Global pandemic busted brackets this year as the entire NCAA college basketball tournament was cancelled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus across the globe. The annual “March Madness” tourney was originally scheduled to conclude this weekend in the “Final Four” matchups on Friday, April 4, ahead of the National Championship game Sunday night, April 6.
This year, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night keep the festivities alive as we recall some former Tribesmen to partake in NCAA postseason play. Today’s slightly edited post (due to specific outdated time references in the original) first published on March 17, 2018, by Bob Toth.
It would seem unlikely that participants in the NCAA Tournament, better known as “March Madness”, would find their way to a Major League Baseball diamond, but lo and behold, it has happened on more than one occasion before. The chances may be mighty slim, but a dozen former college basketball players who have played in the yearly March playoff have found later employment following their hoops careers on a big league diamond.
Baseball takes little time off in between seasons, so neither can we. Follow along at Did the Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to March 26, when the Cleveland Indians host the Detroit Tigers for game one of the 2020 season. – BT
Countdown to Opening Day – 31 days
The Danny Salazar experiment in Cleveland finally came to a close last November. After standing by his side after a long investment in his development and a sizable check cut by Mr. Dolan for his services over the last couple of seasons, Salazar provided the Indians with just four innings on the big league mound over the last two years and was outrighted to the minors following the 2019 campaign.
Salazar declined the assignment, becoming a free agent.
Major League Baseball will kick off the 2019 season with its earliest start ever (excluding international openers) as all 30 teams will take the field on March 28. Follow along with Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down the days until Opening Day 2019. – BT
Countdown to Opening Day – 31 days
One year ago while addressing jersey number 31 in Tribe history, I wrote a story pondering the potential impact that Danny Salazar might have on the Cleveland Indians roster for the 2018 season. Now, I’m suffering a case of déjà vu as I have to do the same thing again for Salazar in regards to the 2019 campaign.
Last year, the answer was clear even from the start of spring camp that Salazar was not going to contribute a full year’s work to the club, as just days after pitchers and catchers reported to their designated Spring Training sites, the Indians announced that Salazar had injured his shoulder during an offseason workout the month prior and that he was already well behind other players reporting to Goodyear. That right shoulder inflammation was followed by setbacks in his throwing program and by the beginning of July, his season was over after an arthroscopic debridement and a bursectomy were performed on his throwing shoulder in the rotator cuff region.
March Madness is in full swing, with brackets across the country being busted every few hours (especially with the #1-seeded University of Virginia’s shocking loss late Friday night to 16-seed University of Maryland, Baltimore County).
The chances that players in the tournament turn up at the Major League level in the near future are mighty slim, but it does happen on occasion as a dozen former college basketball players who have played in the yearly March playoff have found later employment following their hoops careers on a big league diamond.
Four of the eleven men to do so have spent time on the shores of Lake Erie, including one Hall of Fame outfielder, another who was a Cooperstown snub, and a pair of pitchers.
While the offseason has been historically slow and the winter has crawled along at an even slower pace, we at Did The Tribe Win Last Night look ahead to the warmer days of the 2018 season by remembering Tribe players past and present.
Countdown to Opening Day – 31 days
It’s a new year, but the same old questions remain about the Tribe’s number 31, Danny Salazar.
When the 1994 major league season ended abruptly because of a players’ strike, the White Sox were atop the new American League Central Division, with the Indians just a game back and leading in the new AL wild card.
The two teams were expected to continue to contend when the 1995 season picked up, but by the time the Pale Hose made their first visit to Jacobs Field on Memorial Day, they’d fallen into the back of the pack in the division – and the Indians were atop the Central, seven games ahead of the White Sox.
The afternoon game was a bad day for Indians starting pitcher Dennis Martinez, who gave up six runs – five earned – in six innings of work, including a two-run home run to Frank Thomas and a solo shot to Robin Ventura.
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 October 1, 1995.
Any teacher who was grading the 1995 baseball season would have to agree on the score…the Indians get a perfect 100.
The Tribe finished their strike-shortened, regular season campaign with an amazing 100-44 record as they destroyed the second place Kansas City Royals by a score of 17-7 on Sunday afternoon at Jacobs Field. The Tribe finished a record 30 games ahead of the Royals and will appear in their first postseason in 41 years starting this week.
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 June 30, 1995.
The Indians improved baseball’s best record to 41-17 on Friday night with a 4-1 victory over the lowly Minnesota Twins, but the best team in the Major Leagues took a backseat to one of their own player’s personal milestones.
If he hadn’t already done so in his 19-year career, Tribe DH Eddie Murray stamped his ticket as a first ballot Hall of Famer with his single in the sixth inning—the 3,000th of his amazing career. The man they call “Steady Eddie” lined a fastball from Twins pitcher Mike Trombley between first and second and past a diving Chuck Knoblauch that helped start a game changing rally and made him the 20th player in Major League history to accomplish one of baseball’s rarest and best feats.
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 #26 Dave Winfield.
The 1994 season will forever be remembered as the season of “what ifs?” A player’s strike started on August 12 and would last for the rest of the season as labor issues between the players and owners turned ugly enough to cancel the post season and World Series officially on September 14. This was especially devastating for the fans of the Indians, as their team was young and exciting, had a 66-47 record, and was only one game behind the division leading Chicago White Sox. During the strike, however, teams were still allowed to make roster moves and the Indians and Twins pulled off one of baseball history’s most bizarre trades.
The Indians acquired 43-year old outfielder/designated hitter Dave Winfield from Minnesota for a player to be named later. However, when the season was cancelled and Winfield had never stepped onto the playing surface at Jacobs Field, legend has it that the Twins and Indians executives settled the score by going out to dinner and having the Indians pick up the bill. This makes Winfield the only player in Major League history to be traded for a dinner. On October 17, Winfield was granted free agency having never played a game for the Indians.
Robert Barr grew up in the shadow of Mulcahy Stadium in Alaska. He watched the Alaska Baseball League grow from a series of town teams to one of the best collegiate baseball leagues in the country.
And he’s trying to bring that story to a wider audience.