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2020 Spring Training

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 0

July 24, 2020 |

The day many thought would never come has arrived, as the Cleveland Indians will host the Kansas City Royals later on today in the first of 60 games in the pandemic-shortened 2020 Major League Baseball regular season. Thank you for following along in our countdown to Opening Day! – BT

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 0

Last spring, it was written that it was a longer offseason than expected for the Cleveland Indians after they were swept by the Houston Astericks, excuse me, the Astros, in three straight games in the American League Division Series to close out the 2018 season.

This offseason, by comparison, looked like it might not ever end. Spring Training came to a crashing halt just two weeks short of its outset as the coronavirus took over the lives of Americans from one coast to another. As deaths piled up, people complained about having to comply with minimally intrusive actions like wearing a mask in public and far more complex actions like staying home and being relieved from non-essential employment, and tensions mounted, sports seemed like a far away pipe dream.

Now, more than four months after the sporting world shut down in mid-March, the game of baseball is back to try to provide the globe with a little bit of normalcy in generally abnormal times. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 1

July 23, 2020 |

One day away from the Cleveland Indians’ home opener against the Kansas City Royals and on the day that Major League Baseball opens its 2020 schedule, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue our countdown until the long awaited first pitch of the pandemic-shortened campaign. – BT

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 1

The number one will return to the field for the Cleveland Indians in 2020, which was confirmed on Wednesday when manager Terry Francona announced that outfielder Greg Allen was to be one of 30 players breaking Summer Camp with the big league club.

The good news for Allen is that he will be on the bench for the Indians to open the season, but he could be a candidate to be optioned later on down the road as Cleveland’s current roster is rather heavy in outfield options, even when utilizing the designated hitter spot to deploy a fourth one in the lineup daily. Allen has one minor league option remaining, giving the Indians extra flexibility with him in that regard. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 2

July 22, 2020 |

One day away from the start of the 2020 Major League Baseball season and two days away from the Cleveland Indians’ home opener against the Kansas City Royals, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night continue our countdown until the long awaited first pitch of the pandemic-shortened campaign. – BT

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 2

For the first time since early in the 2012 season, the number two returned to the diamond for the Indians on the back of a player.

Outfielder Leonys Martin moved from the unlucky 13 into the 2 during spring training, with Hanley Ramirez taking up the former. Martin had previously worn the number two in three seasons with the Texas Rangers from 2013 to 2015 and had only once ever had a number in the big leagues that did not include a two in it (when he wore 13 for the Indians in 2018). Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 3

July 21, 2020 |

We are just days away from the return of Major League Baseball in Cleveland, as the Indians are set to host the Kansas City Royals in game one of 60 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season on Friday, July 24. Follow along as Did The Tribe Win Last Night counts down the days to Opening Day. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 3 days

Former Indians center fielder Earl Averill may have gotten a late start to his Major League career, but it did not prevent him from putting together one of the better careers of any player to wear a Cleveland uniform on the baseball diamond, let alone the number three. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 4

July 20, 2020 | | One Comment

We are officially less than one week away from the return of Major League Baseball in Cleveland, as the Indians are set to host the Kansas City Royals in game one of 60 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season on July 24. Follow along as Did The Tribe Win Last Night counts down the days to Opening Day. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 4 days

Will this be the year that the Indians’ number four, Bradley Zimmer, remains healthy and an active part of the Major League roster? Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 5

July 19, 2020 |

We are officially less than one week away from the return of Major League Baseball in Cleveland, as the Indians are set to host the Kansas City Royals in game one of 60 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season on July 24. Follow along as Did The Tribe Win Last Night counts down the days to Opening Day. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 5 days

Number five on our countdown is one of the handful of players honored in Indians history with a retired number. He was a man who held two very distinct titles during his tenure in Cleveland and several more nicknames for good measure. Whether you called him “Old Shufflefoot”, “Handsome Lou”, “Boy Wonder”, “The Good Kid”, or skipper, Lou Boudreau was one thing in the end – a Hall of Famer.

The Indians honored Boudreau on August 5, 2017, with a statue outside of Progressive Field, where he was immortalized alongside former teammates Bob Feller and Larry Doby, legendary slugger Jim Thome, and fellow former player-manager Frank Robinson, who was recognized earlier in the year. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 6

July 18, 2020 |

We are officially less than one week away from the return of Major League Baseball in Cleveland, as the Indians are set to host the Kansas City Royals in game one of 60 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season on July 24. Follow along as Did The Tribe Win Last Night counts down the days to Opening Day. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 6 days

Mike Freeman went from minor league spring training invitee to a steady and versatile contributor to manager Terry Francona’s lineup in 2019. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 7

July 17, 2020 |

One week from today, Major League Baseball returns to Cleveland as the Indians host the Kansas City Royals in game one of 60 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. Follow along as Did The Tribe Win Last Night counts down the days to Opening Day. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 7 days

Last season, the Cleveland Indians used the number seven in the first and last months of the campaign, but both of those players left the organization as free agents following the season. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 8

July 16, 2020 |

Baseball is just over a week from its return, barring something horrific derailing Summer Camp 2020. Did The Tribe Win Last Night is here with you as we count down the days until the Indians kick off play to start the pandemic-shortened schedule on July 24. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 8 days

The biggest question about the composition of the Cleveland Indians roster for the 2020 season remains unresolved, with Jordan Luplow’s name a big part of that discussion.

The Indians’ outfield is full of a deep pool of candidates, but few who have cemented their names into spots on manager Terry Francona’s roster for the pandemic-shortened season coming in just eight days. Oscar Mercado is all but a lock in center field, and Franmil Reyes is a lock somewhere, whether it be in right field, at designated hitter, or in a mixture of both. Tyler Naquin’s performance around injury last season would indicate that he would have at least regular playing time in the grass, but after that, the picture starts to get murky. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 9

July 15, 2020 |

Baseball is less than a week and a half from its return, barring something horrific derailing Summer Camp 2020. Did The Tribe Win Last Night is here with you as we count down the days until the Indians kick off play to start the pandemic-shortened schedule on July 24. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 9 days

The number nine went unused by Indians players in 2019, the first time that had happened since 2010. That was the final year of a five-year drought of the digit being absent from use in Cleveland.

Erik Gonzalez spent three years in the number for the Indians from 2016 to 2018, but an encouraging minor league career spent with the road blocks of Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor in front of him left him limited to utility work during his time with the Tribe. He was dealt last offseason to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the trade that brought outfielder Jordan Luplow over to Cleveland. Thought to have a chance to work regularly for the Pirates, Gonzalez played just 53 games, hitting .254 with four doubles, one triple, one homer, and six RBI in 156 plate appearances while playing third base, shortstop, left field, and right field. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 10

July 14, 2020 |

Did The Tribe Win Last Night is now back on track with a new day in the countdown to Opening Day. Follow along as we count down the days until the Indians kick off play in the pandemic-shortened 2020 schedule on July 24. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 10 days

The Indians outfield was one of the question marks coming into the 2020 season and even after three extra months to figure it out, those answers remain a mystery as manager Terry Francona has to sort out how his roster will look when play kicks off in a week and a half.

Oscar Mercado seems to have the center field spot locked down, and with strong performances around injury last year, Tyler Naquin also appears to be a lock for significant playing time this season in a corner outfield role. Franmil Reyes will either serve as a regular right fielder or will lock down the bulk of the time available at designated hitter in the short schedule, leaving just a few extra spots up for grabs. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 11

July 13, 2020 |

Did The Tribe Win Last Night is now back on track with a new day in the countdown to Opening Day. Follow along as we count down the days until the Indians kick off play in the pandemic-shortened 2020 schedule on July 24. – BT

Countdown to Opening Day – 11 days

Just as Jose Ramirez found his missing hitting stroke last year, cruel fate intervened.

An All-Star and Silver Slugger in 2017 and 2018 and a third place finisher in the league’s MVP race both seasons, Ramirez lost his groove at the plate in the second half of 2018 and inexplicably carried the slump into the early stages of 2019. He hit .181 in March/April, .245 in May, and .216 in June with little to show in the power department. Had it not been for relatively high walk rates, his contributions to the lineup as a whole may have been minimal. Read More