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Big League Sons Who Followed Dads’ Footsteps with the Tribe

June 21, 2020 |

Children of Major Leaguers often get a unique experience and view of the game of baseball from an early age while also being blessed with some choice genes and skill sets that make them all the more prepared to pursue the national pastime as their career of choice.

While plenty of kids of former big leaguers have failed to reach The Show despite giving it their best down on the farm, others have put together lengthy and successful careers as second generation players.

Six father-son tandems (Jim Bagby and Jim Bagby; Earl Averill and Earl Averill Jr.; Tito Francona and Terry Francona; Buddy Bell and David Bell; Dave Duncan and Shelley Duncan; and Cam Carreon and Mark Carreon) have had the privilege of representing the Cleveland Indians organization on the field during their respective careers. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 33 – Brad Hand

February 23, 2019 |

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 – 33 days

With plenty of question marks on the Indians roster heading into the 2019 season, one of the answers that is known is that Brad Hand will take the mound in his number 33 looking to slam the door frequently.

While there is plenty of room for complaints about the Tribe’s lackluster offseason, one filled with the purging of more than a half dozen regular contributors to the lineup over the last few years, the team was forward thinking at the trade deadline last year when the Indians pulled off a trade with the San Diego Padres to bring Hand and Adam Cimber to Cleveland for top prospect Francisco Mejia (who wore 33 for the Tribe during the 2017 season). Knowing the exorbitant price on quality relief arms and with both Cody Allen and Andrew Miller hitting free agency after the 2018 season, the Indians elected to pick up two controllable arms from the Friars at the hefty cost of their top overall prospect. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 33

February 24, 2018 |

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 – 33 days

The number 33 has a curious place in Indians history. It has been worn by a handful of prolific sluggers, generally outside of their glory years on the diamond, and at other times was on the backs of some of the better pitchers on the roster through the 1960s. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 33

March 1, 2017 |

Join Did The Tribe Win Last Night as we count down to Opening Day!

Countdown to Opening Day – 33 days

The number 33 has a curious place in Indians history. It has been worn by a handful of prolific sluggers, generally outside of their glory years on the diamond, and at other times was on the backs of some of the better pitchers on the roster through the 1960s.

It may be unfortunate that a number linked to some great hitters was tarnished some over the last few years after being claimed by Nick Swisher. The large sum of money given to the one-time free agent, returning from the Big Apple to his former Ohio stomping grounds, may go down as one of the worst expenditures in the long history of the Indians franchise. To be fair, injuries took the wind out of Swisher’s sails and the pressures of being a cleanup hitter in the Tribe’s lineup were expectations he never was able to live up to fully. Now, Swisher has formally hung up the cleats after brief time in Atlanta and back in the minors with the New York Yankees last season and will assume the full-time roles of father and husband before his inevitable sports media career begins.

Prior to Swisher, fans trying to recall some of their favorite seasons in recent Cleveland memory may recall a pair of forces in the lineup that both contributed to playoff teams. Read More

Swisher Gets His Happy Ending – But Not with Tribe

February 22, 2017 |

When the Indians signed Nick Swisher after a disastrous 2012 season, optimism was running high. His bubbly personality couldn’t help but rub off on his teammates. The Dolans were willing to open the checkbook (the four-year deal was $56 million, with a club option for a fifth year bringing the deal to a staggering $70 million, more than the Indians had ever paid for a free agent) and made the pitch for the Ohio native to return home.

Now that Swisher’s riding off into the sunset, announcing his retirement about a year and a half after the Indians decided they’d rather eat Chris Johnson’s salary than keep him around, we can close the book on him. (Insert Harry Doyle saying, “Thank God.”) Swisher’s signing was a bad marriage that actually might have held back the team’s success.

Swisher was 32 when the Indians signed him – an age typically regarded as being on the down slope of a player’s career. But there was no reason to believe he wouldn’t play – and wouldn’t produce. In each of the previous eight years, he’d played at least 130 games (and at least 150 in six of those years). His average wasn’t great, but he was good for at least 20 home runs. Read More

Today in Tribe History: September 29, 2013

September 29, 2016 |

The Cleveland Indians clinch the first American League Wild Card spot with their tenth straight win, a 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 33

March 2, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 33 days

The number 33 has a curious place in Indians history. It has been worn by a handful of prolific sluggers, generally outside of their glory years on the diamond, and at other times was on the backs of some of the better pitchers on the roster through the 1960s.

In March, non-roster invitee Robbie Grossman will wear it on the field as he looks to extend his Major League career with a spot somewhere on the Indians roster. He signed a minor league deal with the club in the offseason and is on the outside looking in at a crowded mix for the outfield this season. Read More

Today in Tribe History: December 23, 1978

December 23, 2015 |

Victor Martinez is born in Bolivar, Venezuela.

The former Cleveland catcher, first baseman, and designated hitter was signed in 1996 as an amateur free agent. He made his debut in 2002 at the age of 23. He spent parts of … Read More

Who’s to Blame for the Tribe’s Offensive Woes?

November 1, 2015 |

In Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona’s first season at the helm of the club, he turned a 68-94 team that had finished with the second-fewest runs scored in the American League in 2012 with 667 into a potent run-scoring machine that finished fourth in 2013 with 745 runs and reached the AL Wild Card game.

In each of the last two seasons, the club has tallied 669 runs while moving further and further down the runs scored leaderboard in the league and, in a potentially related factoid, has failed to make the playoffs in either circumstance.

So who pulled the plug on the Tribe’s offense over the last two seasons? Read More

April Counts

October 27, 2015 |

They say it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.

Bologna.

For the past three seasons, the Cleveland Indians have finished just fine. From May to September, they have been one of baseball’s best teams. They have been the team that makes people say, “Nobody would want to play them in October”. Yet, the team has only one Wild Card Game loss to show for it.

And it’s that pesky “start” that’s the problem.

Since Manager Terry Francona was hired prior to the 2013 season, the Indians have shot themselves in the foot right out of the gate three out of three times. It took a miraculous run in 2013 with a ten game winning streak to finish the season just for the Indians to squeak out one game of “playoff baseball” (the quotes are for you, Kenny Lofton). Over the past two years, however, there has been no ten game winning streak and the Indians April swoon has proved too much to overcome. Read More

Lack of Production Led to the End of Overpaid Veterans

October 22, 2015 | | One Comment

Remember when Michael Bourn worked with an olympic trainer this winter? Remember when Nick Swisher was going to be a brand new player after having double knee surgery? Remember when Brandon Moss was going to the big power bat the Indians had been looking for since Travis Hafner was in his prime? Whatever happened to those guys?

Oh right, reality set in. Read More

Today in Tribe History: September 29, 2013

September 29, 2015 |

The Cleveland Indians clinch the American League Wild Card spot with their tenth straight win, a 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

The win pushed the Indians’ record to 92-70 and left them just one game in back of the … Read More