Cleveland Indians, Social Media Followers Raise $20,000 for Cleveland RBI Programs

WhiffThrough MLB partnership with Head & Shoulders, Tribe has raised $60,000 for local RBI programs in program’s two years

The Cleveland Indians, with help from the club’s Twitter followers, raised $20,000 for the Cleveland chapter of MLB’s Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program.

Throughout the season, the Indians social media team and Twitter followers used #whiff and tagged @Indians in social posts, counting toward a monthly total and corresponding donations from Head & Shoulders.

“The Indians are proud to support, through Cleveland Indians Charities, many charitable efforts in our community, including the RBI program,” said Rebecca Kodysh, the Indians Executive Director of Community Impact. “We’d like to thank our loyal Twitter followers for helping us continue our commitment to the Northeast Ohio community.”

One of the teams that benefits from the Indians support of Cleveland RBI programs is Cleveland’s girls senior softball team; this year, the team won the 2015 World Series Championship in Arlington, Texas. This was the group’s seventh consecutive appearance in the softball finals, but Cleveland’s first RBI World Series Championship in any division for the program.


Role changes: Chris Antonetti becomes Cleveland Indians President of Baseball Operations, Mike Chernoff to General Manager, Derek Falvey to Assistant GM

Mike Chernoff (left) will assume the General Manager title, while Chris Antonetti now will be the President of Baseball Operations.

Mike Chernoff (left) will assume the General Manager title, while Chris Antonetti now will be the President of Baseball Operations.

The Indians announced on Tuesday that Chris Antonetti is now the club’s President of Baseball Operations.

Additionally, Assistant General Manager Mike Chernoff has been named the Indians General Manager, and Director of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey is now the Tribe’s Assistant GM.

Antonetti, 41, recently completed his fifth season as Cleveland Indians General Manager after being elevated to the position following the 2010 campaign. Under Antonetti’s leadership the club secured long term agreements with Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco this past spring, joining Cody Allen, Trevor Bauer, Yan Gomes, Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley among players under club control thru at least the 2018 season.

Chernoff, 34, just completed his 12th season with the Indians organization, serving the last five years since October 2010 in the Assistant General Manager role. Chernoff has been involved in all aspects of baseball operations and has played an instrumental role assisting Antonetti in the club’s player and contract procurement.

Falvey, 32, recently completed his eighth season with the Indians and fourth as the Director of Baseball Operations after being named to the position in December 2011. Falvey has worked closely with Antonetti and Chernoff in addition to assisting Terry Francona and the field staff with day-to-day activities involving the Major League club.

These moves will not impact the business operations as Indians Owner and Chairman Paul Dolan will continue to assume those responsibilities related to outgoing Indians President Mark Shapiro’s recent departure.

Indians pitcher Wes Ferrell named to Pre-Integration Era Ballot for National Baseball Hall of Fame Consideration

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Will another member of the Tribe join the likes of Feller, Boudreau, Joss, and Lajoie in Cooperstown next year? We will know when the Pre-Integration Era votes are cast on December 7th.  Representing the Indians on the ballot is Wesley (Wes) Ferrell. A standout ballplayer who pitched for the Tribe from 1927-1933, Ferrell compiled a record of 102-62 with a 3.67 ERA.  He is the only pitcher in MLB history to win 20 or more games in each of his first four full seasons.

Wes pitched the 5th no-hitter in Indians history on April 29, 1931 when the Tribe downed the St. Louis Browns 9-0.  During the game, Wes doubled and hit a home run. Catching for the Browns that day was his brother, and future Hall of Famer, Rick Ferrell.

Not only was Wes a great pitcher, he was also an outstanding hitter. He holds the MLB record for most home runs by a pitcher (37—38 career home runs as one was hit while pinch hitting). (Tribe HOFer Bob Lemon is second on the list with 37 home runs.) In Ferrell’s 9 home runs in 1931 is still a single season record for home runs by a pitcher. 1,345 plate appearances, Ferrell hit 57 doubles, 12 triples, and was a career average of 2.80.

Farrell played for several teams after he left Cleveland including the Red Sox, Senators and Yankees. In 2009, he was inducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame.

— TribeVibe contributor Jeremy Feador

Cleveland Indians pitcher Cody Anderson named American League Pitcher of the Month

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 01: Cody Anderson #56 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the first inning at Coliseum on August 1, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Cleveland Indians rookie Cody Anderson was named the American League Pitcher of the Month on Monday.

Anderson compiled a 5-0 record with a 1.38 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 39.0 innings pitched over six starts to claim his first career AL Pitcher of the Month Award, and the first for an Indians hurler since Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber won last year for the month of September. Among qualified AL starters for the month, Cody finished first in wins and ERA, and third in innings pitched.

Opposing batters hit just .212 off the right-hander and his two home runs allowed were tied for fourth-fewest among AL starters. A winner of five consecutive decisions to finish off his 2015 campaign, the 25-year-old became the first Major League rookie to win five games in the month of September since Anibal Sanchez went5-1 for the Florida Marlins in 2006. He is the first AL rookie to do so since Barry Zito went 5-1 for the Oakland A’s in 2000.

Overall, the Quincy, California native is the first Indians rookie to win seven games since Mitch Talbot earned 10 wins in 2010. Cleveland’s 14th round selection in the 2011 MLB Draft finished his first Major League season with a 7-3 record to go along with a 3.05 ERA and 44 strikeouts over 91.1 innings pitched in 15 starts. In the second start of Anderson’s award-winning month, the Feather River College product delivered 7.0 scoreless innings of two-hit ball to combine with Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen for a shutout of the Detroit Tigers on September 6th. Lowering his cumulative ERA in each start since August 7th, Anderson finished his rookie season with six consecutive quality starts. In his final start of 2015, Anderson recorded his third start with at least 7.0 scoreless innings pitched ina 7-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on September 30th at Progressive Field.

Among AL rookie leaders for the 2015 season, Cleveland’s young starter finished tied for fifth in wins and fourth in ERA. With an 81-80 record, the Tribe completed its third consecutive season with a record above .500.

Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor named American League Rookie of the Month


Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor was named the American League Rookie of the Month on Monday.

Lindor batted .362 (38-for-105) with 17 runs scored, eight doubles, four triples,five home runs, 20 RBI and five stolen bases over 27 games to claim his first AL monthly award. He is the first Indians player to win AL Rookie of the Month honors since starting pitcher Scott Lewis in September 2008. Among qualified AL rookies, Francisco finished first in hits, doubles and stolen bases, second in runs scored and triples, third in batting average and slugging percentage (.657), tied for third in home runs and sixth in on-base percentage

On September 16th against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field, Lindor went 3-for-4 with one run scored, a home run and four RBI. The Caguas, Puerto Rico native collected his 100th hit in that game, his 82nd career game, to become the sixth-fastest of any player in Cleveland history dating back toat least 1914. However, the switch-hittingshortstop joined Roy Weatherly as the only Indians players to accomplish the feat in one season.Moreover, Cleveland’s first round pick (8th overall) in the 2011 MLB Draft hit .313 (122-for-390) on the season, the highest single-season mark by an Indians rookie with at least 300 plate appearances since 1938 when Jeff Heath batted .343 (172-for-502). His 38 extra-base hits are most by any Indians rookie since Luis Valbuena tallied 38 during the 2009 season, while his 122 base hits are most by a Tribe rookie since Jody Gerut collected 134 hits in 2003.

Particularly hot since the All-Star break, Lindor amassed 99 hits in 73 games, good for third-most among AL batters (Houston’s Jose Altuve, 102 & Boston’s Xander Bogaerts, 100). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is also the most second-half hits of any Indians rookie since 1947 when Dale Mitchell logged 129 base hits. Additionally, Lindor is just the fifth first-year ALrookie under the age of 22 over the past 33 MLB seasons (1983-2015) to collect over 100 hits and more than 10 home runs in a single season, joining Ruben Sierra (1986), Ken Griffey, Jr. (1989), Rocco Baldelli (2003) and Eric Hosmer (2011). Among his AL rookie peers, Lindor, who was promoted from Columbus (AAA) on June 14th, finished the season first in batting average, tied for first in doubles (22), second in hits (122) and third in on-base percentage.

Lindor, a candidate — front-runner? — to win the American League Rookie of the Year award, has been one of the best players in baseball, period, in the season’s second half. His second-half numbers:

  • fWAR: 3rd, 4.5
  • Hits: 3rd, 99
  • Doubles: T13, 19
  • Triples: T12, 4

Lindor would be the first Indians player since Sandy Alomar Jr. in 1990 to win the BBWAA Rookie of the Year award.

Lindor’s teammate and fellow rookie, Cody Anderson, was named the American League Pitcher of the Month on Monday.

Michael Brantley named Cleveland Indians nominee for 2015 Hank Aaron Award

CI_082915 - -178Fans Can Vote Through October 11th at; Award Recognizes Most Outstanding Offensive Performers in Each League

Hall of Fame Panel Led by Hank Aaron Includes 2015 Inductee Craig Biggio as well as Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Eddie Murray, Frank Thomas and Robin Yount

Major League Baseball and MLB Advanced Media announced that Michael Brantley was named the Cleveland Indians nominee for the 2015 Hank Aaron Award.

Brantley, a 2014 MVP finalist and Silver Slugger Award winner, led Major League Baseball in doubles (45), the first Indians player since Lou Boudreau in 1947 to do so. He ranked third in the American League in on-base percentage (.379), fourth in average (.310), sixth in batting with men on base (.329), 10th in batting with runners in scoring position (.324) and 11th in OPS (.859). After registering four hits on April 26 and July 22, he now has 10 career four-hit games.

Fans can vote for the 2015 Hank Aaron Award exclusively online at and the 30 Club sites. For the sixth straight year, a special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron will join fans in voting for the award, which is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and has recognized the most outstanding offensive performer in each League since it was established in 1999.

The Hall of Fame panel led by Aaron includes some of the greatest offensive players of all-time –Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Craig Biggio, Eddie Murray, Frank Thomas and Robin Yount.  These Hall of Famers – who combined for 16,697 hits, 8,712 RBI and 2,166 home runs – have all been personally selected by Aaron to lend their expertise to select the best offensive performer in each League.

Continuing through October 11th, fans will have the opportunity to select one American League and one National League winner from a list comprising of one finalist per Club. The winners of the 2015 Hank Aaron Award will be announced during the 2015 World Series.

Combined, the nominees have been named All-Stars 90 times, including 16 2015 All-Stars. The group also features 20 players under the age of 30 with five (Arenado, Correa, Harper, Herrera and Trout) under the age of 25. The finalists for the 2015 Hank Aaron Award are:

American League National League
Baltimore Orioles Chris Davis Arizona Diamondbacks Paul Goldschmidt
Boston Red Sox David Ortiz Atlanta Braves Freddie Freeman
Chicago White Sox Jose Abreu Chicago Cubs Anthony Rizzo
Cleveland Indians Michael Brantley Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto
Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera Colorado Rockies Nolan Arenado
Houston Astros Carlos Correa Los Angeles Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez
Kansas City Royals Lorenzo Cain Miami Marlins Dee Gordon
LA Angels of Anaheim Mike Trout Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun
Minnesota Twins Brian Dozier New York Mets Curtis Granderson
New York Yankees Brian McCann Philadelphia Phillies Odubel Herrera
Oakland Athletics Josh Reddick Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen
Seattle Mariners Nelson Cruz St. Louis Cardinals Matt Carpenter
Tampa Bay Rays Logan Forsythe San Diego Padres Matt Kemp
Texas Rangers Prince Fielder San Francisco Giants Buster Posey
Toronto Blue Jays Josh Donaldson Washington Nationals Bryce Harper


Past winners of the Hank Aaron Award include: Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Trout (2014); Miguel Cabrera and Paul Goldschmidt (2013); Cabrera and Buster Posey (2012); Jose Bautista and Matt Kemp (2011); Bautista and Joey Votto (2010); Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols (2009); Aramis Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis (2008); Alex Rodriguez and Prince Fielder (2007); Jeter and Ryan Howard (2006); David Ortiz and Andruw Jones (2005); Manny Ramirez and Barry Bonds (2004); Rodriguez and Pujols (2003); Rodriguez and Bonds (2001-02); Carlos Delgado and Todd Helton (2000) and Manny Ramirez and Sammy Sosa (1999).

The Hank Aaron Award was introduced in 1999 to honor the 25th Anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record, and, at that time, was the first major award introduced by Major League Baseball in more than 25 years.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians sweep Red Sox at Progressive Field, end season 81-80

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Danny Salazar earned his 14th win — tied for the team lead with Carlos Carrasco — on a beautiful Sunday at Progressive Field as the Indians swept the Red Sox to finish the season 81-80.

Check out our photographers’ best shots from the day in the gallery above.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik and Sarah Sachs

Cleveland Indians bat boys to wear black wristbands to remember child killed in August


In coordination with the Major League Baseball Clubhouse Managers Association, Cleveland Indians bat boys — and all across Major League Baseball — will wear black wristbands on Sunday to remember 9-year-old Kansas native Kaiser Carlile, who was killed in August after being struck by a player’s swing.

Kaiser was the 9-year-old bat boy for a Kansas baseball team who died August 2, one day after he was accidentally struck by a bat during a game.

Kaiser, the bat boy for the Liberal Bee Jays summer team in Liberal, Kansas, was struck in the head as a player took practice swings during their game the day before.

Carlile was wearing a helmet.

Lifelong Cleveland Indians fan Joe Boyle, battling cancer, throws first pitch to favorite Tribe player Cory Snyder

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UPDATE: Joe and his family — along with 200 friends and family who purchased tickets for the game — had an unforgettable experience at the ballpark on Saturday.

As the pictures above show, Joe and Co. — in addition to taking a tour of Progressive Field and sitting in the Indians Family Social Suite — were on the field pregame to throw the first pitch to longtime favorite player, Tribe alumni Cory Snyder.


Joe Boyle, a lifelong Tribe fan, was thrown quite the curveball a few years back.

In 2011, after completing his first half marathon, Boyle was suffering from stomach pains. It was subsequently diagnosed as Stage 4 kidney cancer.

Since then, Boyle, a public school teacher in Toledo, has used a unique method of communicating his battle to his children and his students: comic books. Specifically, Captain America.

He and his family – wife, Katie, and children Ellie, Joey and Mark – visited New York City on Father’s Day, and were surprised by Captain America himself on the show, and the family was offered to visit the set of the next “Captain America” movie in Atlanta, this summer.

(To watch the video of Boyle’s “Today Show” appearance, click here.)

One more surprise: He found out he’d throw the ceremonial first pitch on Saturday evening. One more surprise: It would be caught by his all-time favorite Indians player, Cory Snyder, who is one of our alumni ambassadors this weekend.

Here’s more background on Joe – a fellow Bowling Green grad, really the most important part of this story — from a friend of mine and writer for Did The Tribe Win Last Night, Vince Guerrieri.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond

7-year-old Gabriel Davis gets experience of lifetime at Thursday’s Cleveland Indians game, thanks to Meritech

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Meritech was the presenting partner of our very popular Terry Francona Scooter Bobblehead on Sept. 12, and each company that helps us with one of our promo items gets a perk: A first pitch, which they can pick someone internally, or a client, to throw.

Meritech did something different: The company donated the first pitch, to 7-yeear-old Gabriel Davis.

Here’s Gabriel’s story, courtesy of Meritech:

Gabriel was adopted from an orphanage in Ghana West Africa four years ago.  He was abandoned because of a severe leg deformity.  After coming to live in the United States he has endured four major surgeries and has many more to come in next few years.  We were told the news that the surgeries were not successful and as a result Gabe will not be able to walk on prosthetics as an adult.  He will be bound to a wheel chair.

This has not deterred Gabe’s love and desire to be a pitcher on a baseball team. This 7-year-old little guy loves to play catch and work on his “pick off” move to second base!  Gabe had to have part of both legs amputated so he has developed his own unique way to pitch.  His dream is to be a pitcher and because of his love for baseball we are hoping his dream will be a reality some day.

This would be such a huge honor for any 7-year-old but especially for Gabe after the year of surgeries and disappointing results of the surgeries he has had over the past year.


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