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Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 66

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 – 66 days High numbered jerseys are not always a sign of long lasting stays in the Major Leagues. Generally, the numbers have landed on the backs...
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January 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Will Bobby Bradley be the power hitter the Indians desperately need?

The current rendition of the Cleveland Indians could definitely use more power. In 2015, the Tribe finished 22nd in home runs, with only the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox beneath them from the DH-invigorated American League. Not a single player even reached 20 home runs — Carlos Santana led the team with 19. The team did finish middle of the MLB pack in slugging percentage...
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January 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Top 10 Advanced A Indians 1990-2015

Advanced A is the newest level of the minor leagues as the first ever Indians affiliate was created in 1990, the Kinston (North Carolina) Indians. This level allows the Major League team to house another 25 minor leaguers and giving them an extra transitional step between single A and AA. From 1990 through 2011 the Indians affiliate was Kinston, after which were three seasons with...
Via Burning River Baseball
January 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Miracle on Ontario Street (2001): Sunday Night History

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...
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December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: December 19, 1975

Corner infielder and occasional outfielder Russell Branyan is born in Georgia. Branyan was a home run hitting threat throughout his Major League career, often hitting long moonshots that impressed the crowd, only to strike out at frustrating rates while hitting for a low average. He spent his first five MLB seasons with the Indians before being dealt in 2002 to the Cincinnati Reds...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
December 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Do You Wahoo? – Episode 3

In the third episode of Do You Wahoo? Joe Coblitz (@BRBBlog) from Burning River Baseball hosts with Bob Toth (@TheBobToth) of our own Did the Tribe Win Last Night?, Danny Cunningham (@DCunninghamCLE) of Burning River Baseball and Vern Morrison (@VernMorrison) of It’s Pronounced “Lajaway” as they fight to be the supreme leader of episode 3. Topics for this episode include: top...
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November 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 10 Single A Level Indians 1991-2015

Single A is generally the lowest level that the majority of baseball fans pay any attention to and currently for Cleveland, it is a great inexpensive way to watch live baseball as well. Some superstar rookies begin their careers in Single A, but generally there has already been some weeding out at the Short Season and Rookie levels first. This level has changed much through the years...
Via Burning River Baseball
November 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Do You Wahoo? Episode 3: Toth, Cunningham, Morrison

In the third episode of Do You Wahoo? Joe Coblitz (@BRBBlog) from Burning River Baseball hosts with Bob Toth (@TheBobToth) of Did the Tribe Win Last Night?, Danny Cunningham (@DCunninghamCLE) ofBurning River Baseball and Vern Morrison (@VernMorrison) of It’s Pronounced “Lajaway” as they fight to be the supreme leader of episode 3.   Game: Opening Round: Top career strike...
Via Burning River Baseball
November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: June 11, 2010

2010 – Carlos Santana makes his Major League debut and goes 0-for-3 in a 7-2 win by the Indians over the Washington Nationals. Batting third and taking over the roster spot of the optioned Lou Marson, Santana grounded into a fielder’s choice in the first and grounded out to first in the third. He reached base for the first time in his Cleveland career with a fourth inning walk...
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June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

How Nick Swisher Could Ruin Zach Walters’ Career

Zach Walters is an interesting individual. The only return from the loss of Asdrubal Cabrera has no real defensive position, terrible plate discipline and a swing full of holes yet is the Indians top power opportunity since Travis Hafner was blasting home runs into Pronkville. The problem is that, while Hafner was a career .273 hitter, Walters is about 100 points below that. There...
Via Burning River Baseball
May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: March 26, 2010

The Cleveland Indians place first baseman Russell Branyan on the 15-day disabled list with a herniated disc in his lower back, opening the door for highly touted prospect Matt LaPorta to begin the season on the 25-man roster for the first time. LaPorta, thought to be the centerpiece of the C.C. Sabathia trade in July of 2008, will join another player from the deal, Michael Brantley...
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March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Walters Versatility Make Him a Powerful Possibility

It’s never bad to have versatility. It’s something the Indians, like most organizations, look for throughout their system and often can help young players reach the big leagues quicker. That versatility is probably one of the factors that got Zach Walters to the big leagues and what attracted the Indians to him last summer. However, Walters’ flexibility comes with limits that...
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Five Minor League Deals that didn’t pan out for the New York Yankees

Infielder Juan Rivera #54 of the New York Yankees bats against the Boston Red Sox during a Grapefruit League Spring Training Game at George M. Steinbrenner Field on March 20, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. (Mandatory Credit. Meric/Getty Images) Every spring, major league teams bring in a wide array of players on minor league contracts. The players vary from former All-Stars coming off...
Via The Sports Journal
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: December 19, 1975

Corner infielder and occasional outfielder Russell Branyan is born in Georgia. Branyan was a home run hitting threat throughout his Major League career, often hitting long moonshots that impressed the crowd, only to strike out at frustrating rates while hitting for a low average. He spent his first five MLB seasons with the Indians before being dealt in 2002 to the Cincinnati Reds...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

8/29 Recap: Indians Ride Mustaches to Victory

Roster Update: Another familiar face will possibly be joining the Indians as Russell Branyan has signed a minor league deal with the team and will report to Columbus. Most likely this was so he could get in a few games in AAA before joining the team in September when rosters expand. In a separate move, Yan Gomes has been reinstated from the 7 Day Concussion DL and was in the starting...
Via Burning River Baseball
August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

The return of Rusell Branyan: Indians make handful of roster moves

Russell Branyan is back with the Indians organization, but don't expect to see him at Progressive Field the last five weeks of the season. The Indians signed Branyan to a minor-league contract on Friday. Branyan, 38, has been assigned to Columbus and was in the lineup, playing first base against Indianapolis. Branyan has not been in the Majors since 2011 and spent this year with...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

The return of Rusell Branyan: Indians make handful of roster moves

Russell Branyan is back with the Indians organization, but don't expect to see him at Progressive Field the last five weeks of the season. The Indians signed Branyan to a minor-league contract on Friday. Branyan, 38, has been assigned to Columbus and was in the lineup, playing first base against Indianapolis. Branyan has not been in the Majors since 2011 and spent this year with...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians sign Russell Branyan to minor deal

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians have reunited with slugger Russell Branyan, signing him to a minor league deal for the remainder of the season. The 38-year-old Branyan has spent part of six seasons (1998-2002, 2010) with Cleveland. He's played for Tijuana in the Mexican League this season, hitting 19 homers with 59 RBIs. The Indians have assigned Branyan to Triple-A Columbus for the...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians sign Russell Branyan to minor deal

CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have reunited with slugger Russell Branyan, signing him to a minor league deal for the remainder of the season. The 38-year-old Branyan has spent part of six seasons (1998-2002, 2010) with Cleveland. He's played for Tijuana in the Mexican League this season, hitting 19 homers with 59 RBIs. The Indians have assigned Branyan to Triple-A Columbus for the...
Via AP on Fox
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians sign Russ Branyan, signal the return of #BlameBranyan

Just a short email from Bart Swain, but the wide-sweeping impact is felt across the universe of Cleveland Indians fans… Please note the Indians have signed INF RUSS BRANYAN to a Minor League contract and assigned him to Triple-A Columbus for the remainder of the 2014 season. Branyan, 38, has spent the 2014 season in the Mexican League with Tijuana (19HR, 59RBI, 1.043OPS). He has...
Via Waiting For Next Year
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

This Date In Royals History–August 27, 2009

2009: The Royals belted four home runs, three of them two-run shots, in an 8-4 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field in Seattle.Three of the home runs came against Mariners starter Doug Fister. Brayan Pena started the scoring in the second inning, as he homered down the right-field line with Alberto Callaspo on base.The Royals’ second home run happened in the fifth, a solo shot...
Via Pine Tar Press
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

The Tribe overcame a 12-run deficit 13 years ago today

Every Indians fan in the world claims they were there. Well before I was a blogger, I was watching this game (wait for it) in my parents’ basement. It’s incredible to watch still to this day. Omar Vizquel and Kenny Lofton are your heroes. Lofton had four hits and three runs in the game as well as the game-winning run scoring from second on Jolbert Cabrera’s broken-bat single...
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August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

The Top 20 Moments in Jacobs Field History: MLB’s Largest Comeback

The 2014 season will mark 20 years of baseball at Progressive (ie Jacobs) Field. It’s been a relatively short history (although with the stadium building boom in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Progressive Field is the 13th oldest facility in the majors). Did the Tribe Win Last Night has compiled a list of the 20 most memorable moments in the field’s history. We’ll count...
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June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Today In Tribe History: March 28, 2010

The Indians place starting first baseman Russell Branyan on the 15-day disabled list with a herniated disk in his lower back. Matt LaPorta will fill in for him in the interim. Branyan will play in just 52 games for the Tribe this ... Read More
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

An Attempt to Create a Rhyming Nickname for Mark Reynolds

(Apparently this is a real place in Granada Hills, California.....Yelp.com) Former Brewer and genuine connoisseur of violent hacks at baseballs Russell Branyan was blessed with a great nickname: Russell the Muscle.  The name fit his style perfectly because it represented the monstrous home runs he would jack, should he make solid contact with the baseball.  In my mind, new...
Via Brewers Bar
January 28, 2014  |  Discuss
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