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Today in Tribe History: February 2, 2011

February 2, 2016 |

Three former Cleveland Indians players – Roberto Alomar, Carlos Baerga, and Candy Maldonado – are elected as part of the Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2011.

The Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame, established in 1996, honors players from … Read More

Today in Tribe History: December 6, 1989

December 6, 2015 |

The Cleveland Indians, fresh off of a disappointing sixth place 73-89 finish, trade their best offensive weapon, Joe Carter, to the San Diego Padres for Sandy Alomar, Carlos Baerga, and Chris James.

Carter is entering the final year of his … Read More

Alomar Lives Up to Hype with Rookie of the Year Award, Becomes Tribe Mainstay

November 21, 2015 |

He was the scion of a baseball family. But being stuck behind another Rookie of the Year made him expendable.

So Sandy Alomar Jr. left San Diego for Cleveland. The trade jump-started the Indians’ dynasty of the 1990s, and Alomar bore early fruit, becoming the Indians’ first Rookie of the Year since Joe Charboneau a decade earlier. But unlike Super Joe, who flamed out quickly after his rookie of the year season, Alomar was a productive member of the Tribe for a decade – and remains part of the fabric of the team, 25 years later. Read More

Today in Tribe History: November 4, 1968

November 4, 2015 |

Cleveland Indians fan favorite infielder Carlos Baerga is born.

Baerga was signed by the San Diego Padres in 1985 and remained with the club in the minors until he was dealt in 1989 with Sandy Alomar and Chris James to the Indians for outfielder Joe Carter. He made his debut as a utility infielder for the team in 1990 as a 21-year-old, hitting .260. Read More

Today in Tribe History: October 17, 1995

October 17, 2015 |

The Cleveland Indians clinch the American League pennant for the first time since 1954 by winning their third consecutive game over the Seattle Mariners. Dennis Martinez and two relievers combine on a four-hit shutout in a 4-0 win in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. Read More

Memories of The Greatest Summer Ever

October 3, 2015 |

I’ll never forget the summer of 1995.

I was 13 years old, just about to enter the eighth grade and in love with the Cleveland Indians.  But I wasn’t just some fair-weather fan.  In my mind, I had dealt with the hardships of the bad years, having lived through the late 80’s and early 90’s teams that lost almost all of the time.  I couldn’t stand that it was suddenly sopopular to root for the Indians.  The words “fair weather fans” became a part of my regular vocabulary during the summer of ’95.  Where were all of you when the rest of us were all rooting for a losing team?  It wasn’t until I was in college and the glory years were almost over that I realized that I hadn’t really “dealt” with anything.

“Kids growing up (in the 90’s) and that’s all they knew…they’re in trouble,” former Indian and TV color man Rick Manning said.  “Now look at it…it’s not even close.  (The way it is now) is how Indians baseball was when I played (1975-1983) and even before me.”

People my age are spoiled.  I’m only 30-some years old and have seen the best, most exciting stretch of baseball that Cleveland has ever had.  Sure, I haven’t seen my Tribe win the ultimate prize, but heck, my father just turned 60 and has seen the exact same amount of World Series titles that I have.  We’ve seen the same amount of pennants as well, unless you count the one in 1954 when he was two (even with as big of a baseball fan as my dad is, I doubt that he was paying attention at two).

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1995 Game Recap: Nifty Fifty! Belle Hits Record Milestone in Tribe Victory—Indians 3, Royals 2

September 30, 2015 |

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back September 30, 1995.

MVP. MVP. MVP.

Tribe slugger Albert Belle put a stamp on his incredible season on Saturday afternoon by slugging his 50th homerun of the season in the Indians 3-2 victory over the Royals. The win was the 99th of the season for the Tribe, but Belle stole the headlines by becoming the first player in baseball history with 50 homeruns and 50 doubles in the same season.

To add to the accolades, Belle was the first player since Detroit’s Cecil Fielder hit 51 in 1990. He is 12th player ever and the first Indian to ever accomplish the feat and will end up as the first Indian to lead the league in homers since Rocky Colavito in 1959. His 103 extra base hits make him the first hitter since Stan Musial in 1948 to eclipse the century mark. With just one game to play, Belle will end up pacing the American League in homeruns, doubles, runs, total bases, slugging percentage and extra base hits.

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Today in Tribe History: September 30, 1995

September 30, 2015 |

Albert Belle becomes the first Indians’ player to hit 50 home runs in a season as his solo blast in the sixth tied the game prior to a Cleveland 3-2 walk-off win over the Kansas City Royals.

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1995 Game Recap: Finally! Indians Clinch First AL Central Division Title!—Indians 3, Orioles 2

September 8, 2015 |

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back September 8, 1995.

At long last, the Cleveland Indians are the 1995 American League Central Division Champions.

Let that sink in for a second before you pop the champagne.

The Cleveland Indians…champions.

This is the same franchise that lost 105 games four years ago. It’s the same one we watched struggle and end each of the last 41 years (a baseball record for futility) in frustration. The same one that was picked to win the World Series less than a decade ago and instead finished in the basement of the AL East. Now, they’re going to the playoffs and are ready to party like its 1948.

The Cleveland Indians are the American League Central Division Champions. Read More

The Greatest Summer Ever: Carlos Baerga

September 5, 2015 |

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back at player #5 Carlos Baerga.

By 1995, Carlos Baerga was an accomplished Major League hitter, a two-time All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner, and perhaps the most popular athlete in Cleveland.  He was only 26 years old, but he had already seen a lifetime’s worth of personal highs and, unfortunately, also team lows.

Baerga came to Cleveland in the 1989 offseason trade with San Diego that brought himself, Sandy Alomar and Chris James to the Tribe in exchange for Joe Carter.  Alomar was thought to be the gem of the Indians haul, but five years after the deal, it was the surprising Baerga that was the best find.

“It’s not that he wasn’t supposed to be very good, (it’s that) he wasn’t fully developed yet,” Alomar said of his longtime teammate Baerga.  “When Carlos got traded here, he was still in the developing process.  He was always a good hitter.  Carlos always could hit.  It wasn’t that he wasn’t a good Major League player; it’s that he wasn’t a good Major League player yet.  When Carlos got traded with me I was like, ‘wow, Carlos Baerga is coming with me and they don’t know how good of a player they’re getting.’  We were excited.”

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1995 Game Recap: For Whom the Belle Tolls…Again—Indians 6, Blue Jays 4

August 31, 2015 |

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back August 31, 1995.

The Toronto Blue Jays must be feeling ‘Once Bitten, Twice Shy’, or perhaps they’re just saying, ‘We Gotta Get Out of this Place’.

As rock legends stream into Cleveland for the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum tomorrow night, Indians slugger Albert Belle showed the city of Cleveland that he is still the biggest rock star in town for the second night in a row.

Just as he did ‘Yesterday’, the Indians ‘Super Freak’ of a cleanup hitter hit an extra innings, walk-off homerun to lead the Indians to a 6-4 victory over the Blue Jays on Thursday. The Tribe concluded the series with a four game sweep of the ‘Free Fallin’ Blue Jays and remain the ‘Leader of the Pack’ by a huge margin in the AL Central. Read More

1995 Game Recap: Bizarre Game Ends with Belle Blast—Indians 4, Blue Jays 3

August 30, 2015 |

Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back August 30, 1995.

A game that had a little bit of everything, of course, still wound up going the Indians way.

Albert Belle’s walk-off, solo homerun followed a game-tying sacrifice fly from Carlos Baerga in the bottom of the 14th inning as the Indians came back again to defeat the defending World Champion Blue Jays by a score of 4-3. It was the Indians eighth walk-off homerun of the season—the second against Toronto and the second for Belle—and pushed their record to a perfect 10-0 in extra innings. Read More