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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

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 12

July 12, 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 – 12 days

The clock is ticking on Francisco Lindor, and the Cleveland Indians’ relationship with him likely got significantly shorter due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Last season, the Indians lost time with Lindor too, but thankfully the right calf strain suffered as spring training was about to get underway only kept him out of action for a few weeks. This year, it has been an entirely different story, as the Tribe will lose 100 games of control of Lindor as the result of a drastically shortened season slate limited to just 60 games due to the widespread issues caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ 2020 Opening Day – 13

July 11, 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 – 13 days

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. Read More

Indians’ 2020 Opening Day Countdown Take Two – 14

July 10, 2020 |

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. Read More

Indians’ 2020 Opening Day Countdown Take Two – 15

July 9, 2020 |

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. Read More