2020 Spring Training
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
In a quick blink of an eye, the Cleveland Indians added another name to their list of men who have spent time on the diamond sporting the generally unlucky digit number 13.
For Hanley Ramirez, the number gave him no luck as he tried to extend his career in his 15th season on a Major League roster. Signed several weeks into spring training by Cleveland, the Indians hoped that the hard-hitting right-handed swinger could provide the lineup with a little extra pop as a designated hitter on a roster that lacked power.
Did The Tribe Win has returned to the previous point in its countdown, as baseball went on pause two weeks away from the original start of the 2020 Major League Baseball season. Summer Camp is in full session, with intrasquad workouts underway and the team just two weeks away from its season opener on July 24 against Kansas City. – 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 MLB.com 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.