honored his efforts on the field by retiring his number 14 on July 3, 1994, making him the fifth player (Bob Feller, Lou Boudreau, Earl Averill, Mel Harder) recognized by the club in such a manner. The ceremony came almost 47 years to the date of his first game in a Cleveland Indians uniform. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 15

March 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 – 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. Read More