Cleveland Indians mourn passing of longtime Premium Seating employee Matt Karlovic

Matt Karlovic

We are very sad to hear of the passing of Matt Karlovic.  Matt constantly brought a smile to the faces of all at Progressive Field, and has provided service to our fans through his role as an elevator operator in Premium Seating since 1996.  Matt passed away on Tuesday, April 26 after a long illness.  Matt’s father, Frank also works in Premium Seating.

Here is his full obituary as published by Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel:

Matthew David Karlovic passed away at the Cleveland Clinic on April 26, 2016, after a long illness.

Matthew made his home with devoted parents, Patricia and Frank Karlovic Sr.

Matthew was a graduate of Lakeview High School. Matthew was employed for 21 years by the Cleveland Indians Progressive Field in Cleveland and Leada Northeast in Warren.

Among his many awards he received the local, state and international “Yes I Can Award,” sponsored by the Foundation for Exceptional Children. He was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Warren and served on many committees.

Matthew’s smile and sense of humor will always be remembered by those who loved him.

He is survived and will be greatly missed by his parents; brother Frank Karlovic Jr.; a sister, Krista (Daniel) Whiting; grandmother Annette Karlovic; nieces Katherine, Kloe and Klair; uncles Charlie Karlovic of Vienna, Thomas (Pauli) Karlovic of Mesquite, Nev., and James (Kim) Tutino of Louisville, Ohio; aunts Vincie (Dominic) Greco of Edinburg, Pa. and Jaconda (Dominic) Scola of Struthers; great-uncles William (Freda) Karlovic of Brookfield and John Karlovic of Hubbard; great-aunts Margaret Argiro of Hillsville, and Josephine Commisso of Pittsburgh; a godmother, Ann Casemento of Warren; and many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Charles Karlovic and Rocco Tutino; grandmother Katherine Tutino; godfather Joseph Casemento; and a cousin, Donnelle Greco.

Family and friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel, 1884 North Road, NE in Warren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Warren, with the Rev. Thomas Eisweirth officiating.

Burial will be at Howland Township Cemetery.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thank you to the Cleveland Clinic Staff and the staff at Better Living Now for the support they gave him.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Matthew D. Karlovic Scholarship Funds to assist persons with special needs.

Family and friends may visit to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to the Karlovic family.

Fox 8’s Mike Polk Jr. suggests new catch phrases for Tribe play-by-play man Tom Hamilton


Mike Polk Jr., a local provocateur and comedian, visited Tribe Spring Training in Goodyear and visited with legendary play-by-play man Tom Hamilton.

Why? Polk had some new catch phrases for Hammy to try out.

You have to watch this:

–Video courtesy of FOX 8

PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians beat Seattle Mariners behind Lindor, Carrasco, Napoli

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Francisco Lindor had three hits and Carlos Carrasco pitched 6.1 strong innings for his second win in a 3-2 Indians victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

Mike Napoli had an RBI double, scoring Lindor, in the third, and Rajai Davis and Lindor drew bases-loaded walks off Seattle starter Wade Miley in the fifth. Napoli and Lindor had highlight-reel defensive plays as well.

Carrasco (2-0, 2.79) allowed just a Kyle Seager homer in 6.1 innings, and has allowed just two runs and struck out 13 over his last two starts (14.1 IP).

Zach McAllister, Bryan Shaw (bouncing back after two rough outings) and Cody Allen pitched the final 2.2 innings, with the Mariners scratching out a run in the ninth for the final margin.

Developers, designers invited to participate in first Tribe Hackathon

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The Cleveland Indians, Progressive Insurance and Tech Elevator are partnering to bring Cleveland Tribe Hackathon 2016 to the community next month.

Developers, designers and community members are invited to participate in the event, with a stated goal of enhancing the fan experience using a creative mindset and cool technology.

The event will bring together the region’s tech community for a weekend of creative ideas and execution, celebrating our city as a great sports town and innovative tech destination.

The event begins May 6 at Progressive Insurance, and teams will have two weeks to build their concepts. The event will culminate at Progressive Field on May 20-21. Teams must register by April 29.

Participants could win a signed Michael Brantley jersey; Tribe tickets; BP experience from field level; Francisco Lindor signed hat; and more.

Participants can register solo and join a team or as a team; or community members can attend at no charge. For more information, visit or click here.


PHOTO GALLERY: Cleveland Indians bats come alive to beat Matt Harvey, New York Mets

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The Indians beat up Matt Harvey and hung on for a 7-5 win at Progressive Field on Saturday afternoon.

Harvey carried a perfect game into the fifth inning, but Carlos Santana walked, stole second and scored on Jose Ramirez’s RBI double to center. Juan Uribe followed with an RBI single to give the Tribe the lead.

In the sixth, Jason Kipnis had an RBI double, and Mike Napoli and Yan Gomes had RBI singles. In the seventh, Francisco Lindor added an RBI double and Napoli had another RBI single.

Tribe starter Josh Tomlin allowed just one run in five innings, but left after five with a hamstring cramp.

The Mets scored four runs in the eighth on home runs by Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker, but Cody Allen earned a four-out save – his third save of the season — to shut the door.

Corey Kluber takes the hill today in the teams’ series finale; in his last outing on Tuesday in Tampa Bay, he pitched 7.2 innings, allowing three runs.

–Photos by Dan Mendlik, Maureen MacGregor

Traci, Brodie Tigue throw ceremonial first pitch in front of Brodie’s Good Vibe Tribe

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We hosted special guests at the ballpark on Saturday afternoon: Area residents Traci and Brodie Tigue and about 180 members of Brodie’s Good Vibe Tribe.

Shortly after birth at Cleveland Clinic last May, the Tigues learned Brodie’s liver was failing.

Traci, though, was a match. Cleveland Clinic Children’s performed the transplant, in which 20 percent of Traci’s liver was transplanted into Brodie’s little body.

On Saturday, Traci threw out the first pitch, with little Brodie with her every step of the way.


Watch the Tigues’ inspiring story here:



Indians Homestand Guide: Tribe faces Mets and Mariners


The Cleveland Indians return to Progressive Field for a six-game homestand against the Mets (April 15-17) and Mariners (April 19-21). Weekend highlights include Jackie Robinson Day on Friday and Kids Run the Bases on Sunday presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. Additionally, Thursday is Weather Education Day presented by WKYC. All participants will receive a Weather Education Booklet.

Infield District:

The Indians have added seven new local restaurants – making it 12 at Progressive Field – plus a beer garden featuring Great Lakes Brewing Co., a new team shop and plenty more! Check out photos and all the details here!


Fans who volunteer this summer in the Cleveland community can earn Tribe tickets through the Indians Volunteer Challenge, this year featuring #ServiceWithSlider! The Tribe has teamed with BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence on this year’s challenge; fans who volunteer four hours can win Tribe tickets! Learn more!


Help the Indians and Cleveland Clinic in the fight against cancer and join Sandy Alomar and the Tribe’s team in this July’s VeloSano Bike to Cure event! Fans who join the Tribe’s team will ride with an Indians legend and get a cool Indians bike jersey. (Minimum fundraising requirements exist.) More info.



Friday, April 15 vs. Mets @ 7:10PM

ALL GATES: OPEN at 6PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 5PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Jackie Robinson Day: A video tribute will spotlight the contributions of baseball pioneers Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby during pregame festivities. Additionally, all players will be wearing No. 42 on their jerseys.

Diverse Business Partner recognition: The Indians will recognize minority- and female-owned business partners before the night’s game.


Saturday, April 16 vs. Mets @ 4:10PM

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

District Ticket: Our $13 District Ticket, presented by SportsTime Ohio, is back! Fans can grab one only at for a Standing Room Only ticket, and their first drink (12-ounce beer, bottled water or Pepsi product) is on us!

Gayloard Perry first pitch: Tribe alum Gaylord Perry will be on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Perry is one of four Tribe pitchers to win the Cy Young award.


Sunday, April 17 vs. Mets @ 1:10PM

ALL GATES: OPEN at Noon (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 11AM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WMMS/IRN

Kids Run the Bases Presented by Cleveland Clinic Children’s: Young Tribe fans will have the opportunity to run the bases like their favorite players after the game! All kids (12 & under) can stay immediately after the game to take part, and 100 participants will receive an item from Cleveland Clinic Children’s when they’re finished.



Tuesday, April 19 vs. Mariners @ 6:10PM

ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM (Right Field Gate/Family Deck open at 4PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WTAM/WMMS/IRN

Ballpark App: Download’s Ballpark app presented by KeyBank and stay up to date on all things Tribe. Ballpark features mobile check-in offers from KeyBank, New Era and other partners, an interactive concourse map, exclusive team videos and more. Fans can also easily manage their tickets digitally through the app, and gain access to the Indians mobile-only entrance at the Right Field Gate.


Wednesday, April 20 vs. Mariners @ 6:10PM

ALL GATES: OPEN at 5PM (Right Field Gate/ family Deck open at 4PM)
Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WMMS/IRN

Kluber’s Kids: Kluber’s Kids hosts a Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital patient and  his or her family every Wednesday home game. Guests have a pregame experience that includes watching batting practice and meeting Corey Kluber. Additionally, guests receive goodie bags and an autographed Kluber jersey, and enjoy the game Club Level with all-you-can-eat food.


Thursday, April 21 vs. Mariners @ 12:10PM

Broadcast Information: SportsTime Ohio-HD, WMMS/IRN

Weather Education Day presented by WKYC: Approx. 3,000 kids and their families will participate in Weather Education Day, which features a science presentation from WKYC. Weather mascots will also be in attendance. Additionally, all participants in Weather Ed Day will receive a Weather Education Booklet.

Today’s Getaway Game is presented by the UPS Store: The UPS Store presents today’s getaway travel game. A representative from one of more than 40 local The UPS Store locations will throw out the first pitch.


FAQ: How to stream Cleveland Indians games through FOX Sports Go

Will I be able to stream Indians games this season?

Yes.  If you are a customer of a participating pay-TV provider, you will be able to stream SportsTime Ohio’s Indians telecasts on FOX Sports GO.

Can I stream Indians telecasts starting Opening Day?  

Yes, assuming you are a customer of a participating pay-TV provider. An initial version of our MLB streaming product will debut in FOX Sports GO on Opening Day.  As is customary when introducing new digital products, we will continue to make improvements based on customer feedback and use.

How will it work and how much will it cost?

If an Indians game is being televised on SportsTime Ohio, it will also be available on FOX Sports GO.  To stream games, users will need to verify their credentials by signing In with their pay-TV provider’s User ID and Password.  There is no additional charge to use FOX Sports GO.

How can I access FOX Sports GO?

FOX Sports GO is currently available for iOS, Android, Android TV, Fire tablets and Fire phones, select Windows devices, and online at  Fans can download the mobile app for free from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store.

Why do I need to sign in?

FOX Sports GO is an extension of your pay-TV service that you get at home. FOX Sports GO allows viewers to watch on best available screen– at home or on the go.

Will Comcast customers be able to stream Indians games?

Unfortunately, Comcast does not yet offer SportsTime Ohio streaming content.  As a result, Comcast customers will be unable to stream SportsTime Ohio’s Indians telecasts.  Customers who want to access the games should contact Comcast.

What about Dish customers?

Yes, Dish is expected to provide its customers with access to FOX Sports GO in the months following Opening Day.

Which other pay-TV providers participate in FOX Sports GO?

Nearly every major pay-TV provider participates in FOX Sports GO.  Please visit for a full list of participating pay-TV providers.

What if my pay-TV provider is not listed or supported?

We’re working all the time to add new TV providers. Contact your TV provider and let them know you want FOX Sports GO.

What if I don’t have my pay-TV provider credentials or I forgot them?

Contact your pay-TV provider to retrieve your username and password.

Can I stream Indians games if I travel beyond the team’s local TV territory? 

Yes, verified customers of participating pay-TV providers can stream SportsTime Ohio’s Indians telecasts during temporary travel anywhere within the United States.

FOX Sports GO isn’t working. What can I do?

You can contact us on Twitter @FOXSportsGOHelp or visit

For all other questions, please review our FAQ page on


Cleveland Indians Charities continues to make substantial impact on Cleveland area


In 2015, the Cleveland Indians Community Impact team developed a strategic plan guiding the organization’s community focus. This plan provides Cleveland Indians Charities with a foundation to create and implement education and youth baseball programs to maximize our impact in the community. The Cleveland Indians Charities 2015 Community Annual Report summarizes the group’s impact in the community from the past year.

Preparing Youth for Success
Career Day
The Indians hosted the club’s inaugural Career Day at Progressive Field on Jan. 28, inviting 80 students from Cleveland Metropolitan School District schools to learn about what goes on off the baseball field in a big-league organization. The students were exposed to the many different career paths available to them in a pro sports organization, from athletic training to ballpark operations and more. Learn more.

Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year
Zayllianny Mojica, a senior at Lincoln West High School, was named the 2015 Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland. Mojica has been a club member since she was 12 years old and is involved in her club’s capstone program, which includes reading to children and helping them develop reading skills. Mojica received a $5,000 college scholarship from Cleveland Indians Charities that will go toward her education at Cleveland State University where she plans to major in social work. In an acceptance speech, she said, “Becoming a member of the Boys & Girls Club was the best thing that ever happened to [her] and [her] family.” Learn more about Cleveland Indians Charities Partnerships here.

Kluber’s Kids
On Wednesday, April 6, Corey and Amanda Kluber hosted the first Kluber’s Kids event in partnership with Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital. The Klubers spent time with the special guest and family on the field before the game. During their pre-game experience, guests received goodie bags and an autographed jersey from Corey. Additionally, they enjoyed the game in the Club Level of Progressive Field with all-you-can-eat food. Kluber’s Kids takes place every Wednesday home game to provide memorable experiences for local children and families. More info.

Improving the Quality of Youth Baseball and Softball
Coaches Development Series
In March and April 2016, the Cleveland Indians held the club’s inaugural Coaching Development Series at Progressive Field. The Coaching Series is led by Cleveland native and former Major League Baseball player Matt Kata, and is designed to focus on developing basic fundamental skills and knowledge of the game, positive character traits and strengthening the love for the game and the Cleveland Indians.

This series was attended by 20 local youth baseball and softball coaches, including representatives from the City of Cleveland Recreation Centers. This three-part development series aids youth baseball and softball coaches, as well as parents and guardians of children ages 5-12, in discussing and teaching the principles of the Indians Youth Baseball Player Development model. Sessions included fundamentals of catching, fielding and throwing, hitting frameworks, and guest speakers from Positive Coaching Alliance and MLB’s Strength and Conditioning department. Each coach in attendance received practice plans and instructional videos on each area of development. More info here.

Creating a Sustainable Plan for Youth Baseball and Softball
Community Partners Program
Mo Vaughn Enterprises, Minute Men Staffing and Victory Park Ohio joined the Cleveland Indians Charities Community Partners program this year. The companies, along with original Community Partner MCPc, will support the Indians new community impact vision utilizing baseball to strengthen youth service initiatives that focus on education, health and fitness. This quartet of Community Partners will help the Indians work toward achieving the club’s goals of preparing youth for successful lives, while improving the quality of and creating a sustainable plan for baseball and softball programs in Greater Cleveland. The Community Partners program supports multiple initiatives including Tribe Scholars, Fields for the Future, Cleveland Baseball Federation and more! Learn more.

–TribeVibe contributor Hailey Ellis

Cleveland Indians Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor reacquaint themselves with the Rays’ mascot, Raymond

Before Tuesday night’s narrow loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Indians players Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor were so excited to get back to playing baseball they decided to have a little fun with the Rays’ mascot, Raymond.

Well, at least it looked fun for Kip and Frankie.


Unfortunately, that darn Raymond got the last laugh when the Rays rallied for a late win. And the Rays didn’t hesitate to rub it in.


We’ll get ’em tonight.

–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammonnd


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