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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | December 5, 2021

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Miracle on Ontario Street (2001): Sunday Night History

December 22, 2015 | | One Comment

The late, great Hall of Famer Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

Maybe my dad and I should have listened to him.

This story is not one about Kris Kringle taking over for a drunk, Macy’s Santa Claus in December, but one about a young college student and his father leaving a baseball game in August with their beloved Indians trailing by a seemingly insurmountable amount of runs…only to watch them finish off a miraculous comeback with their heads down in their family living room. Read More

Other Former Indians Should Join Vizquel, Alomar in Coaching Ranks

November 29, 2013 |

A recent development in Major League Baseball has seen former players take the reigns as a manager or coach with their former team.

The White Sox once employed their former shortstop, Ozzie Guillen, in the managing capacity. Now the team has its one-time third baseman in Robin Ventura in that seat. Joe Girardi, a former Yankees backstop, currently manages the Bronx Bombers. More recently, the Tigers hired Brad Ausmus, who used to be a catcher in Detroit, to replace the retired Jim Leyland as their bench boss.

In Cleveland, the Indians have a pair of their ex-players calling the shots. Terry Francona, who spent a season a Tribe player, is of course the manager of the team. The Indians also have Sandy Alomar, Jr., a key component of those successful 1990s squads, as its first base coach.

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Catching Up With Dave Burba

November 20, 2013 | | One Comment

For a guy who had a 15-year, 115 win career, former Cleveland Indian Dave Burba certainly didn’t start out with a bang.

“I was kind of on the bubble,” Burba said of his early career.

Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the second round (33rd overall), the former Ohio State Buckeye spent the first few years of his Major League career without a really defined role.

“I spot started in Seattle,” Burba said, “but when I got called up, I was basically a bullpen guy.”

Through 28 games and two starts with the M’s, Burba compiled a 2-2 record with a 3.83 ERA in 1990 and 1991.  He was then a part of a big trade in the offseason—one that involved several future Cleveland Indians. Read More