#CyKluber countdown: Kluber quietly begins Cy Young season, beats Padres for win No. 1


(Editor’s Note: Leading up to the Nov. 12 announcement of the AL Cy Young Award, we’ll count down Corey Kluber’s 18 wins with a post per day recapping his victories.)

Date/score: April 8, 8-6

Opponent: San Diego Padres

Pitching line: 6 IP, 3ER, 8SO, 0 BB

Record: 1-1

2014 strikeout total: 10

Key at-bat: After Jedd Gyorko drove in Will Venable to cut the Tribe lead to 6-3, Kluber struck out the side with a punchout of Tommy Medica for the first of 26 quality starts of 2014.

Notable: Kluber had six starts with 8 or more strikeouts in his 11-5 2013 campaign, and this was the first of 21 in 2014.

Game score (avg. Game Score, developed by sabermetrician Bill James, is 49-50): 50


Guide to Connecting your Indians Account with MLB.com

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In order to ensure the best fan experience, the Indians are encouraging all fans, and especially Season Ticket Holders, to connect their new My Indians Tickets accounts to MLB.com. For instructions on how to connect these accounts see the slideshow above, or the steps listed out below. There is also a printable version of the instructions available: CLICK HERE.

To access MyTickets, visit www.Indians.com/MyTickets.


Step One: You will be prompted to enter your login (your account ID) and your new MyTickets password. After you have entered this information, click “Log In”.



Step Two: After you have successfully logged in, click the “Link MLB Accounts” tab in the righthand corner of the page.



Step 3A: If you do not yet have an MLB.com account, you can create one here. Simply enter your email address, password, and a nickname, and click “Create New MLB.com Account”:



Step 3B: If you already have registered an MLB.com email, enter that email address and your MLB.com password in the below boxes, and click “Link MLB.com Account”:



Step 4: After your account has been successfully linked, you will see a confirmation screen that summarizes your linked account:



If at any time you wish to remove the linked account, just click the red “X” displayed to the right of your registered nickname.


CLICK HERE for a printable version of these instructions.

Brantley, Gomes named finalists for Gold Glove awards


Congratulations to Tribe outfielder Michael Brantley and catcher Yan Gomes, each of whom have been named finalists in the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. Winners will be announced on Nov. 4 on “Baseball Tonight.”

Gomes picked up where he left off in 2013, making 121 starts at catcher (126 games) and eight at DH. Gomes threw out 27 of 93 (29%) of the runners attempting to steal off him, the second-highest percentage among American League catchers behind the Yankees’ Brian McCann (31%). Gomes also made just three errors over his last 55 games of the season (since July 18). Gomes set new club records for single-season putouts (1052) and total chances (1139) for an Indians catcher as the Indians staff set a new MLB record for strikeouts (1450).

Brantley, meanwhile, made 106 starts in left field, 40 in center and eight at designated hitter. His error on April 2 at Oakland snapped a club-record string of 247 consecutive errorless games; that error was Brantley’s only error of the season. He ended the season with a 144-game errorless streak and has just one error over his last 393 games since June 3, 2012. His 12 outfield assists were tied for fourth among American League outfielders; he now has 33 career assists.

Brantley also should receive some MVP votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Michael Brantley named to Sporting News All-Star team by team executives

Cleveland Indians v Minnesota Twins

Congratulations to Indians outfielder Michael Brantley, who was named to The Sporting News American League All-Star team on Wednesday. The team is selected by team executives from across the league.

Brantley became the only Indians player with 200 hits, 40 doubles, 20 steals and 20 homers in a season. Among AL position players, he ranked:

  • 2nd in hits (200)
  • 3rd in WAR (7.0)
  • 3rd in average (.327)
  • 4th in OBP (.385)
  • T-6th in runs (94)


Kipnis makes young Tribe fan’s wish come true with late season visit


Jason Kipnis made a young fan’s wish come true late in the 2014 season.

Rhiannon Carter, 11, lives in California with her family; her dad grew up in Cleveland and remains a big Tribe fan. By extension, Rhiannon is, too, and second baseman Jason Kipnis is her favorite player.

When she’s not watching the Tribe, though, Rhiannon fights a difficult battle: diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, Rhiannon deals with extreme physical pain, shots, joint injections, infusions and even chemotherapy.

Thanks to Kids Wish Network, Rhiannon got a reprieve from her pain with a trip to Cleveland for a Tribe game late in the season, and a meet and greet with her favorite player, Jason Kipnis. Kipnis chatted with Rhiannon, took photos and signed autographs.

Enter #TribeOrTreat contest and you could trick or treat with Ketchup!

The Indians annual Tribe or Treat contest is back!

One lucky winner will receive the best Halloween present around – a school visit from Ketchup for Trick or Treating!

Here’s how to enter:

  • Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 8AM, post a picture on Instagram of your child (ages 5 to 12) in a Tribe-themed Halloween costume with the hashtag #TribeOrTreat.
  • Entry ends at 5PM on Friday, Oct. 24, after which the Indians will choose a winner.
  • The Indians then will contact the winner to schedule the school visit from Ketchup himself!

Click here for complete contest rules.

And to see how fun it is, click here to check out pictures from last year’s winner, Tyler!



Baseball America’s postseason report card ranks Tribe draft as best in baseball

2014 Tribe draft picks (from left) Bradley Zimmer, Justus Sheffield, Bobby Bradley and Grant Hockin

2014 Tribe draft picks (from left) Bradley Zimmer, Justus Sheffield, Bobby Bradley and Grant Hockin

Baseball America, a leading publication tracking Minor League baseball, gives the Tribe high marks for its 2014 draft in its 2014 Draft postseason report cards.

Here’s a synopsis of the pub’s process:

  • We put the final bow on the 2014 draft with our annual team-by-team review of all the selections and how the players’ professional careers have started. As instructional leagues closed, editor-in-chief John Manuel and assistant editor Clint Longenecker spoke with scouting directors, as well as other scouting and player-development personnel, to break down each of the 30 draft classes. For most categories, we consider only players who signed professional contracts. Notable exceptions include Most Intriguing Background and of course The One Who Got Away. Best Late-Round Pick applies to selections from the 11th round or later. Numbers in parentheses indicate the round in which a player was chosen. 

In the report card, BA ranks the Tribe’s draft tops in the Majors. Plus, the group is high on a few Tribe players:

  • Best Pure Hitter: Bradley Zimmer, outfielder
  • Best Defensive Player: Alex Pantoja, shortstop
  • Best Pro Debut (high school): Bobby Bradley, first baseman (and Arizona League MVP)
  • Most Intriguing Background, Human Interest: Bobby Ison, outfielder (background)

Click here for the entire report card.


Progressive Field recycling helps Chevy build CNG-powered Impala


The Indians are contributing to a new Chevy vehicle that can run on food waste – you know, hot dogs, nachos, other ballpark favorites and, yes, beer.

The Tribe has partnered with Cleveland-based quasar, which turns organic waste into biogas, which is then converted into compressed natural gas (CNG) … the CNG is then used to fuel the new Chevy vehicle.

At Progressive Field, the Indians contribute food waste for CNG production … And don’t forget beer: quasar collects an organic byproduct from a mix of sludge and brewer’s grains used by beer manufacturing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev.

The program is another sustainability effort undertaken by the Indians; the club was awarded an MLB Green reduced waste by:

  • 34 tons of aluminum and plastic beverage containers
  • 69.5 tons of cardboard
  • 31 tons of paper
  • 19 tons of metals
  • 20 tons of wooden pallets
  • 13 tons of fryer oil
  • 2.5 tons of electronics
  • 2/3 of a ton of light bulbs

For more on the club’s green efforts, check out this video from MLB.


Keep tabs on young Tribe players in Arizona Fall League play


Francisco Lindor is hitting .250 through eight games in the Arizona Fall League, which continues through Nov. 13 in the Phoenix area and features some of the game’s top prospects in competition against each other.

Lindor, who started with a four-hit game in his team’s (Peoria Javelinas) opener, is 9-for-36 with five runs and five RBI.

Other Tribe farmhands participating are right fielder Jordan Smith, catcher Tony Wolters, and pitchers Nick Maronde, Grant Sides, Louis Head and Dylan Baker. Sides has pitched 4.1 innings in relief and struck out six without allowing a hit.

To keep tabs on the squad, check out this link.


2014 Season in Review: September — #CyKluber, #Smooth200, home victories and more

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We’ll review the 2014 season with monthly recaps on TribeVibe throughout the next month or so … Past installments:

Sept. 5 — Murphy notches final walk-off of 2014: David Murphy got his first – and the Tribe’s 11th – walk-off of 2014, a single to give the Indians a 2-1 win in 10 innings over the White Sox.

Sept. 7 – Carlos Carrasco puts an exclamation point on his resurgence: Carrasco, whose return to the rotation was a major reason the Indians contended until the team’s 160th game, pitched 8.2 innings and allowed just four hits, falling one out shy of a complete game shutout.

Sept. 8 — Rocco Scotti returns: The longtime anthem singer was back at Progressive Field, as a version of his well-known, operatic anthem style was played as he stood at home plate with his grandson and sung along.


Sept. 11 – TJ House joins rotation mates in setting Indians history: House, called up earlier in the year, became the first Indians player with three consecutive start with 7 or more innings pitcher, 1 or fewer runs allowed and no walks. All this from a guy who didn’t know his way around Cleveland in May.


Sept. 16, Sept. 21 – Corey Kluber strikes out 14 in consecutive starts: In his second- and third-to-last starts of 2014, Kluber outdid himself (and in 2014, that’s saying something). By striking out 14 in back-to-back starts, Kluber became only the 15th player to accomplish the feat in MLB history. The previous guy to do it? Randy Johnson, in 2004 for the Diamondbacks. The only other Indians player to do it was Sam McDowell, who did it twice in 1968. (more…)


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